Category Social Media

CLEAN IT UP: a social media repair guide for college & career

GOING to college? Heave a big sigh of relief. The ACT and SAT are behind you. Common App and college essays should be wrapping up for Early Action. Transcripts have been sent… WOO-HOO your high school career is winding down fast! There is nothing more you can do to improve your candidacy for the University […]

Is Your Middle-Schooler READY for a SMARTPHONE?

The answer may be surprising because a child’s readiness for a smartphone is usually based on behavior only peripherally connected to the internet. Does he do his assigned chores? Does she get up for school on time? Do they only use the iPad for homework and educational games? A student’s maturity level does count for some of the […]

Oakland Schools

Back-to-School with Social Media: What’s On Your PARENT Checklist?

LOVE it or DREAD it, back to school is exciting! Teachers prepare new classroom materials while we parents flock to Target to buy our kids new tennis shoes and every single thing on our children’s school supply checklists (because NO ONE wants to fail out of the gate over a missing zippered binder!). However, somewhere […]

Oakland Schools

Our Kids Know Something We Don’t…

UPDATE: Click to view the PRESENTATION, or to download the HELP SHEET! Our kids know something we don’t… It’s been part of their world for as long as they can remember… It powers their communication, their school work, their friendships, their love life… Sometimes it TURNS on them with global force. Sometimes they unleash it on themselves… Because […]

Oakland Schools

ED CAMP/ED CONNECT

Ed Camps are HOT. Not in the buggy, sticky, un-air conditioned way of a Camp Tonawonda, but in the hip, trend-setting way of educators onto something really BIG… Ed Camps are collaborative learning events for teachers and administrators who are interested in sharing and/or gaining expertise on specific topics. The topics are user-generated: Ed Campers […]

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My #PLN Gets PERSONAL

My middle daughter is leaving home. Middle (smartphone and laptop attached to her body) is beginning her freshman year at MSU.  This collegiate move coincides with her big sister’s move to a 4th grade teaching position in Colorado (smartphone and my old car attached to her body).  With Big and Middle happily off finding their […]

The NEW Bullying?

“The past 15 fifteen years have clearly changed bullying. Yet, a generational disconnect persists between today’s adults who were bullied as kids and today’s students who are experiencing a new kind of bullying.”                             ~ The New Bullying / MSU The NEW Bullying? […]