Common Sense Media searches the World Wide Web daily for news addressing topics like online privacy, cyberbullying, digital ethics, social networking and more! At the end of each week, Common Classroom highlights some of the top news in this Weekly News Round-Up Post.
Here’s what happened this week!
- Erasing the Digital Past – THE Internet never forgets. Just ask the New York City teacher who recently divorced his wife of five years. (New York Times)
- ‘Creepy’ app locates anyone using photos – Could a stranger on the Internet track your every move? Yes — certainly and easily — thanks to the photos you post online and an app named Creepy. (Digital Life on Today)
- Online photos: Are they new digital fingerprint? – For Mike Smith, Facebook is a fort for communicating freely with friends online. Within the confines of that giant yet access-restricted network, the music-software engineer from San Francisco believes he can control what’s posted about him through the simple courtesy of asking friends to remove unflattering photos. But on the wide-open Web exists a harsher environment. (CNN)
- Texting skyrockets; typed words replacing talk? - For the better part of the 20th century, the telephone was the quickest and easiest way to communicate with neighbors friends and family. But now, with a steady stream of digital devices, it appears many people prefer typing over talking. (CBS News)
- What Do Kids Say Is The Biggest Obstacle To Technology At School? – Interactive Whiteboards. Netbooks. Video games. Although educational technologies are being implemented more and more in classrooms across the country, we don’t often stop and ask students – or their parents – what they think their technology needs are. (Read, Write, Web)
- More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Quality - Jack London was the subject in Daterrius Hamilton’s online English 3 course. In a high school classroom packed with computers, he read a brief biography of London with single-paragraph excerpts from the author’s works. (New York Times)
COMMON SENSE MEDIA IN THE NEWS
- Common Sense Media Employs Comprehensive Evaluation Strategy for Digital Citizenship Curriculum – Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization known for its comprehensive reviews of kid-focused media, has moved into the world of digital and media literacy education with the release of a new curriculum focused on digital citizenship. (Center for Social Media)
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