Holiday Repost: Don’t Blame Social Media if Your Teen Is Unsocial. It’s Your Fault

No Facebook Allowed

No Facebook Allowed

Aaah, social media. We all love facebook, twitter, google+, snapchat, kik … and we all love to hate social media too. The number of times I’ve heard, “Facebook is evil” (aka “Bring out the pitchforks and burning branches”) and, “Kids don’t talk to each other anymore” (aka “I don’t let my kids see other kids because they might be influenced, taken, get a scratch…”)  – well, let’s say that if I had a dollar each time, I’d be giving Bill Gates a run for his money…

Anyway, this post at Wired is all about that and is worth the read.

I plan on doing a follow up focusing on helping kids be responsible users of social media – sometime in the new year. Look for it. 🙂

Holiday Repost: 11 EdTech Bloggers to Follow

Blogs to readAs you can probably guess, I follow a lot of EdTech bloggers, tweeters etc. Graphite (by Common Sense Media) has compiled a list of 11 EdTech bloggers to follow in the coming year. I already follow most of these and will be adding a couple more to my stable of news feeds. As always, go to the blog, have a read, and if you like it, subscribe to the blog. You never know where you next idea for innovative teacher practice will come from, but I’ve found that I’m constantly inspired by those who are pushing the boundaries with educational technology use.  Continue reading

Holiday Repost: For most, tablets do not make good full-time laptops

Microsoft Surface RTI’m a huge tablet user… I have a SurfaceRT (my main work tablet), an iPad, have gotten an Android tablet for my wife’s Christmas present (shhhh….. it’s a secret, so don’t tell anyone), and use them incredibly often. I’m also a notebook (what used to be laptop) user, with a HP ProBook 6560b, and have used as my main machines a Macbook Pro (loved it), a ThinkPad, something from Acer… lots from HP…etc. And I have found that, surprise, surprise, they each have their uses.

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Christmas TreeYou may have noticed that I haven’t posted anything in a while… I’m sorry. I truly am. I got busy – waaaay too busy – with the graduation of the Year 12s (I look after them), the finish of the school year, and going on holidays.

I have plenty of posts planned for 2014, but haven’t been able to bring myself to writing any yet (except this one). BUT, I thought that instead of hearing my opinionated opinions, I’d share what I’ve been reading (when I’ve been online). Feel free to tune out, therefore, until mid-to-late January, but for those who like to find new and hopefully interesting blogs… stay tuned.

My next post will be the first of the series.

Enjoy – and have a Merry Christmas, and a very happy New Year.