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An Educator’s Smorgasbord: 600 Social Media Education Links
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 27, 2011, 11:23 am   


I stumbled across an online article titled "600 Tips and Links for Using Social Media for Education and Learning"? Yes, please.
NEA Financial Disclosures Shed Light on Union Dollars
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 26, 2011, 11:30 am   

The union watchdog group Education Intelligence Agency released an analysis of the National Education Association’s most recent IRS documents this week, shedding light on the astronomical amount the NEA and its state affiliates collect from teachers each year.  According to tax documents, the NEA amassed more than $1.5 billion in revenue in 2008-09, more than 90 percent of it in the form of union dues from teachers.
State Education and Labor Policy Developments
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 25, 2011, 04:13 pm   

As the 2011 legislative session continues, states across the country are proceeding with legislation that seeks to curb union power and implement sweeping education reform. While the developments in Wisconsin and Ohio have seen the most media attention, there are a total of 729 bills currently pending in 48 states dealing with unions and union power, according to a database compiled by the non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures. While not every state is making national headlines, the enormous amount of legislation is a sign of what will undoubtedly be the largest shift in union power in generations.
Using the ‘Netflix’ model to improve literacy
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 20, 2011, 09:50 am   

Why is Netflix such a success? I suggest that it comes down to the fulfillment of three desires of the consumer.
  1. On-demand availability
  2. Individualization and recommendation according to consumer preference
  3. Accessibility in a variety of digital formats

Utilizing the same consumer model, Capstone Digital, a division of Capstone Publishing, is taking a leap of faith and producing an innovative educational program called the myON Reader. Their "Netflix" style approach to reading is banking on students' interest being piqued by the same individualized approach, just substitute literature for movies.

Social Media Poll Sheds Light on Student Use
posted by: Cindy Omlin | April 19, 2011, 02:42 pm   

While everyone knows that technology has changed our world, policymakers and education experts are still debating the value of social media in the modern day classroom. In a technology driven world, the possibilities of engaging students in social media for educational purposes are endless. However, while we know teenagers are glued to their smart phones and iPads, are they committed to engaging in this technology for school? A new Associated Press-Viacom poll sheds new light on what teens are really using social media for- and you just may be surprised.

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