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Teachers Guide to facebook

From Mashable

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, reaching 1 billion active users at the beginning of October. People across the globe use Facebook to connect with old friends, share news about their lives and even to maximize their brand’s social reach.

SEE ALSO: The Beginner’s Guide to Facebook

In its Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, Facebook lists a minimum age requirement of 13, which means that more and more students in high school and college are signing up for the social network. As a teacher, what should you do if a student sends you a friend request? Does age play a factor? Should you be careful about what you post, even if it’s from your private account


Teaching about 9/11

Ground Zero in New York City

Photo: AP/Mark Lennihan

From US News and World Report Education:

Schools across the country will mark the anniversary of the September 11 attacks next week with memorials, moments of silence, and special lesson plans. Teaching high school students about 9/11 and its aftermath is a lofty task, as most students were not old enough to remember and understand the attacks, and many educators will need to wade through the emotions and stereotypes already woven into the narrative



Nominees offer clear choices on education

President Obama and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney

Photo via Politico

From Education Week:

During the recently concluded presidential nominating conventions, President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney offered stark choices on K-12 policy while downplaying areas of agreement between their two parties—and the tensions within each party on education issues.

In Charlotte, N.C., last week, the Democrats put a relentless focus on Mr. Obama’s record of making education a federal funding priority. They cited the billions of dollars his administration steered into saving teachers’ jobs and broadening college access.

And convention speakers, including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, highlighted the president’s role in encouraging states to adopt rigorous standards and warned that Republicans would slash education spending.



Tips for returning teachers

From Edutopia:

Educators who appreciate the value of professional networks have a keen understanding of the old adage, “The wisdom is in the room.” For this growing community, “room” means any space — virtual or physical — where colleagues connect, exchange insights, and push each other’s thinking.

Connected Educator Month(3), continuing through August, shines a spotlight on spaces where teachers and school leaders are collaborating online. Not surprisingly, there’s a wealth of wisdom emanating from these “rooms.” Here are a few nuggets that are especially timely for teachers and school leaders preparing for the new school year

Read more at Edutopia