Just a quick mention that Apple has released a separate app for Podcasts in the iTunes store. It breaks it free from iTunes, as had been reported for the upcoming IOS 6 release. Check it out for your iPhone. While you are at the iTunes store, please take a minute and give my podcast a rating and a short review. I would really appreciate it.
I recently came across an infographic about Teens and Social Media that I found to be interesting. It comes out of a study by CommonSenseMedia.org This is their mission statement:
Common Sense Media is dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology. We exist because our nation’s children spend more time with media and digital activities than they do with their families or in school, which profoundly impacts their social, emotional, and physical development . As a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization, we provide trustworthy information and tools, as well as an independent forum, so that families can have a choice and a voice about the media they consume.
The study involved just over a thousand teens, 13-17. A lot of telling things come from this study. Overall teens feel pretty positive about the effects of Social Media on their lives. 49% said, though, that they prefer face to face communication with others.33% prefer texting, but only small percentages prefered to use Facebook or Twitter to communicate with friends. 36% of them wished to return to a time before Facebook. Girls tend to text, tweet, and post photos more than boys. 41% of them feel they are “addicted” to their phone and 43% of them wish they could just “unplug”. About 20% wish their parents would unplug (which is a number that I feel will continue to grow rapidly.) Interestingly, they do share the feeling that many adults have of frustration when someone you are with pays more attention to the gadget than the person. 43% of them also recognize that it distracts THEM from being with the person that they are with.
The CommonSenseMedia website has a tremendous amount to offer. They do reviews of movies, apps, books, websites, TV and music- whatever the media that you might be consuming. Within the reviews they offer alternatives that you might want to consider. For educators, they offer resources on teaching digital literacy and good cyber citizenship. I plan on spending a lot more time with the site. They have an iOS App, as well.
Logan Langly is just months away from his 13th birthday and the biggest day of his life – the day he will finally be marked. The mark lets people get jobs, use public transportation, or even buy concert tickets. Becoming marked means becoming free – or so he is told. Five years ago when Logan’s sister went to get her mark, she never came back. Now Logan can’t shake the feeling he’s being watched…. And then he finds the wire.
In keeping with the tone of the book, it’s difficult to find a lot about Evan. His bio reads: “Evan Angler is safe, for now. He lives without the Mark, evading DOME and writing in the shadows of Beacon. But if anyone asks, you know nothing about him”
Check out the book now, as the sequel “Sneak” is set to come out in September. You are going to want to be on board for this series when it becomes popular like Hunger Games.
This week’s EdTech spotlight falls on Jessica V Allen
Her bio says “ Trying to bring my two favorite worlds, PYP and Ed Tech, together, one blog post at a time! As many of you know, I am a teacher at a newly certified IB PYP school. Combining the challenges that each of these present is a daunting experience, but awesome when it comes out right. Currently attending ISTE12, she is actively tweeting great insights from the sessions that she is attending. This one, for example, from Rushton Hurley was great:
“Instead of “make a presentation on XXX, let’s ask kids to download their 3 fav presos and compare WHY they are good/bad.”
Follow her on Twitter and get the goodness that she shares.