Kids and Screens – Part 1

My son is three and a half years old. He has used my husband’s tablet, my Nook, both of our phones, a laptop, and the wii. He has his own Leap Frog and a V-tech tablet. Yet, he spends most of his day having tea parties or playing trains or running around outside.

Some people are horrified at the number of “screens” my son can manipulate and use.… [Read more]

Leave a Message After the Click: Active Participation in Government

We the people…” Those three words are from the preamble for one of the most powerful governing documents ever written. While those few words don’t assign power, they speak to what citizens can accomplish when we work together and hone our focus. And when we have the right tools, our collective focus may have a significantly greater impact.… [Read more]

From the Mouths of Babes: Free Speech and Technology in Schools

Mark Twain, sage of the 19th century Mississippi that inspired his Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, once suggested that when he was a teenager, his own father was so irredeemably stupid that the old man’s mere presence was unbearable ….and how amazing it was that the dumb bastard relic had got a lot smarter by the time Twain passed his 21st birthday.… [Read more]

The Facebook Woes

Oh Facebook.

As U2’s Bono crooned, “I can’t live…with or without you.”

Almost everyone I know is on Facebook.  I must check it ninety-bazillion times a day. On my desktop, my phone, my laptop.  It’s gone from something for fun to pure habit.  If I am idle for more than five seconds, I find myself scrolling through my Twitter feed or checking my Facebook feed or peeking at Instagram.… [Read more]

Privacy: Not Everyone Is Watching, But Some Are

There’s a lot of fear-mongering going on in the world right now. So, I am going to preface this article by telling you not to worry. Don’t get upset. Don’t panic. Maybe, just maaaaaaybe, be a little concerned. Why? Because, earlier this year, Christian Paetsch robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Aurora, Colorado.

This is not a public service announcement about banking safety.… [Read more]

Social Media and Education

I have been “on the internet” (if you count e-mail) since before most of my students were born.

(Side note: Holy Moses. How can that be true?? I am so youthful! Ahem.)

In college (late 90’s/early 00’s), I had my first website — a sample teaching site I created using DreamWeaver that I thought was amazing (it was not, and I never used it again).… [Read more]

YouTube Ban Shows Lack of True Democracy in Pakistan

Pakistan’s government was trying to prove its commitment to Islamic ideals and sacredness of Islamic faith when it ordered a ban on YouTube in September following the release of the video Innocence of Muslims, which proved blasphemous to Islamic beliefs. The little religious storm in the political cup was soon over and today, hardly anyone seems to be bothered by the memory of that film.… [Read more]

Does Mitt Romney’s ‘Director of Social Media’ Tweet with His Authority?

Why in God’s name is Mitt Romney‘s Social Media Director, Bill Murphy, “retweeting” racist claptrap about the “inevitable black on white race war?” And how can Romney keep him on his staff?

Bill Murphy, former associate of convicted felon and creator of the Vice and Victory Agency, Ali Akbar (click here for links to multiple stories about Akbar) retweeted this piece of hate propaganda from the Pat Dollard blog.… [Read more]

Getting Back Into the Pool: Online Dating – A User’s Perspective, Part II

Part Two: Do’s and a few “Please don’ts!”

In part one, I covered the basics. Let’s move on. Instant messages….they can be fun. It’s a great way to get to know someone, isn’t it? You can chat online and have fun. But they can also be a drag. Here’s what I mean:

I’m online and I get an alert that lets me know that JohnBoy2010 wants to chat with me.… [Read more]

Mitt the Twit…ter Man

Recently, Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced that his campaign was poised to pick his running mate. A collective, “OK Whatever” rang out, especially when more and more political pundits and registered voters are becoming increasingly interested in Mitt’s tax returns. Sensing that the running mate selection game was losing steam, if it ever really had any, Team Willard decided to go the way of social boldness by declaring that the next potential Vice President of the U.S.… [Read more]