Social Networking in STEM Education

By Anna Zernone Giorgi As educators recognize the value of social networking in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education, students of all ages are tapping into social media for more than sharing photos and keeping track of their friends’ activities. Educators are using social networking platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter to keep […]

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More Than Just MOOCs: The Major Types of Online Education Today

Online education is often talked about as a homogeneous force poised to either bring radically improved education to every corner of the globe or ruin learning and knowledge as we know it. But in reality there are many different types of online education across which generalizations can’t be made. A more nuanced understanding of these varieties, […]

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Where Can You Find the Most Insightful Conversations Online?

One major goal for teachers and librarians today is to foster “information literacy,” a set of skills that allows us to efficiently communicate what information we need, understand where and how to search, think critically about information and use it strategically to achieve our goals. Information literacy instruction typically involves activities like a discussion of what makes […]

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How Google Scholar Works and Tips for Using It More Effectively

Google is great for its convenience and quick answers but much more hit or miss when you need authoritative sources. It’s important to critically evaluate your search results to figure out who each author is and why he or she might be a good person to write about the subject at hand. But another thing […]

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What’s the Business Model of MOOCs Such As Coursera?

The booming popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in 2012 has dramatically changed our ideas about the potential of online education. The New York Times called them “the revolution that has higher education gasping” and the Chronicle added that MOOCs question “the future of teaching” and even “the value of a degree.” What exactly […]

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How Are Schools Using Social Media Today? [Infographic]

Social media is such a popular cultural phenomenon today that it has become a major part of just about every aspect of our lives. Our schools, however, are an institution that many critics have said has been painfully slow to adopt new technology. Although such a strong conclusion is not well-founded, it is true that […]

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What Are the Best Free Websites for Learning and Productivity?

Q: What are some of the best free online resources for education and productivity? (If you came from the eBook and have a website to suggest, skip ahead to the comments!) Today, there are tons of fascinating knowledge collections available for free on the open web. You can learn all about a new subject, acquire […]

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How Should We Teach Information Literacy in Schools?

Q: When the majority of information moves from print to digital form, we need a new set of critical skills in order to find what we need and use if properly. Many students get to college without having learned much in the way of information literacy, although professors often expect it was already taught. How […]

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What Influences Has Technology Made on the Classroom Environment?

This is a guest post by Charlotte Watson. If you are interested in writing for Social Web Q and A, check out our guidelines for guest posts. I remember the old days of chalkboards in the classroom, then came whiteboards and overhead projectors. They were an exciting addition at the time but since then technology […]

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Technology in Education: A Teacher’s Perspective

Q: Given your recent writing about Apple’s educational goals, what do teachers think about the proliferation of technology in the classroom? What is the role of technology in the world of education? This question has been a hot topic ever since 1870, when the first “Magic Lantern” made its debut in a Chicago classroom. The […]

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