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Why the Social Web Can’t Be Ignored

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[tweetmeme] Recently I came across the above “Living Statistics” flash app on Personalize Media. If you are studying the impact of social media on society in your classroom, this is a wonderful chart to explore and discuss. Make sure to click on the “now,” “+1 day,” “+1 week,” etc. buttons to see how many new blog posts, Facebook members, and tweets have been created around the world in 2010 alone! Thanks to Gary Hayes for sharing such a wonderful app/classroom discussion piece!
For more ideas on how to discuss social media and digital literacy in your classroom or home, take a look at, “MySpace in Democracy” – a wonderful free unit on Curriki by educator Samuel Reed. As the unit description points out:

This 6-8 week unit draws upon social studies, media literacy and inquiry to explore how social networks and media technologies promote and disrupt democratic practices. It is intended for middle grade students (grades 6th-8th).

The unit is organized in 3 major sections: Communication Timeline Inquiry (Week 1-2), First Amendment and Cyber Rights Inquiry / Webquest (Week 3-4) and Free Cyber Speech and Internet Safety Public Service Productions (Week 5-8)

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Summer Literacy and Technology Roundup

It’s about 100 degrees in Dubai, which means that summer is right around the corner! As you plan for June, July and August, take a look at these literacy and technology tips and resources from around the web!

For the young ones—As always Reading Rockets has a fabulous list of summer learning ideas and activities. For example:

For tweens—The best way to encourage young teens to read is to provide them with books that peak their interest. Take a look at AdLit’s themed booklist for books that hit the spot!

For young adults—Since Facebook and YouTube are most certainly going to factor into your teen’s summer plans, why not encourage him/her to write and direct a short film to post on his/her social networks? Short Film Central is a nice resource for budding directors and/or young adults that are interested in global film developments.

For adults—Summer is a great time to brush up on your technology skills and to build your digital education portfolio. Take a look at Curriki’s latest blog post for links to free professional development opportunities and resources.

From sunny Dubai,


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A mini technology and social bookmarking lesson

Monday I figured out how to add social bookmarking links to the bottom of Literacy is Priceless posts thanks to discovering a how-to guide on the subject on the blog Running through the Rain. After discussing my mini accomplishment with a few of my teacher friends, it occurred to me that not everyone is familiar with the term social bookmarking nor the colorful little buttons below. So, here is a mini lesson on the topic so that you can start bookmarking your favorite websites and Literacy is Priceless posts : ).

Wikipedia defines social bookmarking as follows:

Social bookmarking is a method for Internet users to store, organize, search, and manage bookmarks with the help of metadata.

In a social bookmarking system, users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains. The allowed people can usually view these bookmarks chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine… For more information, click here.

The following colorful buttons allow you to save and share links to this blog post on social bookmarking and networking sites like, Digg, StumbleUpon, reddit, and Facebook.

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1) The checkered button allows you to save blog posts to of the most popular social bookmarking sites and a personal favorite! I use the site to bookmark education resources that I come across and want to save for later viewing. The great think about is that regardless of what computer I am on, I can always find my favorites by going to my free online account.

2) The second mini button above allows you to bookmark this post on Digg-another popular site, especially among tech-savvy crowds. Everything on Digg – from news to videos to images to Podcasts – is submitted by our community (that would be you). Once something is submitted, other people see it and Digg what they like best.

3) The middle button above with the SU on it is for StumbleUpon-a site that allows you to bookmark and review content, as well as stumble upon new content related to your interests. My Dad is a huge fan of this site!

4) The second button from the right with the little creature on it allows you to bookmark this post on reddit-a site where you can vote on and share your favorite web content.

5) Finally, the button on the far right with an f on it is for Facebookan online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges-By clicking this button on any of our blog posts, you can share Literacy is Priceless with your friends and colleagues on Facebook.

I hope this is helpful! Moving forward, feel free to bookmark our posts on your computer or the social bookmarking sites above! Also, feel free to share your own favorite literacy websites with us here in the comment sections of each post!

Happy Social Bookmarking,


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