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At What Age Should Kids Get a Cellphone?

Thumbnail image for At What Age Should Kids Get a Cellphone? by Barbara J. Feldman September 29, 2014

The American Express Spending & Savings Tracker released last month showed that nine in ten parents expected to spend about $1151 for back-to-school purchases. Wow! In addition to the back-to-school spending survey, American Express also asked 2,033 adults, “What is the appropriate age for parents to purchase a mobile phone for their children?” On average, […]

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3 Free Web Citation Tools

Thumbnail image for 3 Free Web Citation Tools by Barbara J. Feldman August 23, 2014

A bibliographic citation should supply sufficient details so that the item (book, movie, website, etc.) is uniquely identified. The most common citation styles are MLA (for the humanities), and APA style (for psychology). But many other styles exist, including CSE (for the sciences), and CMOS (The Chicago Manual of Style). Ask your teacher if they […]

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Why is Yik Yak Being Banned from Schools?

Thumbnail image for Why is Yik Yak Being Banned from Schools? by Barbara J. Feldman March 11, 2014

Yik Yak is a new phone app (for both iOS and Android) that is being called a cross between Twitter and Snapchat. It creates a text chat room shared by up to 500 anonymous users who are all near one another (powered by the GPS services in one’s phone.) Its developers say it is designed […]

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Apps for Back to High School

Thumbnail image for Apps for Back to High School by Barbara J. Feldman September 23, 2013

There are thousands of apps that can help students get through the year, and I haven’t tested most of them, so I not going to list any specific apps in this tip. But here a few categories of apps that you may not know about. Just search your app store (be it Apple or Google) […]

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Digital Citizenship for Middle School

Thumbnail image for Digital Citizenship for Middle School by Barbara J. Feldman September 18, 2012

This infographic from Microsoft describes the middle-school digital culture as one of stalkers, bullies, haters and drama queens. It includes an EXCELLENT evaluation quiz to ask oneself before posting online. 1) Am I sure this is a good idea? 2) Can this get me in trouble? 3) Could it hurt my reputation? 4) Could it […]

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Top 5 Online Book Review Sites

by Barbara J. Feldman August 4, 2010

Online book reviews are available at many sites. But which ones do readers like most? Lifehacker polled their audience to come up with a list of Five Best Book Recommendation Services. In no particular order, they are Shelfari, LibraryThing, Amazon, GoodReads, and GetGlue. I use Amazon, because I am a Kindle user, but Lifehacker’s readers […]

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