Can a crowd edited resource like Wikipedia be as objective as a professionally edited resource such as the Encyclopedia Britannica? Two professors recently set out to do just that, and found that the answer is: it depends. Feng Zhu of …[Continue]
Should Students be Forced to Hand Over Passwords?
A new Illinois law created to enable school administrators to investigate cyberbullying went into effect on January 1, 2015. It allows school adminstrators to demand social media passwords from students suspected of online harassment. Soon after one school district sent …[Continue]
Technology in the Science Classroom
I’ve written about many of these science websites in my regular Surfnetkids column, but here’s a roundup I thought was worth sharing. Mashable brings us 7 Tech Upgrades to the Old-School Science Class that includes virtual frog dissection, interactive periodic …[Continue]
3 Free Web Citation Tools
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 …[Continue]
7 Facebook Profiles that Teach US History
1) It all started a few years ago when the White House began filling out its Facebook Timeline with photos of past Presidents. Now its timeline goes all the way back to April 30, 1789, when George Washington was inaugurated. …[Continue]
Digital Citizenship Resources from Google
Did you know that Google has a school assembly program about digital safety that they are taking on the road? It’s called the Good to Know School Roadshow, but in addition to the assembly program for schools, they have a …[Continue]
Which Word Best Describes …
This Tech Tip post is not a tip I am offering you, but rather a favor I am asking from you. For years I have called the section of Surfnetkids.com that contains my weekly website reviews “Topics.” But I’ve never …[Continue]
Why is Yik Yak Being Banned from Schools?
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 …[Continue]