Tagged with social media

Data, Not Dollars: Twitter Announces a Grant Program

Tweets have become fodder for all kinds of academic research. Scholars mine Twitter to track how voters view politicians, how the public reacts to antismoking campaigns, even how people’s moods change through the day. But academics have faced technical and financial obstacles to obtaining the tweets. This week Twitter Inc. announced a pilot program that … Continue reading

Students May Be Reading Plenty, but Not for Class

Those who worry about the reading habits of today’s college students can take heart: They may be reading more than is commonly thought. However, more than 40 percent of the time they spend reading is on social media, and that reading often happens during class, a new study reveals. “We need to be aware of … Continue reading

‘Real World’ Social Media Helps Students Bond

As technology becomes ever more ubiquitous in children’s social lives, new research suggests fundamental skills still apply, particularly in environments that mirror real life. Children’s online social lives were a big topic at the annual Society for Research in Child Development conference in Seattle on Thursday. Several new studies presented there suggest that while socializing … Continue reading

College Faculty Survey Finds Their Use of Social Media Has Evolved

College faculty have evolved their use of social media for professional, personal and instructional use, with a decrease in concerns around the value and amount of time spent using social media, according to a new report from the Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson. The survey results will be presented during Pearson’s “Social Media for Teaching … Continue reading

Duz Txting Hurt Yr Kidz Gramr? Absolutely, a New Study Says

“Wud u lk 2 meet me 4 brgr 2nite?” If you’ve ever looked at a teenager’s text message and thought it looked more like a kindergartener’s scrawl, you might not be far off. Middle school students who frequently use “tech-speak”—omitting letters to shorten words and using homophone symbols, such as @ for “at” or 2nite … Continue reading

Free Live Webinar: Pumping Up District Social-Media Strategies

Wednesday March 2, 2 p.m. Eastern Also available “on demand” anytime 24 hours after the event. Free registration is now open. There are many opportunities for districts to use social-networking tools like Facebook and Twitter to connect with their communities, enhance professional development, and promote school and district successes. But many school leaders are reluctant … Continue reading