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The Different Sorts of Networks Within Which We Work and Learn

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This quote caught my eye this morning:

We have to teach ourselves how to use social media. For the first time in history, 3 billion people are connected to each other. Is this a trap or an unrealized opportunity?

This article makes good sense of the the different ways that our work teams, our communities of practice and our looser social networks all contribute to our growth and learning, but each in different and vital ways.


Pieces like this help me get past the either/or questions of "is tech good or bad" to think about when and why digital connections can be productive and constructive.

Me?  I think it's an unrealiized opportunity.




People objecting on twitter and other social media lead to Scholastic pulling a new children's book

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I'd started seeing comments last week about the depiction of slaves in a new children's book issued by Scholastic about slaves who cooked in George Washington's kitchen.  I just saw the announcement today that Scholastic has pulled the book.  Here's one author and teacher's account  (curating some of the Tweets in that same tool I posted below, Storify).

It's worth a skim to see how people conversed over a few days, learned from each other and disagreed with each other, and how a major publisher then responded.


 Update:  Here's a news story from NPR on the issues. 

 Update #2:  One educator writes about all she learned from Twitter in the multiple posts about this book.