Social Media

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Teaching How to Talk About Social Media and the Capitol Insurrection: A Guide for Teachers
Social media played a pivotal role in the Jan. 6 mob riot at the Capitol, providing plenty of fodder for classroom discussions.
Alyson Klein, January 19, 2021
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Many educators have been using TikTok to entertain students and vent about the difficulties of teaching under COVID-19.
Many educators have been using TikTok to entertain students and vent about the difficulties of teaching under COVID-19.
Privacy & Security What Educators Really Need to Know About TikTok
Uber-popular with tweens and teens, the video-sharing platform on which users share short clips is raising concerns about student data privacy and national security.
Benjamin Herold, July 29, 2020
7 min read
Classroom Technology Video Meet Jonte Lee, the Chemistry Teacher Who Transformed his Kitchen into a Classroom
Science teacher Jonte Lee spent the spring teaching through social media. Now he’s partnering with EdWeek to continue those lessons. 
Jaclyn Borowski , July 17, 2020
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School & District Management Student Cheating at Issue as College Board Rolls Out Online AP Exams
The College Board's national experiment with virtual AP exams gets underway this week amid accusations and stern warnings about student cheating.
Gabrielle Wanneh, May 12, 2020
3 min read
Classroom Technology Teachers, Politics, and Social Media: A Volatile Mix
When it comes to sharing their personal views on hot-button social and political issues, some teachers favor restraint on social media while others embrace the megaphone.
Madeline Will, March 17, 2020
9 min read
Classroom Technology TikTok's 'Outlet Challenge' Is Latest Social Media Nightmare for School Leaders
Schools around the country are contending with damage from the latest social media craze, which involves using a phone charger and a penny to spark an electrical outlet.
Alyson Klein, January 30, 2020
3 min read
School & District Management A 'Good News' Story: Curriculum Can Help Students Better Evaluate Online Information
The finding is a small beacon of hope for schools, who are reeling from the volume of misinformation students are exposed to online.
Stephen Sawchuk, January 29, 2020
4 min read
Classroom Technology Four Tips for District Leaders Dealing With Social Media Impersonators
Several incidents have popped up across the country in recent years: fake district accounts in Arkansas, California, Minnesota, and Ohio, and fake superintendent accounts in Delaware, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, among others.
Mark Lieberman, January 29, 2020
2 min read
Curriculum What Do Teachers Want Most for Their Classrooms? We Asked Them
We know teachers are always seeking ways to improve learning for their students. We wondered what would top their wish lists if money weren't an obstacle, so we asked them. Here's what they said.
Megan Ruge, January 15, 2020
4 min read
Classroom Technology Instagram Now Requires New Users to Disclose Their Age. But Will It Work?
The social media platform says it's trying to prevent children from seeing adult content, but some critics are skeptical the new policy will be effective.
Mark Lieberman, December 6, 2019
2 min read
Classroom Technology Why and How One District Embraced Digital Citizenship in a Big Way
The Gilbert Unified School District in Arizona is involving counselors, social workers, and teachers in its digital citizenship initiative, using a newly designed curriculum from Common Sense Media.
Alyson Klein, December 4, 2019
5 min read
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Privacy & Security TikTok: Powerful Teaching Tool or Classroom Management Nightmare?
Some teachers are adding the video-sharing platform into their lessons. But cyberbullying and data privacy are big concerns, experts say.
Alyson Klein, November 13, 2019
8 min read
Privacy & Security Instagram's Removal of 'Like' Counts Meant to Combat Anxiety, Depression
Instagram will begin hiding "like" counts on photos for some U.S. users, pleasing some child advocates while raising red flags for Instagram-friendly teachers.
Mark Lieberman, November 11, 2019
2 min read
An Education Week analysis found dozens of posts on Facebook, such as these, and Twitter urging parents to take out “back to school” loans.
An Education Week analysis found dozens of posts on Facebook, such as these, and Twitter urging parents to take out “back to school” loans.
Teaching Lenders Push High-Interest 'Back-to-School' Loans on Parents Via Social Media
Posts on Facebook and Twitter urge parents who need money for school supplies to take out payday and other loans, which experts caution have sky-high rates and school leaders say are unnecessary.
Madeline Will, August 27, 2019
6 min read