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Final Project: Digital Strategy for Teacher Preparation Organization

Note: This post is an assignment for Nicco Mele’s Course – Media, Politics and Power in the Digital Age – it summarizes a proposal for my final project. We know that the most important school-based factor for student success is … Continue reading

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The Grand Bargain

The recent controversy at Harvard College about using secret cameras placed in classrooms to document student attendance has raised concerns about surveillance on campuses.  Questions are swirling about whether it was justified in pursuit of better teaching, who should have been … Continue reading

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Change We Can Believe In?

The 2012 Obama campaign has been heralded as a turning point for leveraging technology effectively in political races.  With the benefit of hindsight, those analyzing the digital strategy of the campaign boil the success down to three things: personalization, experimentation, … Continue reading

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Natural Selection in Newspapers and Universities

In 2009, Clay Shirky wrote a blog post likening the disruption of the newspaper industry to the revolution caused by the printing press. The internet updended how news could be produced, distributed, and monetized, wreaking havoc on traditional news institutions, … Continue reading

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Teacher Education…Can I Get a Definition, Please?

Given how critical teacher quality is to student success and how critical teacher preparation is to the effectiveness of teachers, it is important for the public to have a good grasp on what it means to prepare teachers. In The … Continue reading

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How to Be a Portal 101

In Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, Christakis and Fowler note that our online social networks are extensions of our offline social networks; the way we behave in these new spaces reflect … Continue reading

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Here Comes Everybody…Slowly

In Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, Clay Shirky makes the case that new social technology has fundamentally changed the way we communicate with each other, which in turn has had a profound impact on our ability … Continue reading

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