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The Case For Social Media in Schools

At the top of my list of concerns as a mom is the education of my children.

Today I found this article: The Case For Social Media in Schools.  Check out the comments and the resources, such as edublogs.com, kidblog.org and edmodo.com. The author will even shock you with a pointer that cell phones are NOT the enemy with an example of how one teacher collected cell phone numbers and improved class attendance and tardiness. Now this is an article that is about thinking outside of the box and embracing technology for the good of our kids.

In 2006, I read a Time Magazine article about how bored kids are with education and how we are falling behind as a country. We need to start thinking outside of the box. An excerpt from this article is below. But PLEASE go to this link and read the whole thing. It is URGENT: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1568480,00.html

There’s a dark little joke exchanged by educators with a dissident streak: Rip Van Winkle awakens in the 21st century after a hundred-year snooze and is, of course, utterly bewildered by what he sees. Men and women dash about, talking to small metal devices pinned to their ears. Young people sit at home on sofas, moving miniature athletes around on electronic screens. Older folk defy death and disability with metronomes in their chests and with hips made of metal and plastic. Airports, hospitals, shopping malls–every place Rip goes just baffles him. But when he finally walks into a schoolroom, the old man knows exactly where he is. “This is a school,” he declares. “We used to have these back in 1906. Only now the blackboards are green.”

American schools aren’t exactly frozen in time, but considering the pace of change in other areas of life, our public schools tend to feel like throwbacks. Kids spend much of the day as their great-grandparents once did: sitting in rows, listening to teachers lecture, scribbling notes by hand, reading from textbooks that are out of date by the time they are printed. A yawning chasm (with an emphasis on yawning) separates the world inside the schoolhouse from the world outside.

For the past five years, the national conversation on education has focused on reading scores, math tests and closing the “achievement gap” between social classes. This is not a story about that conversation. This is a story about the big public conversation the nation is not having about education, the one that will ultimately determine not merely whether some fraction of our children get “left behind” but also whether an entire generation of kids will fail to make the grade in the global economy because they can’t think their way through abstract problems, work in teams, distinguish good information from bad or speak a language other than English.


February 27, 2011 Posted by | education, social media, Social Media Mom | , , | Leave a comment

How Social Media Is Positively Impacting Our Culture

With all of the research and articles related to how Social Media is transforming our culture, and not necessarily for the postive, here is one opinion to the contrary. What do you think? How Social Media Is Positively Impacting Our Culture [OPINION].

February 24, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | Leave a comment

Social Media in Education?

I have been concerned for some time about education keeping up with today’s technologically-advanced teens. How do we keep kids engaged and interested? I came across this video about a summit this past summer on Social Media in Education. If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. How can we harness the power of the internet and social media to reduce the drop out rate and engage today’s social media kids? Thought I would share, great panel at this event:


February 20, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | Leave a comment

Try Mentoring – Its A Life Changing Experience – For Both!

Learn More About Mentoring with Serve Our Youth Network

From post by Shane Vander Hart on February 3, 2011

We’ve lined up dates and locations for our Orientation to Mentoring sessions in the Des Moines area throughout February. This one hour training is the first step for those who are interested in mentoring.
During this orientation those who attend will receive:

1.An overview of Serve Our Youth Network and our different opportunities for mentoring (Amachi, Informal Mentoring at Polk County Youth Services and Second Chance Juvenile Mentoring Initiative).

2.An overview of mentoring in general and its rewards and benefits.

3.Basic requirements for mentors and our application, screening and selection process.There is no obligation to become a mentor if you attend, but this is a great way to learn more before you jump in.

Here are our orientation times and locations:

■Saturday, February 12 (7:30a-8:30a) at Smokey Row (1910 Cottage Grove Ave. in Des Moines)

■Tuesday, February 15 (7:30p-8:30p) at Panera Bread (2310 SE Delaware Ave. in Ankeny)

■Monday, February 21 (7:00p – 8:00p) at Grounds for Celebration – Beaverdale (2645 Beaver Ave. in Des Moines)

If you would like to attend one of these orientations, while it isn’t necessary, we would appreciate it if you would RSVP. You can do so by contacting me at (515) 321-5077 or send me an email to shanev@serveouryouth.org.


February 9, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | Leave a comment

2011 List “Whats on a Mom’s Mind?”: I

2011 List “Whats on a Mom’s Mind?”: I am starting this list, but please add to it. What’s on a Your Mind as a Mom… http://wp.me/p1fAkA-1p

February 8, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | Leave a comment

Calling ALL Moms…: I would love it if

Calling ALL Moms…: I would love it if people would share their favorite mom causes, websites, resources, advice… http://wp.me/p1fAkA-1n

February 8, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | Leave a comment

LiVE with Family Directions of Iowa

LiVE with Family Directions of Iowa Saturday, February 5 at 6:30pm in the Blackbox Theatre at the Des Moines Social Club at 1408 Locust Street Downtown Des Moines.

 The 1st Annual Evening of Entertainment in support of Family Directions of Iowa. All proceeds will benefit Family Directions of Iowa’s community family programs.

Tickets: Available in advance for $35 (21 and over only please)


Featured Guests: Musical Performance by John Cheatem Dueling Pianos with Tony Bohnenkamp & Jared Hall Emceed by Big Ken & Colleen of Star 102.5 Raffle Items. Hor d’oerves provided by Noodle Zoo. Cash bar available.

February 3, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | Leave a comment

Teaching Your Children Values – Book Recommendation

In answer to “What’s on a Mom’s Mind” … teaching values was one of them. Here is a book recommended by @Tina Marie Johnson via Facebook:
Amazon.com: Teaching Your Children Values (9780671769666): Richard Eyre, Linda Eyre: Books


Testimony from a mom about this book:

“How Zach developed such clear values. Beginning when Zach was 5 we talked about a value (same one for a month) as part of our evening ritual. It helped him have deep understanding of character as evidenced by his testimony. This book was a great resource for the nightly value discussion”


February 3, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | Leave a comment

RT @acs_iowa: Interesting information. H

RT @acs_iowa: Interesting information. Health information remains high on the list of popular uses for the Internet. http://wapo.st/euQYdW

February 1, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | Leave a comment

If Mama’s Not Healthy, No One’s Healthy

Started my journey back to great health (and hopefully great shape) today with the assistance of an online diet and exercise journal. I lost 26 pounds in 23 weeks in 2007 preparing for a trip to Honduras to join my boyfriend and learn to scuba dive! It really helps to journal when you are trying to lose weight. I highly recommend http://www.everydayhealth.com for journaling, advice and support with incredible tools to help you figure out your goals and how to achieve them. You can even start your own blog there about your journey. Also did I mention ITS FREE!  Just another great technology tool in a busy tech-savvy (or even not so savvy) mom’s toolbox!

February 1, 2011 Posted by | Social Media Mom | 1 Comment