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October 2011

Students & Social Networking

Students & Social Networking

danah boyd presents at  "Meeting of the Minds: Youth, Social Media and Education"

Danah Boyd presents at "Meeting of the Minds: Youth, Social Media and Education"

Why Use Apps in Teaching & Learning

Why Use Apps in Teaching & Learning

In 2007 New York City libraries asked tweens and teens how they used the web in homework. The results of that research demonstrated that students frequently use Google and Wikipedia in their school work, and that they use apps to connect to information and resources from where they already are. For example, a student who is on Facebook looking at messages from friends uses an app on either their own or their friend’s page.

Homework Help Resources

Homework Help Resources

Use these materials to help your teen with their homework.

Why Use Apps in Learning

Why Use Apps in Learning

Tweens and teens use the web, social networking, and apps in learning every day. They search Google and Wikipedia for information. They communicate with their friends about a homework assignment via Facebook and instant mesaging (IM). They create projects using VoiceThread, Animoto, and wikis.

For Parents > Social Networking & Learning

Social Networking & Learning

Because web-based social networking almost always requires reading, writing, and thinking when tweens and teens participate using this technology they have an opportunity to improve their reading and writing skills. For example:

For Librarians > What’s an App?

What's an App?

An app (application or also sometimes called widget) is a program you can add to a web page, blog, wiki, computer desktop, Facebook, or MySpace – to name a few. In the space the user selects, she can incorporate apps in order to have a calendar, booklist, to do list, library catalog search, etc. easily accessible in that space.

Social Networking & Libraries

Social Networking & Libraries

Librarians are discovering that social networking is a great way to connect with the community. When it comes to tweens and teens, this technology is used in creative ways to help youth find out about library programs, services, and resources. For example:

Why HomeworkNYC Apps

Why HomeworkNYC Apps

The HomeworkNYC Apps project is a direct result of a series of focus groups with teens and tweens conducted in the fall of 2007. This research focused on uncovering how tweens and teens use the Internet for their homework needs.

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