This is kind of old news (April 2008), but it was in my email (which I am sorting through) and it’d be good reading for English 516: “When Young Teachers Go Wild on the Web: Public Profiles Raise Questions of Propriety and Privacy.” Basically, it’s about teachers who have sort of questionable Facebook profiles. Besides some amusing examples, I like the fact that many of the teachers in this article were unaware that their Facebook profiles were as public as they are. Just goes to show you that the teachers can sometimes be just as– um, not smart– as the students.
Tip o’ the hat to Nick Carbone for posting this to WPA-L.
The Dumpster (2006: Golan Levin, Kamal Nigam and Jonathan Feinberg) is an interactive online visualization that attempts to depict a slice through the romantic lives of American teenagers. Using real postings extracted from millions of online blogs, visitors to the project can surf through tens of thousands of specific romantic relationships in which one person has “dumped” another.
On a less humorous note, I do sometimes wish I could/would do this. I’m working on a desktop now and will switch to a laptop soon to go and do some work elsewhere, and I know I will inevitably forget something….
Via Stephen’s Web, I came across the site “Software Essentials for the Modern Educator.” I think “essential” is a bit of a stretch (I have never found it “essential” to have a software that can edit perl scripts or python) and it is very windoze-centric, but a useful list nonetheless.