What To Do When You’re a Teacher Being Cyberbullied #edsec #edtech #edchat

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A few days ago, a good friend approached me about a difficult situation taking place in her classroom. After noticing that a student had given her a disparaging nickname in an email, she was devastated when she came across numerous mean-spirited, false comments made about her by that student on a social network.

This wasn’t the first time it had happened in her school– but it was the first time it had happened to her, and she wasn’t sure how to bounce back from something that has marred the last few weeks she had with her students this year. What should she do to protect herself from this in the future? Continue reading “What To Do When You’re a Teacher Being Cyberbullied #edsec #edtech #edchat”

Happy Birthday, Facebook: A Thank You

Happy Birthday, Facebook: A Thank You

There is much navel-gazing going around about Facebook today, because today was its 10th birthday. Where will it go? What will it become? What has it done to our society?

While I don’t have the answers to any of those questions, I do have one very, very strong memory of Facebook from a very sad time a very long time ago… a memory and a use case I felt compelled to share, because that’s what you do on an important birthday, you share important feelings and memories to mark the occasion. While my feelings about Facebook are many and complex, its servers are the only place on this earth that friends, classmates and professors still exist and I will never, ever, ever forget what they did for us without even knowing it on what was absolutely the worst day and the absolute saddest week of our lives.

tl;dr Dear Facebook, Thank you for turning Maroon and Orange–I’ll never forget it. Love, a Hokie

I’m a ridiculous now.

I’ve been saving this picture– you  know me, I love ridiculous– for the right moment.

It’s here.

I’ve said all over the internet that I love my job. I’m incredibly lucky to work with the people that I do and to have the opportunities and freedom that I have to do almost anything I want for my company as long as I can justify it. I couldn’t be in a better place– I am constantly learning and my coworkers constantly inspire and challenge me or nudge me and give me room to grow and figure things out. I’m incredibly lucky to be in a position where I basically get paid to be myself, and I am can get excited about “silly things” like being retweeted (as us) by my favorite blogger, by getting a mention from another favorite blogger, and by other “little” things like Twitter and Facebook brand pages being launched in the near future. My family, bless their hearts, doesn’t quite get what my job is, but they get that I’m happy, incredibly happy and I’m not going to be coming home anytime soon.

I’ve been doing some work on my company’s Google + page– kill me, I waited for Google to launch multi-admin support until going for it– and while completing our profile, this exchange first happened in my  head, then my iChat, furrowed brow and all.

[Enters first URL]
Hey, I run that!

[Enters second URL]
“Hey, I built that!”

[Enters third URL]
“Hey, I built that, too!”

[Enters fourth URL]
“Whoa, I made that three!”

[pause]
“Wait, what? I’ve been busy! When did I do these things?”

… and then…
“Holy CRAP. We’re EVERYWHERE! … OH MY GOD, I HAVE AN EMPIRE NOW!”

See that look up there? That’s me looking ridiculous er, imperious. Look at me, yo, I’m an ridiculous empress. On the internets, even!