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Profile: Educators Leading the Path to the Digital Future

Connie D. Perkins is currently a first grade teacher in Fayette County Schools and has been teaching for over 26 years. Perkins has a Reading Specialist Degree that has allowed her to teach one-on-one reading with students who needed the help. She also taught Early Intervention Program (EIP) curriculum for reading two years, and Perkins mentioned that she “has worked a lot with children who struggle in reading.”

With the many years of teaching experience in early education, Perkins stated that she has seen a major difference in the way that children grasp reading and math skills over the years. She remembers when they would use flash cards to learn new concepts and how it would take weeks for them to master the concepts, and now those same skills when applied from the iPad or the computer are learned “just like that,” she continued. Perkins stated that the children “love iPads in their classroom!” She utilizes the iPad to introduce and reinforce the lessons they will be doing throughout the week. “The children now have access to the reading book and all the skills we do in class. They can go home and do it online,” says Perkins. “They think it’s a big deal to be able to go ahead of us or read extra books related to the class lessons while at home.”

Perkins finished by saying that she could see the schools “doing away with textbooks and going digital someday,” believing that students will think “outside the box when manipulating tools on digital technology.”

1st Grade Teacher Discusses Digital Technology from Amanda Golden on Vimeo.


Heather Cox has been a fourth grade teacher and leader of technology in Fulton County Schools for the past 10 years. Upon gaining employment with Fulton Schools, Cox said that she became a “leadership member and any other kind of committee member that had anything to do with technology.” This included the Inaugural Technology Leadership Forum for Fulton County Schools where she helped to launch the Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Pilot Program in her school. Though she initially met resistance, she eventually helped everyone to understand what the program was really about.

Cox stated that last year while on her professional Twitter page, she saw an article that was linked to the nomination form for the White House Champions of Change Program for ConnectEd Leaders. After she read over the description, she sent an email to her students’ parents to see if they would nominate her. To her surprise, Cox heard back from the White House a few months later saying that she had “like 20 nominations,” so they wanted to get a little more information about her. From there, Cox was chosen to be 1 of the 10 people who would be honored as a ConnectEd Leader in the White House Champions of Change Program. Cox said that it was incredible to go and get to meet other ConnectEd Educators and it happened “all through the power of Twitter.”

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New Media Journalism Toddlers and Tablets

How iStartSmart Tablets Help Child Development

iStartSmart Tablets 

According to Hatch: The Early Learning Experts, the “iStartSmart Mobile is the learning tablets that fascinates and engages” children as they learn throughout the day based on research proven applications and software that monitor the progress as they go. If a student is struggling with a concept, the program allows for the teacher to go in and “refocus” by using the Progress Monitoring Reports incorporated into the system for more efficient learning.

Research shows that the iStartSmart program was created to help aid the key components that “promote positive experiences and school readiness.” Among these components are:

  1. Child Development
  2. Effective Early Childhood Education Practices

  3. Critical Content for School Readiness
  4. Developmentally Appropriate Educational Technology


One of the most innovative things about the iStartSmart Learning System (app suite and the tablet) “is that teachers can monitor the progress of each student in real time!” The progress monitoring of the iStartSmart System allows for teachers to take “snapshots of a child’s progress throughout the year”, exclaimed Brent. Instead of teachers having to remember which child did what at the end of the day the “unbiased data” from the program is right there to show when needed.

Hatch: Early Learning Experts concluded that, “for technology to be meaningful in early education, it must provide opportunities for children to gain the essential skills that prepare them for school.”

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Shhh… Twitter’s Going Public

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It was not a secret that in 2006 when Twitter Inc. was founded by Jack Dorsey and Dick Costolo  that the company would be “private.” The social networking and micro-blogging website, that allows its users to express themselves in 140 characters or less, was only interested in selling its stock internally to other members of the company and its investors, privately.

Now, Twitter Inc. has officially tweeted that they’ve “confidentially submitted an S-1 to the SEC for a planned IPO…” In minutes the news was re-tweeted over 2000 times! With both good and not so good comments on the news it leaves many to wonder what will come of Twitter when this IPO is really on the table officially.

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According to an article on Politico.com Jeff Chester stated that when Twitter goes public, “Twitter’s new job will be to please large advertisers and help them better use social media to target consumers.” Those consumers being all of the twitter users! Twitter will have to cater to the big companies by supplying them with our information so they can advertise to the individual liking of its users. Chester goes on to say that; “Twitter will need to re-examine its privacy policies to make sure users have complete control of their information when it relates to their finances, health, children, ethnicity, etc.” Meaning just like Facebook it could end up that you choose to give them the rights to your information for advertising purposes.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like the side ads on Facebook that supposedly are based on what I like. It’s a distraction and not to mention it’s creepy that they have gathered information based on my Internet usage AND the information provided to them by the social networking site.

There isn’t much information about this “confidential” filing since it is protected by the new JOBS Act until three weeks before it plans to start the official public offering. But this was only the first step in the IPO process which typically takes three to six months, but can take longer.

So, it’s likely we wont see any Twitter Stock for sale until early 2014.

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New Media Journalism Technology Toddlers and Tablets

Privacy Settings on Facebook: Protect Yourself by Thinking Twice

Photo Taken By Amanda Golden
Photo Taken By Amanda Golden

Former student of Fayette County School District, Chelsea Chaney, is currently suing the school system for 2 million dollars.

Chaney reports on WBSTV that she “didn’t give permission for her photo to be used.” Her attorney, Peter Wellborn stated “their idea that putting something on Facebook gives them a license to steal it and Carte blanche to do with it what they did is wrong ethically, it’s wrong morally and it’s absolutely wrong legally.”

When one signs up for social media networking sites like Facebook they are, according to Facebook Privacy Settings, granting them the permission to use any and all information posted publicly to the website. Though you will still own all of the photos and information posted it is suggested on Facebook that one must, “always think before you post. Just like anything else you post on the web or send in an email, information you share on Facebook can be copied or re-shared by anyone who can see it.”

One element of a Defamation claim in Georgia according to Digital Media Law Project is “a false statement about the plaintiff.” Chaney also reported that next to the photo was the title “Once it’s there, it’s there to stay” during a district wide seminar that was dedicated to informing people of the risks of social media. This was “embarrassing” to Chaney according to the report made on WSBTV this past June.

Another former Fayette County School District student, Justin M., feels that “it doesn’t matter, as soon as she put it on the Internet it became free game for anybody”; including employers. Mr. M. also mentioned that people should read the privacy settings of these social media settings, people can see your information whether you give them permission or not because “you put it out there for them to see.”

His advice to youth of today is to “Be informed. Understand what you are doing when you put that information, that picture or you’re putting that video or whatever post up. What ever you say can be used against you, not only in the court of law but for getting a job, losing a job, losing a friend, or even a family member; because it is in the free market, in the middle of the internet, anybody can access it.”

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