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Teens who blog write more not only online but offline, and may be practicing more practical writing than the SAT-style exercises used in many classrooms, according to a recent Pew Internet and American Life Project survey. "Blogging and other forms of virtual debate actually foster the very types of intellectual exchange, analysis and argumentative writing that universities value," said Bradley A. Hammer, an instructor in Duke University's writing program.
A rare brain malformation prevents Schuyler Hudson, 8, from speaking, and her father has chronicled her progress and her family's' journey in a blog and now a new book, "Schuyler's Monster." The blog has helped the family buy a $7,500 voice machine that gives Schuyler her own electronic voice.
Scrambled eggs and toast were on the kitchen table, a soccer game began in an hour and October sun poured into Elizabeth Coplan's Seattle-area home.
Yet it was 11 a.m., and her 10-year-old son would not get out of bed, remaining tucked under his covers more like a teenager than a fourth-grader.
It was the latest of yellow flags that had been waving since Mark Coplan was born that something was wrong: night terrors, lips rubbed until bleeding, recurring stomach aches, aversion to smell, and never much sleep, maybe four hours a night for mother and son.
Teachers who are using blogs, social-networking sites, and video-sharing sites in school settings are giving young people the opportunity to tune their thinking and writing to a larger audience. When students know that anyone in the school with an Internet connection – or around the world, for that matter – can read what they have written or created, it is remarkable how quickly their thinking improves, not to mention the final product.
U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings conducted a live Parents’ Town Hall on Wednesday, September 19, 2007. The Webcast event, which originated from Collinwood High School in Cleveland, Ohio, featured Secretary Spellings in an interactive discussion with local parents and school leaders about ways to strengthen education in the United States.
When 14-year-old Olivia Gardner discovered the "Olivia Haters" Web page that her Novato middle school classmates had posted on MySpace, she was devastated.
They called her "homo" and "bitch" and suggested "kicking her ass."
"I wish she'd just leave Hill (Middle School) and never come back," one girl wrote. Olivia did leave for another school. And she has spoken to groups about how much cyberbullying hurts. But this week the nasty postings and phone calls started again at her new school, her mother said.
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