LIM College Faculty Blog

Social Media's Evil Maturity

Posted on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 08:49 AM

Although a scientific poll would probably locate several, I have not found a single incoming college student who knows that in the year 2000, when today's first-year students were in primary school, Google formally adopted the sentence “Don’t be evil” as its company motto.

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Topics: social media, Facebook, Silicon Valley, immigration reform, social responsibility

Social Media as Teaching Tool

Posted on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 06:02 PM

Most of us teachers spend far too much class time suspiciously watching for kids sneaking glances at their Facebook on their phones. So, it might seem odd that I am writing a blog about the virtues of social media as a teaching tool.  Yet for the past three semesters, I have been using Facebook Groups as a tool in my Pop Century: A History of Popular Music course.  For their Final Project, the class divides into groups and teaches an entire class on an assigned genre of music.  It is a huge project that involves a lot of research, music sourcing, and--most of all--communication--between the group members.

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Topics: Facebook, group work, pop culture, Social Media in Teaching, Online cats

Bad Bad Teacher

Posted on Tue, May 24, 2011 @ 11:53 AM

Movie trailers promise that both Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz will soon amuse us with their antics as drunken teachers. Maybe only working teachers closely watch how teachers are portrayed on film.  But the devolution of Hollywood fantasies about the classroom coincides with real-world contempt for teaching and learning that will cost the U.S. dearly.

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Topics: LIM College, work experience, career, college, culture, Facebook, teaching

The Facebook Movie Hype

Posted on Wed, Sep 01, 2010 @ 03:11 PM

If you build a machine of 500 million potential customers by age 26, maybe it’s only natural that big name directors, producers and writers will want to tell your story on the silver screen and cash in on that too.

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Topics: social media, Facebook, social networking, Facebook movie, The Social Network