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The Real Commencement Speech - Tech Style

If you are a recent college graduate, I am going to guess you have heard it all from Mom, Dad, Grandma, the class Valedictorian and maybe even that long lost cousin already: pull out all stops necessary to secure a...

NCAA Football Coaches Red Flag Athletic Prospects' Use of Social Media

We have heard about employers perusing Facebook, Twitter and any social media sites available to see if their seemingly perfect new employee really does not have any skeletons hidden in his/her closet and we have certainly heard college admissions experts...

Teens Expelled for Twitter Posts That Reportedly Threatened Harm

I’ll never forget one of the scariest moments as a seventh grader. Word spread like wild fire about a graffiti message scrawled on a student’s desk that announced the next day all kids and teachers in the school would die....

Step Away from Beer Pong and Charge Up the Laptop. Finals are Here!

I may be far enough removed from college to know that the sight of a Class of 2012 T-shirt elicits the response “The Class of 2012, aww they are like babies!,” but I am certainly not that out of the...

Doing Damage Control to Your Online Rep

Attention college students – unfortunately that sad, sad time has come. There are officially a finite number of days left to grab a beer at your favorite bar, attend that themed frat party and haze some freshmen just to remind...

In Memory of those Lost in the Virginia Tech Shooting

While many college students around the country most likely spent this past Monday bogged down prepping for final exams and feverishly preparing for pending job interviews, those students at Virginia Tech had a far more daunting and emotional task to...

A New Major is in Town and its name is Social Media

If you are a college student about to embark on the daunting journeyof gainful employment (hopefully), you are probably busy day in day out scouring the job listings in search of your dream job – or at least one that...

Will Past Facebook Dalliances Hamper Your Entrepreneurial Path?

In my almost seven years as a Facebook user (disclaimer: a seven-year period marked by a typical number of Facebook status updates, picture stalkings and wall postings), I feel comfortable in contending that users often fall into one of four...

A Short and Tweet Message Results in Student's Expulsion

The question “Is that a First Amendment violation?” is certainly reverberating in the industry as of late as word has spread that an Indiana high school administration expelled a high school senior for cursing over Twitter…  wait for it, wait...

A Teacher's Aide to Catch a Cheater

Cheating in class just got a whole lot harder for students. This week, in an attempt to make sure that students are really getting the most out of school – and not taking short cuts by cheating on tests to...

Twitter in the Classroom Improving Students' GPAs?

Here’s something for all you Twitter fanatics out there looking for the coolest new fact to tweet: Proper Twitter use in the classroom can actually bolster a student’s GPA and classroom engagement, when done correctly http://bit.ly/xtRaXS. (140 characters exactly --...

Is Anything Sacred on Social Networking Sites?

We all might think to ourselves “Boy I hope my dream school is not checking my Facebook page” during my application process or “I wonder if the company that I am interviewing with will overlook the pictures on Facebook of...

The Dangers of the Twitter, Facebook Streams

Perhaps one of the most frightening things about social media is how it so easily permits people to say terrible things about each other with the click of a button. From knocking someone’s outfit to debasing someone’s intellect to spreading...

A Teacher's Nude Facebook Pic Leak Exposes Internet Dangers

If you needed any more proof that perhaps it’s not a wonderful idea for students and teachers to be friends on Facebook, here it is; this week, a revered high school football coach and math and science teacher in the...

ITEXPO StartupCamp5 Produces Fan Favorite from Harvard

It is hard to dislike anything about ITEXPO’s traditional StartupCamp event. Startup companies are given five minutes to bask in the spotlight and give insight into their innovations; a panel of expert judges throws a few curve balls at the...

BYOD, Steve Jobs Classes... What Can we Expect in 2012 in Schools?

I know what you are thinking: between all the holiday shopping, eating, revelry and milliseconds spent considering that you should make a New Year’s Resolution, why on Earth would you have had the time to think about what the tech...

Consulting the Expert: A Teacher's Thoughts on Social Media in the Classroom

In today’s 21st Century teaching model, it’s certainly a race to the top for teachers to come up with the latest technological innovations that can bring learning to students in a whole different light. After all, everyone wants to be...

Students: Say No to Cell Phones (Yup, You Read that Right)

Do you fall asleep with your cell phone next to your head and check for new messages anytime you wake up during the middle of the night? Is texting important in helping you connect with your old college roommate or...

Admissions Counselors Hiring Facebook as a Spy?

So you visited Johns Hopkins University last weekend to see if you could see yourself there and took to Facebook that night to update your status to read: “The interviewer was a gray-haired freak with a lazy eye… sounded like...

What did you Major in? Social Media?

West Virginia University is taking academia world by storm as the school recently announced that it is offering students the chance to receive a certificate in “Social Media for Business,” a certificate which one could argue is quickly becoming more...

A Safe Social Media Site for Teacher-Student Interactions?

While some school districts are shutting the doors to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, others seem to have found a soft spot for Google+, the latest social site that allows users to create "circles," or specific groups of...

Should you send your iPad to College?

A few years ago, many items topped a college freshman’s back-to-school and dormitory list: nifty shoe hangers that hang off your closet that hold all your shoes; bed risers to make college twin beds a bit cooler; a micro-fridge because...