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Friday, August 17, 2018

5 Ideas to Tap Social Media to Enhance PD and Student Learning

Nikki Robertson in Episode 340 of the 10-Minute Teacher

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Nikki Robertson, ISTE Librarians Network President Elect, shares five ways to use social media to enhance professional development and improve student learning. Can you use Snapchat to connect with parents? Can social media be effective professional development? Nikki shows us how.

Listen to Nikki Robertson on Episode 340


Bio of Nikki D. Robertson

Nikki is a veteran educator, school librarian, Instructional Technology Facilitator and ISTE Librarians Network President Elect. Nikki is passionate about 1:1 Digital Initiatives, collaboration with other education professionals, and assisting students in becoming well informed, critically thinking digital citizens.

Nikki is the co founder of the first EdCamp Atlanta and has also collaborated in the creation of and moderation of national and global professional development opportunities designed specifically for the unique needs of school librarians, including #TLChat LIVE! Twitter Chat Sessions, and TL News Night.

Nikki’s new book, Connected Librarians: Tap Social Media to Enhance Professional Development and Student Learning, is now available for purchase through the ISTE Store and/or Amazon.

Nikki is also the recipient of several honors, including an ASLA Ann Marie Pipkin Technology Award, the AASL Bound to Stay Bound Grant, and was named as the 2018 Program Pioneer Social Media Superstar by the American Association of School Librarians.

Connected Librarians: Tap Social Media to Enhance Professional Development and Student Learning

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Hacking Early Childhood

Jessica Cabeen on Episode 339

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Jessica Cabeen, the 2017 Minnesota National Distinguished Principal, and talks about how we can hack and improve early learning. This is a must-listen for kindergarten principals and teachers.

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Jessica Cabeen’s Bio

Jessica is the Principal of Ellis Middle School in Austin Minnesota. Prior to that, she was the principal of the “Happiest Place in Southeastern Minnesota”, the Woodson Kindergarten Center. She has been an assistant middle school principal, a special education supervisor, and special education teacher. She started her career as a Music Therapist and worked with adults with disabilities and adolescents in residential settings in Iowa and Illinois.

Jessica was awarded the NAESP/VINCI Digital Leader of Early Learning Award in 2016 and in 2017 was named the Minnesota National Distinguished Principal. Jessica is active on social media (@JessicaCabeen) and co-moderates #ECEChat as well as engages with other educators looking to make all things possible for our young learners, and learners that are young at heart.

You can connect with her on twitter and voxer @JessicaCabeen or on her website: https://jessicacabeen.com/

Hacking Early Learning: https://jessicacabeen.com/hacking-early-learning/
(Releasing in July of 2018) Balance Like a Pirate: https://principalinbalance.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/balance-like-a-pirate-summer-2018-challenge-balancelap/

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Math Success with No Textbook

Mandi Tolen on Episode 338 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast

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Mandi Tolen shares how she teaches math, engages students and teachers to standards with NO TEXTBOOK. From choose your own adventure stories to other engaging methods, all teachers will have something to learn from this teacher who ditched her textbook and enhanced learning.

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Bio of Mandi Tolen

Mandi Tolen has been an educator for over 18 years in the areas of Math, Communication Arts, and Technology courses, and served as a District Technology Coordinator. Mandi’s passion is changing how we teach to create thinkers and learners. She is a connected educator and blogs regularly on two educational blogs. Mandi is a Google Certified Innovator, a team moderator of the Twitter chat #ditchbook and #SJSDchat, and has presented at both local and national conferences, as well as provided in-district support and training for schools implementing technology.

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning

Episode 337 with Kasey Bell

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Kasey Bell shares her tech tips for helping teachers make progress with technology. She also shares the biggest mistake she’s made as a teacher relating to edtech.


Kasey Bell’s Bio

Kasey Bell is part sparkling smile, part witty personality and a whole heap of passion as big as a Texas–go big or go home, y’all! She is a disruptor of the boring. An engaging, innovative, from the heart sharer who inspires educators while transforming their teaching with original, timely and use-tomorrow ideas for student choice, differentiation, and technology integration. Whether it is learning from home through online courses, professional development, conference workshops or as a keynote speaker Kasey is a relentless innovator of ideas and a devoted transformer of classrooms and teaching. Through teacher empowering publications and award-winning educational resources at ShakeUpLearning.com, learner-driven workshops and presentations and co-hosting Google Teacher Tribe weekly podcast, Kasey proves why we should never settle for the boring when it comes to bringing out the very best in our students, and we should always strive to Shake Up Learning!

Co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast
Author of The Teacher’s Guide to Google Classroom
Google Certified Innovator
Google Certified Trainer
Amazon Education Thought Leader
Digital Innovation in Learning Award Winner in “Sharing is Caring”
One of 20 TrustED Educational Thought Leaders
#3 EdTech Blog
#3 EdTech and E-Learning Influencer on Twitter
Must Read EdTech Blog
Edublog Awards Finalist

ShakeUpLearning.com provides teachers and educators with easy to understand, use tomorrow resources for Google and G Suite for Education, mobile learning and classroom technology integration through digital learning resources, technology tips and tricks, in-depth e-courses, books, resources, cheat sheets, blog publications. and podcasts.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Trade The Cow

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset Review: Awesome VR in 360

Inside Virtual Reality and Predictions for the Future

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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I donned my Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset at about 10:30 p.m. After what seemed like five minutes, I took off the headset — to find it was 12:30 a.m.! I had spent two exciting hours (about half of it with my mouth open) in a complete flow state exploring a new virtual reality world using the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset on my Acer Aspire 7 laptop with Windows Mixed Reality by Microsoft. I cannot remember having such a transformative experience since I first played on the Internet in 1992.

In this blog post, I’ll share my experience, tell you how you can enter to win your own headsets and STEAM lab makeover, and give my predictions for the future of virtual reality.

Acer Mixed Reality Headset (1)

Seeing the World in VR

There are those who want you to think that virtual reality will be everything. And while some espouse a Ready Player One-type of environment, I do not. However, I do believe mixed reality gives us one of the most fantastic tools to help students understand the real world using VR technology.

I don’t think a cartoon environment like in Second Life, is going to excite everyone. As you can see in the video below from my VR China trip, it really looks like I shot the video in China. I was surrounded 360 degrees by the actual China. Being surrounded by reality will get people excited, especially us educators who want to help our students see the world.

Win your own Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Acer Education is partnering with Microsoft Education to run a STEAM lab makeover giveaway. The contest promotes immersive technology and illustrates how impactful mixed reality can be in a classroom setting.

 To enter, participants must tweet @AcerEducation, tagging #AcerGivesBack and providing a reason their school should win. Participants are also encouraged to include photos or videos to prove their case. One winner will be selected at the beginning of September.

The grand prize includes 10 Acer Windows Mixed Reality headsets and 10 Acer Aspire 7 laptop computers, which will be sent to the winning school via Acer Education’s team. Here are the terms and conditions for this promotion.


“In” and “Out” of Mixed Reality: Taking Kids to the Set of Star Wars

When I’m teaching digital film this fall, I’ll have my students don mixed reality headsets to watch the shooting of Star Wars:The Last Jedi in 360 from the comfort of our classroom. Now some might wonder why the making the film would be so interesting.

Well, unlike a normal “making of” documentary that shows how a scene was shot, in this 360 video, my students can turn around and see the director, the sound engineer, the lighting crew, and many others  crouching in the corners or hiding in the building. New digital filmmakers don’t really understand the production process yet. They picture a director sitting in a chair saying “action” and “cut” while the rest of the crew stands there on the set. But now they’ll understand that sometimes everyone behind the camera is really just trying to get out of the way.

The discussion about media creation will go to a whole new level when I’m able to literally take my students onto the set of one of the year’s top sci-fi movies by using the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset and Windows Mixed Reality.

For example, if I took students on a field trip to the set of a Star Wars shoot, they would all be looking at different things. When we returned to the classroom, we would compare our observations and discuss. The same thing happens in virtual reality. As the students take turns experiencing the 360 video, they also look at different things. Each student has a slightly different view because each viewer is looking at different things.

To take this further, in a traditional movie, a director guides your eyes. They decide what shots to include. In 360, you become your own director. You become your own observer. You feel like you’re part of the set because it’s like you’re really there, looking at everything.

Actually, when you take off the headset, it’s almost like you’re physically returning to a life you left behind. I noticed this feeling of being in a different place as I talked to my family the day after my first adventure with the headset. I said to them,

“I went in at 10:30 and I came out at 12:30, and it felt like five minutes.”

“In” and “out” — that’s how real it seems. In fact, one of my own questions is: Once I get students into mixed reality, how do I get them out? It almost feels intrusive to have someone tap on your shoulder to get your attention. It’s like the maze of the Minotaur, where you need to put a string on someone’s toe and pull it so they’ll know how to get out. It’s that immersive.

360 Videos Are My Favorite Aspect of Windows Mixed Reality: Experiencing the Experience

360 video has me most excited for what is becoming possible in my own classroom. YouTube has been 360 for a while, so you can pull up lots of 360 videos. As shown in the graphic below, just click “filter” in the upper right, set for 360 videos, and suddenly you have a wealth of immersive VR experiences that your students can join.

Just click 360 Videos to select videos on YouTube that are in 360.

Just click 360 Videos to select videos on YouTube that are in 360.

Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Let’s focus on the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset. I think the greatest thing about this headset is that it doesn’t get in the way. I stopped feeling like it was on my face or head once I got it adjusted in the back. It was really just me and the experience. I didn’t even feel like I was looking into another world — as far as I could tell, I was actually there.

For example, as shown in the video below, I viewed a 360 video someone shot in China. I had to pinch myself. The opening scene made me feel like I was there. Now, you might think it would be easy to say I felt like I was there because I had nothing to compare the video to, but you’d be wrong. You see, I’ve been to China. And the first scene transported me back. The other scenes made me feel like I was exploring new places that I’d missed on my first visit. It was hard to take my students to China, but now, they can travel using a headset. While it isn’t the exact same thing, it is pretty eye-opening.

Notice, I’m talking about the experience, not about the equipment. And I think that the most exciting thing is that a great mixed reality or virtual reality headset doesn’t get in the way of the experience. You’re not fiddling with it to keep it on your head. You’re in the experience.

A Valuable Tool

Now, you might wonder how to set up the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset. After plugging in the headset, make sure you’ve chosen the right system settings to run it. You’ll probably need to update the Mixed Reality Operating System plug-in from Microsoft. You might even want to add the Mixed Reality tools while in regular PC mode. I prefer adding apps while I’m using the headset, but you can also add them beforehand.

For example, in the video below, you can see that I added a hologram app into the Mixed Reality “virtual home.” As you watch , you’ll see that I had a penguin skating and also gave myself a pet from the hologram app.


Eventually We’ll Interact with AI Objects

You might be thinking, “Oh, how cute,” or “This is for amusement only.” But imagine if you used this tool to build your own classroom and pick a mentor for the week. Why couldn’t your mentor be Einstein? Or if not Einstein, then some other AI being to converse with your students about physics?

Say you’re teaching about Shakespeare. Imagine an AI Shakespeare always ready for a conversation or a trip to 16th-century England or the places where his plays were set.

Now, I’m not saying we’ll stop needing real teachers, because the world will always need teachers. However, I do believe that the right tools can be valuable additions to what teachers already do. We can bring Google Cardboard and our mobile phones into our classrooms (which I’ve certainly done, and it’s been very useful), but virtual reality is so much more. It’s a tool that I believe every school should provide for its students. The less likely it is that a student will be able to travel the world, the more useful virtual reality can be.   

Tips for Setting Up Your Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset

Here are a few practical tips that you should know.

Choose your interaction method. For example, when you launch the system, you can choose a method in mixed reality that allows students to both stand and sit.

Trace the area. When you select the area where you will walk around, you will hold the headset in your hand as you walk the perimeter of your area. If you have more than one headset, make sure the areas don’t overlap.

Also, look at vertical clearance. My 6’4” son didn’t think about the fact that we have a ceiling fan in the middle of the den. While mixed reality shows the border drawn in the setup described previously, it doesn’t show an upper border or how high your space is, so I had to turn off the fan while he was doing activities with the mixed reality headset.

Use chairs that spin. Of course, the very best thing is to have a chair that allows the user to turn around completely. I would probably have to do that for a whole classroom of mixed reality headsets. Also realize that the headset is tethered to the laptop, so each device needs a laptop or a desktop with power and room for the generously long USB cord.

Why Virtual Reality Now?

I think this is just the beginning. Now is a good time to experience virtual reality and teaching with it. We know that we can’t bring technology into the classroom without considering the pedagogy involved. Those who’ve had experiences with Second Life and Minecraft will certainly have a head start on those who haven’t been using VR technology.

In short, I’m very excited. When I don’t have the time or money for a vacation, I put on my mixed reality headset and go to the beach or the mountains. In many ways, I feel the same exhilaration as when I have done these things in real life. And while I don’t feel actual water on my skin when I jump off a cliff in 360 view, the butterflies I feel in my stomach are real.

After watching movies in 360, these possibilities excite me. Virtual reality is here, and it is accessible. And while I have tested other virtual reality headsets,  I found the Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset to be very user-friendly and simple for anyone to use. So, check it out — it’s very cool, and I will be using it in my classroom this fall.  

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Gullible Population Is a National Security Issue

A Global Search for Education Reflection

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The hair on my arm prickled up like porcupine quills, but there was no breeze. It was a discussion about a digital literacy issue at the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar that caused this response. Suddenly, information literacy became real — and urgent.

Information Literacy russian ads

A Note from Vicki: This post is in response to Cathy Rubin’s Global Search for education where she asks about the literacy skills required for a new world. The ads shown are publicly available here from the US Congress.

While this blog is based on verifiable data, some readers may be unhappy with my interpretation. In the spirit of academic discourse, I encourage those readers to use my ideas as a starting point for discussion rather than viewing the blog as a gesture of provocation.

Please note:

1) Information literacy skills are not new
2) There is a sinister side to information literacy that has largely been ignored in education – these ads are inflammatory and were intended to be by those nefarious organizations who created them and do not represent my own views
3) While some may wish to argue whether the Russian government “meddled” in US elections in favor of one candidate or another, the bottom line is that the public was easily meddle-able. The illegitimate, fictional organizations and profiles creating this content were never outed or recognized as such by anyone, neither Facebook who let them spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on the ads nor the people who reshared their content and never stopped to ask whose content they were sharing figured out these were false.

We must give pause to understand how citizens can become savvy purveyors of accurate information so that hoaxes like not friending Jayden K Smith and the  countless missing children Facebook posts that travel unhindered for years after children have been found can cease. Social media has not shown an ability to “self correct” perhaps because by its very nature, the responses can only be positive and thus, there is no self-correcting mechanism built into its algorithm.

For the curious, one requirement for attending the Army War College National Security Seminar is “non-attribution.” This means I can say, “I learned this at the War College.” I cannot, however, quote any individual. For what I want to discuss here, I don’t need to quote anyone. The facts themselves are powerful enough. When I dug into them, this information is publicly available although not being widely discussed.

I challenge you to look for yourself and open conversations about where we failed as a public on social media and why we didn’t realize the fires were being stoked by those with anti-US sentiments. Now is the time for all of us to become savvy investigators. Let’s dig in.

We were discussing the recent release of over 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads of the nearly “80,000 posts on Facebook that 126 million people may have seen.” (David Sanger – The Perfect Weapon, location 4240)

These aren’t regular Facebook and Instagram ads. They were ones created by organizations that the US Congress says have been tied to the Russian government starting in 2015.

Now, whether or not you agree with the conclusions of candidate favoritism, as we dig in, I think we can certainly agree these ads are designed to sow discord.

For those upset about a foreign entity meddling in U.S. elections, take a look at David Sanger’s new book The Perfect Weapon, released June 18. He asserts that the Chinese hacked the both the Obama and McCain campaigns in the 2008 election cycle. (location 520) Cyber-terrorism is the new area of warfare that few discuss but many fear. But now, Sanger talks about what some in the military call “weaponized social media”,

“Such “dialed down” cyberweapons are now used by nations every day, not to destroy an adversary but rather to frustrate it, slow it, undermine its institutions, and leave its citizens angry or confused. And the weapons are almost always employed just below the threshold that would lead to retaliation.” (emphasis mine)

For purposes of this conversation, however, let’s focus on the discord. As Americans, we are the angry and confused citizens – mostly angry at one another and confused at the divisiveness everywhere we look. Where is the country that disagrees and works together for a common solution?

Simply put, we had a non-U.S. entity posing as U.S. citizens and organizations. Disturbingly, a seemingly non-fact-checking American public became a discord-causing propaganda machine for Russian-affiliated organizations. Far too many Americans completely fell for it.

Some of you still don’t believe it. So, let’s dig in.

A Few of the Ads Traced Back to Russian Organizations

For example, the information released by Congress seems to show that the Russians were eager to fund discord, putting money into everything from anti-police brutality ads, Black Lives Matter messages, pro- and anti-immigration calls to action, and agitating against and for the removal of Confederate monuments.

Perhaps this strategy can best be seen in the February 2016 controversy over Beyonce’s support of Black Lives Matter. Shortly after her Super Bowl appearance, two such advertisements created by the Internet Agency were run on Instagram (as shown below from the Wired Article on this topic).

One ad announces an anti-Beyonce protest rally, and the other a pro-Beyonce protest rally. The date, time, and location shown are the SAME for both. The accounts and organizations promoting these events depicted themselves as Americans. The goal here was to sow chaos at NFL headquarters over this topic.

beyonce Russia ads

These ads were released by the US Congress as being traced back to Russian origin, although they were liked and reshared by many Americans on social media. Source: Wired

When talking about the 3,500+ ads, Wired Magazine says,

“What made these ads so deceptive is they rarely looked like traditional political ads. Often, they don’t mention a candidate or the election at all. Instead, theytear at the parts of the American social fabric that are already worn thin, stoking outrage about police brutality or the removal of Confederate statues.”

Fictitious Events, Real People Showing Up

So, a non-U.S. organization was creating fictitious events for both sides of an issue in the same location.

Why did real U.S. citizens show up, then?

Perhaps it is because we’re really upset (on both sides) by many of these topics. No one stopped to research who “mericanfury” or “sincerely_black”, the entities that posted these ads shown above, actually were.

In another example, who has taken the time to consider that much controversy over immigration may have been stoked by the perhaps hundreds of thousands of dollars poured into mobilizing and angering supporters and opponents of U.S. immigration policies?

Below are some of the ads that you may have seen on social media that were released as being traced back to Russian origin. Facebook has not notified us that we’ve seen this content and if they did, who can un-see and unlearn false information, specially when it plays to our previously held bias.

Anti and Pro-Immigration Ads of Russian Origin (reshared widely)

Anti-Confederate Statue Ads using a Black Lives Matter-seeming Name (but of Russian Origin)


A Confederate Monument Supporting Ad (of Russian Origin)


So, how does all this fit with information literacy?

As we discussed this topic at the War College, many of us agreed that information literacy is a massive national security issue. 

A gullible public is a danger to its country. If those citizens blindly share unvetted information, intentionally ignore the facts, refuse to correct themselves when they realize they are mistaken, and report things as truth because they “hate” the other side, well, that country is in trouble.

Who stopped to ask who was planning the rallies? Or did people just say, “I wish I’d thought of that,” and pass it on?

Who stopped to understand the organizations that appeared to be sponsoring the ads?

And can people step away from their hatred for “the other side” long enough to lock arms with their fellow citizens and unite as a country? I’m not so sure that the word “united” in our name, the United States of America, is exactly true right now.

As I was sharing these concerns at this week’s ISTE Conference in Chicago, an educator told me that she had adopted a philosophy she’d learned from her college professor. He told his students that if he was doing his job, they wouldn’t know which political party he supported, but they would discuss both sides of an issue with civility, respect, and open-mindedness.

Whether a teacher hides their political affiliation or not, are they able to respect and promote civil discourse on topics of national interest? And if teachers cannot, how can the general public?

The National Security Literacies that Should Concern Every Country

The new literacies that we need are actually, in some cases, what we should already be teaching:

  • We must be literate on how to conduct civil discourse.
  • We must be literate on how to verify information BEFORE sharing it.
  • We must be literate (and humble) enough to correct ourselves when we realize a mistake AFTER we’ve shared something that is untrue.

An undeceivable populace is a shield of protection in the grey-zone warfare that’s emerging in cyberspace.

However, a gullible, illiterate public is not only a vulnerability, but a country that’s divided enough is no longer civil when disagreement becomes civil war.

Information literacy is no longer just a nice-to-have literacy. It’s required for stability and civil discourse within any modern country. We don’t have to agree about everything with our fellow citizens, but we should learn how to disagree, and we should realize that our common enemy can easily make us enemies of one another and let us do their dirty work. 

I recall an old quote from Batman, the Dark Night

“Some men aren’t looking for anything logical, like money. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.”

And with this “weaponized social media” unwitting citizens are being deceived each day to spread discord, disunity, and disinformation. We’ve become our own match.

I am very worried. As I try to bring up these issues, I get attacked from “both sides.” I don’t know what else to do but blog about it. Blogging is the best way I know for appealing to people with a wakeup call for awareness and literacy before we’re destroyed by our own ignorance. I refuse to become partisan on this issue but admit that I am decidedly pro-American in my writing of this article.

Abraham Lincoln said in his Lyceum address,

“”Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant to step the ocean and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer. If it ever reach us it must spring up amongst us; it cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen we must live through all time or die by suicide.””

What good is our military if they surround a house and the children are in the house chasing each other with hatchets?

“We must all, indeed, hang together, or, most assuredly, we will all hang separately,” said Benjamin Franklin.

I hope that this spurs a conversation about how we can hang together in learning, seeking the truth, and promoting civil discourse while celebrating the freedoms that we so cherish.

I hope that you’ll look NOT take what I’ve said at face value. Look at the ads yourselves and have discussions about what an undeceivable un-meddle-able social media public looks like.

There are many ways to teach this topic, but I think perhaps, first, we all need to educate ourselves.

Social media is social but it’s also serious.


Additional Readings

The first and best book is David Sanger’s new book The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age,  it covers far more than just this issue, but will help the reader understand the extent of cyberwarfare.

Esin, J. O. (2017). System Overview of Cyber-Technology in a Digitally Connected Global Society. AuthorHouse.

Gleason, B., & von Gillern, S. (2018). Digital Citizenship with Social Media: Participatory Practices of Teaching and Learning in Secondary Education. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 21(1), 200-212.

Hügel, S., Kreowski, H. J., & Meyer-Ebrecht, D. (2017). Cyberwar and Cyberpeace. Handbook of Cyber-Development, Cyber-Democracy, and Cyber-Defense, 1-25.

Singer, P. W., & Friedman, A. (2013). Cybersecurity. New York: Oxford University Press.

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