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New York City schools hoping to use social media in the classroom

Digital learning is one of those trendy education buzz phrases that means a lot of different things to different people, says the Hechinger Report. To some, it refers to instructional software, such as animated lectures and computerized worksheets. To others, it’s about personalized instruction, where computer algorithms determine what a student should learn next. Still others think of how students can use high-tech gadgets to make their own video, music and publishing projects. And then there’s social media — how students and teachers use social networks, Twitter, blogs and wikis to communicate with each other, parents and the outside world. We talked with Lisa Nielsen, a social media advocate, who is the first person to hold this newly created job title: director of digital literacy and citizenship at the New York City Department of Education. The 44-year-old has worked in the city’s education department since the 1990s, serving in a wide variety of posts, from librarian and reading coach to teacher trainer and professional development administrator…

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