Okla. school official tweets: Educators ‘dirtbags’

Oklahoma’s schools superintendent said Thursday that her chief of staff calling school administrators “dirtbags” in a personal Twitter post was a “poor choice of words”—but called a lawsuit targeting parents of special-needs children that prompted the comment vindictive and “groundless,” the Associated Press reports. In her Sept. 7 posting, which was first reported by the Tulsa World, Jennifer Carter referred to a lawsuit the Jenks and Union school districts brought against the parents of special-needs students who had sued the districts…

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Twitter’s legendary founder on his foundation and student programs

It’s a good time to be Biz Stone. The 37-year-old Berkeley resident, who just five years ago co-founded a little microblogging service you may have heard of, is now working on a slew of projects to make the Bay Area (and the world!) a better place, the Huffington Post reports. Since leaving Twitter, the tech titan has his hands in myriad industry projects, most recently The Obvious Corporation, which explores new ways to use technology to benefit society…

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B-schools all a-Twitter over social media

With interest in social media growing, B-schools are adding courses to teach students what it means for business, BusinessWeek reports. Harvard Business School and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business have joined a growing list of business schools that are adding courses on social media to their MBA curricula, addressing the corporate demand for social-network-savvy employees. The two schools are among at least six that have added courses in the past year that allow students to learn about internet marketing and social media strategy, according to course syllabi and faculty associated with the classes. With Twitter’s social networking site claiming 190 million users tweeting 65 million times a day, and Facebook reporting 500 million active members, companies including Sears Holdings, Panasonic, Citigroup, and AT&T have begun hiring social media directors to develop and manage marketing strategies that address the nuances of the online world. Social media classes are one way of preparing students for careers in a promising field, says John Gallaugher, associate professor of information systems at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management, where “Social Media & Web 2.0 for Managers” is being offered in the fall. “In the realm of technology it’s possible for us to teach our students a tool that their bosses don’t have, and they can provide that added value from day one,” Gallaugher says. “Social media skills are the ones that can set them apart. Those are the skills that employers are looking for.”

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