New Publication: Spam and Educators’ Twitter Use

Several months ago, I wrote about a presentation on spam in educational Twitter research that I prepared with my colleagues Jeff Carpenter, Matt Koehler, and Bret Staudt Willet. Since that presentation, we’ve been hard at work continuing this project, and I’m pleased to announce that Spam and educators’ Twitter use: Methodological challenges and considerations has is now available “online first” through TechTrends. At …

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Where are participants in American and Canadian teacher hashtags?

My dissertation research is focused on Regional Educational Twitter Hashtags (RETHs), which are teacher-focused hashtags that are associated with particular geographic regions, such as American states or Canadian provinces or territories. This isn’t the first time that I’ve done a project on this phenomenon, and it’s rewarding to come back to RETHs to answer some questions that …

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Public data and digital research ethics

The Verge recently posted an article that highlights some of the ethical dilemmas involved in collecting publicly-available data for research purposes. The article begins by describing the work of a researcher working on facial recognition of people before and after hormone replacement therapy: On YouTube, he found a treasure trove. Individuals undergoing HRT often document their progress …

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