back to school
Whenever you feel like escaping the grasp of teenage drama that pervades every corner of social networks–from Facebook to Twitter to especially Tumblr–you can always head over to LinkedIn, where adults are doing adult-like things like updating their job profiles with self-serious descriptions and posting links to stories about How to Be a Better Manager.
But beginning in September, that will all change. No longer will there be a single sliver of the Internet that is safe from Youths.
the robots are coming
Ugh, there’s no worse feeling in an already traumatic teenager’s life than being stuck in AP Euro for a semester without any of your friends. But that nightmare might soon be over thanks to WikiRoster, an online service where teenagers can mix and match each other’s schedule to soften the blow of the grinding high school experience.
We were all ready to write off the youth of the species thanks to #followateen, and now DVice brings us a story about techie high schoolers that doesn’t evolve hazing, cyber bullies or trashy prom dresses. Will wonders never cease?
According to DVice, muscular dystrophy has left Nick Torrance, a student at Pinckney Community High School, wheelchair-bound. Luckily, two of his classmates won the 2012 SkillsUSA national robotics competition, and their coach told them to help him get his locker open easier.
XX in Tech
Goofing off on standardized tests can be a high school rite of passage, but we don’t recommend publicizing photos of your test answers unless you want to end up in the principal’s office. Kyron Birdine, a junior at a high school in Arlington, Texas learned this the hard way when he tweeted a photo of his essay for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR).
On its blog today, Twitter announced a new partnership aimed at changing that ratio. The company will be investing “time, energy and money,” to partner with Girls Who Code, a intensive program designed to get New York City high schoolers comfortable with software development.
Girls Who Code was launched by Reshma Saujani, a former deputy public advocate under Bill de Blasio. Ms. Saujani, who is running for Public Advocate in 2013, has strong ties to the tech community both here and in the Valley. Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey and Facebook cofounder Chris Hughes both came out to support her (ultimately unsuccessful) bid for a Congressional seat from New York in 2010. She also recently married LocalResponse founder Nihal Mehta. (Mazel!)