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Jessica, my teen guest blogger is out with flu. She’s not alone. Some schools that were able to remain open are reporting more than 50% absenteeism which greatly exceeds the 20% rate needed to close the school. As soon as she’s well she’ll be bring you more posts on what teens are up to on […]

Hello everyone, Last week I asked 28  students if they would write a short essay about what they do online, how much time they spend online and how they communicate with their friends. It was originally due today but because of the flu my teacher gave everyone until Monday to complete the assignment. Nearly 30% of […]

My teacher asked some questions (in 5 of her classes) about cell phones, online time and access questions and here are the results. 1. Students averaged 68 text messages per week. The high was 131, the low was 24. 2. 72% of students said they spent more time on the phone or texting than they […]

Jessica will be posting on Thursdays until the end of the school year. As for me, I’ll be posting at random times on a daily  basis.

Chris Winfield asked some questions last week and I asked my class for some help with some of the answers. 1) How do you feel about video ads on YouTube (as they are now like Boost Mobile)? I don’t really care for ads, they seem out of place but they aren’t as bad as those […]

She’ll be celebrating getting her temporary driver’s license with her family. ; ) I can almost remember being that young…

Christmas break is over. :( I know that everyone thinks that music is #1 but we trade music at school, mostly rips from CD’s that we buy at the mall. Going to the mall with friends to buy CD’s is more fun than sitting at home downloading songs. I get in trouble for buying ring […]

My guest blogger Jessica returns tomorrow to let us know what teens buy with a mouse. Yes Jessica, the holidays are over. ; )

I didn’t have anything ready for tonight, today was kind of a rush since it was the last day of school before the holiday, but luckily, Michael (Graywolf) had some questions ready for me. Which websites do you visit and how often (digg, netscape, reddit, stumbleupon, myspace). What are your favorite things to do there […]

Windows Vista finally launched to a lukewarm reception, PC prices are at the lowest point they’ve been in years, even laptops are available now for under $600, but I haven’t spoken to a single teenager that’s interested. What are they interested in? Smart Phones, and yes, the newly launched iPhone. As I’ve reported before, teens […]




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    • almost alcoholic October 22, 2014
      almost alcoholic n. A person who exhibits some of the symptoms or behaviors associated with alcoholism, but who is not a full-blown alcoholic. —almost-alcoholic adj. Example Citations: Traditionally alcoholism has been understood as a black-and-white condition. Just like it’s impossible to be a little bit pregnant, it’s long been considered that a person mus […]
    • Ebolaphobia October 21, 2014
      Ebolaphobia n. A strong and irrational fear of the Ebola virus. Also: Ebola-phobia, Ebola phobia. —Ebolaphobic adj. —Ebolaphobe n. Example Citations: We are using public transportation, dining in restaurants, sending our kids to school and drinking city water right out of the tap. We are not unhinged by Ebolaphobia. —Jacquielynn Floyd, “Floyd: Good sense wil […]
    • procaffinating October 17, 2014
      procaffinating pp. Delaying or postponing something until one has had one or more cups of coffee; drinking coffee slowly as a delaying tactic. Also: pro-caffinating, procaffeinating. [procrastinating + caffeine] —procaffinate v. —procaffinator n. —procaffination n. Example Citations: Procaffinating is a perfect word that describes me on this lazy day as I am […]
    • fracktivist October 16, 2014
      fracktivist n. A person who campaigns or protests against the use of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) to extract gas and oil from shale rock. Also: fractivist. [fracking + activist] —fracktivist adj. —fracktivism n. Example Citations: In greater numbers by the month, residents across north Orange County are calling for an end to fracking, joining a growing […]
    • NoMo October 15, 2014
      NoMo n. A woman who is not a mother, particularly by circumstance rather than by choice. (not + mother) Example Citations: Now there is even a new word for people like myself, Jennifer and the one in five women who find themselves in their mid-40s without children: NoMos, short for “not mothers” —Amanda Revell Walton, “Like Jennifer Aniston, I’ve accepted I’ […]
    • data fracking October 14, 2014
      data fracking pp. Using enhanced or hidden measures to extract or obtain data. Also: data-fracking. Example Citations: The Therapeutics Initiative’s Colin Dormuth is a Victoria researcher who already uses this information to study drug safety. After my article came out last month, he tweeted that allowing for-profit companies to mine our health data amounts […]
    • plyscraper October 10, 2014
      plyscraper n. A tall building made mostly from wood. Also: ply-scraper. [plywood + skyscraper] Example Citations: The buildings they envision have been dubbed “plyscrapers.” Their halting arrival into the mainstream of architecture represents a test case for whether the goal of sustainability can motivate a reversal of both long-term construction norms and t […]
    • prespond October 9, 2014
      prespond v. To respond to something in advance. Also: pre-spond. —presponsive adj. Example Citations: Let me attempt to “prespond” — a new word for anticipatory response — to potential defenses of voter ignorance. —Ken Herman, “Herman: How’s a voter to know” (subscription required), Austin American-Statesman (Texas), September 17, 2014   We know we are a gen […]
    • digital crowding October 8, 2014
      digital crowding n. Excessive, unmanageable, or unavoidable online social contact. Example Citations: “With all the focus on the legal aspects of privacy and the impact on global trade there’s been little discussion of why you want privacy and why it’s intrinsically important to you as an individual,” said Adam Joinson, professor of behavior change at the Un […]
    • cratedigger October 7, 2014
      cratedigger n. A person who spends a great deal of time in music stores combing through stacks of vinyl records; a DJ who has a large collection of vinyl records. Also: crate digger. —cratedigging pp. Example Citations: Serene psychedelia from the heart of Massachusetts — from a man whose fortunes were revived by cratediggers. —Rob Fitzpatrick, “The 101 stra […]
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