"The second day of the Princeton-Fung Global Forum in Paris also featured vigorous debate on whether online learning platforms pose more risks or rewards for academia and society."
"From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers."
"They argue that learning from direct experience can be more effective if coupled with reflection—that is, the intentional attempt to synthesize, abstract, and articulate the key lessons taught by experience."
"While young readers find these digital products very appealing, their multitude of features may diffuse children’s attention, interfering with their comprehension of the text, Ms. Smith and the Schugars found."
"This cheat sheet features some important tips that students can use to improve their google search skills. I invite you to have a look and share with your colleagues."
Infographic of all the steps
"The handy infographic below takes a look at how Google has changed student research with a special focus on graduate students. Google is not only the most widely used search engine, but they’ve developed a lot of education specific research tools to help students out."
The number of students who maintain a profile on a social networking site has decreased by nearly 40 percent in the last five years according to a new report from Project Tomorrow. This year only 30 percent of middle school students (grades 6-8) and 39 percent of high school students (grades 9-10) told researchers they were actively using such a site.
"Google is so confident that it inoculated itself against the Heartbleed bug before any damage could be done that the Mountain View, California company is telling its users they don't have to change the passwords they use to access Gmail, YouTube and other product accounts. More than 425 million Gmail accounts alone have been set up worldwide."
"Matthew Ryan, a consulting economist speaking on behalf of Independent Schools Victoria, said the funding model created a ''perverse incentive'' for low-socio-economic schools to attract more students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
He said it would encourage ''a stratification based on class''. ''The model rewards schools for concentrated disadvantage,'' he said."
"the belief that America suffers from a severe “skills gap” is one of those things that everyone important knows must be true, because everyone they know says it’s true. It’s a prime example of a zombie idea — an idea that should have been killed by evidence, but refuses to die. "
"If these developments continue then the inevitable outcomes will be greater inequity and continuing decline in educational performance, something that will provide the proponents for such change with further "evidence" to support their position and for even more far-reaching change."
"From online forum debates to predictive essay writing software, data showing how students learn can help universities adapt their teaching"
"This study of teenagers' social networking habits shows that's it's not technology they are 'addicted' to – it's friendship groups"
"She explores tropes about identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying. Ultimately, boyd argues that society fails young people when paternalism and protectionism hinder teenagers’ ability to become informed, thoughtful, and engaged citizens through their online interactions."
"In this post, Jack Schneider, an assistant professor of education at the College of the Holy Cross, looks at the teaching corps and what is true about America’s teachers, what isn’t, and where to go next. Schneider is the author of two books, including the new From the Ivory Tower to the Schoolhouse: How Scholarship Becomes Common Knowledge in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2014). He tweets @Edu_Historian."
"Around the world, students from elementary school to the Ph.D. level are increasingly getting acquainted with the basics of coding, as computer programming is also known. From Singapore to Tallinn, governments, educators and advocates from the tech industry argue that it has become crucial to hold at least a basic understanding of how the devices that play such a large role in modern life actually work."
"One student shares his advice to teachers about implementing edtech"
1. Keep it simple
2. Have a few tools in your basket
3. Engage vs. entertain
4. Plan for the worst
5. Have fun!