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“New technology is common, new thinking is rare.” – Sir Peter Blake
The Great Decoupling: An Interview with Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
Article from the Harvard Business Review: In this interview with HBR editor Amy Bernstein and editor at large Anand Raman, Brynjolfsson and McAfee explain that while digital technologies will help economies grow faster, not everyone will benefit equally—as the latest data already shows.
The New Romantics in the Computer Age
From the NYT - Balancing human ability with computer power.
American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn’t Exist
From WIRED..."Our kids learn within a system of education devised for a world that increasingly does not exist."
Best Foot Forward: Video Observation Toolkit
From Harvard University's Center for Education Policy Research. This toolkit provides practical guidance for education practitioners on using video observations to help teachers accelerate their development. Inside you will find four sections to help you start video observations in your school community. Each section includes a discussion of important lessons from the Best Foot Forward project, a study of digital video in classroom observations, and adaptable tools for implementation.
Hamilton College merged its libraries and IT departments. "The new department is better positioned to support Hamilton’s growing Digital Humanities initiative and its consortium with three other liberal arts colleges to experiment with online education,
among other projects that require both library and technology expertise.”
Think & Drink with Genevieve Bell
Genevieve Bell, Intel’s resident cultural anthropologist, reflects on the role of technology in the human experience. “The arc of human history is a constant dance between the world around us and the ways we choose to inhabit and remake it and the things we use to do that. And in turn we are changed by it.”
Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That Transformed Our World
Wired Magazine catalogs “Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That we use to do that. And in turn we are changed by it.
Why It's Critical for the Next Gen to be Tech Creators Not Consumers
"Today’s engineers have a special kind of social and technological influence, which derives from their understanding of the stuff that makes our everyday gadgets work. If our lives today depend on technology, then those who truly understand it have an outsized influence over the rest of us."
Death Is Optional
"Once you really solve a problem like direct brain-computer interface ... when brains and computers can interact directly, that's it, that's the end of history, that's the end of biology as we know it.”
7 things to know about Comcast's fiber optic network expansion in Alabama
Comcast said it will invest millions in a comprehensive fiber optic network for Huntsville-area businesses and government organizations in 2016.
A Model for Expanding Tech Use in Classrooms
From AASA, "Simply using technology in our schools is not enough. School districts must consider how often and how effectively the tools of technology are being incorporated into classroom teaching."
STEM & STEAM
Understanding the Origins of Ed-Tech Snakeoil
From The Chronicle of Higher Education. Personalized learning! Adaptive learning! Brain science! Learning science! Big data! New and improved! The marketing for "personalized" educational products can feel a little like a late-night infomercial.
Technology in the Classroom
Chromebooks' Rise in U.S. K-12 Schools Fueled by Online Testing
From ED Week: Chromebooks' Rise in U.S. K-12 Schools Fueled by Online Testing -
4 Things You’ll Miss by Banning Cellphones In Your Classroom
From the Center for Teaching Quality. Article by Robert Sterner. This article focuses on the things teachers can avoid when cell phones are banned in their classrooms. Topics discussed include the conversation on proper cell phone use, the consideration of cell phone as a symbol of teenage independence, the willpower test of cell phones, and the significance for teachers to impose school policy allowing students to be responsible in using cell phones in the classroom.
Wearable tech expands new horizons in schools
From District Administration. "Wearable technology—defined simply as anything electronic and worn on one’s body—will be mainstream in schools within four to five years, predicts the 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report."
The Techy Teacher / Using Data to Personalize Learning
A teacher in Sonoma County, CA, describes using data to customize learning and motivate students.
Mystery Skype excites fifth graders
A fifth-grade teacher in York, Nebraska, set up a Skype conversation with another school “somewhere in the world” and had his students guess the other school’s location by posing questions to their remote counterparts.
*What’s Hot, What’s Not in 2016 [in Education Technology]
Expert panelists weigh in on education technology to give us their verdict on which approaches to tech-enabled learning will have a major impact, which ones are stagnating and which ones might be better forgotten entirely.
Microsoft is bringing Minecraft into the classroom
"Microsoft has seen the potential of Minecraft as a learning tool. Now it's ready to use the video game as a way to expand its presence in schools."
New Game Using ARIS for Language Teaching
Finders Keepers is an interactive story playable on any iOs device with the ARIS app installed. The player is immediately introduced with a choice of what to do with a briefcase they find outside their door. Each decision they make throughout the story spawns different paths to take and ultimately different outcomes. There are several themes throughout Finders Keepers that may spark classroom discussions about relevant issues including ethics and morals, wealth distribution, crime, social justice, and social relationships.
Three Reasons Students Should Own Your Classroom’s Twitter and Instagram Accounts
It is quickly becoming a non-negotiable for all classrooms to leverage social media in order to communicate with families and other classrooms—thus engaging others in the daily lives of students. While simply posting “fun” photos is a start, this novelty wears off quickly, and as a result, we must think more critically about how we communicate via social media.
Private groups step in to show teachers how to use technology in the classroom
Millions of educational apps, millions of lesson plans available online, millions of laptops in the hands of students. Yet only a small segment of teachers nationwide find ways to infuse technology into their lessons.
Google Cardboard (Van Bebber)
Website link to information about Google Cardboard VR readers.
Technology in Education: 5 Myths
In education, we often have the feeling that we are finding it harder and harder to reach our students. That is why we are so feverishly interested in smartboards or learning platforms or anything new on the market that might help. Every new tool seems like a possible solution, although sometimes we really don’t know what the problem is or even if there is one.
A Harkness Moment for the 21st Century: Connected Courses
One of my great pleasures is serving as an evangelist for connected courses andConnectivist-inspired models of online learning. These are learning environments where the explicit goal of the course is to help people not only learn skills and content, but to develop a network of learning resources and partners in a given subject that persists beyond the end of the course. (My own connected courses in recent years are t509massive.org and mitmassive.org.)
3-D Printers and Makerspace
Maker-centered learning and the development of self
Researchers at Agency by Design have produced a white paper on maker education. “The most important benefits of maker education,” they contend, "are neither STEM skills nor technical preparation for the next industrial revolution” but rather the development of "a sense of self and a sense of community that empower [students] to engage with and shape the designed dimension of their world."
How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life
A report in KQED News draws a connection between maker projects and math instruction.
3-D Printers Give Us a New Way to Think
Doctors have long used MRIs and CT scans to help visualize tumors, of course. But when the visualization is physical, it has a haptic impact that screens do not.
Digital Tolls Aim to Personalize Literacy Instruction
This article by Benjamin Herold suggests a new ways to individualize each student’s learning experience. Included are a number of resources that can help teachers target reading skills, including an application that adapts the text to reading level of the student, assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each student and provides different ways for students to show what they have learned.
Technology and the Art of Storytelling
From The Academy: What happens is the film grammar of storytelling evolves and changes as well. The technology goes directly with the evolution of the storytelling.
The French City Of Grenoble Wants You To Kill Time With A Short Story
In Grenoble, France, vending machines in public plazas print short stories to popularize reading as an alternative to spending time on one’s phone.
Did you love watching lectures from your professors? Online course data show that video lectures are not the best way to learn
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that for students enrolled in an
online course, video lectures were the least effective way to learn. "Students who primarily learned through watching video
lectures did the worst both on the 11 quizzes during the 12-week course and on the final exam. Students who primarily learned
through reading, or a combination of reading and video lectures, did a bit better, but not much. The students who did the best were those who clicked on interactive exercises."
92 Percent of College Students Prefer Reading Print Books to E-Readers
Despite the embrace of e-books in certain contexts, they remain controversial. Many people just don’t like them: They run out of battery, they hurt your eyes, they don’t work in the bath. After years of growth, sales are stagnating. In 2014, 65 percent of 6 to 17-year-old children said they would always want to read books in print—up from 60 percent two years earlier.
OK, Google, Where Did I Put My Thinking Cap?
There is a relative lack of research available examining the effect of search engines on our brains even as the technology is rapidly dominating our lives. Of the studies available, the answers are sometimes unclear.
How to Bring ‘More Beautiful’ Questions Back to School
While computers are great at spitting out answers, they aren’t very good at asking questions. But luckily, that’s where humans can excel.
Portfolios hold new promise for schools
New digital tools let teachers, students assess work more comprehensively