Data-Driven Teaching Opens New Pathways for Learning'

Data-Driven Teaching Opens New Pathways for Learning

EdTech Magazine - Eric Patnoudes

“Every truth has two sides; it is as well to look at both, before we commit ourselves to either.” — Aesop

How many times have you heard that some districts are making data-driven decisions or using research-based practices to announce a new initiative or request funding for the latest silver bullet in education?

Because of misconceptions about data or a lack of understanding about how it can be used to make strategic and well-planned decisions, many are unwilling to denounce data.

On the other hand, ever since Edward Snowden exposed spying on Americans by the National Security Agency, the rhetoric on the use of data has struck fear into the minds of parents nationwide. According to InformationWeek editor David Carr, many privacy advocates fear that “education data gathered together in a big national pool could be misused, or hacked or leaked in some inappropriate way.” Read More

Many 'Children Taking Risks Online'

Many 'Children Taking Risks Online'

BBC News

More than half of children in the UK (57%) have done something "risky" or anti-social online, a poll of 2,000 11- to 16-year-olds suggests.

Almost two-thirds (62%) told the BBC Learning poll they felt under pressure from others to act in this way.

Activities included sharing unsuitable videos or pictures of themselves or saying nasty things about others and looking at unsuitable websites.

Some 20% said they had put pressure on someone else to act negatively online. Read More

What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It

What Bullying Looks Like in the Digital Age and How to Prevent It

Edutopia - Amy Williams

Some recent studies show that an astonishing half of workplace bullying and 40 percent of school bullying will go unreported. Whether this is because of insensitivity toward the issue, a normalization of the practice in our culture, or simply an inability to identify it, something must be done to rectify the situation.

Bullying is becoming an epidemic in America, and social media has helped catapult it to an astronomical level where parents, educators, and those in a position to help simply don't know what to do. According to a sobering report from the Center for Disease Control, one out of 12 teens have attempted suicide, and one in six high school students have seriously considered it. Read More

This Is Your Brain Online

This Is Your Brain Online

Deseret News - Chandra Johnson

For Cosette Rae, the end of her marriage was death by a thousand clicks.

Rae and her husband — who both worked as computer programmers in the early 2000s — spent hours in front of a computer screen at home and at work.

“We avoided dealing with our problems by working hard," Rae said. "A lot of things that should’ve been dealt with in the moment weren’t dealt with.”

Rae didn’t know that she had developed a disease that has different names in different psychiatric circles — technology addiction, compulsive Internet use or, most commonly, Internet addiction disorder. Read More

‘Netflix For Lego’ Launches A Kit Crowdsourcing Platform

TechCrunch - Darrell Etherington

While Lego’s own crowdsourcing platform exists, letting users submit ideas for community voting, eventually resulting in some being made, the process is slow and somewhat difficult to navigate. Now Lego set sharing platform Pley is debuting a crowdsourced set creation platform called PleyWorld that can see a submission go from concept to shipping product in as little as two weeks, respecting the original design and using whatever parts the community can dream up.

On PleyWorld, once user submissions receive 5,000 votes, Pley will create the set, as well as accompanying instructions, and then offer it to the community either for rent or for purchase, with price dependent on the number of pieces and complexity. Creators will get to realize their dreams if their sets are made, but they won’t make any financial gain via the arrangement – the chance to see an imagined creation realized is expected to be reward enough. Read More

Watching People Code Could Be The Next Big Thing In Live Streaming Video

Watching People Code Could Be The Next Big Thing In Live Streaming Video

The Next Web - Owen Williams

Twitch made streaming video games into a hugely popular phenomenon, so what could be next big livestreaming thing? Perhaps it’s watching other people code.

An emerging trend appears to be live streams in which viewers can tune in to watch people code things like Minecraft servers, writing a compiler from scratch or building a search engine. There are tons of streams already popping up around the internet.

Pair programming is already a popular way to learn how to code in businesses, but it’s not always realistic to have someone shadow you while you work. Livestreaming a coding session, it turns out, is gaining popularity fairly quickly. Read More

Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently?

Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently?

MindShift - Luba Vangelova

Entrepreneurship is often associated with people who assume the risk of starting a business venture for financial gain. However, entrepreneurs exist in many forms: They may be writers, carpenters, computer programmers, school principals or fundraisers, to name just a few examples.

What they have in common is an “entrepreneurial mindset” that enables them to see opportunities for improvement, take initiative and collaborate with others to turn their ideas into action. Everyone is born with some propensity for entrepreneurship, which at its core is about solving problems creatively, according to Yong Zhao, a professor at the University of Oregon’s College of Education. He is the author of several books, including, most recently, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon? Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World.” Read More

Can Tablets and Smartphones Affect Social & Emotional Development?

Can Tablets and Smartphones Affect Social & Emotional Development?

The Guardian - Joanna Walters

Using a smartphone or iPad to pacify a toddler may impede their ability to learn self-regulation, according to researchers.

In a commentary for the journal Pediatrics, researchers at Boston University School of Medicine reviewed available types of interactive media and raised “important questions regarding their use as educational tools”, according to a news release.

The researchers said that though the adverse effects of television and video on very small children was well understood, society’s understanding of the impact of mobile devices on the pre-school brain has been outpaced by how much children are already using them. Read More

20 Percent Time in the Classroom - 6 Great Videos

Keyana Stevens

This collection of short videos explores "Genius Hour," a method that gives students one hour per week to focus on a project of their choice. Imagine what your students can do when they're able to pursue their interests in the classroom!

  1. Don't call it a classroom: Kevin Brookhouser at TEDxMonterey
  2. What is Genius Hour? - Introduction to Genius Hour in the Classroom
  3. I want to do Genius Hour... now what?
  4. 2014 #20Time projects in 4 minutes
  5. Shannon Deegan: How Google's 20 Percent Time Fosters Innovation
  6. Genius Hour project (special feature dreams of a Lego man)

We're Feeding Toddlers Too Much Sugar & Sodium

We're Feeding Toddlers Too Much Sugar & Sodium

LA Times - Karen Kaplan

Americans’ atrocious eating habits start incredibly young, according to a new, comprehensive analysis of foods sold for infants and toddlers.

About one-third of dinners made for toddlers contained at least one kind of added sugar, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. So did 97% of breakfast pastries and cereal bars for this age group. Even 88% of juices and other drinks marketed for infants and toddlers are spiked with added sugar.

In addition, 72% of toddler dinners were judged to be high in sodium, with an average of of 2,295 milligrams of sodium per meal. The Institute of Medicine recommends that toddlers consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium a day. Read More

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