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Friday, July 25, 2014

5 Things You Need To Know About The Future Of Math

Forbes – Jordan Shapiro

“Believe it or not, math is changing. Or at least the way we use math in the context of our daily lives is changing. The way you learned math will not prepare your children with the mathematical skills they need in the 21st Century.” (more)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Too Much Technology Is Bad for the Brain

The Huffington Post – Steve Nelson

“Many so-called educational reformers see technology as the panacea for what ails education in America, but technology is more a cause of what ails education than a cure for it. The cognitive risk of abandoning handwriting is a small manifestation of a huge problem.” (more)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Google’s Helping Young Girls, But How Can We Get Women in College To Code?

Forbes – Yunita Ong

“In June, Google pledged $50 million to Made with Code, an initiative aimed at getting a million girls exposed to computer science by 2020…Amidst the fanfare in getting young girls to code, we need to keep in mind that colleges can still play a huge role in changing the minds of its female undergraduates and getting them interested in giving coding a shot.” (more)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Ambitious Plan to Teach 100,000 Poor Kids to Code

Time – Denver Nicks

“Out of that spark was born Yes We Code, an ambitious initiative of Jones’ Rebuild the Dream organization aimed at preparing 100,000 low-income children for careers writing computer code. While good-paying blue-collar jobs continue to disappear in the U.S., computer science is a rare bright spot of opportunity for people without a college education. “This is another opportunity for people to make a really serious, solid middle-class income,” said Jones, a former environmental aide in the Obama Administration.” (more)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Harrop: Use your hands

News-Herald – Froma Harrop

“In a much-read essay, Maria Konnikova cites several studies revealing what’s lost when people replace handwriting with a keyboard…The benefits of doing things manually could apply to a lot of things people once used their hands for but now do not much. Very often, the old-fashioned, hand-based activities also do a better job.” (more)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New push to get girls into computer sciences

Education Week – AP

“Less than one percent of high school girls think of computer science as part of their future, even though it’s one of the fastest-growing fields in the U.S. today…This week Google…has given The Associated Press an early look at how it’s trying to change the gender disparity in its own workforce, and in the pipeline of potential workers, by launching a campaign Thursday called “Made with Code.”” (more)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Why Basic Coding Should Be a Mandatory Class in Junior High

Time – Tim Bajarin

“One of the roles our education system is supposed to play is to prepare kids to be responsible citizens, with the skills needed to be successful in adulthood.” (more)

Friday, May 30, 2014

Microsoft Unveils Skype Speech Translator, But Don’t Ditch Your Vocab Flash Cards

Asia Society – Jeff Wang

“This week…Microsoft executives showed off an impressive feat of real-time conversational interpretation integrated with Skype…before you trade in your grammar book…what’s the purpose of language instruction in a new age?…foreign language study isn’t about training every learner to be a translator, [but] rather a society that internalizes mutual trust, respect, and the disposition to collaborate…former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd remarked that “learning another’s language is a simple mark of respect.””(more)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Heavy web use harms a child’s mental health: Every hour raises risk, warns watchdog

The Telegraph – Daniel Martin

“Overuse of the internet is causing mental health problems for children, government health advisers have warned.”(more)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Why Aren’t Teens Reading Like They Used To?

NPR – Jennifer Ludden

“The digital revolution means there are more platforms than ever to read on. And yet, the number of American teens reading for pleasure has dropped dramatically. Researchers are asking if there’s a link.”(more)