Are we “outsourcing memory?” Are we using modern technology to augment human capacity and “outsourcing personal knowledge acquisition to search engines” as noted in a recent KnowledgeWorks report? If so, what are the implications for a generation of students whose research skills are, as the Pew Internet and American Life Project finds, being conditioned by search engines?
“Since the advent of search engines, we are reorganizing the way we remember things,” says Columbia University psychologist Betsy Sparrow.
By Belinha De Abreu
In a recent article, Larry Rosen noted that technology was making kids “driven to distraction.” The buzz of an incoming text or the desire to check Facebook was keeping students from extended concentration and deep thinking. In my own practice, I’ve noticed that it’s getting more difficult to get students to think deeply about an idea. From my perspective students are not routinely asked to do much original thinking. For assignments, they are usually given a topic and then told which technology tool to use, and what the expected result should look like.
Tonight (October 3rd) is the first of the presidential debates and the candidates’ performance may influence the final outcome of the election. With millions tuning in to watch Obama and Romney answer questions, what should a viewer look for? What can we expect to learn about each man and what should make us wary?
Lights, Camera, Debate! dives into the impact of debate setting and staging, the techniques candidates use to get their messages heard, and what viewers can do to analyze each candidate’s performance.
Although you’d never know it from news stories, multiple surveys have showed marked decreases in children’s exposure to violence and abuse, writes David Finkelhor, Director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at University of New Hampshire on The Huffington Post. A new Bureau of Justice Statistics report is just the latest in a series pointing to favorable trends in child well being.
Dr. Finkelhor coined the term “juvenoia” to describe an exaggerated fear about youth vulnerability to social change and new technologies.
Presidential elections bring civics education to life, and it’s no surprise that creative educators are finding interesting ways to capitalize on all the media attention surrounding the conventions and campaigns. At Edutopia, Suzie Boss writes about several cool projects.
Campaigns offer all kinds of opportunities for teaching media and information literacy when students analyze and evaluate ads from candidates and interest groups or create their own ads.
Where to start? We’ve collected a bevy of election resources here.
Being a “digital native” doesn’t mean that kids don’t need our help when navigating through torrents of information and multiple devices. In fact, they may need adult guidance more then they realize. That’s some of the interesting thinking in a Scientific American blog (thanks to EdSurge for pointing it out) by Jody Passanisi and Shara Peters, and it’s an claim borne out by research.
Playing games is different from using smart phones is different from searching the Internet.
A guest blog for iKeepSafe.
Is liking something on Facebook constitutionally protected free speech? Lessons on “liking” and the law on Facebook. Read it here.
Education Week calls it a great “Khan troversy.”
Is Khan Academy a ground-breaking innovation or “one of the most dangerous phenomena in education today,” as Karim Kai Ani of Mathalicious put it? Does Khan Academy help kids who would otherwise be lost learn math or does it reflect a focus on discrete tasks and formulae (rather a deeper understanding of mathematics) that is symptomatic of a Silicon Valley approach, as Dan Meyers argues?
The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet Blog is the site of the first debate, between Karim Kai Ani and Sal Khan.
This week seems to be all about STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics) education.
First I joined other members of the STEM Education Coalition in meetings with administration officials about budget issues and proposals for a STEM Master Teacher Corps.
Later I was one of several invited guests observing sessions of the Discovery Education Siemens STEM Institute. Fifty fabulous Institute Fellows, STEM teachers from around the country were creating projects, learning about cool new resources, and participating in lively workshops.
America’s National Parks offer countless opportunities for hands-on learning. That’s the message in a short video from the US Department of Education and the National Parks Service.
From field trips to distance learning, curriculum to field schools, the Park Service has a wide variety of programs and options for teachers and schools. With most American’s living within an hour’s drive of a National Park, there’s probably a historic site or an important natural area nearby that can give kids an up close and personal learning experience with history, science, math, or literature.