You can’t motivate students with technology because technology alone isn’t motivating. Worse yet, students are almost always ambivalent toward digital tools. While you may be completely jazzed by the interactive whiteboard in your classroom or the wiki that you just whipped up, your kids could probably care less.
As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication -- and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have.
Predicting the future shape of the technology industry is a risky business. With hindsight many can look laughable, so take it all with a pinch of salt. (RT: @BBCTech: The future of technology... who knows?
Super-human brain technology sparks ethics debate. A British ethics group has launched a debate on the ethical dilemmas posed by new technologies that tap into the brain and could bring super-human strength.
Are teachers and trainers asking themselves often enough when they plan to use technology to do a specific learning activity whether it is for the right reasons, and whether the use of the functionality or tool in question is a sound, sensible or even desirable methodological choice, or whether, irrespective of the many reported benefits of getting learners to use technology in lessons, it is in fact the most efficient and effective use of the learners and the teacher's time (and money)?
In just the last few years, social media has created a new generation super-empowered individuals. We are now able to broadcast our ideas, our images, our videos, and our opinions like never before. It has increased both the size of our potential audiences and the speed with which we can reach those audiences. It's given us the tools to support charitable causes, to speak out against questionable business practices, to chastise our political leaders, and to launch social movements that can potentially change the world.
It has also given us the tools to ruin lives -- both our own as well as others'.