Women make up half the population, yet it's been well documented that they don't come close to parity in STEM fields. Could the rise of big data and data science offer women a clearer path to success in technology?
If adults want to help teenagers learn how to handle the big risks of Internet usage, the best thing we can do is let them get used to handling smaller risky online situations. That's the conclusion from a Pennsylvania State University research project that examined adolescent online safety.
The history of camera gear is rich, storied, and well, weird. Camera design has evolved in many different directions over time, sometimes in magnificent arcs of ingenuity and design, others in pit stops of absurd creativity or questionable judgment.
Is the purpose of teaching student learning or student grading? I don’t believe that you can have it both ways. That is, grading, at least the way it’s commonly done, inhibits student learning. This is not merely my idea. David Brooks wrote a piece in the NYTabout this, saying “We all know why it exists, but the grade-point average is one of the more destructive elements in American education. In life we want independent thinking and risk-taking, but the GPA system encourages students to be deferential and risk averse, giving their teachers what they want.“
Via Cindy Riley Klages, Ivon Prefontaine
That may surprise some people since there’s been a steady stream of those saying the education technology revolution is coming. Mostly, though, those promising the edtech revolution are seeing a sweeping, top-to-bottom reformation where education goes primarily online and learning for everyone is personalized and fluid. And that may happen.
But if your eyes are focused on that horizon, you may be missing the real and impactful ways technology is already changing how students learn and teachers teach. Here are a few examples.
While the complete death of on-paper book publishers has been exaggerated, there’s no doubt that digital publishers and publishing platforms are the modern normal. It’s a bit of a surprise then that so many classroom education functions are still done on paper. Digital textbooks at all levels have been promised for a while and are just now starting to infiltrate the market. What’s more surprising that in-classroom tests and exams are also still, for the most part, done with paper and pencil - literally, old school.
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