A top US government official has called for schools on both sides of the Atlantic to stop using textbooks altogether within the next five years, contradicting UK ministers who want to increase their use. Richard Culatta, director of educational technology at the US Department of Education, said textbooks were “out of date the second they get printed”, did not engage pupils or allow personalised learning, and encouraged a “linear” form of learning that was not supported by evidence.
By Abhijit Bhaduri and Bill Fischer Changing mindsets begins with you! The only mind you can be sure of changing is your own, and the only way that you can demonstrate this mindset change is through your behaviors. If you aspire for your organization to be faster, more innovative, less afraid [...]
The purpose of this article is simply to remove some of the negative connotations around smartphones and to consider new possibilities which we have at our disposal. In order for students to use smartphones in school responsibly, it is important that we set limits and rules beforehand.
Flippin' heck, meet the Internet of Things wallpaper LEDs, pah! UK inventor cooks up cheap fabric alternative to giant displays 78 13 7 29 Jul 2015 at 08:03, Andrew Orlowski British inventor Andrew Fentem has come up with a way of cheaply turning fabric into large active displays.
Fentem, who pioneered multitouch input technology 15 years ago, only to see a UK quango squander the innovation and Apple reap the reward, calls the new display “organic pixels”.
He’s invented an ulta-thin magnetic actuator, fractions of a millimetre thick, which can be applied fabric to create a “pixel”.
The programmable actuators create enough of a magnetic field to “flip” the pixel. This allows a vast display to be created at much lower cost than an arena-scale LED display.
"Many engineers work under classic assumption that future is going to be white and shiny and invisible. I don’t think that’s going to be the case," Fentem said.
The original aim was to create an "Internet of Things" wallpaper, with a Japanese paper crafts feel, he told us.
“The invention came out of setting a hard constraint that whatever it was had to be printable; current bulky flip-dot technology costs around $1 per pixel, and this much cheaper to manufacture, around $0.10 per pixel which is very competitive with LEDs, and potentially resurrects an obsolete technology," he added.
The “Flick Pixels” can be made of almost any material. A brief video helps explain the concept and give a glimpse of its potential.
The electronics engineer worked in the defence industry at Thorn EMI before turning to research, focusing on input and visualisation technologies. More recently, he was an expert witness [interview] for Samsung in its litigation against Apple.
Fentem tells us (perhaps ominously) that it has been well received by the Large Area Electronics catapult centre at Cambridge University, who particularly like the fact it’s mass-customisable and potentially printable. So he's naturally keen on hearing from investors and supporters.
You can find out more here at Fentem’s site. ®
John Rudkin's insight:
Wow, almost retro, but an intriguing motion display - like the Texas Instruments DLP idea, but BIG.
American millennials may be the first generation that grew up with computers and Internet access, but all that time spent glued to a small screen hasn't translated to technology competence, according to a research project that analyzed data from an assessment of adult competencies that tests cognitive and workplace skills.
John Rudkin's insight:
Sadly, this is also true in the UK. This is one problem that has been created by poor IT teaching. If only they'd listened.
For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and numeracy.
Pasi Silander, the city’s development manager, explained: “What we need now is a different kind of education to prepare people for working life.
“Young people use quite advanced computers. In the past the banks had lots of bank clerks totting up figures but now that has totally changed.
“We therefore have to make the changes in education that are necessary for industry and modern society.”
Subject-specific lessons – an hour of history in the morning, an hour of geography in the afternoon – are already being phased out for 16-year-olds in the city’s upper schools. They are being replaced by what the Finns call “phenomenon” teaching – or teaching by topic. For instance, a teenager studying a vocational course might take “cafeteria services” lessons, which would include elements of maths, languages (to help serve foreign customers), writing skills and communication skills.
More academic pupils would be taught cross-subject topics such as the European Union - which would merge elements of economics, history (of the countries involved), languages and geography.
A Conservative MP has admitted playing puzzle game Candy Crush Saga on his iPad during a parliamentary committee meeting.
John Rudkin's insight:
Has no one heard of multi-tasking? Candy Crush is a game of skill, of strategy, social superiority, perfect for keeping a 40 yr old brain active....and maybe it should be mandatory for pension reform debates. Maybe that why I can't stand it.
Supporting with digital confidence is paramount when looking to develop colleagues in your school. While you may know that CPD is happening 24/7/365 online, many won't. Making it so that teachers feel empowered in their…
John Rudkin's insight:
ICT has to be reliable, it has to work the way you expect it to. It needs to have familiarity. Then it delivers Trust in that 'working' results in confidence growing for the user. Before you know it you have a revolution on your hands........
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