It may not be apparent to the naked eye, but in our modern world of wireless communication and Internet-connected devices, we’re constantly spinning convoluted labyrinths of invisible signals that engulf us like flies in the web of some ghostly spider. In this stunning series of images created by a Ph.D. candidate with the Architecture and Digital Design Group at Newcastle University, it’s actually possible to see what some of these imperceptible entities look like, revealing the surreal beauty
Just as motorists take driver’s education to learn how to react to road situations, digital age students need a course in navigating precarious situations online, such as cyberbullying and copyright infringement. That’s what led us in 2011 to develop the Digital Driver’s License (DDL) project.
It makes it easier to think during class—and I'm doing less busy work. Stephanie is just one of the 950 students at Sammamish High School in Seattle who have taken wholeheartedly to Microsoft OneNote along with their teachers. Across the country in Ohio, teachers gave their students "blizzard bags" when schools got closed for bad weather. These…
One thing it doesn’t mean, or it really shouldn’t mean, is that we replace any existing teachers with engineers or computer science specialists. "Learning how to code is certainly not an easy task, but it pales in comparison to learning how to teach," says Adam Enbar, cofounder of the Flatiron School, a coding academy in New York.
Indeed, it doesn’t matter how well you know your way around a line of code if you can’t impart that information clearly to a pupil, a lesson Gina Sipley, a former English and social studies teacher, experienced firsthand when she herself was learning to code through a General Assembly course. "The teacher we had was a brilliant programmer, that was clear, but had never taught before," she explains. "So as the course went on, people sought out the teachers in the room and said, ‘This doesn’t make sense. How would you present the information?’ I don’t have a deep content knowledge at all, but I know how people learn best and how to structure lessons so people are going to get the most out of it."
So, what’s the smartest, most effective way to go about teaching our 3.1 million existing public school teachers to code, so they’re prepared to teach our students?
Rather than gauging if the toilet has enough water, the soap bottle is full enough and the lights are the perfect level, your smart bathroom can ask, “How was your visit?” You can say “Good,” or perhaps, “Bad — there wasn’t enough soap.” This eliminates the need for so much tracking, and makes the experience feel more human. Ultimately, our devices will rely on our feedback just as much as data.
Forget the cat videos, YouTube has matured into one of the biggest resources for educational content ever. While it may not be as organized as Khan Academy, it’s likely got what you need if you do a little digging. You can find videos that make the subject of your lesson more applicable to students’ everyday lives. […]
You can’t have a conversation about the future of public education these days without some mention of digital learning. And when you talk about digital learning, the discussion often turns to badging. The concept is simple: individuals earn badges for demonstrating the acquisition of key knowledge a
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