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Let’s not use 21st century technology with 19th century pedagogy

June 26, 2015 // 0 Comments

Technology may be changing but classrooms and teaching methods are pretty much unchanged since this picture was taken (Creative Commons image) In a talk at the National PTA Conference in Charlotte, NC, Thomas Murray, State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director for Alliance for Education, reminded me of what’s been bothering me for years. “We’re using 21st century tools [...]

Fitness devices can help us learn about our collective health

June 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

Basis Peak exercise watch An increasing number of people are quantifying their lives, especially when it comes to fitness. For example, according to my Basis fitness watch, I took 9,192 steps walking around New York City on Wednesday. I burned 2,587 calories and got 6 hours and 41 minutes of sleep between 11:47 p.m. and 6:38 a.m. when I “tossed and turned” 18 times. There isn’t [...]

Don’t let student privacy bills stifle creative teachers & students

June 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

Protecting student data — especially in the age of cloud computing — is a laudable goal, but before Congress or state legislatures pass new laws or revise old ones, it’s important to make sure that innovation and creativity don’t become collateral damage. There are a number of bills before Congress that would, essentially, update and strengthen the Family Educational [...]

Google gets kid and family friendly with Expeditions and Google Play update

May 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Google kicked off its annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco on Thursday with a long list of announcements, and two are aimed at making the company’s products more friendly for kids, parents and classrooms. The search giant is updating its Google Play app store to provide an easier way for parents to find age-appropriate content for children, and it announced the very cool new [...]

Students: The one group missing from student data privacy laws and bills

May 23, 2015 // 0 Comments

The one group missing in the conversation about student privacy rights is the very group existing and proposed laws are designed to protect. If you read the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) or the proposed bills including the Student Digital Privacy and Parental Rights Act of 2015 proposed by Representatives Luke Messer (R-IN) and Jared Polis (D-CO), they are all about [...]

Podcasts and streaming music reach mainstream moment

May 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

This post first appeared in the San Jose Mercury News It appears that both music streaming and podcasts are finally becoming a part of mainstream life, but that has taken more than 20 years of work. And some new changes to the most popular music streaming services could nudge them farther along. It was 1994 when Rob Glaser, an entrepreneur from Seattle, came to my house to show me the new [...]

Spotify adds video, podcasts and a running feature

May 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Spotify, which offers a $10 a month music subscription service plus a free advertiser-supported music streaming service is adding new features including video clips, podcasts and a feature that uses your phone’s gyroscope and accelerometer to measure the pace of your running and pick out music whose beat matches the beat of your feet and keeps you motivated (see video for an example).  The [...]

On CNET News: ‘Asus chairman: Unlocked phones will unlock the US market for us’

May 19, 2015 // 0 Comments

“Asus is the world’s fifth-largest PC manufacturer, but wants to expand its presence in the faster-growing mobile business, where it has a minimal presence in the US. It hopes to change that by pitching attractively priced smartphones directly to customers, tapping into the market of consumers who eschew traditional wireless service contracts.” Read the full post at CNET News [...]
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