(mostly) education link dump 041012

After yesterday’s post, I have a feeling this will become a habit.

Teaching technology: we need a digital revolution in the classroom

…Britain is in danger of producing a generation of technological suckers: people who know how to word process a letter, buy apps for their iPhones and to search in Google, but have no understanding of the inner workings of these services.

Yes, Even Professors Can Write Stylishly

Nearly everyone, including the editors of academic journals, would much rather read lively, well-written articles than the slow-moving sludge of the typical scholarly paper.

How We Will Read: Clay Shirky

Publishing is not evolving. Publishing is going away. Because the word “publishing” means a cadre of professionals who are taking on the incredible difficulty and complexity and expense of making something public. That’s not a job anymore. That’s a button. There’s a button that says “publish,” and when you press it, it’s done.

Almost 20% of 3rd Graders Have Cell Phones

Adults — digital natives or not — can’t imagine what a childhood mediated by mobile, social technology that didn’t exist 10 years ago is actually like. 

Turning Students Into Good Digital Citizens

Schools have always been charged with the task of producing good citizens. But how has our definition of a “good citizen” changed over the ages?

Is Twitter Good For Us?

(This one doesn’t seem to need an explanation, other than that it’s a podcast to listen to.)

Andrea Kershaw of IDEO on Creativity in the Classroom

New purposes for schools should be created and worked towards. Teachers could be more about “curators of learning experiences” rather than “broadcasters of information”; and students less spoon-fed and less like sponges that merely soak in information.

Should High School Students Be Required to Take Online Classes

More than a million K-12 students take online classes, studying everything from Chinese to AP English. Now, Virginia students will be required to complete at least one virtual course.

Five Future Technologies That Will Shape Our Classrooms

What does the future hold for our classrooms, and what kinds of technologies will shape the minds of our children’s children? … Here are five future technologies that will completely change the learning space and revolutionize the techniques we use within it.

The Stanford Education Experiment Could Change Higher Learning Forever

I’ve never heard of these algorithms or considered how a computer determines a route. But I’ll learn, because despite the utter lack of qualifications I just mentioned, I’m enrolled in CS221: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, a graduate-level course taught by Stanford professors Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig.


And now the non-education articles…

The Broken “Buy-One, Give One” Model: 3 Ways To Save Toms Shoes

Toms has built a popular brand around the buy-one, give-one model. But two critical flaws in that model threaten to undo its social impact and business successes.

Warby Parker Disrupts the Eyewear Industry

The founders explain how they dramatically undercut the dominant glasses makers.