Project Tomorrow has just released the results of its Speak Up 2010 survey that asked over 300,000 students (and 43,000 parents, 35,000 teachers, and 3,500 administrators) about their thoughts on technology and learning in the classroom. It found, no surprise, students’ ownership and use of technology is on the rise, with students now saying that Internet filtering – not Internet speed – is their major obstacle at school. This week, MindShift looked at students’ and teachers’ responses to the question of filtering.
Analyst firm Piper Jaffray released the results of its annual survey of teens and Apple products, suggesting that one third of teens plan to buy an iPhone in the next six months. Sam Diaz from ZDNet questions the survey (and the headlines that followed), and asks whether teens are interested in other smart phones too.
Whether or not teens want iPhones or Androids or just mobile phones in general, a new study has found that what they really want is access to the Internet. And even more so, when they don’t have access to it, they face symptoms of withdrawal and depression. That’s the findings from a University of Maryland study that asked 1,000 students from around the world to abstain from media for a day.
The Gates Foundation’s new initiative Next Generation Learning Challenges announced the winners of its first round of grants this week, with $10 million in funding going to projects aimed at boosting college graduation rates. The projects tackle blended learning, student engagement, learning analytics, and open courseware initiatives. You can read the complete list of winners here.
Kno, once the maker of a student-oriented tablet is officially getting out of the hardware business. The company has handed over the development of that technology to Intel, according to All Things D’s Kara Swisher. Kno has taken another $30 million in investment to focus now on developing educational software.
The Department of Education announced several initiatives around students’ privacy, including clarification of FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) and the hiring of a Chief Privacy Officer.
When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find […]
Though spatial skills — the ability to find meaning in the shape, size, orientation, or trajectory, of objects — are valuable, the tactics we use to measure student outcomes don’t always include these important skills. By not placing value on spatial thinking, we may be missing out on developing the skills of the next Thomas Edison.
Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century life, everything is in flux—and everything demands innovative, out of the […]
Do you think you’re creative?” Ask this question of a group of second-graders, and about 95 percent of them will answer “Yes.” Three years later, when the kids are in fifth grade, that proportion will drop to 50 percent—and by the time they’re seniors in high school, it’s down to 5 percent. Author Jonah Lehrer […]