It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.
Flickr:Akhilsunnithan By Eleanor Yang Su, California Watch Teachers who once shunned the idea of students citing Wikipedia on class assignments now are embracing the Web site as a teaching tool. Dozens of teachers at high schools and universities – including several in California – are assigning their students to write and edit entries for the […]
By Anne Nelson From what I can tell, most of my fellow educators spend more time criticizing Wikipedia than engaging with it. The conversation tends to go round in a fairly tiresome circle: The first educator points to an article on the subject of his/her expertise and points to a glaring error to demonstrate that […]
If you’re still wondering about the implications of the effects of technology on learning, take a look at this brilliant video by Michael Wesch, a cultural anthropologist who studies the effects of media on society. The envelopment of sites like Google and Wikipedia into our daily lives has completely changed our relationship with information. What […]
Last week’s post about how the Internet affects plagiarism brought up some interesting points of discussion. Readers are parsing the difference between copying information verbatim without citing the source, and paraphrasing information gleaned from sources like Wikipedia. One reader writes: As a graduate student and researcher, 80% of what I do is not expressing original […]