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Phil Taylor

Young Canadians in a Wired World, Phase III: Connected to Learn | MediaSmarts - 0 views

  • understand how networked technologies are impacting teachers and their teaching practices, in 2015 MediaSmarts partnered with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation to survey 4,043 K-12
John Evans

Why It's Critical for the Next Gen to Be Tech Creators Not Consumers | WIRED - 5 views

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    "ACCORDING TO AYAH Bdeir, technology is the language of our time. The 33-year-old founder and CEO of littleBits likes to compare the engineers of today to the clergy of the Middle Ages, who controlled access to knowledge and power via their monopoly over the use and understanding of the written word. Today's engineers have a special kind of social and technological influence, which derives from their understanding of the stuff that makes our everyday gadgets work. If our lives today depend on technology, then those who truly understand it have an outsized influence over the rest of us. In Bdeir's view, littleBits-a range of Lego-like electronic circuits that can be used by virtually anyone to innovate their own gadgets-isn't just a plaything, it's an aid to achieving widespread tech literacy. You might even think of littleBits as a democratizing project.

    "You see these kids growing up with laptops and smartphones, and by the time they're toddlers, they already seem so tech savvy," Bdeir notes. "But they don't actually understand how the technology works. They're great at navigating around a touchscreen, but if they only ever know that much, they'll wind up relying on other people-these specialists who studied engineering in school-to decide what kind of technology they have access to.""
John Evans

The Five Coolest Things to Connect to Your iPad in Your Classroom - Wired Educator - 0 views

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    "Having an iPad in my classroom and home has clearly helped me become more productive and have more fun. iPads are engaging and they are powerful. I have downloaded some great apps but one of the most overlooked aspects of the iPad are the awesome accessories you can connect to it. Here is my list of the five coolest things you can connect to your iPad:"
John Evans

Raspberry Pi Zero: the WIRED starter guide (Wired UK) - 1 views

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    "The tiny and ridiculously inexpensive Raspberry Pi Zero has already proven to be a huge hit, selling out everywhere (including on the front cover of 10,000 magazines). But if you're one of the lucky 20,000 or so who managed to get hold of one of the £4 computers, you might be asking a deceptively simple question -- what next?

    The Zero is a surprisingly powerful machine, with 512MB of RAM and a CPU faster than the original Pi, but what do you need to get started and what projects can you tackle from day one?

    The following intro guide will help you go beyond simply staring at the miniature, refined brilliance of the Zero hardware, and actually start using it to make things, play games and experiment."
John Evans

Gift Guide: 11 Drones for All Types of Pilots | WIRED - 1 views

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    "THE TECH-BUYING PUBLIC is all abuzz about drones! Even drones are abuzz about drones, because that's generally the sound they make! But there's no such thing as a one-size-fits-all drone. Whether you're looking for a fun flying toy, a UAV that can take some serious lumps, a high-speed racer, or a professional flying camera, here are the hot picks this holiday season."
John Evans

Disney Research: 3D printing robots from scratch (Wired UK) - 1 views

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    "A new tool developed by Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University could let you 3D print your very own walking robot.

    "Progress in rapid manufacturing technology is making it easier and easier to build customised robots, but designing a functioning robot remains a difficult challenge that requires an experienced engineer," said Markus Gross, vice president at Disney Research. "Our new design system can bridge this gap and should be of great interest to technology enthusiasts and the maker community at large.""
John Evans

Huh? Schools Think Kids Don't Want to Learn Computer Science | WIRED - 1 views

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    "Times have never been better for computer science workers. Jobs in computing are growing at twice the national rate of other types of jobs. By 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be 1 million more computer science-related jobs than graduating students qualified to fill them.

    If any company has a vested interest in cultivating a strong talent pool of computer scientists, it's Google. So the search giant set out to learn why students in the US aren't being prepared to bridge the talent deficit. In a big survey conducted with Gallup and released today, Google found a range of dysfunctional reasons more K-12 students aren't learning computer science skills. Perhaps the most surprising: schools don't think the demand from parents and students is there.

    Google and Gallup spent a year and a half surveying thousands of students, parents, teachers, principals, and superintendents across the US. And it's not that parents don't want computer science for their kids. A full nine in ten parents surveyed viewed computer science education as a good use of school resources. It's the gap between actual and perceived demand that appears to be the problem."
John Evans

Kahoot! is gamifying the classroom (Wired UK) - 2 views

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    ""The minute you're born, you learn by playing together," says Åsmund Furuseth, VP for business development of Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform with one exclamation mark and 13 million monthly users.

    Furuseth and his colleagues at Kahoot! want students, parents and teachers to keep that process going into school and beyond. His company enables anyone to create their own game-based educational content, and helps to found new types of classrooms in which to best exploit it. Furuseth tells WIRED.co.uk he wants to "create an emotional connection between the learners so that they learn much better together -- this is what we believe is the future of how you learn"."
John Evans

This Amazing Collection of Historical Maps Just Got Easier to See | WIRED - 3 views

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    "IT JUST GOT way, way easier to search and browse the US Geological Survey's collection of historical topographic maps, thanks to a new online map viewer. These maps-more than 178,000 of them-date back to 1880, and they cover the entire country. Best of all, they're free to download for anyone who wants to, say, check out the contours of the Grand Canyon or study the urbanization of the San Francisco Bay Area (see below)."
John Evans

How to Understand the Super Bowl-With Physics! | WIRED - 0 views

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    "The Super Bowl isn't just a football game. It's an opportunity to discuss physics. Let's look at some of the interesting physics concepts that go with the game."
John Evans

The Best Science Visualizations of the Year | WIRED - 2 views

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    "Here at WIRED Science, we're big fans of science graphics. And not just the fancy, big-budget ones, but charts and figures and visualizations: the folk art of scientific imagery.
    In this gallery are our favorite graphics of the year. They're in no particular order (though we did save a treat for last). Each tells a story with elegant simplicity, and sometimes even beauty. Enjoy!"
John Evans

How to code in schools: a teacher and student's guide (Wired UK) - 0 views

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    ""Before the term started, a lot of people were feeling under-confident, especially in primary schools," says Swidenbank. "All evidence now shows confidence is on the up." The biggest challenge remains the knowledge gaps, she asserts. But Codeacademy's own figures show the extent of the dent being made in that area. It has had 100,000 new student signups in the past three months and has partnered with more than 2,000 schools since September, bringing its total to more than 3,000.

    The biggest change, has been a growth in confidence -- in both teachers and students. Keeping on top of the learning is the key to ensuring that confidence thrives, and Swidenbank has seen the results of that firsthand."
John Evans

American Schools Are Training Kids for a World That Doesn't Exist | WIRED - 0 views

  • We “learn,” and after this we “do.” We go to school and then we go to work.

    This approach does not map very well to personal and professional success in America today. Learning and doing have become inseparable in the face of conditions that invite us to discover.

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    "Our kids learn within a system of education devised for a world that increasingly does not exist.

    To become a chef, a lawyer, a philosopher or an engineer, has always been a matter of learning what these professionals do, how and why they do it, and some set of general facts that more or less describe our societies and our selves. We pass from kindergarten through twelfth grade, from high school to college, from college to graduate and professional schools, ending our education at some predetermined stage to become the chef, or the engineer, equipped with a fair understanding of what being a chef, or an engineer, actually is and will be for a long time.

    We "learn," and after this we "do." We go to school and then we go to work.

    This approach does not map very well to personal and professional success in America today. Learning and doing have become inseparable in the face of conditions that invite us to discover."
John Evans

Your Handy Tips and Tricks for Mastering OS X Yosemite | WIRED - 2 views

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    "You've just downloaded Yosemite, Apple's latest update to the Mac platform. There's a lot that's familiar, but a number of features still look, feel, and function differently. If you haven't already been using the public beta, it can be a lot to take in. Lucky for you, we've got a primer.

    We've selected 10 Yosemite features that will change the way you use your Mac. Some you may recognize, particularly if you've followed our previous Yosemite coverage, but now that Yosemite and iOS 8 are live for all, there are a few more features Apple's rolled out."
John Evans

How the Smartphone Ushered In a Golden Age of Journalism | Business | WIRED - 0 views

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    "When I first arrived in New York, some time back in the last century, I gazed in awe and fascination at subway riders reading The New York Times. Thanks to a precise and universally adopted method of folding the paper (had it been taught in schools?), they could read it and even turn its pages without thrusting them in anyone else's face. The trick? Folding those big, inky broadsheets into neat little rectangles-roughly the same size, in fact, as an iPad. It's as if they were trying to turn the newspaper into a mobile device. And that, we can now see, is precisely what news is meant for. Today, New York newspaper origami is an all-but-lost art; straphangers have their eyes glued to their smartphones."
John Evans

How Smartphones Have Unleashed Humanity's Creative Potential | Gadget Lab | WIRED - 0 views

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    "Now it's the phone's turn. The smartphone began with a promise of productivity. Its first "killer app," in the parlance of those developing for it, was email. Smartphones let us send messages without launching a computer; that's what made them smart. Web browsing followed, but the device was still seen as a surrogate for the computer at your desk-something to keep you productive while out in the world. Today, though, the phone has become something else. The smartphone, like the PC and the Internet before it, has turned into a unique outlet for our creative impulses, and it will affect our creative lives even more fundamentally."
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