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Don Doehla

Johnson: Language networks: When bigger isn't better | The Economist - 20 views

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    HOW would you rank "important" languages? If asked to rattle them off, many people start with English, but after that are reluctant to go further. Important how, they ask. One approach would be to look at people and money: surely a language is important if it is spoken by lots of people, in countries with great wealth (and presumably, therefore, power).
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Economist Debates: Personal Computing - 28 views

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    A debate on the future of personal computing (including desktops and laptops) with rise in the number of portable devices that can access online content through "the cloud".
Chai Reddy

Monitor: The net generation, unplugged | The Economist - 34 views

  • Growing up with the internet, it is argued, has transformed their approach to education, work and politics
    • Chai Reddy
       
      But has the education system changed its approach? There are different jobs than there were 20 years ago which is a partial reflection of technology but not sure how are systems have changed or accomodated the changes
  • Anecdotes like this are used to back calls for education systems to be transformed in order to cater to these computer-savvy students, who differ fundamentally from earlier generations of students: professors should move their class discussions to Facebook, for example, where digital natives feel more comfortable
    • Chai Reddy
       
      Is this an example of 21st century literacy? I've heard this term used often but I'm still looking for a good definition of it.
  • Only a small fraction of students may count as true digital natives, in other words. The rest are no better or worse at using technology than the rest of the population.
    • Chai Reddy
       
      This must mean that 21st century literacy must be taught.
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