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Roland Gesthuizen

The scourge of the selfie stick - The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) - 37 views

    "The selfie stick, dubbed the "wand of narcissism", is now an essential carry-on item for many travellers. But Simon Tatz wonders why tourists find their own faces more fascinating than the wonders they behold."
Roland Gesthuizen

Mendeley sells out; I'm moving to Zotero | Life and Data - 23 views

    "it was confirmed that Elsevier bought Mendeley for an amount between $69-100 million. This announcement opened the floodgates of people denouncing the deal and Mendeley people's promises that they won't change. It was sad to see them try to promise something they will have no control over and never talking about any evidence or contractual obligations to protect what Mendeley is from what most people perceive Elsevier is."
Roland Gesthuizen

OPINION: Give Educators the Drawing Board | EdSurge News - 18 views

    "Based on suggestions from teacher-leaders across the country, here is a blueprint for how teachers can become major stakeholders in edtech conventions"
Steven Szalaj

Thinking for the Future - - 60 views

    Though-provoking piece about the kinds of skills might be needed in a future dictated by mega-data analysis.  It speculates how people might be needed to keep the "human" in "humanity."
Roland Gesthuizen

Henry A. Giroux | When Schools Become Dead Zones of the Imagination: A Critical Pedagog... - 1 views

    "If the right-wing billionaires and apostles of corporate power have their way, public schools will become "dead zones of the imagination," reduced to anti-public spaces that wage an assault on critical thinking, civic literacy and historical memory. Since the 1980s, schools have increasingly become testing hubs that de-skill teachers and disempower students."
Margaret FalerSweany

Gun Owners Aren't Always Gun Lovers - - 1 views

  • gun owners like Michael Kundu come from a largely unexplored middle ground — a place of nuance and contradiction.
  • these voices of ambivalence that policy makers say are likely to be drowned out by the passion at the extreme ends
Margaret FalerSweany

Living With Less. A Lot Less. - - 17 views

  • Somehow this stuff ended up running my life, or a lot of it; the things I consumed ended up consuming me. My circumstances are unusual (not everyone gets an Internet windfall before turning 30), but my relationship with material things isn’t.
Andrew McCluskey

The Essay, an Exercise in Doubt - - 1 views

  • The Essay, an Exercise in Doubt
    Phillip Lopate writes about the virtue of self-doubt and how it (self-doubt) is built into essay writing as a form.
Jac Londe

Word order: The internet as the toy with a tin ear - Opinion - Al Jazeera English - 25 views

  • Word order: The internet as the toy with a tin ear
  • How have communication advancements degraded the way people use languages today?
Trevor Cunningham

When Will This Low-Innovation Internet Era End? | Wired Opinion | - 17 views

    Food for thought.
Roland Gesthuizen

I want to give poor children computers and walk away - opinion - 14 December 2011 - New... - 6 views

  • A pre-pilot will start on 1 January 2012. Pre-pilot means that it will be small and there will be modest human intervention just to see children's reactions in order to better design the real, hands-off, dropping-out-of-the-sky format.
    Can tablet computers "parachuted" into remote areas transform childhood learning, asks Nicholas Negroponte .. One Laptop per Child (OLPC), even after giving out nearly 3 million laptops, is still criticised along the following lines: "Negroponte believes that you can give a child a laptop and walk away." Whether I ever believed that or not is now secondary. It became such a refrain that I finally asked myself about a year ago: "What if you could?"

Death to high school English - Education - - 128 views

    Death to high school EnglishMy college students don't understand commas, far less how to write an essay. Is it time to rethink how we teach?
Jim Connolly

Viewpoint: Why education is not like business | Featured on eSchool News | - 59 views

    Very clear explanation as to why schools- and other government services- shouldn't be run like businesses.
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