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6 years ago
In 2010, the Library of Congress (LOC) announced that it would partner with Twitter to archive every public tweet since the social media platform’s inception in 2006. Naturally, concerned voices arose in response, questioning the potential breaches of privacy and the level of accessibility of these archives. Since the announcement, the LOC has yet to provide access to this archive, and seems still to be grappling with complex issue...
6 years ago
Arcademic Skill Builders is a website and mobile app with 61 games—both single and multiplayer—that exercises students’ math, spelling, and geography skills. Geared toward grades K-8, Arcademics approaches online learning through arcade-style games in an attempt to engage students even when they are working on repetitive math problems. The games are primarily presented using colorful graphics and animal characters,...
6 years ago
In some K-12 classrooms, teachers require students to hand in their cell phones before entering the room. Yet in a college lecture hall, similar restrictions are often non-existent, as most students bring laptops, iPads, and smartphones for note taking. Now that mobile technology is more prevalent than ever, educators need to understand mobile multitasking—a natural consequence of using smartphones in school—and how it affects stud...
6 years ago
Even though the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires school districts to block certain websites on school computers, there are a lot of misconceptions about what exactly must be blocked. Some administrators actually end up "over-filtering" web content. Although what constitutes over-filtering is up for debate, teachers are arguing that filtering is actually impeding their teaching methods. Some teachers spend hours downloading YouTub...
6 years ago
In a journalism classroom, it is no secret that one-trick ponies are less likely to find good reporting jobs in the industry. The demand for multimedia journalism is constantly growing, and news organizations are continuing to develop stronger video production teams, more advanced infographics, and more visible social media presences. In fact, previous research has shown that an increasing number of job announcements call for candidates who ...
6 years ago
E-Readers are commonplace enough now that seeing someone reading a novel or biography on a tablet won’t cause people to look twice. But Metabook is bringing new features to e-reading that might just make anybody do a double-take. Metabook is an e-reading platform that provides images, videos, and audio elements to supplement the reading experience. This could be in the form of pictures of the story’s setting...
6 years ago
It is often emphasized in classrooms, from K-12 to higher ed, that Wikipedia should not be used as a primary source, but rather as a jumping off point for other research. However, its perceived reliability as a research tool varies drastically among classes, teachers, and fields. Some educators believe it's too prone to factual errors, and others counter that because of source verification standards, it hardly differs from errors in...
6 years ago
Although there is no shortage of web designers focusing on aesthetic quality, accessibility, and user experience, higher education websites are often cluttered, making it difficult for users to find the information they are seeking. In fact, mobile sites are often more usable than their desktop counterparts because they are more streamlined and only present the most crucial information to the audience. Cluttered websites not only p...
6 years ago
Blogs and lifestyle magazines are constantly pumping out articles with lists of ways to "hack life" to increase productivity and successfully multitask. AsapSCIENCE, a YouTube channel that creates videos on interesting science facts and phenomena through colorful and dynamic graphics, sought to delve into the real science behind some of those tips to confirm or refute them. For example, the video talks about the Zeigarnik effect, which is a ps...
6 years ago
A school in Italy is making sure that everyone is a part of the educational content creation process. Forgoing the usual system of purchasing textbooks from big publishing companies and curriculum through mass-produced networks, ITIS Majorana di Brindisi invests its money in developing and printing its own textbooks. Its national network of teachers works together to create teaching content amidst evolving curricula and lessons in schools across the co...