Thursday, October 3, 2013

Eating the Apple, The Walking Dead MOOC, and So Much More!

How Tablets Can Enable Meaningful Connections for Students and Teachers
This mobile access extends the learning context beyond the walls of the classroom and the hours of the school day, while the instant access to content and social networks opens up avenues for communication and collaboration across distance and time.

Girls Tweeting (Not Twerking) Their Way to Power
Online petitions, like the one leveraged in this campaign, are quickly becoming one of the central strategies for girls and young women creating greater awareness of sexism, and a cost or accountability for those who practice it. Girls like Rios have become modern day Davids taking on the Goliaths of our time

“The Walking Dead” Inspires a MOOC
The class is being taught by a team of four UC Irvine professors from the departments of public health, social sciences, mathematics and physics. Topics will include population dynamics and the spread of disease, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and post-apocalyptic nutrition.

Eating the Apple
Arthur C. Clarke said, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Under the leadership of Steve Jobs, dedicated to making “insanely great” computers, Apple proved something subtly but importantly different: any sufficiently well-designed technology is indistinguishable from reality—it “just works.”

Classes should do hands-on exercises before reading and video
A new study from the Stanford Graduate School of Education flips upside down the notion that students learn best by first independently reading texts or watching online videos before coming to class to engage in hands-on projects. Studying a particular lesson, the Stanford researchers showed that when the order was reversed, students' performances improved substantially.

A Glimpse into the Future of Learning

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