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“You won’t be carrying a calculator with you everywhere you go.” A friend of mine recalled his math teacher telling him that. I’m sure we’ve all heard this or even have said it before ourselves. However, this particular retelling came over twitter, posted from an iPhone, that he keeps with him everywhere he goes. While it is important to learn basic math skills, it’s also true that our tools are getting more portable as well as powerful.
Tammy Worcester’s Tech Tip of the Week Each week, Tammy will post a new tip -- a shortcut to use in PowerPoint, a cool web resource, or perhaps a new tool to try.
Climate change – pulling the figures out of murky waters At the start of March the Environment Agency warned that Britain needs to become more resilient to drought and flooding, as extremes of weather may be on the increase. That didn’t come as a surprise to me, as someone who has spent the last eight months in flood-prone Yorkshire, working on a project to help climate scientists unearth reliable information on flooding and flood defences. Though I did find some of the figures quite arresting – they showed that one in every five days in 2012 saw flooding somewhere in the country, while one in four saw drought. Read more
I wrote the following piece for Wired . I’m keeping it here for posterity, but check out the comments over on Wired. Sitting U.S.
Today’s young people (8 to 18 year olds) spend on average 7 hours and 38 minutes a day with media: watching TV (TV, videos, DVDs, pre-recorded shows), playing video games, listening to music, talking on the phone, and chatting with friends online, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation report Generation-M2: Media in the Lives of 8-18 Year-olds released on January 20, 2010. This is an hour more than the group found in 2004, when young people were found to spend nearly 6 and half hours a day on entertainment media.
On this episode of TTT a group of educators discuss "A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age" http://goo.gl/9pIiq Here's who joins the conversation: Paul Allison, Timothy Burke, Jack West, Chris Slon, Anya Kamenetz, Bonnie Stewart, Monika Hardy, Karen Fasimpaur, Jesse Stommel, and Nikhil Goyal On December 14, 2012, a group of 12 assembled in Palo Alto for a raucous discussion of online education.
One of my goals for this year is provide more opportunities for authentic student leadership, specifically in the tech support and training that we do with students and teachers. We have a very engaged and supportive learning community here at YIS , and in addition to our fantastic student councils at each division, we have a great opportunity to add more student leadership in an area where students are often the expert: technology. Facilitating a Student Tech Team
February 8th, 2011 by Dan Meyer