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The 9 hottest topics in edtech. Support for Teachers: Classroom Activities. The cs4fn team do a range of talks and activities.

Support for Teachers: Classroom Activities

As with our writing they take a fun offbeat approach to the subject and are embedded in research activity. (Oh, and we tend to prefer rope and tube technology over silicon for our activities.) We are giving live talks about our approach to teaching computer science in conjunction with Google in their CS on AIr series using Google Hangouts. The 9 hottest topics in edtech. Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide. What is Big Data? A super simple explanation for everyone. 5 Ways to Check Who Is Tracking You Online. How much do you love online content? So much you pay for everything you can? Or do you, like the overwhelming majority of internet users, accept advertising and tracking as a way of life? The adage goes “if you’re not paying you’re the product,” and in the internet services and media era, this is truer than ever. Finding out who and what is tracking you isn’t easy, but there are a number of sites and browser extensions that give you a little more clarity.

Here are some of the best. Panopticlick is one of the first sites to check out. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) research project takes it one step further by detailing unique configuration features that make your browser more noticeable amongst tracking data. Debunked: 5 myths about classroom technology. For decades, schools have been scaling up the technology incorporated into the classroom, from small computer labs designed to teach basic computer skills to student-assigned tablets for more complex, daily assignments (and occasional play).

Debunked: 5 myths about classroom technology

Parents, lawmakers, and even some educators have spoken out against this trend, arguing that excessive classroom technology could end up doing more harm than good, but the foundations for most of these arguments are unsupported by empirical evidence. Arguments against Classroom Technology in School. Is writing education vital to emerging technology? - eCampus News. In an age of technological advancement, it’s easy to feel obsolete.

Is writing education vital to emerging technology? - eCampus News

I feel confident that education will always be needed; but, occasionally I wonder if writing education has value in a computer-driven world. Students enter my English classrooms and see the course as a requirement for advancement. They look at is as one of many “basics” they need until they can study their actual interest. Katherine Schwab recently wrote an article that not only put my fears at ease, but declared the written word as vital to emerging technology. Schwab profiles a report titled “2017 Designs in Tech” which references writing as among the unicorn skills in design. Writing as Job Market Differentiator. eSchool News The Internet of Things is coming to your school. Internet of Things devices are cropping up in schools everywhere.

eSchool News The Internet of Things is coming to your school

IT is taking note — and so are students After being introduced to the Internet of Things (IoT) by a local software company, Tiffany Davis’ first instinct was to consider what the concept would look like in the K-12 setting. 10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Society of Pediatrics state infants aged 0-2 years should not have any exposure to technology, 3-5 years be restricted to one hour per day, and 6-18 years restricted to 2 hours per day (AAP 2001/13, CPS 2010).

10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12

Children and youth use 4-5 times the recommended amount of technology, with serious and often life threatening consequences (Kaiser Foundation 2010, Active Healthy Kids Canada 2012). Handheld devices (cell phones, tablets, electronic games) have dramatically increased the accessibility and usage of technology, especially by very young children (Common Sense Media, 2013). As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’m calling on parents, teachers and governments to ban the use of all handheld devices for children under the age of 12 years.

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now. An encryption flaw called the Heartbleed bug is already being dubbed one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen.

The Heartbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change Right Now

The bug has affected many popular websites and services — ones you might use every day, like Gmail and Facebook — and could have quietly exposed your sensitive account information (such as passwords and credit card numbers) over the past two years. But it hasn't always been clear which sites have been affected. Mashable reached out to some of the most popular social, email, banking and commerce sites on the web. We've rounded up their responses below. Some Internet companies that were vulnerable to the bug have already updated their servers with a security patch to fix the issue.

Heartbleed – What Can You Do To Stay Safe? The Heartbleed SSL vulnerability is making headlines around the world – and misreporting in the press and online is causing confusion.

Heartbleed – What Can You Do To Stay Safe?

How can you stay safe and ensue your personal details aren’t leaked? What Is Heartbleed? Well, It’s Not A Virus You’ve probably heard Heartbleed described as a virus. This isn’t the case: in fact, it is a weakness, a vulnerability in servers running OpenSSL. This vulnerability – more commonly referred to as a bug – essentially creates a hole through which hackers can circumvent the encryption.