Kids' Cognition Is Changing—Education Will Have to Change With It - Megan Garber - Technology This morning, Elon University and the Pew Internet and American Life Project released a report about the cognitive future of the millennial generation. Based on surveys with more than 1,000 thought leaders -- among them danah boyd, Clay Shirky, David Weinberger, and Alexandra Samuel -- the survey asked thinkers to consider how the Internet and its environment are changing, for better or worse, kids' cognitive capabilities. The survey found, overall, what many others already have: that neuroplasticity is, indeed, a thing; that multitasking is, indeed, the new norm; that hyperconnectivity may be leading to a lack of patience and concentration; and that an "always on" ethos may be encouraging a culture of expectation and instant gratification. It also offers its experts' predictions about what the most-desired life skills (for young people, but ostensibly for everyone else, too) will be in the year 2020. All these skills can be taught. Image: Lia Koltyrina/Shutterstock.
Teaching kids to be ‘digital citizens’ (not just ‘digital natives’) - The Answer Sheet This was written by John Merrow, veteran education reporter for PBS, NPR, and dozens of national publications. He is the president of the nonprofit media production company Learning Matters. Merrow’s latest book is “The Influence of Teachers.” This post first appeared on Merrow’s blog, Taking Note. By John Merrow I often hear adults describing today’s young people as “digital natives,” usually with a tone of resignation or acceptance: “They are so far ahead of us, but we can turn to them for help,” is the general message I hear. My reaction is “Whoa there, Nellie,” because to me that kind of thinking smacks of abdication of adult responsibility. I accept the general truth of what someone called the “Three C’s 1-9-90” rule of thumb, sad and depressing as it is. If most youth — 90 percent — are texting, playing Angry Birds and Grand Theft Auto, and linking up on Facebook and Google Circles, then we adults should be ashamed. Unless, of course, we are equally guilty. And we are. 1. 2. 3. 4.
Oh Shit, I’m A Racist “I don’t think Mike Arrington is a racist” – Angela Benton It’s never a good day when people you don’t know are having a raging Internet debate about whether or not you’re a racist. But that’s exactly what’s happening, thanks to CNN. In July CNN reached out to me and AOL to ask if I’d do an on camera interview with Soledad O’Brien. We are producing, what we think is the first major broadcast news documentary on the Silicon Valley accelerator phenomenon and start-up culture. I ignored the request as I do most press inquiries. AOL was excited, though, and pestered me to do it. But I was talked into it by AOL. In fact, CNN went to great lengths to hide the truth about the topic of the interview, as you can see from their email above. So I sit down in the chair, with lights on me from everywhere and Soledad in my face and she starts asking me why there aren’t any black entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. It took me a while to catch up. CNN has apparently edited most of that out. Nope. Like this:
What If This Is No Accident? What If This Is The Future? The New Luddites are back, and they’re packing heat. The mighty Economist writes of “the disturbing thought” that “America’s current employment woes stem from a precipitous and permanent change caused by not too little technological progress, but too much … A tipping point seems to have been reached, at which AI-based automation threatens to supplant the brain-power of large swathes of middle-income employees.” The New York Times chimes in: “technology is quickly taking over service jobs, following the waves of automation of farm and factory work.” At which those of us lucky enough to be software engineers burst into derisive laughter, of course. We’ve heard all this before, more than a decade ago, when ‘outsourcing to India’ rather than ‘automation’ was the threat that would destroy our jobs. Obviously this is more of the same kind of nonsense. …Although, now that you mention it, there is something odd going on. Unless. Unless Martin Ford and/or Arnold Kling are right.
What If School Was More Like Twitter April 17, 2012 by tomwhitby Every educator knows what their school is like, but few really understand what Twitter is like. The Twitter experience, like school, is different for everyone. One’s contribution to the effort in either of these endeavors has a great deal to do with producing the outcomes. Simply put, the more you put in, the more you get out. That at least is the theory. I am fortunate to have a very large base of educators that I follow on Twitter and an even larger number of educators follow me. A bulk of the information exchange available on Twitter for instance comes in the form of links, or URL’s, which are internet addresses to pages of information. Another thing that Twitter offers us is the ability to respond to ideas and have a general discussion about those responses. Reflection is very big on Twitter. Twitter offers a great deal of variety in opinion. A big, big Twitter plus is the access educators have to education experts. Like this: Like Loading...
Twitter Downplays Breach That Exposed Passwords - Security - Attacks/breaches Nearly 60,000 Twitter usernames and passwords released via Pastebin, but social networking service says half are for blocked spam accounts or duplicates. Tens of thousands of Twitter users' email addresses and passwords have been dumped online. The leaked information, comprising 58,978 username and password combinations, appeared Monday on Pastebin. "We are currently looking into the situation," said spokeswoman Rachel Bremer via email. Most hackers dumping data on Pastebin only divulge a subset of their data, then link to a torrent file for anyone who wants to download the entire data set. [ Are you ignoring common social media privacy controls and sharing risks? While Twitter is continuing its investigation, the company said it's already contacted affected users. Still, few Twitter users would have been affected by the breach. Who leaked the Twitter account credentials, and why? More Insights
Thousands of Twitter passwords exposed | Security & Privacy Twitter is investigating the release of what appear to be thousands of user account passwords and e-mail addresses. "We are currently looking into the situation. In the meantime, we have pushed out password resets to accounts that may have been affected," Twitter spokesman Robert Weeks told CNET in an e-mail. "For those who are concerned that their account may have been compromised, we suggest resetting your passwords and more in our Help Center." The user data, so vast that it took five Pastebin pages to post, was released yesterday and blogged about on Airdemon.net, putting the number of accounts affected at 55,000 or more. It's unclear who posted the data, and why. Weeks disputed that estimate, noting that many of the passwords and accounts seemed like duplicates.
Teenage Sexting Is Becoming The Norm “Under most existing laws, if our findings were extrapolated nationally, several million teens could be prosecuted for child pornography,” explains a new study on teen sexting, which finds that a whopping 28% of teenagers text fully-nude pictures of themselves. We took a deep dive into the much reported Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine article, and found some weird insights into a 21st century trend that is quickly becoming the norm among teenagers. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. As sexting moves closer to becoming the norm, it begs the question of whether sexting will be seen as deviant to the next generation, just as out-of-wedlock sexual relations became the norm for previous generations.