Charting technology’s new directions: A conversation with MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson “We’re finally getting at that seminal moment in human history when we can talk to our machines and our machines will understand us in regular, natural language,” says Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Erik Brynjolfsson. In this video, he explores the role of big data in business performance, the rise of robotics, and the decoupling of the historical relationship between gains in productivity, incomes, and jobs. He is the coauthor, with MIT research scientist Andrew McAfee, of Race Against the Machine (Digital Frontier Press, October 2011). This interview was conducted by McKinsey Publishing’s Rik Kirkland. What follows is an edited transcript of Brynjolfsson’s remarks. Interview transcript
You Are Invited to 4 Free Education Technology Webinars! Posted by Shelly Terrell on Monday, July 23rd 2012 Tomorrow I will be conducting 4 free webinars on mobile learning and education technology thanks to Simple K12. I am their Spotlight presenter for the day! We will go live tomorrow, Tuesday, July 24th, from 1pm to 4:30pm NYC time. Each is only 30 minutes and we will give 30 minute breaks in between. Blendspace (formerly Edcanvas) - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Save time by using free lessons & activities created by educators worldwide! Be inspired!
Shut down or restart? 13 January 2012 Interview with Professor Steve Furber FRS about the Computing in Schools report (4 mins) The Computing in Schools project looked at the current provision of education in Computing in UK schools, informed by evidence gathered from individuals and organisations with an interest in computing. Key points of the report include: The current delivery of Computing education in many UK schools is highly unsatisfactory. Although existing curricula for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are broad and allow scope for teachers to inspire pupils and help them develop interests in Computing, many pupils are not inspired by what they are taught and gain nothing beyond basic digital literacy skills such as how to use a word-processor or a database.
The future of jobs in Canada - Business Fernando Morales/The Globe and Mail/CP On a recent February evening, Karl Eve received an emergency call from a restaurant owner in Canmore, Alta. The busy eatery had suddenly found itself with no hot water, even though the basement hot water tanks appeared to be working fine. A plumber with 10 years’ experience, Eve eventually traced the problem to a malfunctioning dishwasher and got the hot water flowing again—much to the owner’s relief.
July: The Ultimate Planning Period July is traditionally considered leisure time for educators and the educated -- teachers and students alike. Beaches and books, pools and picnics. And for good reason. Podcasting Students and teachers from all over the world are learning from audio and video programs on desktop computers, laptops, tablets, netbooks, and other devices. Hundreds of free educational programs are available online. With a couple clicks, you can be learning about grammar, science, history, algebra...just about anything! A podcast typically has a web feed (known as RSS) that allows it to be cataloged in various podcasting directories like iTunes.
Schools Tech Report - Better Learning Through Technology A lively and stimulating discussion took place in response to a series of questions. Contributions were welcome from all and the report pulls together the points made by those who shared their ideas and passions for ICT in learning in this consultation process. The wide-ranging online discussion was prompted by the Department for Education, with over 150 contributions and with various views of technology being shared.
Elements April 18, 2014 The Antisocial-Media App A few weeks ago, I was in a café across the street from my house, having just put in an order for the first cappuccino of the day, when a woman walked in with her young son. Chris Cummings: Why English Is No Longer Enough As the number of Hispanics in the U.S. climbs -- now having surpassed the 50 million mark -- the economy is undergoing seismic shifts. Gone are the days when English-only companies could employ an English-only workforce and reach an English-only consumer base. In today's economy, savvy companies are going bilingual to attract a broader workforce, reach more consumers, and achieve greater growth potential. You may not realize it, but the United States is fast becoming a bilingual nation.