Why leaving Facebook has made me happier According to new research this week, by the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, giving up Facebook for even just seven days boosts happiness and reduces anger and feelings of loneliness. I can’t remember the last time my nine-year-old pleaded with me to get off my phone, or accused me of loving my mobile more than I do her The report suggests that Facebook distorts our perception of reality – we buy in to the oh-so-fabulous commentary on other people’s lives to such an extent that we can’t help but evaluate our own less than perfect lives as being inadequate. These findings don’t come as a surprise to me.
How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom By Peter Pfau, FAIA One of the most exciting models of learning is “design thinking.” It combines hands on learning (tinkering) with independent problem solving methodologies. This concept is basically the same as the problem solving-based creative process taught in many design disciplines, like architecture, engineering, and game design. The basic steps of design thinking can be characterized as follows:
Future of Learning: The Classroom of 2030 This is a story set in an elementary school room in 2030 in Luzon City, Philippines. But this classroom could be most anywhere. Here learning is fun, adapted to each child’s needs. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to give away 99% of shares Image copyright Getty Images Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan say they will give away 99% of their shares in the company to good causes as they announce the birth of their daughter Max. Mr Zuckerberg made the announcement in a letter to Max on his Facebook page. 8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms - Hongkiat What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see. At the very least though, we can extrapolate from what these promising technologies and predict how schools will adopt them in time to come.
Instagram hacked by 10-year-old boy Image copyright Getty Images A 10-year-old Finnish boy named Jani has been given $10,000 (£7,000) after he found a security flaw in image-sharing social network Instagram. The boy, who technically is not allowed to even join the site for another three years, discovered a bug that allowed him to delete comments made by other users.
20 Furniture Marvels For The Futuristic Home - Hongkiat Design will keep changing to suit the most current of trends, tastes and functionality needs of today’s buyers. The same can be evidently seen in mobile phones, PC keyboards, gaming consoles and even in mugs. These creative means to re-invent product designs as we know it are not lost in another important aspect of our daily life: home furniture. Granted some designs will look cooler and more comfortable than others, but pay extra attention to futuristic designs. This is why I’d like to highlight some futuristic designs in furniture that could possible grace our homes in the not-so-distant future. For some lucky home and office owners, the future is already here.
Should you be allowed to use a phone in the cinema? Image copyright Alamy A proposal by a US cinema chain to let customers use their phones during some film screenings unleashed such a powerful blast of outrage that the company quickly reversed it. But is allowing texting in cinemas really such terrible idea? Adam Aron, head of AMC Entertainment, only had to float the idea of making some cinemas more "texting friendly", and film fans all over the world reacted furiously. "Worst idea ever," was the conclusion of many people on social media. "You're basically pandering to rude people just to make money," said one person on Twitter.
Education-2025 - The Classroom of the Future The Physical Space The days of classrooms where a teacher desk sits at the front of the classroom and students’ desks are neatly aligned in rows are over. Learning technologies, and changing pedagogical methods, are not only changing the way we teach but also the physical environments we teach in. Sexting scare: 6 sexting myths busted It seems incredible that teens, even 17-year-olds who can legally have sex, could end up on a register for sexting. Of course, it’s important that young people understand the serious implications sexting could have, but criminalising the craze seems like a step too far. Instead of frightening teens into ditching their naked selfies, wouldn't it be better to educate them? But with sex education lessons still in need of a 21st century revamp, it looks like that’s not going to happen anytime soon. So, we’ve done it for you – compiling the legal, very real, consequences of sending that sext.
Program Design FUSE Grants now available for 2016-17 school year! Applications open now thru Feb. 15, 2016. FUSE is a new kind of interest-driven learning experience developed by researchers and educators in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. The program engages pre-teens and teens in science, technology, engineering, arts/design, and mathematics (STEAM) topics while fostering the development of important 21st century skills. FUSE is based on extensive research on interest development and interest-driven learning. Learn more about the research basis for FUSE here.