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Microsoft Vision of the Classroom of the Future

Microsoft Vision of the Classroom of the Future
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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. The all-consuming aspects of endless hospital visits and months of sleep-deprivation and worry meant that for much of the last year posting on Facebook was the last thing on my mind. Now, she’s on the mend and life is enjoyable again. But while all of this does make me feel more engaged in the world, I disagree with anyone who says that Facebook isn’t real life.

Oppilaat vapautuvat pulpeteista älykkäisiin tiloihin Digitaalisten oppimisratkaisujen lisäksi kehittyvät myös fyysiset oppimistilat ja näiden yhdistelmät. Tampereen yliopiston johtamassa arvoverkkohankkeessa kehitettiin fyysistä ja virtuaalista maailmaa yhdistäviä oppimisratkaisuja, joissa luokkahuoneen sijaan oppimista palvelevat muunneltavat ja monimuotoiset tilat. Oppimisratkaisut nojaavat entistä vahvemmin kaikkia aisteja hyödyntävään teknologiaan. Suomessa uusia aktiivisia oppimistiloja tutkittiin ja kehitettiin Tekesin Oppimisratkaisut-ohjelman hankkeessa professori Roope Raisamon johdolla. "Halusimme siirtää tutkimuskohteinamme olleet uudet oppimisalustat jokapäiväiseen koulutyöhön, sillä useasti juuri toiminta auttaa sisäistämään asioita pänttäämistä paremmin. "Haastattelimme opettajia ja oppilaita koulujen ongelma-alueista ja kartoituksen jälkeen lähdimme suunnittelemaan uusia oppimisratkaisuja", Raisamo kertoo. Luokkahuone laajenee digiluokkaan Hankkeessa syntynyt yhteisyritys vei ratkaisunsa maailmalle Lisätietoja

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. Responses were analysed and this report seeks to draw these together into a coherent picture of current views. The report can be downloaded by clicking on the link below. The report is co-published with ALT and is also available on their website here: Schools Tech Report - Better Learning Through Technology This report pulls together and summarises the threads of the SchoolsTech Conversation that was run by Naace and ALT between January and March 2012.

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. The glow of the screen shines on Marta Gomez’s face as she looks over the student dashboard on her tablet. A slow pulsing around his icon on the screen tells her that he’s struggling. She taps through for a plot of his last few months of mathematics progress. “Ah,” she says, “there it is,” and she smiles. Marta instructs LearnQuest to give Sergio the lesson as a game, bringing back earlier numeracy elements in a way he will enjoy. Still, she walks over to Sergio, and says, “How’s it going?” “Oh, fine Maestra,” he says, his big brown eyes shining up at her. Marta struggled in math too when she was in school in the 2010s. She looks over the dashboard as she walks among the 30 children. In a window on her tablet, she also checks on the four children working from home today. We should: 1). 2). 3). 4).

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. He said they were donating their fortune to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to make the world a better place for Max to grow up in. The donation amounts to $45bn (£30bn) at Facebook's current value. However the shares will not be donated to charity immediately, but over the course of the couple's lives. Were Mr Zuckerberg to give away 99% of his shares immediately, he would still possess hundreds of millions of dollars. Max was born last week, although her birth was only made public on Tuesday. In his letter Mr Zuckerberg said the aim of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is "to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation". Image copyright Reuters The great Facebook giveaway

Muuttuva oppimaisema 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. However, just as the original intentions for new technology often give way to innovative and unpredictable usage, we can never be sure if a twist is waiting for these rising stars. Recommended Reading: Major Tech In Education Trends In 2013 [Infographic] 1. We’re still waiting for Augmented Reality to take the world by storm by way of Google Glass, gaming and awesome apps for astronomy. It’s expected to wow audiences with its AR capabilities, which allow users to see additional information layered over what they see through the lens. Read Also: 5 Top Augmented Reality Apps For Education A New Way To Teach 3.

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.

Digitalisaatiohuuma – miten siihen pitäisi suhtautua? - Kolumnit Moni on ihmeissään, moni ehkä vastustelee, ja osa on innoissaan – mutta mistä? Onko tämä jotain hypetystä, vai aito asia? Lyhyt blogiteksti ei digitalisaatiohuuman purkamiseen riitä, mutta pari ajatusta mielelläni kirjaan tästä aihepiiristä. Viimeksi tällä viikolla kuuntelin Tietoyhteiskunnan kehittämiskeskus TIEKEn järjestämässä seminaarissa tulevaisuustutkija Ilkka Halavan puheenvuoroa, jossa hän kutsui digitalisaatiota vähintään yhtä suureksi muutokseksi kuin sähkön käyttöönotto. Nyt hahmotamme sen, että kotona on, sinne hankitaan ja sinne on vietävissä paljon teknologiaa, joka helpottaa niin ikäihmistä kuin tavallista perhearkea. Digitalisaatio on täällä. Kuntakenttää ja julkista sektoria syytetään aina joskus siitä, että ne eivät vastaa ajan kehityskulkuun. Luulen kuitenkin, että ilman aktiivista kehityksen haltuunottoa, hyödyntämisen tahtotilaa ja uudenlaisen toimintaympäristön mahdollisuuksien ymmärtämistä ei evoluutio tule tapahtumaan ainakaan kivuttomasti. Tanja Rantanen

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. Read Also: Cool Futuristic/Concept Gadgets That Really Inspire Z. Concoon Bed Wasserbetten has taken design to new intergalactic heights and touched the rings of Saturn with this amazing bed using innovative technology, and incorporating a Yacht design. Innermost Asteroid Lamp Kure Family Dining Table Hi-Can High Fidelity Canopy

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. Just two days after Aron's interview was published, the company was forced to withdraw the idea. "There will be no texting allowed in any of the auditoriums at AMC Theatres," it said in a statement. Hollywood film blogger Alex Billington is one of many who rejoiced at AMC's rapid backpedalling." In 2014, an argument between two men over texting in a cinema in Florida ended in a fatal shooting.

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