Audrey Watters

How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy

B. Gilliard [UPDATE Feb. 3, 2012: Please see additional clarification from both of the researchers of the studies cited in this article below.] Scientists are notorious for questioning the veracity of publicized research — and with good reason. They want to know: Who conducted the research? Where was it published? What were the survey questions? … Continue reading How to Judge if Research is Trustworthy →

Watch Out, Facebook: A New Social Network Targets Alumni

Dave Herholz There has been a lot of excitement about bringing social networking tools into the classroom in recent years. These technologies have been touted as ways to encourage students to collaborate and communicate — both with teachers and with one another. It’s a way for students who might feel too shy to speak up … Continue reading Watch Out, Facebook: A New Social Network Targets Alumni →

Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook?

There’s been speculation for months now — at least since the release of the Steve Jobs biography — about Apple’s plans to take on the textbook publishing industry. And today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, we finally got a glimpse of what the company has been planning since long before the death of … Continue reading Did Apple Just Reinvent the Textbook? →

The Public Library as an Incubator for the Arts

Arguably, those who believe a public library is simply a repository of print books haven’t been to a public library lately. Here at MindShift, we’ve been covering the ways in which the library is evolving to change the demands of digital technologies and of its patrons: libraries are becoming learning labs, innovation centers, and makerspaces. … Continue reading The Public Library as an Incubator for the Arts →

Ready, Set, Invent! The Google Science Fair is Launched

Taking the traditional science fair out of the school gymnasium and placing it on the Web, Google launched its 2012 Global Science Fair yesterday, a follow-up to last year’s inaugural event. The fair is open to any student (age 13 to 18) from anywhere who has access to the Internet and to a Web browser. … Continue reading Ready, Set, Invent! The Google Science Fair is Launched →

A $100 Solar-Powered Tablet: Will This Be “The One”?

OLPC At the flashy Las Vegas gathering this week, the Consumer Electronics Show, there will likely be a lot of tablets unveiled, but none are as eagerly anticipated as the OLPC XO 3.0, a tablet version of the famously inexpensive and rugged laptop from One Laptop Per Child founder Nicholas Negroponte. The tablet release comes … Continue reading A $100 Solar-Powered Tablet: Will This Be “The One”? →

Redefining “Cheating” With Homework

B. Gilliard Technology is often blamed for encouraging bad behavior, particularly when it comes to academic dishonesty. There’s the notion, for example, that it’s much easier to plagiarize now thanks to the ability to copy and paste information from the Web into a term paper. So at first blush, the new homework help Web site … Continue reading Redefining “Cheating” With Homework →

12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012

Getty Looking ahead at some of the education technology trends we’ll likely see in 2012, many are already underway. But here are 12 areas where we believe we’ll see significant adoption and innovation in the coming months. MOBILE PHONES: Mobile learning is hardly a new trend, but we have now reached the point with near … Continue reading 12 Education Tech Trends to Watch in 2012 →

Awesome Apps for Science Experiments, Storytelling, Coding and More

Every month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated. You can find all the posts in our series here. Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android and Web-based apps. SCRIBBLE PRESS Scribble Press is an iPad app that lets you build and illustrate your own e-books. The … Continue reading Awesome Apps for Science Experiments, Storytelling, Coding and More →

Will Informal Learning Carry the Same Weight as College Degrees?

Dave Herholz You can learn anything you want on the Internet, so the adage goes. But even if that’s true, even if it’s now easier than ever to learn about almost any subject online, there are still very few opportunities to gain formal recognition — “credit,” if you will — for informal learning done online. … Continue reading Will Informal Learning Carry the Same Weight as College Degrees? →

Is Lego Stereotyping Girls with New Product Line?

Legos remain one of the world’s most popular and most beloved toys, and for more than 60 years, children of all ages have played with the plastic bricks. But starting January 1, a new line of Legos called Lego Friends will appear on store shelves, introducing what Lego’s CEO calls “the most significant strategic launch … Continue reading Is Lego Stereotyping Girls with New Product Line? →

Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12?

TB Computer science is not widely taught, even though programming may be one of the most important skills of the 21st century. While most schools do recognize the importance of helping students learn how to use new technologies, you’ll still find scant opportunities in K-12 classes for students to learn how to actually build those … Continue reading Should Computer Science Be Required in K-12? →

#Pencilchat: the Ultimate Technology Metaphor

The idea of using the pencil as an analogy to talk about technology in the classroom is hardly a new one. But the analogy has resurfaced and spread in recent weeks, sparked in part by a reading of John T. Spencer’s book Pencil Me In, which uses the pencil allegory to talk about technology integration, … Continue reading #Pencilchat: the Ultimate Technology Metaphor →

Wiring Insects for Hands-On Science Experiments

While there’s technology that removes science students from their physical specimens, like the applications that offer alternatives to frog dissection, another company is using tech to connect them to dismembered bugs. Far from the virtual world, It’s all hands-on work with Backyard Brains. Insects lose their legs and their antenna. And for budding young researchers … Continue reading Wiring Insects for Hands-On Science Experiments →