Audrey Watters

5 Ways Twitter Has Changed Education

The microblogging platform Twitter turns 5 today, as it was on March 21, 2006, that co-founder Jack Dorsey sent the world’s first tweet: “just setting up my twttr.” Billions of tweets later, Twitter has changed the way many of us communicate and get information online. The short, 140-character-or-less messages were once dismissed as recording solely … Continue reading 5 Ways Twitter Has Changed Education →

Weekly News Roundup

The Sesame Workshop and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released its study on children’s media usage. Among its findings, television is still popular, but children are engaging in a variety of other media platforms. Almost 25 percent of young children under age 5 use the Internet at least once a week, and just under half … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Can Social Networking in College Prevent Dropouts?

Flickr: Helga Webber The vast majority of college students — 60% to 84% — will never participate in a school-sponsored activity, according to the National Survey on Student Engagement. This lack of engagement is cause for concern, and not simply because the NSSE score helps prospective students identify colleges with good campus environments. The low … Continue reading Can Social Networking in College Prevent Dropouts? →

Music for the Masses: Apps and Sites for Learning to Play Tunes

Flickr:NZGabriel By Audrey Watters In his remarks at TEDxNYED a couple of weeks ago, education activitist Will Richardson shared an anecdote about coming home one day to the sound of “Don’t Stop Believin'” on the piano. It was his daughter, a novice pianist, who’d placed Will’s laptop next to her and taught herself the song … Continue reading Music for the Masses: Apps and Sites for Learning to Play Tunes →

Weekly News Roundup

By Audrey Watters March 8 – 10 marked the inaugural SXSWedu, an education technology conference held in Austin, Texas right before the main South by Southwest event that includes one of the most popular technology conferences in the world. SXSWedu was sponsored by SXSW and TEA, the Texas Education Agency and featured three days of … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Kids Create Their Own Plots with E-Books

By Audrey Watters A dictionary definition of “book” typically emphasizes the writing and the printing, the sheets of paper, and the binding and cover — all things that are poised to be thoroughly disrupted with the advent of the e-book. It isn’t simply that the printed text is being digitized or that content is moving … Continue reading Kids Create Their Own Plots with E-Books →