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From relationships to revolutions: seven ways Facebook has changed the world

On Monday, one in seven people on Earth used Facebook – 1 billion people, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg. In a decade, the social network has transformed people’s relationships, privacy, their businesses, the news media, helped topple regimes and even changed the meaning of everyday words.

“A …


Report: How Millennials Use Mobile Devices at College

A new study on the mobile device habits of college students shows they’re leaving their desktops behind and venturing out into an increasingly mobile …

College & University

From F2F to Online: Getting It Right

Successfully transferring a face-to-face course to the online learning environment requires careful preparations that take into account differences …


Survey: Students Like MOOCs, But Say They’re Not the Same as Classes

A study by published in the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching reveals that although students believe MOOCs can help meet their lifelong …



Advances in Technology Pave the Path to Actual Learning: Using Blogging as a Learning Tool

Do you know what the most common electronic device that


Buzzwords May Be Stifling Teaching Innovation at Colleges

One of the obstacles to bringing "adaptive learning" to college classrooms is that professors, administrators, and even those who make …


9 Amazing iPad Apps for Teaching Kids Phonemic Awareness

August 27, 2015 The importance of phonemic awareness instruction to the development of early reading skills has been highlighted in several research …


Best Way to Take Notes In Class Isn't On Your Laptop, Research Finds

For incoming college freshmen, one of the biggest academic challenges is learning ... well, learning how to learn. And experts say that using a laptop to take notes in class is a step in the wrong direction.

The research is clear: Typing out your notes results in decreased comprehension of lecture …


Life Beyond the Lecture: 5 Ways to Support Faculty who Teach with Emerging Technologies

5 Ways to Support Faculty who Teach with Emerging Technologies

"We must support both sides of the chasm." -Phil Hill

As online and blended learning …

Emerging Technology

The Ugly and Antisocial Side of Social Media

It is passé to say these days, but maybe it bears repeating after Wednesday: Social media is a powerful thing.

We’ve long seen the implications of a world in which just about anyone, from practically anywhere in the world, can broadcast messages and videos to everyone else. Many of the everyday …

Social Media

Psychology research: hopeless case or pioneering field?

Ever since Brian Nosek and his colleagues first set up the Reproducibility Project in 2011 many psychologists have been twitchy. The aim of the project was simple: recruit an army of experimenters, with the aim of trying to reproduce results from 100 articles published in three well-established …

Scientific Research

HTC’s Virtual Reality Headset Has Been Delayed

The ambitious rollout plan for the HTC Vive virtual reality headset sounded too good to be true. Turns out, it was.

Although originally promised for a late-2015 consumer bow very soon after being unveiled in March, HTC’s software partner Valve said today that the Vive would instead see a staggered …

Virtual Reality

'Gadget allergy' disability recognised in French court

A French woman has won a court-ordered disability grant after claiming to suffer from a 'gadget allergy' due to electromagnetic radiation.

Marine Richard, who lives in the mountains of southwest France to avoid electronics, said that the ruling was a "breakthrough" for people who claim to suffer …


Ten of the best back-to-school apps for kids

The summer holidays are either over or nearly over depending where your child is in the world. Parents are breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of making a cup of tea without being screamed at / bundled into / forced to referee an over-aggressive game of split-screen Minecraft.

And their …


1 billion people used Facebook on Monday

That’s a lot of procrastination.

More than 1 billion people logged on to Facebook FB on Monday, marking the first time the social media giant had surpassed 1 billion users in a single day, according to a post on founder Mark Zuckerberg’s profile page.

“On Monday, 1 in 7 people on Earth used Facebook …


Far from bust: five ways MOOCs are helping people get on in life

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) – free, short courses made available to everybody online – were expected to herald the end of higher education as …


Apple Watch Not A Flop – Now #2 Wearable, Just Behind Fitbit

According to a new report out this morning from IDC, Apple is now the number two wearable maker, thanks to its Apple Watch, coming in just behind market leader Fitbit during the second quarter of 2015. And it’s a close race, the analyst firm found. Apple shipped 3.6 million units in Q2 2015, just …

Apple Watch

Microsoft Snip finally brings a better way to screenshot on Windows

A new beta app from Microsoft aims to make taking screenshots on touch-enabled Windows 10 computers a lot easier.

Microsoft Snip offers an easier way to take screenshots, annotate them and even add audio to them. Once installed, the app floats at the top of the screen so you can quickly take a …

Microsoft Windows

Research Uncovers MOOC Cheating Strategy

Researchers from MIT and Harvard University have uncovered a new cheating scheme specific to MOOCs.



Software & Online


ABC-CLIO Solutions recently added more than 250 …

MOOCs show promise in complementing UC-San Diego's campus offerings

It could take up to a year to go through the bureaucratic processes of creating a course and getting it approved for credit at a university like the …


Grim forecast for computer, tablet sales takes a turn for the worse

A glut of inventory, Microsoft's offer for free upgrades to Windows 10 and an overall stagnant market combine for a projected decline in sales.

When …

Microsoft Windows

Windows 10 is now installed on 75 million PCs after just four weeks

Microsoft released Windows 10 four weeks ago today, and now the company is providing a fresh update on its upgrade figures. 14 million machines had been upgraded to Windows 10 within 24 hours of the operating system release last month, and that figure has now risen to more than 75 million in just …

Microsoft Windows

Less Tech, More Talk: Moving To A Discussion-Based Classroom

Less Tech, More Talk: Moving To A Discussion-Based Classroomby Emily LongSometimes I feel like the integration of new technology in the classroom is …


Noun Project Provides Over 100.000 Clip Art Icons to Use in Your Posters

August, 2015 Noun Project is an excellent platform that provides tons of visual symbols and icons to use in your posters and infographics. The …


This prototype e-ink Microsoft Surface cover looks amazing

A new Surface Pro might be on the horizon, but Microsoft is busy experimenting with new ideas for unique keyboard attachments.

One such concept out of the Microsoft Applied Sciences Group today shows a cover that integrates a touch-sensitive e-ink display built into the keyboard area.

Called the …

Microsoft Surface

Phones Make Us Jerks, but We Love Them Anyway

Phones > everything.

New data from the Pew Research Center found that while the vast majority of people (82 percent) agree that using a phone in social settings “frequently or occasionally hurts the conversation,” most of us (89 percent) don’t seem to care and use our phones anyway.

The most popular …

Big History

Best Buy will bring the Apple Watch to all stores after strong early sales

Best Buy is increasing the distribution of the Apple Watch in its stores after seeing strong demand for the wearable just weeks after the chain began carrying it, according to Fortune.

The electronics chain initially said the device would be available in just 300 stores by the holiday season.

However, …

Apple Watch

iPad App Detects Radio Waves of Electronic Devices

In case you've ever wondered exactly what lies beyond the realm of the visible, Dutch designer Richard Vijgen has created a new app that is able to visually portray the network of radio waves that lies below the surface. The app was created as a part of Vijgen's new The Architecture of Radio

Radio Waves