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Reinventing the classroom for the internet generation

How do you teach a generation of children who have never known life without the internet? Traditional models and traditional ways of thinking may not be the right way, says Sugata Mitra.<p>The school Mitra wants to make, the school in the clouds, will not have teachers in the classroom. Teachers will …


What might Twitter look like a decade from now?

As Twitter prepares to float on the stock market, now is the time to ask where the service is headed, says Tom Chatfield, and how it will shape how we converse and think.<p>One day, a user of Twitter decided to do something no else had tried before. It was November 2006, eight months after Twitter’s …

Social Media

Hacking our senses to boost learning power

Some schools are pumping music, noises and fragrances into the classroom to see if it improves exam results – could it work?<p>What did your school smell like? Was it noisy or peaceful?<p>It might not seem important, but a growing body of research suggests that smells and sounds can have an impact on …

The Brain