Karl Hakarainen

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Social media use and political participation and civic engagement

2015 paper in <i>Information, Communication & Society</i> reviewing existing research on how social media use influences measures such as voting, protesting …

Social Media

At 90, She's Designing Tech For Aging Boomers

In Silicon Valley's youth-obsessed culture, 40-year-olds get plastic surgery to fit in. But IDEO, the firm that famously developed the first mouse for Apple, has a 90-year-old designer on staff.<p>Barbara Beskind says her age is an advantage.<p>"Everybody who ages is going to be their own …

Seniors: The Untapped Tech Market

As the number of older Americans increases, tech companies are beginning to focus on them. Credit: ArtAndFeminismNYC-Generations / Wikimedia …

Entrepreneurship

The digital native question | SocialTech

Picture credit: Sarah Knight<p>NIACE, the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (the UK’s lead organisation for lifelong learning) held its …

Finland: Typing takes over as handwriting lessons end

<b>Finnish students will no longer be taught handwriting at school, with typing lessons taking its place, it's reported.</b><p>Learning joined-up writing, often in fountain pen in the UK, is almost a rite of passage for primary school students. But Finland is moving into the digital age by ditching the ink …

About Universal Design for Learning

Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how …

A snapshot of faculty teaching in 2014

What do we know about how American college and university faculty are teaching undergraduates? The new HERI study (pdf) offers some fascinating …

At Penn, students can get credit for ‘Wasting Time on the Internet’

By Abby Ohlheiser<p>, Reporter<p>Lucky creative writing students in a University of Pennsylvania seminar will be able to earn academic credit for wasting time on the Internet next spring. The class, appropriately titled “Wasting Time on the Internet,” will <i>require</i> its students to spend the three-hour …

Yes, iPad Apps Can Help Your Child Learn To Read

Now the empirical research is starting to roll in and it’s looking good for education app developers.<p>The latest conclusion? Those reading-focused …

There they go again -- the media sneers about 'Grandma' and technology | Aging In Place Technology Watch

Meet or hear Laurie in one of the following:<p>Thriving in Community, Aging 2.0, Palo Alto, Aug. 27<p>Engineered Technologies for Older Adults, Atlanta, …

A Good, Dumb Way to Learn From Libraries – The Conversation - Blogs

Too bad we can’t put to work the delicious usage data gathered by libraries.<p>Research libraries may not know as much as click-obsessed Amazon does …

Is Google Making Students Stupid?

Outsourcing menial tasks to machines can seem liberating, but it may be robbing a whole generation of certain basic mental abilities.<p>One of the oldest metaphors for human interaction with technology is the relationship of master and slave. Aristotle imagined that technology could replace slavery if …

Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away

I teach theory and practice of social media at NYU, and am an advocate and activist for the free culture movement, so I’m a pretty unlikely candidate …

Here’s What Happens When College Kids Have Their Smartphones Confiscated For An Hour

Can you say “separation anxiety”?<p>The term <i>nomophobia</i> was coined a few years ago–an awkward mash-up of <i>no</i>–<i>mobile</i>–<i>phobia</i>–to describe that altogether modern surge of anxiety that comes when you can’t, for whatever reason and however long, use your preferred mobile device. It is not the most elegant …

MIT Study: How Do Online Courses Compare to Traditional Learning?

More than 7.1 million students are currently taking at least one online course. Despite the apparent popularity, however, educators have given the …

Stories in print understood better than stories read on a computer screen

Students who read a printed out story had a better understanding of the material than those who read the same story on a computer screen.

Writing

What we are learning about reading on mobile phones and devices in developing countries

Each year on 8 September, groups around the world gather together to celebrate "International Literacy Day", which is meant to highlight the …

Younger Americans’ Relationships with Public Libraries

How those under 30 engage with libraries and think about libraries’ role in their lives and communities

Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers

Ben Wiseman<p><b>Visit the downtown</b> branch of the Chattanooga Public Library and you'll find the usual stuff: rows of books, magazines, and computers. But …

Los Angeles' school system ends plan to give all of its students iPads

The school board of LA United approved a contract with Apple, along with a subcontractor Pearson, just over a year ago to begin the project for $30 …

What it feels like to be the last generation to remember life before the internet

Technology has a lot to answer for: killing old businesses, destroying the middle class, Buzzfeed. Technology in the form of the internet is especially villainous, having been accused of everything from making us dumber (paywall) to aiding dictatorships. But Michael Harris, riffing on the …

Internet of Things

The Future of College?

A brash tech entrepreneur thinks he can reinvent higher education by stripping it down to its essence, eliminating lectures and tenure along with football games, ivy-covered buildings, and research libraries. What if he's right?<p>On a Friday morning in April, I strapped on a headset, leaned into a …

Robo

Robo-readers are better than humans at helping students improve their writing, argues Annie Murphy Paul on the Hechinger Report. “The computer …

Tom Hanks brings a retro touch to iPad typing with Hanx Writer

The keys on Hanx Writer's keyboard are shaped like typewriter keys. The typing view presents the keyboard, the document, and all of the expected …

The Digital Life of Salman Rushdie

In 2006, the Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (<i>MARBL</i>), at Emory University, acquired the archive of Salman Rushdie. The collection included the usual papers and letters along with a trove of Rushdie’s digital materials, including his personal computers (one desktop and three laptops, as …

Literature