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Kaspersky launches its free antivirus software worldwide

Kaspersky has finally launched its free antivirus software after a year-and-a-half of testing it in select regions. While the software was only available in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, China and in Nordic countries during its trial run, Kaspersky is releasing it worldwide. The free antivirus doesn't …

Security

Conversation Change: Revisiting Basic Tech Skills

A few months ago, about an hour before day's end, a colleague shared a version of the following request with me. As I read it, I responded from a …

Learning

Teen held over deadly car crash that was streamed live on Instagram

Obdulia Sanchez was allegedly filming herself singing to music behind the wheel when she lost control - causing the car to swerve across lanes, smash …

Crime

Researchers Are Sorry They Used 'Derpy' in a Research Paper

Much like the universally true advice to “never tweet,” it’s probably a good idea to just avoid internet language and memes when you’re working in a …

My Little Pony

The adolescent brain and the deadly side of social media

The spread of harmful ideas is nothing new.Teenagers and young adults have always done silly and rather dangerous things because, let's face it, …

New Zealand News

Tuesday’s massive ransomware outbreak was, in fact, something much worse | Ars Technica

Payload delivered in mass attack destroys data, with no hope of recovery.<p>Tuesday's massive outbreak of malware that shut down computers around the …

Security

Reducing The Digital Skills Gap Starts With Equal Access To Education

65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don’t yet exist, according to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs report. The technological drivers that will further increase the digital skills gap will be mobile, cloud computing, …

Digital Economy

A non-scientist's guide to reading scientific papers

Jennifer Raff -- a bioanthropologist and geneticist who researches and teaches at U Kansas and U Texas -- provides some excellent advice and context …

6 Things Quantum Computers Will Be Incredibly Useful For

Computers don’t exist in a vacuum. They serve to solve problems, and the type of problems they can solve are influenced by their hardware. Graphics …

Quantum Mechanics

Students Should Check Their Online Presence With College On The Horizon

As the new college admission season heats up for soon-to-be-seniors in high school, one principle to keep very much in mind is: <i>All offers of admission are conditional.</i> That means an institution can revoke its invitation to campus for any reason it considers appropriate. High school counselors tell …

Alan Dershowitz

Teaching Visual Literacy Through Photography

This exhibition features photographs and photobooks made by students of Aperture’s 2016/17 visual literacy program, <b>Aperture On Sight</b>. Over the course …

Pedagogy

How Do Our Students Learn? An Outline of a Cognitive Psychological Model for Information Literacy Instruction

Dani Brecher Cook (dani_cook@cuc.claremont.edu) Information Literacy and Learning Technologies Coordinator, The Claremont Colleges Library, Claremont …

Pedagogy

Digital Literacy Training Improves Mobile Learning Outcomes

By David HutchinsEven digital natives need support when it comes to using educational technologies effectively.

Higher Education

Assessing 21st Century Skills in Students

This presentation takes the Microsoft 21st Century Learning Design Program a step further to look at the assessment of student skills.

8 Reasons Why Your Content Goes Down The Toilet Drain Every Time You Hit “Publish”

Publishing high-quality content is an important part of developing a successful website. Not only does it help to attract viewers to your website, …

Digital Marketing

Free Online Digital Literacy Course - Productivity Programs

All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful …

Digital Capabilities Framework Update

Last week Jisc released the first in a series of blog posts to bring the sector up to date with the developments to their Digital Capabilities …

A powerful media and information literacy project from UNESCO

UNESCO has entered the digital literacy fray by publishing what they call five laws of media and information literacy. While they don’t use the …

Information Literacy

Two Free Self-paced Courses to Help You Improve Your Google Search Skills

April 1, 2017 A few days ago, we shared with you this handy infographic featuring 12 important tips to help you refine your Google searches and get …

Handy

What are virtual networks and proxies? WIRED Explains

As a regular internet user, you’ve likely heard the terms “virtual private network” (VPN) and “proxy” before but may not understand what they are, if …

VPNs

What should you think about when using Facebook? · Vicki Boykis

<b>Courbet, The Winnowers</b><p>TL;DR: Facebook collects data about you in hundreds of ways, across numerous channels. It’s very hard to opt out, but by …

Facebook

12 Important Tips to Get Precise Google Search Results

March 27, 2017 After we have seen how to use Google Images to search for and locate free-to-use images, here is another handy visual to help you make …

Handy

Global Perspectives on Information Literacy White Paper

ACRL’s Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) announces the publication of a new white paper, <i>Global Perspectives on Information</i> …

Information Literacy

How To Check All The Apps You've Authorized With Your Google, Facebook, And Twitter Accounts

Hundreds of Twitter accounts were hacked with a swastika through a third party app, which means it's probably time to check on your Twitter apps.

Social Media

Alternative history: the dangerous byproduct of fake facts

From Ben Carson claiming slaves came over as ‘immigrants’ to Betsy DeVos ignoring Jim Crow – history is a new frontline in the battle for truth<p>Fake news has morphed into something far more egregious, fake history. Donald Trump routinely lies about himself, his accomplishments, his businesses and …

Pupils will receive lessons in 'FOMO' in attempt to boost their resilience

Pupils will be given lessons in dealing with body image, online stress and “Fear of Missing Out” amid fears three children per class are suffering from anxiety fuelled by social media.<p>A national “resilience programme” will be rolled out to every school, with lessons plans setting out how teachers …

Mental Health

How to Control Your Online Reputation

<i>How to Control Your Online Reputation</i><p>by Abbi Perets<p>Another day, another invitation to connect with someone on LinkedIn.<p>You click over, ready to …

6 Great Books on Digital Literacies

January 2, 2017 Digitality has radically redefined the concept of learning expanding its breadth to unprecedented extremes. New epistemologies have …

Learning