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By Wesley Fryer | Articles related to technology, education, digital literacy, Apple products, and other stuff Dr. Wesley Fryer finds interesting. Follow Wes on Twitter: @wfryer

Famed Hacker Kevin Mitnick Shows You How to Go Invisible Online

If you’re like me, one of the first things you do in the morning is check your email. And, if you’re like me, you also wonder who else has read your …

Security

Clean energy’s dirty secret: Wind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems

Clean energy’s dirty secretWind and solar power are disrupting electricity systems<p>But that’s no reason for governments to stop supporting …

Renewable Energy

FCC to halt rule that protects your private data from security breaches

FCC chair plans to halt security rule and set up vote to kill privacy regime.<p>The Federal Communications Commission plans to halt implementation of a …

Net Neutrality

The Star That Looks Like the Eye of Sauron

"A great eye, lidless, wreathed in flame."<p>Fomalhaut, the eighteenth brightest star in the night sky, is about 25 light-years from the Earth. It has twice the mass of the sun and burns much hotter and brighter. When we observe Fomalhaut in infrared (above), we see a large ring of debris where …

Astronomy

How Peter Thiel’s Palantir Helped the NSA Spy on the Whole World

Donald Trump has inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised. How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand the sprawling …

Peter Thiel

Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI Is Going to Decimate Middle Class Jobs

Artificial intelligence and increasing automation is going to decimate middle class jobs, worsening inequality and risking significant political …

Artificial Intelligence

How to learn? From mistakes | Diana Laufenberg

http://download.ted.com/talks/DianaLaufenberg_2010X-64k.mp4Diana Laufenberg shares three surprising things she has learned about teaching -- …

TED Talks

New solar system found to have 7 Earth-size planets

<b>(for more about Power Words, click</b> <b>here</b><b>)</b><p><b>alien</b> A non-native organism. (in astronomy) Life on or from a distant world.<p><b>angle</b> The space (usually measured …

Astronomy

A glimpse of the future through an augmented reality headset | Meron Gribetz

What if technology could connect us more deeply with our surroundings instead of distracting us from the real world? With the Meta 2, an augmented …

Augmented Reality

Fake news. It's complicated.

By now we’ve all agreed the term “fake news” is unhelpful, but without an alternative, we’re left awkwardly using air quotes whenever we utter the …

Fake News

Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Schools?

In the days leading up to and after Betsy DeVos’s confirmation as secretary of education, a hashtag spread across Twitter: #publicschoolproud. Parents and teachers tweeted photos of their kids studying, performing, eating lunch together. People of all races tweeted about how public schools changed …

Lawrence A. Baines: Education vouchers are a scam

About 96 percent of students in Oklahoma go to public schools. Only about 4 percent of students in Oklahoma attend private schools.<p>This year, as in …

Education

FireChat – the messaging app that’s powering the Hong Kong protests

The internet is vulnerable to state intervention, but demonstrators have found a way around it<p>Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old student in Hong Kong, had a problem. You will have experienced a version of it yourself: you are at a football match or a gig and you need to find a friend. But the crowd means …

Facebook Plans to Rewire Your Life. Be Afraid.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's manifesto, penned clearly in response to accusations leveled at the social network in the wake of the bitter U.S. election campaign, is a scary, dystopian document. It shows that Facebook -- launched, in Zuckerberg's own words five years ago, to "extend people’s …

Facebook

Apple unlikely to develop an Echo-like standalone Siri speaker - report

Apple doesn't appear interested in developing a standalone Amazon Echo-like speaker utilizing Siri, as the company's vision is instead linked to …

iOS

Apple Said to Debut New iPad Pro Lineup, 128GB iPhone SE, and Red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus at March Event

Apple will host a March 2017 event to introduce a new iPad Pro lineup, including 7.9-inch, 9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and 12.9-inch models, according to Japanese website <i>Mac Otakara</i>.<p>The report claims Apple may also add a 128GB storage option for the iPhone SE alongside its existing 16GB and 64GB …

iPhone

[Desmos Design] Algebra Is Power, Not Punishment

This is the first of several posts where I’ll use the activities Desmos created last quarter to illustrate our design principles.<p>One of those …

Lawn Mowing

Building Community With Attendance Questions

Taking attendance is usually a five-minute task at the start of a class period, but in my classroom, it can sometimes take much longer. On rare …

Pedagogy

12 Powerful Posters Of Female Scientists That Every Classroom Needs

Move over, Einstein.<p>Can you name five female scientists from history?<p>Maybe you named one, or two. Chances are you remembered Marie Curie, the famed two-time Nobel Laureate whose work led to the discovery of radioactivity. Yet there are hundreds of female scientists whose work has been foundational …

Marie Curie

How to Make Your YouTube Videos Interactive

This afternoon at the CSLA 2017 conference I facilitated a workshop about creating videos with students. One of the most popular aspects of the …

The Mark Zuckerberg Manifesto Is a Blueprint for Destroying Journalism

Lip service to the crucial function of the Fourth Estate is not enough to sustain it.<p>It’s not that Mark Zuckerberg set out to dismantle the news business when he founded Facebook 13 years ago. Yet news organizations are perhaps the biggest casualty of the world Zuckerberg built.<p>There’s reason to …

Journalism

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QR Codes Can Do That?

There are tons of quick and easy ways to integrate technology into your instruction -- with powerful results. I've been a fan of Quick Response (QR) …

Education Technology

General Chaos

What Michael Flynn’s downfall reveals about the Trump White House.<p>Two days before the Inauguration of Donald Trump as the forty-fifth President of the United States, Michael Flynn, a retired lieutenant general and former intelligence officer, sat down in a Washington restaurant. On the tablecloth, …

Michael Flynn

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

As the national attention to fake news and the debate over what to do about it continue, one place many are looking for solutions is in the classroom.<p>Since a recent Stanford study showed that students at practically all grade levels can't determine fake news from the real stuff, the push to teach …

Journalism

Artificial Intelligence Is Now Ready For Social Entrepreneurs

The University of Southern California has recently created the Center on Artificial Intelligence for Social Solutions or CAISS, specifically to develop uses of artificial intelligence–AI–for use cases of interest to social entrepreneurs.<p>The Center is a collaboration between the USC Viterbi School …

Artificial Intelligence

Pixar offers free online lessons in storytelling via Khan Academy

There are few organizations in the world that can claim more expertise when it comes to storytelling than Pixar. The Disney-owned animation studio is known for its ability to consistently create world-class movies with gripping narrative alongside stunning visuals. Now, Pixar is helping others …

Khan Academy

The Need For Speed: How Much Bandwidth Do You Need For Optimal Streaming?

How much speed do you really need?<p>Like money and sleep, it feels like you can never have enough Internet speed. No matter how much bandwidth you have …

Wi-Fi

Why enterprises should embrace open source

The early 1990’s was the beginning of a new era. The Berlin wall had been knocked down just a few years prior, and the Cold War had come to an end.<p>But while the world was celebrating freedom, tech company leaders were still hiding in their bunkers, veiled in shrouds of secrecy, and second-guessing …

Open Source