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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

How a half-educated tech elite delivered us into evil

If our supersmart tech leaders knew a bit more about history or philosophy we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now<p>One of the biggest puzzles about our current predicament with fake news and the weaponisation of social media is why the folks who built this technology are so taken aback by what has …

Sergey Brin

4 Audio Editing Tools for Chromebooks - A Comparison Chart

Yesterday's post about Twisted Wave sparked quite a few comments on Facebook, Twitter, and in my email. People wrote to ask about and or suggest …

We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself

I led Facebook’s efforts to fix privacy problems on its developer platform in advance of its 2012 initial public offering. What I saw from the inside was a company that prioritized data collection from its users over protecting them from abuse. As the world contemplates what to do about Facebook in …

Facebook

Giant 'Minecraft' graphics upgrade delayed to 2018

The <i>Minecraft</i> team had a bunch of news at their MineCon Earth convention, but the biggest news may be what's <i>not</i> happening. Mojang and Microsoft have delayed the launches of both the Super Duper Graphics Pack and cross-platform Switch multiplayer to sometime in 2018. They're not elaborating on the …

Microsoft

Dark Cloud: Inside The Pentagon's Leaked Internet Surveillance Archive

Security

A Great Migration From Puerto Rico Is Set to Transform Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ten intolerable days after Hurricane Maria trounced Puerto Rico, Sahria Garcia finally got a call from her brother on the island. The call lasted three minutes and the news shook her: Her family had lost everything — jobs, houses, possessions, cars — and had spent days foraging for …

Caribbean

Tom Wujec: Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast

YouTube

Watch Michael J. Fox demonstrate Nike's self-lacing sneakers on Kimmel

The shoes will be auctioned to fund research into Parkinson's Disease<p>Has a pair of shoes ever received this much applause? I'm not sure, but if any deserve it, it's Nike's self-lacing Air Mags. Not because of the technology — although they are, of course, modeled after the pair seen in <i>Back to The</i> …

Shoes

The Dark Side of 'Replay Sessions' That Record Your Every Move Online

When internet users visit Walgreens.com, a software company may record every keystroke, mouse movement and scroll, potentially exposing medical …

Privacy

TaleBlazer

What is TaleBlazer? Developed by the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program (STEP) lab, TaleBlazer is an augmented reality (AR) game platform which …

Why Teaching Makes You Smarter

We tend to think of thinking as something super solitary–but as Annie Murphy Paul observes in the Brilliant Report, cognition is a two-way street.<p>How so?<p>“Students enlisted to tutor others,” Paul reports, “work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more …

Education

The Protégé Effect

For thousands of years, people have known that the best way to understand a concept is to explain it to someone else. “While we teach, we learn,” …

Group

Workshops<p>Learn more about presentation skills, search engine optimization, coding basics, and more in an engaging classroom setting. Register for one …

Networking

TechShop Closes Doors, Files Bankruptcy

This morning we received word from Dan Woods, CEO of TechShop, that they are shutting down all locations effective immediately.<p>We’ve been following the life, good times and troubles, of TechShop for several years. Many members of the community looked toward TechShop as a possible model of running a …

Makerspaces

In the loop: Jony Ive on Apple Park and the iPhone X

Apple Park

How Facebook Figures Out Everyone You've Ever Met

In real life, in the natural course of conversation, it is not uncommon to talk about a person you may know. You meet someone and say, “I’m from …

Facebook

Introducing Travel Mode: Protect your data when crossing borders

We often get inspired to create new features based on feedback from our customers. Earlier this month, our friends at Basecamp made their Employee …

iOS

How to Capture a Young Reader's Mind: 5 Essential Tips

As recently as ten years ago, children’s literature was in the doldrums, seen as a poor investment by publishers. When the Harry Potter books burst …

Writing

Introducing the New Firefox: Firefox Quantum

It’s fast. <i>Really fast.</i> Firefox Quantum is over twice as fast as Firefox from 6 months ago, built on a completely overhauled core engine with brand …

Software

A "Roadmap" to Implementing Micro-credentials

A “Roadmap” to Implementing Micro-credentials<p>As Director of Professional Learning Systems for Tennessee’s Department of Education, I have the …

Owe

Ep. 93 Recognizing Learning And Growth With Open Badges - The TeachThought Podcast

Drew Perkins talks with Wayne Skipper, CEO and Founder of Concentric Sky about open badging, micro-credentialing and education and learning.

Education

The World of Raspberry Pi: Microcomputers for A New Generation of Devices

When the Raspberry Pi Foundation initially released their system-on-a-chip (SoC) in February 2012, the goal was to provide a low-cost educational …

Raspberry Pi

The Case of The Dark Web DDoS - Part 1

On September 14, 11 parallel DDoS attacks targeted the largest darknet drug markets, effectively taking an entire industry offline. This event poses …

Information Security

Oklahoma's Own News 9

VideoChild Abuse InvestigationVideo<p>Posted: Oct 30, 2017 10:56 PM<p>VideoCaddo County DeathVideo<p>Posted: Oct 30, 2017 10:53 PM<p>VideoOSDH Commissioner …

Kevin Durant

2017 Global Education Conference - 39 Live Sessions on Tuesday, Day Two!

The list of today's sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. <b>To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct</b> …

Learning

New MacBook Pro touches at why computers still matter for Apple

Apple updates its top-of-the-line laptop, the MacBook Pro. In exclusive interviews, Apple executives explain why it was over four years in the making — and why we should care.<p>When he unveiled the iPhone in January 2007, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs made headlines with other big news. The company, …

Laptops

Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

<b>Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye close together in the sky before dawn on Monday.</b><p>The planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east, just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star.<p>In the UK, the best viewing time will be 40 minutes before …

Astronomy

How Facebook and Google threaten public health – and democracy

The sad truth is that Facebook and Google have behaved irresponsibly in the pursuit of massive profits. And this has come at a cost to our health<p>In an interview this week with Axios, Facebook’s original president, Sean Parker, admitted that the company intentionally sought to addict users and …

Censorship

Kevin's Meandering Mind | Mapping My Way North (WebComic Cartography)

I had this idea for a webcomic with a map theme, for our Mapvember theme in CLMOOC. I thought about a map as the backdrop for charting my journey …

Maps