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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

Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now

Our democracy is in serious danger.<p>President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy.<p>That is, either Trump’s real …

Donald Trump

The Great A.I. Awakening

<b>Prologue: You Are What You Have Read</b><p>Late one Friday night in early November, Jun Rekimoto, a distinguished professor of human-computer interaction at the University of Tokyo, was online preparing for a lecture when he began to notice some peculiar posts rolling in on social media. Apparently Google …

Artificial Intelligence

The Case Against Google

<b>S</b>hivaun Moeran and Adam Raff met, married and started a company — thereby sparking a chain of events that might, ultimately, take down this age of internet giants as we know it — because they were both huge nerds. In the late 1980s, Adam was studying programming at the University of Edinburgh, …

AdWords

Manage Chrome Bookmarks for Students using the Google Admin Console

We’ve all been there. You have a group of students that you want to access a particular website. You tell all of the students the website address. …

Education Technology

Fake videos are on the rise. As they become more realistic, seeing shouldn't always be believing

All it takes is a single selfie.<p>From that static image, an algorithm can quickly create a moving, lifelike avatar: a video not recorded, but fabricated from whole cloth by software.<p>With more time, Pinscreen, the Los Angeles start-up behind the technology, believes its renderings will become so …

Social Media

Everyone Can Now Create Twitter Moments: Here’s All You Need to Know

The ability to create Twitter Moments is being rolled out to all users.<p>Twitter Moments enable users to stitch together multiple tweets into …

Social Media

Fake news is an existential crisis for social media

The funny thing about fake news is how mind-numbingly boring it can be.<p>Not the fakes themselves — they’re constructed to be catnip clickbait to stoke the fires of rage of their intended targets. Be they gun owners. People of color. Racists. Republican voters. And so on.<p>The really tedious stuff is …

Social Media

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't

On Edge: A Journey Through Anxiety

<b>A celebrated science and health reporter offers a wry, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety.</b> <br>A racing heart. Difficulty breathing. …

Kindness Over Fear: Naomi Shihab Nye Tells the Remarkable Real-Life Story That Inspired Her Beloved Poem “Kindness”

“Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, / you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.”<p><i>“Let us temper our criticism with kindness. None of us comes fully equipped,”</i> Carl Sagan urged in his beautiful and timely case for moving beyond us vs. them and marrying conviction with …

Literature

The Mueller indictment exposes the danger of Facebook’s focus on Groups

It’s tribes all the way down<p>A year ago this past Friday, Mark Zuckerberg published a lengthy post titled “Building a Global Community.” It offered a comprehensive statement from the Facebook CEO on how he planned to move the company away from its longtime mission of making the world “more open and …

Social Media

Good news: Chrome debuts automatic blocking of annoying ads | Ars Technica

Starting this week, Chrome took aim at some of the Internet's most intrusive ads.<p>Google developers this week debuted a long-anticipated feature in …

IT security

The Tyranny of Convenience

Convenience is the most underestimated and least understood force in the world today. As a driver of human decisions, it may not offer the illicit thrill of Freud’s unconscious sexual desires or the mathematical elegance of the economist’s incentives. Convenience is boring. But boring is not the …

American Philosophy

Redirecting

Tech News Weekly 19: Floaters Foil Facebook

• 1:38 Dr. Jenny Radesky signed a letter urging Facebook to discontinue its Messenger Kids app and talks about how tech can affect young children.<br>• 16:59 …

Create Interactive Stories with Story Speaker Add-on

I found a super awesome Add-on for Google Docs this week! It’s called Story Speaker. The creators of this add-on wanted to utilize google’s voice …

Education Technology

The ethics of artificial intelligence

As engineers and technologists, we should always be mindful that there are consequences to our work. It is fundamental to the design of a product …

Artificial Intelligence

Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior company executive said on Saturday.<p>The postcard verification is Facebook's …

Robert Mueller

Beats, rhymes and ice: Olympians rely on their tunes, and science backs them up

Throughout the Pyeongchang Olympics, snowboarders and skiers have provided personal soundtracks. For a certain percentage of riders, wires and ear …

Chloe Kim

10 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Avatars

<i>“Identity will be the most valuable commodity for citizens in the future, and it will exist primarily online.” – Eric Schmidt</i>One of the first steps …

Education Technology

Exploring an Inquiry-Driven Approach to PBL

<i>Before we get started on this topic, would you mind taking a few minutes to take a short, 9 question survey about my blog? I'll be using this survey</i> …

Pedagogy

28 ways Google Assistant can make you more efficient

Google Assistant is artificial intelligence at your fingertips — but sometimes, it can be tough to know what to ask an omniscient robot to do.I'm …

Google Assistant

Mines, NREL researchers improve perovskite solar cells

Researchers from the Colorado School of Mines Chemistry Department and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory have developed a perovskite solar …

Clean Energy

Why Ava DuVernay is exactly what we need right now

There are three parking spaces outside Building 78 on the storied Walt Disney Studios lot. Director Ava DuVernay, scooting between editing sessions for “A Wrinkle in Time,” makes a point to stop and point out who they’re assigned to.<p>One is for her silver Mercedes. The others belong to “Black …

Ava DuVernay

Trump Seeks to Cut Education Budget by 5 Percent, Expand School Choice Push

The president wants $1 billion for new public and private school choice programs, but also wants to eliminate Title II and after-school programs, in …

Education

Want to Protect Against Websites That Spy on You? Get an Ad Blocker.

Google just unveiled a built-in ad blocker with its latest update of Chrome, the most popular browser in the world. The browser will automatically …

Digital Advertising

Some Columbus Food Pantries Will Close Stores And Move Entirely Online

Fifty-six-year-old Edward Arnholt would not be able to keep food on the table without help from the Champion Avenue pantry on Columbus’ South …

Recipes

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Schools are safe places. School staff works with parents and public safety providers (local police and fire departments, emergency responders, …

Guns