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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

The Secret Agenda of a Facebook Quiz

Do you panic easily? Do you often feel blue? Do you have a sharp tongue? Do you get chores done right away? Do you believe in the importance of art?<p>If ever you’ve answered questions like these on one of the free personality quizzes floating around Facebook, you’ll have learned what’s known as your …

Facebook

The provocative maps that tell Britain’s history

Map-making is usually considered a serious, objective endeavour. But these whimsical creations aren’t just fun – they also give surprising insight into the British psyche.<p>Maps are more than a reflection of geography. They tell us as much about ourselves – or the map-maker – as they do the place …

British Library

Michael Moore calls for mass opposition to Betsy DeVos as pushback against Trump’s education pick grows

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore told the crowd assembled for the Women’s March on Washington Saturday that they should make their top priority opposing the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee to run the Education Department, Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos.<p>“On Monday, call (202) 225-3121. …

Education

5 Topics for Apple’s Event

Photo shows the earphone jack and charging port on an Apple iPhone 6, in New York. AP Photo/Richard DrewApple is expected to make announcements …

Our School Is Not “Flush With Cash” & Our Students Are Not “Deprived Of All Knowledge”

President Trump didn’t say much about schools today in his Inauguration Speech, but the little he did say was inaccurate, bombastic, and pretty …

Education

Trump’s vision of education begins and ends with schools being bad

President Trump’s verdict on American schools in his inaugural address Friday was harsh: America, he said, has “an education system flush with cash but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge.”<p>That’s typical for Trump, who’s used startlingly bleak language to …

Education

Robots will start delivering food to doorsteps in Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C., today

Starship ground delivery robots will now deliver for Postmates and DoorDash.<p>Starting today, residents and businesses in Redwood City, Calif., and Washington, D.C., can get food delivered right to their doors — via robot.<p>Starship Technologies, an Estonia-based startup created by two Skype …

Robotics

Teaching Students with Autism about Digital Citizenship

Presented by Jennifer Liang, Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland Academy of Georgia<br>Hosted by Common Sense Education and Sponsored by …

Human organs-on-chips: Harvard develops microchips lined with living cells to revolutionise medicine

Biological engineers at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have invented a microchip that can be lined with …

Life Sciences

Students under surveillance

A week after students begin their distance learning courses at the UK’s Open University this October, a computer program will have predicted their …

Evernote’s New App Is More Than an Update—It’s a Reboot

Evernote rolled out an update to its iOS app today. Ordinarily, the company makes its big changes alongside new versions of iOS, or to make a splash …

Evernote

Alexa Is Conquering the World. Now Amazon’s Real Challenge Begins

It’s easy to imagine a future in which your virtual personal assistant is everywhere you are. Before long, Alexa, Siri, Google, and others like them …

How to Draw With Math

Mathematics can help us to draw real-life objects. The regularity of natural patterns can lead artists to use mathematical concepts in works of art. …

Mathematics

How Universal Basic Income Could Rescue The Freelance Economy

Paying everyone a small amount each month no matter what could make a big difference for freelancers and entrepreneurs.<p>On January 1 Finland became the first country in history to launch a large-scale universal basic income trial. The two-year trial selected 2,000 unemployed Finnish citizens and …

Basic Income

I Now Call Alexa to the Stand: What Criminal Law Can Learn from Civil Law When It Comes to E-Discovery

More and more, electronically stored information (ESI) is being collected as evidence for criminal cases. The latest example came to light over the …

Law

How Mass Incarceration Pushes Black Children Further Behind in School

A new study shows that the disproportionate imprisonment rates faced by people of color contribute to race-based inequalities in educational attainment.<p>In the summer of 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the closing remarks at the March on Washington. More than 200,000 people gathered to cast a …

Education

Design thinking, where it came from and the types of people who made it all happen

Recently design thinking has gained momentum in the business world through mentions in the <i>Harvard Business Review</i> and <i>Forbes</i> publications. As a thing, …

Design

Flipping Algebra with Rob Huber

Rob Huber teaches 8th grade Algebra at Casady School in Oklahoma City, and has been experimenting with a variety of strategies to "flip" classroom …

Students

K-12 Schools Embrace Anytime, Anywhere Learning

By Jacquelyn BengfortDistricts go beyond reconfiguring classrooms and prepare students to take their learning mobile.

Education

Gmail users are being targeted by hackers through phishing technique

Gmail users are becoming victims to hackers who steal their login credentials, according to a security expert.<p>The hackers have been sophisticated in …

Identity Theft

The Future Of Performance Management: How AI And Big Data Combat Workplace Bias

Today, there’s somewhat of a crisis of confidence in the way that industry evaluates employee performance. One piece of recent research showed that only 6% of organizations think their performance management processes are worthwhile.<p>Many companies have undergone a move away from traditional, …

Computer Science

Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings

Google

How to Maximize the EdCamp Experience: 6 Tips! [infographic]

Pinterest<p>6 Tips to Maximize the EdCamp Experience<p>There are so many wonderful reasons that I love EdCamps! I enjoy both attending EdCamps as a …

17 Cartoon Videos Explaining the Internet and Internet Safety to Kids

Similar Articles Added Earlier<p>Planet Nutshell produces short animated videos to explain products, services, and concepts. One of their series of …

Elon Musk Takes Customer Complaint on Twitter From Idea to Execution in 6 Days

Attention business leaders: This is how it's done.<p>For business leaders, social media can be confusing (and sometimes dangerous) territory.<p>But last month, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk provided a master class in how to use social media effectively. When a Tesla owner complained about fellow …

Elon Musk

How To Edit An Animated Film

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At The Creative Commons Fireside Chat

Two great minds around a fire on an laptop, on a not very chilly night in Toronto… tonight was a “fireside chat” co-hosted by Creative Commons Canada …

Creative Commons

Will Mark Zuckerberg Be Our Next President?

It’s a serious question. “He wants to be emperor,” several people have told me.<p>During this crazy and bizarre week—one in which we learned that <b>Donald Trump</b> was briefed by intelligence chiefs that the Russian government had <i>kompromat</i> on him (and then later what said <i>kompromat</i> might comprise)—an …

Facebook

EU proposes giving all citizens a universal basic income

MEPs have warned European countries must “seriously” consider introducing a general basic income to prepare for wide scale unemployment that could …