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How important is it to you as a student that a teacher make efforts to learn what your cultural background is?
How would you like them to inquire about it?
“Communities are defined by their centers,” explains Thomas Sergiovanni, “repositories of values, sentiments, and beliefs that provide the needed cement for bonding people together in a common cause. Centers govern what is valuable to a community…They answer questions: What is this school about? What is our image of learners? What makes us unique? How do we work together as colleagues? How does this school, as a community, fit into the larger school community?”
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What is your school’s “center”?
- Is the strength of an institution’s “culture of teaching” or policy support for teaching and learning reflected in faculty members’ pedagogical practices?
- Are “cultures of teaching” more prevalent at institutions with “learner centered” policies?
- Do the relationships between institutional policies, faculty cultures, and teaching practices differ across institutional types?
Today’s #edchat topic was Digital Citizenship. (Reminder: #edchat on twitter is every Tuesday 12p EDT and 7p EDT)
I’ve always like the 9 elements approach:
- Digital citizenship is the appropriate responsible behavior with technology
- Includes access, commerce, communication, literacy, etiquette, legal rights & responsibilities, wellness, and security
Digital citizenship is more than just knowing what the right tool is, or managing your digital footprint. It’s also about protecting yourself physically and mentally, setting boundaries for access, knowing your rights and the right thing to do, and being an effective consumer and creator.
Colleges have experimented with short-term social-media blackouts in the past. But Ms. Hill’s course, “Information and Contemplation,” goes way further. Participants scrutinize their use of technology: how much time they spend with it, how it affects their emotions, how it fragments their attention. They watch videos of themselves multitasking and write guidelines for improving their habits. They also practice meditation—during class—to sharpen their attention.
Their professor, David M. Levy, sees these techniques as the template for a grass-roots movement that could spur similar investigations on other campuses and beyond. Mr. Levy hopes to open a fresh window on the polarized cultural debate about Internet distraction and information abundance.
Yes, Your Cell Phone Conversation Does Drive People Mad
It’s well known that talking on your cell phone compromises your ability to perform simple tasks like walking and driving. Now it turns out cell phones impact cognition in bystanders as well: listening to another person talk on their cell phone isn’t just incredibly annoying, it also interferes with your memory and concentration.
Learn more from in today’s blog post.
New research, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that surprisingly accurate estimates of Facebook users’ race, age, IQ, sexuality, personality, substance use and political views can be inferred from automated analysis of only their Facebook Likes — information currently publicly available by default.
Models proved 88% accurate for determining male sexuality, 95% accurate distinguishing African-American from Caucasian American and 85% accurate differentiating Republican from Democrat. Christians and Muslims were correctly classified in 82% of cases, and good prediction accuracy was achieved for relationship status and substance abuse — between 65 and 73%.
But few users clicked Likes explicitly revealing these attributes. For example, less that 5% of gay users clicked obvious Likes such as Gay Marriage. Accurate predictions relied on ‘inference’ — aggregating huge amounts of less informative but more popular Likes such as music and TV shows to produce incisive personal profiles.
How do you see our interactions with devices evolving?
As technologies become more competent and as they speak like us — as they use words and phrases the way we do — we will see people responding much more socially and much more powerfully to technologies. There is no question that we will see much more tight reactions to technology. We’ll feel a much more emotional attachment to technology.
photo via flickr:CC | Florin Hatmanu
If you have ever been on a conference call in the workplace you know this is SPOT ON: The Conference Call by Dave Grady
What most students (and parents) fail to realize is that the success of the American college system has less to do with the quality of the formal education than it does with the social engineering project that is quietly enacted behind the scenes each year. Roommates are structured to connect incoming students with students of different backgrounds. Dorms are organized to cross-breed the cultural diversity that exists on campus. Early campus activities are designed to help people encounter people who’s approach to the world is different than theirs. This process has a lot of value because it means that students develop an appreciation for difference and build meaningful relationships that will play a significant role for years to come. The friendships and connections that form on campuses shape future job opportunities and help create communities that change the future. We hear about famous college roommates as exemplars. Heck, Facebook itself was created by a group of Harvard roommates. But the more basic story is how people learn to appreciate difference, often by suffering through the challenges of entering college together.
A few interesting don’t anymores:
- Print photographs (#7): I don’t know about you, but I rarely print anything these days. Based on the number of devices and photos I take, I print less than 1% a year.
- Handwritten letters (#11): I have friends that scrapbook, so I make cards and send them to family and friends. I still find the USPS novel, and love getting holiday cards (especially from my mom). I used to be the crazy-card-lady at work, something I need to do again!
- Watch TV shows when they’re on (#35): Thanks to Twitter, I do this more than I did in the past, especially with larger events like the SuperBowl, State of the Union, and I’m looking forward to this Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Some of these are weak, because while you may not access the physical thing anymore you are still accessing the service physically through a device that connects to the internet (Mixtapes (#14), Address book (#16), Dictionary (#25), Photo album (#34), etc).
In another mark of the increasingly digital life of teenagers, more than 25 percent of those who dated said their love interests threatened or harassed them online or using texts, according to a new study said to be the most comprehensive look at the phenomenon.
Most of the digital abuse or harassment from dating partners did not happen during school hours. Seventeen percent took place on school grounds, but “it could have been at the dance or the football game.”
In the study, co-authored by Meredith Dank, students reported that digital abuse was not experienced in isolation. More than 80 percent also reported psychological abuse, which included limiting someone’s contacts with family or friends, damaging property, insisting on knowing where they are and insulting them publicly.
More than half reported physical abuse, which ranged from scratching to choking. And one-third said they were sexually coerced, defined as being forced or pressured to perform sex acts they didn’t want to do. Four percent of teenagers said they were harmed only in digital form.
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