EWA spoke with Lisa Guernsey, director of the New America Foundation’s early education initiative, and a former reporter for the New York Times and the Chronicle of Higher Education, about how schools are incorporating technology once thought best reserved for entertainment purposes into the classroom.
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New research suggests that as many as 7.5 million students miss a month of school each year, raising the likelihood that they’ll fail academically and eventually drop out of high school.
Between 5 million and 7.5 million students miss a month of school every year, according to a report that will be released Thursday by Johns Hopkins professor Bob Balfanz, who runs the university’s Everyone Graduates Center.
Up to 15 percent of American children are chronically absent from school, missing at least one day in 10 and doing long-term harm to their academic progress, according to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University.
Imagine that you’re a casual follower of the education policy debate. You read the major national outlets—the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and USA Today—and you might come across national Associated Press (AP) stories in your local paper or online news aggregator, too. What would be your view of American education, circa 2011?
According to a recent report from the Boston Consulting Group, if the internet was a country, in the next four years it would have a larger economy than all countries but the U.S., China, Japan and India.
Read more of the group’s findings about internet use and online spending on the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.
producermatthew makes me angry with:
The New York Times says it will block access to articles after a reader reaches a limit of 10 free articles per month, a drop from the 20 free article limit announced when the paywall went live last year. The new changes will roll out in April. [Huffington Post]
Media Matters put together this figure illustrating the relative number of television segments given to SOPA and other issues — the British Royal Family, the football player Tim Tebow, Casey Anthony and her missing daughter, Alec Baldwin’s behavior on a plane, and the Kardashian divorce — between October 26th, 2001 and January 12th of this year.
A recent American Scientist article takes issue with how the authors of Freakonomics have been presenting research — in part because they seem to rely on trusted colleagues and friends without “adequate vetting of research.”
Of course this makes me wonder if this happens in the dissemination of education research by scholars and journalists, too — studies getting passed along based on reputation or organization rather than quality.
What was most interesting are the ideas and questions surrounding primary source and social media. When Osama bin Laden was killed where did you hear first? If you heard on social media did you immediately follow up with the TV? Why?
Phillip Mendonça-Vieira accidentally found himself in the possession of 12,000 screenshots of the New York Times homepage from September 2010 to July 2011, which he arranged into a video for your perusal. There are some stories that were so big you can follow them even at this breakneck speed. At his site, Mendonça-Vieira writes about the ephemeral quality of pages like this, which are rarely if ever archived.
What we’re reading: “The world’s first location-aware digital newspaper”
TapIn’s social layer is based on Gigs, a feature borrowed from the original Tackable phone app. Deliberately non-specific, Gigs simply allows users to place a red pin on the map and attach a post of some kind. This could be a restaurant recommendation or comment, but most intriguingly, it could be a question — “I’m here and have an hour to kill, anything cool to do nearby?” or “Does anybody know why traffic on this road is tied up?” or “What’s the story behind this interesting-looking building,” or “Can someone recommend a plumber who will come out here on a weekend?”
Using a WordPress blog you can use the Anthologize widget to turn your posts into an ebook. This would be a great tool for our Journalism students; they can drag and drop the posts and pictures in the layout they want!
Here’s a good illustration of why you should check your sources on information found online, especially on wikipedia. (Thanks Dr. Mansfield!) Find out what happens when a Dublin University sociology student posts a fabricated quote to a wikipedia entry as an experiment…
Summary: Wikipedia passes, Media Publications fail.
Read more: Irish student hoaxes world’s media with fake quote