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“Twitter is the best and Twitter is the worst.”
This was the response Dr. Marion Underwood, clinical psychologist and University of Texas at Dallas psychology professor, received from one of her 15-year-old daughter’s friends when she asked what the girl thought of the social networking juggernaut.
“I can’t get off of it,” the girl elaborated. “I can’t stop getting on Twitter.”
If these sound like the words of an “addict,” it’s because they (at least kind of) are. Underwood was inspired to take her informal poll after watching the teen in question spend the entirety of her daughter’s birthday party glued to her phone, reading and sending tweets. What’s more, she says that social media can be highly addictive. Millennials are perpetually accused of self-centeredness, but it isn’t self-promotion, in and of itself, that they’re addicted to, Underwood says. It’s the positive reinforcement they receive from peers for doing it. For some teens, however, there’s a source of reinforcement even more addictive—and elusive—than their peers: their favorite celebrities.
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Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices.
Here are the free ones:
- iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)
- Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)
- Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)
Technology has changed the way people learn and access education, particularly languages. But can you successfully master a language only using online tools?
The answer doesn’t have to be yes for every question, but the more boxes you can tick, the better!
- Does it improve the teacher’s ability to personalize learning?
- Does it offer potential for individual progress?
- Does it improve student engagement and motivation?
- Does it help teachers to to online testing methods?
- Does it extend time and stretch resources effectively?
- Does it extend the reach of effective teachers?
- Does it improve teacher’s working conditions?
- Does it decrease device costs?
- Does it help students and parents adopt learning apps?
- Does it help narrow the digital divide?
3D Systems Prints First Hybrid Robotic Exoskeleton
Since CES, 3D Systems has made some big announcements proving that 3D printing is more than just for creating trinkets like iPhone cases. The 3D printing company has partnered with the likes of Hershey and Hasbro to kick off the use of 3D printers to make candy and toys. This week they announced teaming up with EskoBionics to collaborate on the first 3D printed hybrid Exoskeleton.
A school- or district-wide digital learning strategy provides a paddle to help steer your organization toward its learning and teaching goals. It’s the shared vision educators rally around to guide effective technology implementation.
New research discovers that with a little practice on a computer or iPad — 25 minutes a day, 4 days a week, for 2 months — our brains can learn to see better.
image via flickr:CC | Sauce Babilonia
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Nike designer says self-lacing ‘Back to the Future’ shoes will arrive in 2015
The fictional Nike Air Mag sneakers from Back to the Future Part II became a reality in 2011, when Nike auctioned off 1,500 pairs to benefit the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The shoes featured a glowing LED panel, an electroluminescent Nike logo, and a battery that kept them lighted for five hours between charges. There was just one problem — they didn’t lace themselves automatically the way they did in the movie.
I learned something new talking to people traveling to work Milan Fashion Week today.
The second most used app backstage will be Instagram. As stylists and models capture moments to post to their own followings (although perhaps time delayed designers clamp down on leaks via social media.)
The most called upon app backstage will actually be Google Translate: it’s how stylists and their assistants (often American, British, and Italian) are able to communicate with the models (often Brazilian, Swedish.)