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This Little-Known iOS Feature Will Change the Way We Connect | Gadget Lab | WIRED

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If “Multipeer Connectivity Framework” and “mesh networking” sound like complicated technologies from the future, it’s because they kind of are (from the future!!! okay, kidding). But they’re not as complicated as they may sound. The app developers behind the new Firechat are harnessing this new technology from Apple to allow iOS device users to find and connect to one another - and then anonymously communicate - all without needing cellular service or WiFi. 

There are numerous reasons this technology could have huge, revolutionary impacts if its successful. While Firechat is now just for exchanging messages and photos, mesh networking could open up the possibilities of a completely independent network for communicating anonymously and privately, sharing files and storing data, and even reaching out from places with limited internet access (think crisis areas, crowded conventions). The implications from this technology would completely disrupt the current cellular service provider system. 

Reading in The Mobile Era 

Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys collected in seven developing countries and corresponding qualitative interviews, this report paints the most detailed picture to date of who reads books and stories on mobile devices and why.
The findings illuminate, for the first time, the habits, beliefs and profiles of mobile readers. This information points to strategies to expand mobile reading and, by extension, the educational, social and economic benefits associated with increased reading.
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Reading in The Mobile Era

Drawing on the analysis of over 4,000 surveys collected in seven developing countries and corresponding qualitative interviews, this report paints the most detailed picture to date of who reads books and stories on mobile devices and why.

The findings illuminate, for the first time, the habits, beliefs and profiles of mobile readers. This information points to strategies to expand mobile reading and, by extension, the educational, social and economic benefits associated with increased reading.

Even Our Youngest Students Need Digital Citizenship Skills
image via flickr:CC | flickingerbrad

As the Internet becomes an increasingly important part of all of our lives, children are spending more time online as well. And they are doing this largely without any guidance about what is responsible or appropriate online.
My students will life in a digital world
They are already online.
Parents want help “drawing the line.”

But what should instruction look like? High-res

Even Our Youngest Students Need Digital Citizenship Skills

image via flickr:CC | flickingerbrad

As the Internet becomes an increasingly important part of all of our lives, children are spending more time online as well. And they are doing this largely without any guidance about what is responsible or appropriate online.

  • My students will life in a digital world
  • They are already online.
  • Parents want help “drawing the line.”

But what should instruction look like?

MECC Pioneer Developing Tablet Education Apps

In the early 1970s, Dale LaFrenz helped start the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC), with the goal of getting Apple computers into each and every school district in the state. Now LaFrenz is back with his Twin Cities startup, Re@L (Real Experiences At Life), which “creates highly effective iPad apps that help kids learn more efficiently”. 




The company currently offers three sets of apps that help children develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, with the hope of inspiring a love of learning that will continue throughout their lives.

MECC Pioneer Developing Tablet Education Apps

In the early 1970s, Dale LaFrenz helped start the Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium (MECC), with the goal of getting Apple computers into each and every school district in the state. Now LaFrenz is back with his Twin Cities startup, Re@L (Real Experiences At Life), which “creates highly effective iPad apps that help kids learn more efficiently”.
The company currently offers three sets of apps that help children develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, with the hope of inspiring a love of learning that will continue throughout their lives.
Puzzle Video Games Can Improve Aspects of Cognition

The ability of video games to improve mental fitness has been the subject of considerable debate. A new study suggests playing a specific puzzle-oriented game can improve mental flexibility.
Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore discovered that adults who played the physics-based puzzle video game Cut the Rope regularly, for as little as an hour a day, had improved executive functions.

Puzzle Video Games Can Improve Aspects of Cognition

The ability of video games to improve mental fitness has been the subject of considerable debate. A new study suggests playing a specific puzzle-oriented game can improve mental flexibility.

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore discovered that adults who played the physics-based puzzle video game Cut the Rope regularly, for as little as an hour a day, had improved executive functions.