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No More Electronics in My Classroom

By Tal Gross, The Washington Post, 1/3/15 I settled on my New Year’s resolution while giving a lecture to 85 students. It was one kid who unintentionally suggested the idea. He was sitting in the back row, silently pecking away at his laptop the entire class. At times, he smiled at his screen. But he rarely […]
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Making the Empathic Leap

By Jonathan Safran Foer, Middlebury College Commencement Address, 5/26/13  Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.  I [recently] saw a stranger crying in public. I was in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood, waiting to meet a friend for breakfast. I arrived at the restaurant a few minutes early and was sitting on the bench […]
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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

By Maria Konnikova, The New York Times, 6/2/14 Does handwriting matter? Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in many states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard. But psychologists and […]
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A Defense of the Humanities in a Tech-Inebriated World

By Leon Wieseltier, New Republic, 5/28/13 [From Mr. Wieseltier’s commencement address at Brandeis University, 5/19/13.] Has there ever been a moment in American life when the humanities were cherished less [or] needed more?…. I have come to regard a commitment to the humanities as nothing less than an act of intellectual defiance, of cultural dissidence. […]
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Why a Leading New Media Professor Banned Technology in Class

By Clay Shirky, The Washington Post, 9/25/14 I have just asked the students in my fall seminar to refrain from using laptops, tablets, and phones in class…. I have been teaching classes about the Internet since 1998, and I’ve generally had a laissez-faire attitude towards technology use in the classroom…. There was the competitive aspect. […]
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Robo-Graders: Better Than Humans

“Why Students Prefer to Learn from a Machine,” by Annie Murphy Paul, Slate, 8/13/14 In April 2012, Mark Shermis, the College of Education dean at the University of Akron, made a striking claim: “Automated essay scoring systems” were capable of evaluating student writing just as well as human readers. Shermis’ research, presented at a meeting […]
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Flunk the Robo-Graders

By Les Perelman, The Boston Globe, 4/30/14 “According to professor of theory of knowledge Leon Trotsky, privacy is the most fundamental report of humankind. Radiation on advocates to an orator transmits gamma rays of parsimony to implode.’’ Any native speaker over age five knows that the preceding sentences are incoherent babble. But a computer essay […]
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The Promise of Blended Learning

By Erik Telford, RealClearPolicy website, 11/29/13 If America is to continue to lead the world throughout the 21st century, it must adapt its education system to fit the modern world…. One solution to our country’s stagnant education system is blended learning, which fuses the advantages and innovations of modern technology with a traditional classroom setting […]
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The Limitations of Laptops

Psychological Science Journal, 4/24/14; Lisa Rivero, Psychology Today, 4/30/14   New research on the effects of “secondhand multitasking” and taking notes by hand. One of the modern challenges for classroom teachers is how to deal with student use of tablets and laptops in the classroom. Some instructors, at one end of the spectrum, ban the use of […]
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Teachers Say Tech Is Important but Training Is Too

by Liz Willen, The Hechinger Report, 3/14/14 With apps for everything from annotating poetry to understanding literature through hip hop, it might have seemed teachers in attendance at the sprawling South by Southwest.edu (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas last week were hungry for new tools and technology…. Yet many teachers are clamoring for training on how to […]
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