From the NY Times post:
“At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the government should do its part to make sure students learn computer programming.
“Coding,” Mr. Cook told the president, “should be a requirement in every public school.”
The Apple chief’s education mandate was just the latest tech company push for coding courses in schools. But even without Mr. Trump’s support, Silicon Valley is already advancing that agenda — thanks largely to the marketing prowess of Code.org, an industry-backed nonprofit group.”
From this post in the Boston Globe – “Most people text or e-mail, but the old school way of writing things by hand carries more meaning with it and helps kids develop their communication skills.” Tablettoddlers couldn’t agree more!
From the NorthJersey.com post:
A fifth-grade student in New Jersey used YouTube video tutorials and a 3D printer to design five fidget spinners. The student says he went through several prototypes before finding a design that worked.
From today’s NY Times article:
Attention, kids: Netflix just put you in charge. The streaming service released a new episode of the animated show “The Adventures of Puss in Boots” with an interactive twist. About a half-dozen times during the episode, viewers — most likely children — will be prompted to choose which plot point the show should follow. Each decision will send the story in a different direction. At one point, for example, viewers must decide whether Puss will confront nice bears or angry bears. On a touch screen, a press of the finger will do the work; on a television, a remote control will be required. The first interactive episode, called “Puss in Book,” will last 18 to 39 minutes (depending on which path viewers go down), with viewers being asked to make a decision every two to four minutes.
Check out this NY Times article about how Google is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps. What schools neglect to realize is they may be giving Google more than they are getting…
From the BBC article; H/T to Chris Kenneally:
An overuse of mobile phones by parents disrupts family life, according to a survey of secondary pupils.
More than a third of 2,000 11 to 18-year-olds who responded to a poll said they had asked their parents to stop checking their devices.
And 14% said their parents were online at meal times, although 95% of 3,000 parents, polled separately, denied it.
The research was carried out by Digital Awareness UK and the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference.