Inspiring, informative, useful, or just plain fun tweets posted on Twitter over this past week … collected here to share with our blog readers.
As we close out the year for 2016 and jump into 2017 with renewed hopes, here is a short selection of resources, articles, and other items of interest that were shared over the final week of the year. This was the lightest week all year for social media for me, as holiday entertaining kept me pretty darned busy (but we had some great times with our families and friends). I hope everyone gets off to an amazing 2017 this week as we move into the new year!
This week we start with a great piece from Jackie Gerstein expressing the imperative of hands-on learning, we share the launch of the new MAD about Mattering app development challenge, and we explore letting students be masters of their own learning with a piece from EdSurge. We also take a look at a variety of other goings-on in the world of education and technology.
There is a relationship between the last three pieces, as I believe AI is just one of the facets that are bringing an increased need to continue to raise awareness of the privacy and security issues that digital technology is bringing (along with the all the fun and powerful possibilities). Anyone buy an Echo or Echo Dot this Christmas? Very cool stuff, I like mine, but who's to say Alexa can't be hacked and listened to by folks with bad intent? I don't mean to needlessly scare people, but we seem to be increasingly accepting of being watched, tracked, listened to, etc., without putting enough thought into the downsides of these increasingly invasive technologies. And getting back to the articles below, yes, I agree that the government can barely keep up with these changes (at the same time they are exploiting some in ways we should be all be a little concerned about). Oh well, this is a reality of our age … let's talk about it more this year. In the meanwhile, enjoy the many benefits that these amazing technologies are bringing!
The Imperative of Experiential and Hands-On Learning
Are your students up to the challenge? MAD about Mattering registration is open
Facebook Charter School Collaboration Draws Fans & Skeptics
When Teachers & Tech Let Students Be Masters of Their Own Learning
Want to improve your memory? Go to the gym
Achieve more in your classroom in 2017 with recommended “must have” apps
Big Tech’s Artificial Intelligence Predictions for 2017
Q: Why does the gov't need a “Department of the Future”? A: It can't keep up!
Privacy is still alive and kicking in the digital age