Where I’ve Been Online (Apr 5, 2014)

Approximate Reading Time: 3 minutes
  • I was part of a generation of children who learned about dysentery through a video game. Every week, I sat in front of a bay of Apple II computers in the school library with my fourth grade class and played The Oregon Trail for an hour. First developed by an eighth grade teacher in Minneapolis, the now-legendary game depicted the difficulties of settling the American West in the 18th century. It introduced children across the country to topics like cholera, typhoid, squirrel hunting and river fording by including them in its basic mathematical system. But did anyone really learn anything from playing the game?”

    tags:gaming trouble in river city anti-gaming

  • “Scientists studying animal behaviour believe they have growing evidence that species ranging from mice to primates are governed by moral codes of conduct in the same way as humans.

    Until recently, humans were thought to be the only species to experience complex emotions and have a sense of morality.

    But Prof Marc Bekoff, an ecologist at University of Colorado, Boulder, believes that morals are “hard-wired” into the brains of all mammals and provide the “social glue” that allow often aggressive and competitive animals to live together in groups.

    He has compiled evidence from around the world that shows how different species of animals appear to have an innate sense of fairness, display empathy and help other animals that are in distress.

    His conclusions will provide ammunition for animal welfare groups pushing to have animals treated more humanely, but some experts are sceptical about the extent to which animals can experience complex emotions and social responsibility. ”

    tags:morality animals ethology

  • “Why VCs Usually Get Ed Tech Wrong
    Posted on March 22, 2014 by Michael Feldstein

    I don’t often get to write these words, but there is a new must-read blog post on educational technology by a venture capitalist. Rethink Education’s Matt Greenfield argues that there is no generalized bubble in ed tech investment; rather, the problem is that the venture community has a habit of systematically betting on the wrong horses.

    It’s worth noting that Matt is not your typical VC. For starters, he doesn’t live in the Valley echo chamber. Perhaps more importantly, he has a background as an academic. He has a PhD in English from Yale, taught at Bowdoin and CUNY, and taught graduate classes in literature to teachers from the New York City public schools. As such, he has an unusual perspective for an ed tech venture capitalist.”

    tags:ed tech venture capitalists education

  • “Our mission is to help students gain the recognition they have earned and expose them to the opportunities they deserve.

    Portfolium is an interactive portfolio network and showcase. We help students, recent graduates, young and experienced professionals visually showcase their projects, skills and experiences well beyond the limits of a traditional resume. As recent college graduates who have made the transition from college to career, we know first-hand the challenges in creating a traditional resume without any professional work history.

    Portfolium allows users to highlight experiences and skills from all facets of their life, providing a more comprehensive, holistic view of their passions, abilities and overall potential.”

    tags:free student portfolio

  • “Flipped Learning is a pedagogical approach in which direct instruction moves from the group learning space to the individual learning space, and the resulting group space is transformed into a dynamic, interactive learning environment where the educator guides students as they apply concepts and engage creatively in the subject matter.”

    tags:definition learning higher education flipped

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