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Parents get emotional support and useful information from social media

July 16, 2015

Study co-author Cliff Lampe tells CBS News how social media helps support parenting It should come as no surprise that parents are heavy social media users. There are some who say that parents’ flocking to Facebook has caused teens to spend less time on the service, though I’ve never seen data to back up that assertion. A study conducted by Pew Research Center and the University of [...]

No surprise Microsoft phones never took off

July 12, 2015

by Larry Magid The news that Microsoft has laid off thousands of workers from its phone division and is taking a multibillion dollar write-off from its Nokia acquisition didn’t surprise me. Although some Windows Phones have received good reviews, smartphones running the Windows Phone operating system are not jumping off the shelves. IDC estimates that Windows Phone had a 2.7 percent market [...]

NY Stock Exchange Explains What Caused Glitch

July 10, 2015

Despite all the conspiracy theories as to why the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal site went down on the same day, all evidence points to technique glitches, not hack attacks. The New York Stock Exchange says that its problems began when they rolled out a software release that caused “communication issues between consumer gateways.” Read on for [...]

Polaroid cameras still have fans as do instant photo printers

July 2, 2015

Do you remember Polaroid cameras? They were a big part of my youth. Invented in 1948 and popular in the 50s, 60s and 70s, these “instant cameras” printed out (actually developed) your picture in about a minute. The cameras, as I recall, were pretty affordable but color film for the SX-70 cost about 70 cents a print in 1972, which is about $4 today. The company behind the product filed [...]

Let’s not use 21st century technology with 19th century pedagogy

June 26, 2015

Technology may be changing but classrooms and teaching methods are pretty much unchanged since this picture was taken (Creative Commons image) In a talk at the National PTA Conference in Charlotte, NC, Thomas Murray, State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director for Alliance for Education, reminded me of what’s been bothering me for years. “We’re using 21st century tools [...]

Fitness devices can help us learn about our collective health

June 25, 2015

Basis Peak exercise watch An increasing number of people are quantifying their lives, especially when it comes to fitness. For example, according to my Basis fitness watch, I took 9,192 steps walking around New York City on Wednesday. I burned 2,587 calories and got 6 hours and 41 minutes of sleep between 11:47 p.m. and 6:38 a.m. when I “tossed and turned” 18 times. There isn’t [...]

Don’t let student privacy bills stifle creative teachers & students

June 11, 2015

Protecting student data — especially in the age of cloud computing — is a laudable goal, but before Congress or state legislatures pass new laws or revise old ones, it’s important to make sure that innovation and creativity don’t become collateral damage. There are a number of bills before Congress that would, essentially, update and strengthen the Family Educational [...]

Google gets kid and family friendly with Expeditions and Google Play update

May 30, 2015

Google kicked off its annual I/O developers conference in San Francisco on Thursday with a long list of announcements, and two are aimed at making the company’s products more friendly for kids, parents and classrooms. The search giant is updating its Google Play app store to provide an easier way for parents to find age-appropriate content for children, and it announced the very cool new [...]
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