IQ is largely a pseudoscientific swindle

IQ is largely a pseudoscientific swindle (Medium)
Background : “IQ” is a stale test meant to measure mental capacity but in fact mostly measures extreme unintelligence (learning…
A comprehensive rebuke of intelligence quotients (IQ) as a metric by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. IQ is a total score derived from several standardized tests designed to assess human intelligence. Taleb posits that IQ does not measure intelligence. Intelligence cannot be measured, especially when real world applicability is on the line. But perhaps IQ,  maybe we…

Attraction to social media is linked to a preference for social isolation

Study: Attraction to social media is linked to a preference for social isolation (PsyPost)
The "social" in social media may be a misnomer. New research published in Psychological Reports provides evidence that the use of social media is related ...
New research published in Psychological Reports provides evidence that the use of social media is related to a preference for solitary activities rather than social ones. 136 participants rated the desirability of 40 images that consisted of popular social media icons, as well as scenes involving solitary activities and scenes involving people in social activities. Traffic signs…

Childhood’s End

Childhood's End
The digital revolution isn’t over but has turned into something else. Nations, alliances of nations, and national institutions are in decline, while a state perhaps best described as Oligarchia is on the ascent.  George Dyson explains in this, the first Edge New Year's Essay. Some pull quotes: All revolutions come to an end, whether they succeed or fail. To those seeking…

The Next Generation of Scratch Teaches More Than Coding

The Next Generation of Scratch Teaches More Than Coding (EdSurge)
On January 2, our group at the MIT Media Lab introduced a new generation of Scratch, called Scratch 3.0. Much has changed since we introduced the first ...
Mitch Resnick on the launch of Scratch 3.0. On January 2, our group at the MIT Media Lab introduced a new generation of Scratch, called Scratch 3.0. Much has changed since we introduced the first generation of our Scratch programming language and online community, back in 2007. Keep in mind this is much more than making…

Here’s How Facebook Is Trying to Moderate Its Two Billion Users

Here's How Facebook Is Trying to Moderate Its Two Billion Users by an author (Motherboard)
Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook’s biggest challenge. Leaked documents and nearly two dozen interviews show how the company hopes to solve it.
Moderating billions of posts a week in more than a hundred languages has become Facebook’s biggest challenge. Leaked documents and nearly two dozen interviews show how the company hopes to solve it. The early, utopian promise of the internet was as a decentralized network that would connect people under hundreds of millions of websites and communities, each…

Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech

Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech by an author (nytimes.com)
Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users. But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.
The opening for this piece is great: In a glass conference room at its California headquarters, Facebook is taking on the bonfires of hate and misinformation it has helped fuel across the world, one post at a time. The social network has drawn criticism for undermining democracy and for provoking bloodshed in societies small and large. But…

Social media for the first time tops newspapers as a news source for US adults

Pew: Social media for the first time tops newspapers as a news source for US adults (TechCrunch)
It’s not true that everyone gets their news from Facebook and Twitter. But it is now true that more U.S. adults get their news from social media than from print newspapers. According to a new report from Pew Research Center out today, social media has for the first time surpassed newspapers a…
According to a new report from Pew Research Center, social media has for the first time surpassed newspapers as a preferred source of news for American adults. However, social media is still far behind other traditional news sources, like TV and radio, for example. One-in-five U.S. adults say they often get news via social media, slightly higher…

Keri Facer on Learning Futures

Keri Facer, Professor of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University author, discusses the future of learning in the context of an underlying shift in the foundation of society and its impact.

Social efficiency is all about future-proofing rather than future-building.

We need to focus on future building as opposed to future proofing. 

Computers have learned to make us jump through hoops

Computers have learned to make us jump through hoops | John Naughton by an author (the Guardian)
Machines are supposed to be tools that serve human ends, but the relationship is slowly shifting - and not in our favour
Increasingly we're not only being conditioned to operate as rats in an technological black box, but we're also training the box to make it smarter. "We shape our tools and the our tools shape us." The other day I had to log in to a service I hadn’t used before. Since I was a new…

Literacy Tools That Bring Equity and Energy to the Classroom—and Unlock Career Doors

Literacy Tools That Bring Equity and Energy to the Classroom—and Unlock Career Doors - EdSurge News by an author (EdSurge)
Reading was easy for Dr. Doug Fisher when he was growing up in San Diego, but it wasn’t for everybody.
A post from EdSurge that is sponsored content from Achieve3000. The post contains some great insight from Doug Fisher on literacy instruction, and opportunities to support learners in all classrooms. I think the future of literacy is about providing the inspiration to take action, to build public spirit. I think that’s in part why digital…