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

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. 

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

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…

Leave no dark corner

China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, “social credit” will bring privileges — for others, punishment. This real world surveillance state will involve constant tracking and judging of all of her actions, 24 hours a day. This story has been making the rounds over the last…

A New Definition of Rigor

Rigor is the result of work that challenges students' thinking in new and interesting ways. It occurs when they are encouraged toward a sophisticated understanding of fundamental ideas and are driven by curiosity to discover what they don't know. Rigor is not defined by the text -- it comes from what students do. It is…

Brooklyn students hold walkout in protest of Facebook-designed online program

Brooklyn teens are protesting their high school’s adoption of an online program spawned by Facebook, saying it forces them to stare at computers for hours and “teach ourselves.” This story provides an interesting counter-narrative for those that think that teachers will no longer be needed in an age of tech. A teacher who requested anonymity…