Younger Americans are better than older Americans at telling factual news statements from opinions

New research report from the Pew Research Center. All annotations in context. In a survey conducted Feb. 22 to March 4, 2018, the Center asked U.S. adults to categorize five factual statements and five opinion statements. As a previous report revealed, about a quarter of Americans overall could accurately classify all five factual statements (26%) and about…

Facing Tomorrow’s High-Tech School Surveillance

Rose Eveleth in Motherboard. All annotations in context. It might sound like dystopian science fiction, but this could be the not-too-distant future for schools across America and beyond. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, for instance, have already begun publishing models for how to use facial recognition and machine learning to predict student…

Nearly one-in-five teens can’t always finish their homework because of the digital divide

Research report from Monica Anderson and Andrew Perrin from the Pew Research Center. Full report here (PDF). All annotations in context. Some 15% of U.S. households with school-age children do not have a high-speed internet connection at home, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data. New survey findings…

The Digital Gap Between Rich and Poor Kids Is Not What We Expected

Nellie Bowles in The NY Times. All annotations in context. It wasn’t long ago that the worry was that rich students would have access to the internet earlier, gaining tech skills and creating a digital divide. Schools ask students to do homework online, while only about two-thirds of people in the U.S. have broadband internet service. But now, as…

Do we still believe that networked youth can change the world?

An interesting discussion on activism and social networks between Henry Jenkins, Esra’a Al Shafei, & James Gee. Video Abstract by Henry Jenkins. PDF for full special issue is available here. Jenkins, H., Al Shafei, E., Gee, J. (2018). Do we still believe that networked youth can change the world? Special issue. Working Papers on Culture, Education…