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…

Report: Teachers Find Technology Mostly Helpful in Classroom

New research suggests that a majority of teachers believe technology is helping them do a better job in the classroom. The research also suggests that many educators are concerned digital devices can cause physical and mental harm to students. All annotations in context. The 2018 Teaching with Technology Survey was published by the website Campus Technology. Of those questioned, 44…

Hacking Happiness in the Information Age

An interview from Evernote's Taking Note blog on happiness, screentime, and balance in our lives. Some ideas of interest: First, we need to stop thinking about happiness as a single monolithic concept. There are different kinds of happiness — and some are more fulfilling and long-term than others: Short-term happiness: Psychologists refer to this as “hedonic” happiness, derived from the…

The New Octopus

A post about the challenges of gigantic corporate control over the digital infrastructure of society. More on the problem: The problem, however, is not bigness per se. Even for Brandeisians, the central concern was power: the ability to arbitrarily influence the decisions and opportunities available to others. Such unchecked power represented a threat to liberty. Therefore,…