NPR: Alexa Can Help Kids With Homework, But Don’t Forget Problem-Solving Skills. “How do virtual assistants like Alexa, which are increasingly common in households, affect children’s learning experiences?”
Digital Trends: Machine learning? Neural networks? Here’s your guide to the many flavors of A.I.. “Right now, artificial intelligence is to Silicon Valley what One Direction is to 13-year-old girls: an omnipresent source of obsession to throw all your cash at, while daydreaming about getting married whenever Harry Styles is finally ready to settle down. (Okay, so we’re still working on the analogy!) But what exactly is A.I.? — and can terms like ‘machine learning,’ ‘artificial neural networks,’ ‘artificial intelligence’ and ‘Zayn Malik’ (we’re still working on that analogy…) be used interchangeably?
MakeUseOf: 8 Awesome Sites for Making Flashcards Online. “Pre-made flashcards are usually seen in elementary schools, not so much in high schools or colleges. So, many students turn to creating their own flashcards. If this is you or someone you know, check out this great list of eight sites to make flashcards online.”
Dezeen: Architecture Schools Database launched to help students find the right course. “The Architecture Foundation has launched a free schools database to help students discover architecture schools and their research projects. The Architecture Schools Database is a free-to-access platform that provides a fully searchable collated list of every educational facility in the UK that teaches architecture.”
ITV News: New project uncovers hidden histories of people with learning disabilities. “A new project is being launched that captures the stories of friendships and relationships of people with learning disabilities. The project, led by Mencap Cymru, will allow people with learning disabilities to be involved in the interpretation of their own history and design of public exhibitions. For the first time, they will be representing themselves, where historically a family member, friend or medical professional would have undertaken the role.”
Scientific American: Students are Better Off without a Laptop in the Classroom. “New research by scientists at Michigan State University suggests that laptops do not enhance classroom learning, and in fact students would be better off leaving their laptops in the dorm during class. Although computer use during class may create the illusion of enhanced engagement with course content, it more often reflects engagement with social media, YouTube videos, instant messaging, and other nonacademic content. This self-inflicted distraction comes at a cost, as students are spending up to one-third of valuable (and costly) class time zoned out, and the longer they are online the more their grades tend to suffer.”
University of Virginia: New National Initiative Connects Researchers with Entrepreneurs to put Ed Tech to the Test. “The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Jefferson Education Accelerator (JEA) today announced a joint venture to develop the nation’s first-ever comprehensive database of education researchers…. The National Education Researcher Database (NERD) aims to bring transparency to the supply side of education innovation by cataloging all education researchers in the country, centralizing information about them in an easily navigable and freely available database.” NERD. Heh. The database will launch “later this year.”