Insider Higher Ed: New Database of Teaching and Learning Centers Nationwide. “Centers for teaching and learning at institutions across the U.S. will be easier than ever to find and contact, thanks to a new interactive tool from the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network.”
New York Times: 500 Days of Duolingo: What You Can (and Can’t) Learn From a Language App . “If mobile language-learning apps are to be believed, it’s never been easier to pick up another language. Just spend 20 minutes a day with a few virtual flashcards and you’ll be fluent in no time! The reality is a lot more nuanced — and arguably more disappointing — than that.”
University of Minnesota: Research Brief: Evaluating Twitter use in the classroom. “A University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine study used Twitter as a means of distributing additional radiology case examples to students. The study examined if providing learning materials to students outside of the normal channels would improve students’ radiographic interpretation skills. Results of the study were recently published in the Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.”
KQED: How to Teach Students Historical Inquiry Through Media Literacy And Critical Thinking. “Many students are not good at evaluating the credibility of what they see and read online according to a now-famous Stanford study that was released just after the 2016 election. And while it’s true that 82 percent of middle schoolers couldn’t tell the difference between a native advertisement and a news article, neither could 59 percent of adults in a study conducted by the advertising industry. Sam Wineburg, the Stanford professor who led the middle school study, is worried that everyone is ‘profoundly confused’ right now and that schools aren’t doing enough to teach students the skills they need to be effective citizens and digital consumers.”
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.”