Laptops in Classrooms

Big problems with technology in classrooms – unless we teach students proper behaviour…

The Buttry Diary

My distracting laptop My distracting laptop

I’ve updated this post after discussing the issue with my class. 

I can think of no journalism professors I admire more than Clay Shirky and Jay Rosen. But I (so far) disagree with them on the subject of whether to allow students to use laptops and mobile devices during class.

Clay has explained in a blog post why he bans computers from his classroom. Jay chimed in his agreement:

They both have notably more classroom experience than I do, and they might be right. I encourage you to read Clay’s full explanation and won’t try to summarize it here, but he cites research about how multitasking can interfere with learning.

My limited experience is different. I was very…

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Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

For BASIC it’s 50 years – for me it’s 32…

TIME

Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it’s a shame more people don’t learn to do it.

For years now, that’s been a hugely popular stance. It’s led to educational initiatives as effortless sounding as the Hour of Code (offered by Code.org) and as obviously ambitious as Code Year (spearheaded by Codecademy).

Even President Obama has chimed in. Last December, he issued a YouTube video in which he urged young people to take up programming, declaring that “learning these skills isn’t just important for your future, it’s important for our country’s future.”

I find the “everybody should learn to code” movement laudable. And yet it also leaves me wistful, even melancholy. Once upon a time, knowing how to use a computer was virtually synonymous with knowing how to program one. And the thing that made it possible was a programming language called BASIC.

John KemenyJohn…

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Find your way without a car…

Nokia Transport (older name was Transit) will tell you when the next train, bus, or tram is arriving, right to the nearest minute. It’ll guide you to the nearest stop or station, listing transfers and changes on the way, with step-by-step walking directions. And it’ll even tell you when to get off. The amazing part is “live routing” for Berlin and Potsdam in Germany! For Greece, even timetable routing is useless…

You can also find the same information on the web: maps.nokia.com/directions. An updated list of the cities is always here: Nokia Transport City Coverage

Austria

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Graz, Salzburg, Vienna

Belgium

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Antwerp, Bruges, Gent

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Brussels

Croatia

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Dubrovnik, Zagreb

Czech Republic

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Prague

Denmark

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Aalborg, Aarhus, Copenhagen, Odense

Estonia

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Tallinn

Finland

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Helsinki

France

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Amiens, Avignon, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Colmar, Cote D’Azur, Lille, Lourdes, Lyon, Marseille, Montpellier, Nancy, Nantes, Orange, Orleans, Paris, Rennes, Saint Tropez, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Tours, Versailles

Germany

Live

Berlin, Potsdam

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Aachen, Bremen, Cologne, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Lubeck, Munich, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Wurzburg

Greece

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Athens, Kos, Rhodes, Thessaloniki

Hungary

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Budapest

Ireland

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Dublin

Italy

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Brescia, Padua, Turin

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Bari, Bologna, Catania, Florence, Genoa, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Penisola Sorrentina, Pisa, Rome, Venice, Verona

Latvia

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Riga

Lithuania

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Vilnius

Luxembourg

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Luxembourg City

Netherlands

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Amsterdam, Rotterdam

Norway

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Oslo

Poland

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Czestochowa, Gdansk, Krakow, Poznan, Torun, Warsaw

Portugal

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Guimaraes, Lisbon, Porto

Russia

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Chelyabinsk, Kazan, Krasnodar, Krasnoyarsk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Perm, Rostov on Don, Samara, Saratov, Ufa, Volgograd, Voronezh, Yakaterinburg

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Moscow, St Petersburg

Slovakia

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Bratislava

Slovenia

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Ljubljana

Spain

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Barcelona

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Bilbao, Cordoba, Elche, Granada, Madrid, Oviedo, Palma De Mallorca, Salamanca, Santiago De Compostela, Segovia, Seville, Tenerife, Valencia, Zaragoza

Sweden

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Gothenburg, Stockholm

Switzerland

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Bern, Geneva, Zurich

Turkey

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Ankara, Bursa, Istanbul, Izmir

UK

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London

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Bath, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham

Ukraine

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Kiev

South Africa

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Cape Town, Johannesburg

UAE

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Dubai

Canada

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Brampton, Burlington, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton, Mississauga, Montreal, Oshawa, Quebec, Toronto, Vaughan, Winnipeg

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Niagara Ca, Ottawa, Vancouver

USA

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Arvada, Atlanta, Aurora, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Boulder, Burbank, Cambridge, Carlsbad, Carrollton, Centennial, Chicago, Chula Vista, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Coral Springs, Dallas, Denver, Downey, El Monte, Elizabeth, Escondino, Fort Lauderdale, Fort Wayne, Fort Worth, Garland, Glendale, Hartford, Henderson, Hialeah, Hollywood, Honolulu, Houston, Indianapolis, Inglewood, Irving, Jersey City, Lakewood, Lancaster, Las Vegas, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Louisville, Miami, Miami Gardens, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Miramar, New Haven, New Orleans, New York City, North Las Vegas, Norwalk, Oakland, Oceanside, Palmdale, Pasadena, Paterson, Pembroke Pines, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Plano, Pomona, Pompano Beach, Portland Oregon, Richardson, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, South Gate, St. Louis, St. Paul, Tampa, Thornton, Torrance, Westminster, Yonkers

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Charlotte, Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Memphis, Nashville, Niagara Usa, Orlando, Washington DC

Argentina

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Buenos Aires

Brazil

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Belo Horizonte, Bertioga, Curitiba, Porto Alegre, Rio De Janeiro, Sao Paulo

Chile

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Santiago

Mexico

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Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey

Venezuela

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Caracas

China

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Ankang, Anqing, Anshan, Anyang, Baicheng, Baise, Baishan, Baoding, Baoji, Baotou, Beihai, Beijing, Bengbu, Benxi, Binzhou, Bozhou, Cangzhou, Changchun, Changde, Changji, Changsha, Changzhi, Changzhou, Chaohu, Chaoyang, Chaozhou, Chengde, Chengdu, Chenzhou, Chifeng, Chizhou, Chongqing, Chuzhou, Dali, Dalian, Dandong, Daqing, Dazhou, Deyang, Dezhou, Dongguan, Dongying, Erdos, Fangchenggang, Foshan, Fushun, Fuxin, Fuyang, Fuzhou1, Ganzhou, Guangan, Guangzhou, Guilin, Guiyang, Haikou, Handan, Hangzhou, Hanzhong, Harbin, Hebi, Hefei, Hegang, Hengshui, Hengyang, Heyuan, Heze, Hezhou, Hohhot, Hong Kong, Huaian, Huaibei, Huaihua, Huainan, Huangshan, Huangshi, Huizhou, Huludao, Huzhou, Jiamusi, Jiangmen, Jiaozuo, Jiaxing, Jieyang, Jilin, Jinan, Jingdezhen, Jingmen, Jingzhou, Jinhua, Jining, Jinzhong, Jinzhou, Jishou, Jiujiang, Jiyuan, Kaifeng, Kunming, Laiwu, Langfang, Lanzhou, Lasa, Leshan, Lianyungang, Liaocheng, Liaoyang, Liaoyuan, Lijiang, Linyi, Lishui, Liuan, Liuzhou, Longyan, Loudi, Luoyang, Luzhou, Lvliang, Maanshan, Macau, Maoming, Meishan, Meizhou, Mianyang, Mudanjiang, Nanchang, Nanchong, Nanjing, Nanning, Nanping, Nantong, Nanyang, Neijiang, Ningbo, Ningde, Panjin, Panzhihua, Pingdingshan, Putian, Qaramay, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Qiqihar, Quanzhou, Quzhou, Rizhao, Sanmenxia, Sanming, Sanya, Shanghai, Shangluo, Shangqiu, Shangrao, Shantou, Shanwei, Shaoguan, Shaoxing, Shaoyang, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang, Shiyan, Shuozhou, Siping, Suqian, Suzhou1, Suzhou2, Taian, Taiyuan, Taizhou1, Taizhou2, Tangshan, Tianjin, Tianshui, Tieling, Tongchuan, Tonghua, Tongliao, Tongling, Urumchi, Weifang, Weihai, Weinan, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuhu, Wuxi, Wuzhou, Xiamen, Xian, Xiangfan, Xiangtan, Xianyang, Xingtai, Xining, Xinxiang, Xinyang, Xuancheng, Xuchang, Xuzhou, Yanan, Yanbian, Yancheng, Yangjiang, Yangquan, Yangzhou, Yantai, Yibin, Yichang, Yichun1, Yinchuan, Yingkou, Yiyang, Yongzhou, Yueyang, Yulin1, Yulin2, Yuncheng, Yuxi, Zaozhuang, Zhangjiajie, Zhangjiakou, Zhangzhou, Zhanjiang, Zhaoqing, Zhengzhou, Zhenjiang, Zhongshan, Zhoushan, Zhuhai, Zhumadian, Zhuzhou, Zibo, Zigong, Ziyang

Australia

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Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

India

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Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Surat, Vadodara

Indonesia

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Jakarta

Malaysia

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Kuala Lumpur, Penang

New Zealand

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Auckland, Wellington

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Christchurch

Philippines

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Manila

Singapore

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Sentosa, Singapore

Taiwan

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Kaohsiung, Taipei

Thailand

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Bangkok, Pattaya

Can Your Mobile Device Be Trusted?

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Are you playing games, checking-in or downloading apps? Beware! Most, if not all, of your data is being collected and access is being granted to areas that you may consider private.

While most people don’t know what happens to their personal data online and some notions of privacy may be shifting, average Internet users still care enormously about digital privacy – Jon Leibowitz, Federal Trade Commission Chairman

In fact, this graphic reveals that:

  • 81% of mobile users think safeguarding their personal information is important
  • 76% of mobile users said they are very selective about who they give their information
  • 92% are concerned about applications collecting their personal information without their consent

As social and mobile technology continue to grow and the amount of information people reveal about themselves increases, consumer privacy has become a major concern. The growth of mobile apps, in particular, has raised concerns about mobile security and…

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iOS to WP8: The First 24 hours

More apps will come, all the rest (the good ones) are difficult to implement. And Windows Phone 8 is already there…

FrazierCIO

It has now been over 24 hours since I moved from my iPhone running iOS to the Nokia Lumia 920 running WindowsPhone 8 (WP8).

First the Good:

I love the speed and responsiveness of the touch interface. There is no lag at all whenever I am typing or switching applications. I am becoming a fan of the WP8 “Live Tile” interface, though I was not at first.  I like that I can make each tile small, large, or wide to suit my needs. Just like with Android, I am fan of being able to customize my phone UI. Which you cannot do with the iPhone.

Wireless charging. You get a free “charge pad” when you buy the 920. This allows me to just lay the phone on the pad for it to charge. It is really hard to plug in a cable to charge? No. But it is great to…

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