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Three Things That Surprised Me About the Nexus 6

Three Things That Surprised Me About the Nexus 6

SlashGear - Chris Davies

Is there anything more to say on the Nexus 6? Google's latest flagship smartphone has come in for more than the usual degree of attention, as the first handset to run Android 5.0 Lollipop. The fact that Google can't keep them in stock for longer than sixty seconds or so isn't doing anything to dampen the hype, either. I've already gone digging through Google's huge new phone in my equally huge Nexus 6 review, but it turns out the Motorola-made handset hadn't quite finished teaching me a lesson. Read More

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Understanding Student Loans

Understanding Student Loans

Nerd Wallet

We have all heard the statistics: Tuition keeps rising, while student debt continues to increase. In fact, the United States now has more total student loan debt than credit card debt. The good news? Lenders are eager to provide students with loans to make their college aspirations a reality. The bad news? Those same students often do not recognize the full impact of taking on additional debt. Read More

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Parenting in the Digital Age

Parenting in the Digital Age, November 2014

Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

FOSI released its latest research report, "Parenting in the Digital Age: How Parents Weigh the Potential Benefits and Harms of Their Children's Technology Use" on November 12, 2014. This research was conducted I by Hart Research Associates on behalf of FOSI with support from Google, Cable Impacts Foundation, Microsoft, and CTIA. Read More

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A Parents Guide to Cybersecurity

A Parents Guide to Cybersecurity

Connect Safely

The Top 5 Questions Parents Have About Cybersecurity:

  1. What are the biggest security threats to kids?
  2. How do I talk with my child about security?
  3. How do we protect our family's computers?
  4. How do we protect our mobile devices?
  5. Why do we always hear "Never share your passwords"?

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Increasing Youth Safety and Responsible Behavior Online

Increasing Youth Safety and Responsible Behavior Online

Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI)

Hundreds of programs are being developed to promote safe and responsible online behavior among youth. They are being successfully marketed and eagerly adopted because of their appealing content, exciting graphics, engaging games, catchy phrases, and cool characters. But that is not enough. The bottom line for everyone to remember - funders, program developers, communities, schools, and families -- is these programs actually need to work. They need to change youth attitudes and inspire youth to make smart and ethical choices about how they behave online. Read More

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Teens Ditch Facebook for New Social Media Favorite

Teens Ditch Facebook for New Social Media Favorite

CBS News - Agata Blaszczak-Boxe

More than 9 out of 10 American teenagers use social media, and they name Instagram as the most popular site by far, according to the results a new survey by Piper Jaffray, an investment bank and asset management firm. In the survey, analysts examined how kids' social media preferences have changed over the last six months. They found that Instagram has become even more popular, with 76 percent of teens currently saying they use it -- up 7 percent since last spring. Read More

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The Secret Language of Girls on Instagram

The Secret Language of Girls on Instagram

Time - Rachel Simmons

Girls have quietly repurposed the photo-sharing app into a barometer for popularity, friendship status and self-worth. Here's how they're using it. Secrecy is hardly new on Planet Girl: as many an eye-rolling boy will tell you, girls excel at eluding the prying questions of grown ups. And who can blame them? From an early age, young women learn that to be a “good girl” they must be nice, avoid conflict and make friends with everyone. It’s an impossible ask (and one I’ve studied for over a decade) – so girls respond by taking their true feelings underground. Read More

Also read: A Parents’ Guide to Instagram

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Effective Technology To Jumpstart Early Childhood Educators

Effective Technology To Jumpstart Early Childhood Educators

RAND Corporation

Providers of early childhood education (ECE) are well positioned to help ensure that technology is used effectively in ECE settings. Indeed, the successful integration of technology into ECE depends on providers who have the ability to curate the most appropriate devices and content, facilitate the effective patterns of use, guide families and caretakers on developmentally appropriate practice, and use technology to support provider needs. Read More

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Why? Because Education Matters.

Why? Because Education Matters.

MindMake - Paul Henderson

I intend to write a series of blogs on education. Why? To inform; provoke and cause to act.

Why? Because education matters. And because I think, live and breathe education.

Because education is about justice (hence the title of the minority report ‘Just Education’ I wrote as Secretariat to a group of cross-party MPs, working from the Prime Minister’s Office).

Because I have something to say on education having worked for over thirty years in teaching (K–12); tertiary education; postgraduate education; research, curriculum design, development and testing; and education policy at the highest levels of government in multiple jurisdictions. Read More

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Great Parents Nurture A Child's Natural Desire To Learn

Great Parents Nurture A Child's Natural Desire To Learn

MindMake - Paul Henderson

Nkong Bushman at the age of 13 was still tiny. Typical of his people group. The first time I saw him was at dusk, moving like a dart across a sweltering dust-cloud football field. Neither his size, light skin nor name deterred him. He was going to get a goal.

I had been living in the central Kalahari desert for just over a year, teaching at a junior secondary school called Lehutshelo. It was a bit of an experiment, funded by the World Bank in response to fundraising by local communities–a type of private public partnership. Peace Corps, World Universities Services Canada (WUSC), local and British Council teachers came together in this fledgling school in a remote community.

The Board of Governors and the principal were remarkable people. The latter, an Oxford graduate in English and former president of the student union.

He was standing beside me, commenting on Nkong.

The boy had achieved the best primary school results in the nation. He was one of my top students: a total joy to teach, gloriously mischievous, and yet winsome. What made him remarkable? Read More

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