For Better Learning in College Lectures, Lay Down the Laptop and Pick Up a Pen – by Susan Dynarski

Do computers help or hinder classroom learning in college? Step into any college lecture and you’ll find a sea of students with laptops and tablets open, typing as the professor speaks. With their enhanced ability to transcribe content and look up concepts on the fly, are students learning more from lecture than they were in the days of paper and pen? A growing body of evidence says “No.” When college students use computers or tablets during lecture, they learn less and earn worse grades. The evidence consists of a series of randomized trials, in both college classrooms and controlled laboratory ...

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The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will launch on October 17

Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft today announced that the Fall Creators Update, the next major release of Windows 10, will start rolling out to all users on October 17. That’s a little bit later than some pundits expected but still well within Microsoft’s promised release window. When Microsoft announced this update at its Build developer conference earlier this year, some of the more hyped features included an updated Microsoft Graph, with numerous features that would make moving between different machines easier, and Windows Story Remix, an application with lots of advanced 2D and 3D features for building video and photo ...

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Microsoft’s new Mixer Create app lets you live stream games from your phone

Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft’s mobile game streaming app Mixer Create is launching out of beta testing today on iOS and Android, allowing gamers to broadcast the games they’re playing right from their phone. This feature works on Android with all games, but is more limited on iOS. On iPhone, select games that have enabled Apple’s ReplayKit functionality will work, the company notes. That means games like Star Trek Timelines, Goat Simulator, Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and others will be supported. The app can also be used for co-streaming, which allows up to four streamers to combine their streams into ...

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And the Emmy goes to… Apple, DJI, Microsoft and Comcast

Begin: WordPress Article Content A handful of tech companies have just been given Emmy awards for a variety of behind-the-scenes accomplishments. Yeah, I didn’t know it was a thing either! Well, I kind of knew — as with the Oscars, it’s the “Sciences” part of the “National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.” They just don’t play it up a lot. But it’s still a little weird to see Apple win one for Siri, Microsoft win one for Skype and… Comcast win one (its third!) for its X1 remote. Really?! I don’t mean to downplay their glory. It’s just that ...

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Is Disruptive Innovation Driving K-12 Privatization? – by Thomas Arnett

If you’ve followed the K–12 education dialogue over the last decade, then you’re probably familiar with the term “disruptive innovation.” Edtech entrepreneurs and school choice advocates sometimes invoke it as an indomitable force that will redeem and transform broken school systems. Meanwhile, people on the other sides of these debates worry that “disruption” is a flawed yet rhetorically powerful narrative used to rationalize K–12 privatization. Somewhere in the middle are skeptics who give consideration to the idea, but wonder if disruption is an oversold term that is likely to underdeliver on its proponents’ promises. So how do we make sense ...

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