New Research Answers Whether Technology is Good or Bad for Learning – by Michael B. Horn

Source: New Research Answers Whether Technology is Good or Bad for Learning – by Michael B. Horn For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it. In the most recent issue of Education Next, for example, Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg, and Michael S. Walker write about their research finding that allowing any computer usage in the classroom “reduces students’ average final-exam performance by roughly one-fifth of a standard deviation.” Other studies have shown similarly dismal numbers for student learning when technology is introduced in the classroom. Yet there are also bright shining stars of ...

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Apple launches a new YouTube channel offering device tutorials

Source: Apple launches a new YouTube channel offering device tutorials Begin: WordPress Article Content Apple is expanding its social media outreach. The company has just launched a new YouTube channel to teach people how to use their Apple devices, like the iPhone and iPad, via video tutorials. The first set of videos focus on common and fairly simple tasks, like taking screenshots, adding attachments to email, deleting photos, changing the wallpaper and more. The videos are short, with most around the minute-and-a-half mark, and the longest being two minutes. They also include English captions for accessibility, and are formatted with ...

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Apple Park: Normal people like you can now visit

Source: Apple Park: Normal people like you can now visit The visitor center on Apple’s spaceship campus has exclusive gear like tote bags, playing cards and baseball caps.  Shara Tibken/CNET You no longer have to be an Apple employee or journalist to visit the company’s fancy new campus. The Apple Park Visitor Center in Cupertino, California, opened to the public at 9 a.m. PT on Friday. CNET got a peek at the building an hour before dozens of Apple fans poured through the glass doors.  Anyone who’s been in a redesigned Apple Store will find the decor familiar — long ...

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Hands-on with Microsoft’s high-end Surface Book 2

Source: Hands-on with Microsoft’s high-end Surface Book 2 Begin: WordPress Article Content Microsoft’s Surface Book 2 is the most powerful mobile Surface device yet. It easily blows away the Surface Pro, Surface Laptop and, of course, the old Surface Book. It’s also one of the odder devices in the lineup, though. It’s not just a Surface Pro with a rigid keyboard. It’s a relatively heavy base with a powerful processor and graphics card and a big battery — and it has a surprisingly light removable screen that turns it into a tablet and that features a less powerful processor and ...

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