Friday, November 19, 2010

Facebook Blamed and Advocated by Educators, Ontario and the Poor Student Dilemma, Cellphones in the Classroom - Some of this week's news & articles

Traditional university education to be supplemented by options
You might be surprised to hear that according to the United Nations, the percentage of adults who have attained a tertiary education is 46 per cent in Canada. This compares to 55 per cent for Russia, 39 per cent for the United States, 30 per cent for the United Kingdom, 21 per cent for Greece, and 10 per cent for Italy. Canadians rank among the most educated individuals in the world.

Hamilton Spectator, November 19, 2010

Paying poor students to get good grades? No thanks, minister now says
Ontario’s governing Liberals will do whatever it takes to stop Canada’s largest school board from paying poor students to do well in class, Education Minister Leona Dombrowsky said Thursday.

Hamilton Spectator, November 18, 2010

Social networking: teachers blame Facebook and Twitter for pupils' poor grades
Teachers believe social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter are to blame for pupils' poor grades, a study has concluded.

UK Telegraph, November 18, 2010

Facebook fraught with peril for teachers and students
High school student Nicole Daniels doesn’t like the idea of teachers looking at her Facebook page to find out who she hangs out with Friday nights.

“There are some things that a teacher just shouldn’t see,” she told a workshop on social networking at a recent conference held by the advocacy group People for Education York University.

Toronto Star, November 18, 2010

Facebook Messaging, Teens and School Work: Can Facebook Be a Social Learning Network?
A Pew Internet study found that only 11% of teens say they use email to communicate with friends, and even that figure seems a little high. Teens see little need for a method of communication that is, in some ways, associated with professional and not personal worlds. In the words of Iowa State University education professor Scott McLeod, "Adolescents don't use e-mail - except when they're forced to in order to interact with us older folks."

ReadWriteWeb, November 16, 2010

Cellphones in the Classroom: Distraction or Tool?
The push for "24/7 access to the Internet" falls under another the auspices of yet another endeavor, the National Broadband Plan. But the call for better access to Internet-ready devices, particularly utilizing tools the students already possess is an interesting one. Because the device that is ubiquitous for American students isn't the desktop computer or the notebook or the netbook or the iPad. It's the cellphone.

ReadWriteWeb, November 16, 2010