A recent study shows that the stereotype of today's tech-savvy students -- dubbed the "net generation" -- may be flawed. The research, led by Christopher Jones of the Open University, provides a more complicated picture of technology use among young people, showing that students overwhelmingly have access to technology and use it regularly, but in different ways.
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Teachers at Chesterbrook Elementary School in McLean, Va., created an exercise trail using QR codes that students scan with a smartphone to get instructional videos at stations along the path. Physical-education teacher Jay Levesque said that "I can sit right here in the middle and kind of oversee everything and I know the kids are getting instruction ..."
An iPad application designed for students with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder has a new feature aimed at helping users stay on task. The new "What's Up" feature allows users of Memory On Demand's Focus GPS software to transfer tasks from their action list to a personal Facebook page, accessible only to the student, parents, learning assistants and others designated by the student.
Resellers and partners are taking on the role of adviser to customers, Michael Vizard writes. "The opportunity this creates for solution providers goes well beyond technology. Enterprise IT organizations are looking for advice on how to reorganize their operations. That reorganization not only concerns how systems are deployed, but also how their IT teams should be organized," Vizard writes.
Officials in a Michigan district say they can afford to purchase iPads because they are spending less to maintain their buildings under a bond issue approved by voters in 2000. The district plans to spend $600,000 to provide an iPad for every high-school student beginning in the fall. Protective covers for the devices -- valued at $34,000 -- are being donated and the district also has received grant funding to improve its wireless Internet service.
Social media, blogs and video games benefit education by giving students -- and their teachers -- increased access to people and resources, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution. Experts at a recent panel also discussed the role that such technology plays in providing valuable data for teachers, saying data from students playing video games or using social media websites can help teachers address students' individual learning needs.
Yahoo! soon will launch a weekly Web video series called "Katie's Take," in which host Katie Couric will focus on trends, especially concerning nutrition, parenting and health. The show is one of several in Yahoo's new lineup, which also includes a talk show starring Jeff Goldblum and a science fiction series from Tom Hanks.