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Companies use children’s data to sell them junk food and other products. Cookie image via www.shutterstock.com

How companies learn what children secretly want

When children work on their school assignments, unknown to them, the software they use is busy collecting data. These data are then used for individualized marketing of junk foods and other products.
Many classrooms have embraced digital technology, but it hasn’t always translated into improved learning outcomes. Brad Flickinger/Flickr

No gimmicks: technology in schools must serve a purpose

There were lots of fun gadgets and gizmos on display at the recent EduTech conference. But most of it is really just gimmickry when we really need a greater focus on learning.
Many people fear technology, and have great reservations about kids using smartphones and computers. Anthony Kelly/Flickr

Are you afraid of technology? You shouldn’t be

Many people fear technology is making us dumber, and they have great reservations about children using smartphones or computers. But technology ought to be embraced, particularly by kids.
The way we teach our children must accommodate the radical changes in technology that have occurred over the past couple of decades.

The pen is mightier than the sword, but the computer is mightier than both

It’s official. In 2015, the keyboard has began to genuinely challenge the pen for dominance in the classroom. With Finland having decided that it will no longer teach cursive handwriting in primary school…

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