Smartphones generate tension in students

This week's must-read stories

By Karina Fuerte

Smartphones are disrupting teaching and learning, according to a survey
A survey applied to teachers highlights the benefits of technology in the classroom, however, it reveals that smartphones generate constant interruptions and tension: 70% of the teachers surveyed think that the use of smartphones generates tension in the students, and it interrupts the work in the classroom.

IDEAS for developing Digital Skills
Nowadays the web offers hundreds of ways of learning. The IDEA model is a proposal for the development of digital skills that promote self-learning throughout life.

Facebook as a teaching tool to encourage collaboration and creativity
Recent research revealed the educational benefit that Facebook can have as a platform for collaboration and creativity. A group of teachers used Facebook as a collaborative writing platform to encourage students to create and co-evaluate.

The companies of the 21st century, according to Google Cloud
With the aim of helping all companies, regardless of size, to face the challenges of the digital age, Google Cloud joined The Institute for the Future (IFTF) to design the guide "Beyond organizations, new models for getting things done," a map that explores the interactions that will happen in business in the coming years and the new paths towards innovation.

Infographics, a powerful little-used tool in the classroom
University students think that the use of infographics would enhance transmission of educational content in presentations, tasks, exams and manuals, according to a study.

What we are reading

  • Are teaching and research mutually exclusive?
    “To teach at university level and not be researching is a contradiction. Students expect their lecturers to be current and on top of developments, which gives credibility and instils confidence.” (Times Higher Education)

  • How Faster And Cheaper Alternatives Will Replace Most Of Higher Ed
    "Unresponsive, incoherent and expensive." That’s how Ryan Craig sees higher education. As an alternative, Craig suggests three examples of nontraditional postsecondary training. (Forbes)

  • The Humanities as We Know Them Are Doomed. Now What?
    The humanities are institutionally more alone and more vulnerable than they have ever been, more at the mercy of a university’s financial decisions. (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

  • Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?
    Most of our energy has been focused on designing physical learning spaces. Unfortunately, MOOC platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms. (EdSurge)

  • When Does Ed Tech Become Snake Oil?
    The most frequently violated rule of ed tech: "Create the product that teachers want to use, not the product you want to sell (or that you think you can sell to administrators whether teachers like it or not)." (Forbes)

  • The Neglected Implications of Grant Culture
    The average grant proposal consumes 116 hours of principal investigator time. When professors must devote much of their time to preparing and submitting grants, something has to give. That something is typically teaching. (Inside Higher Ed)

  • For Teens, Dystopian Fiction Seems Pretty Real — And That's Why They Like It
    In dystopia "Teenagers see echoes of a world that they know." (NPR)