The little laptop that couldn’t | Joanne

In 2005, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) promised to deliver rugged $100 laptops to poor children around the world, linking them to the world’s knowledge.

The New York Times welcomed The Laptop That Will Save the World.

What happened? Adi Robertson explains in a fascinating story in The Verge.

The non-profit would “make literally hundreds of millions of these machines available to children around the world,” MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte promised. “And it’s not just $100. It’s going to go lower.”

At the time, laptops sold for more than $1,000, writes Robertson.

By the time…

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Study confirms what many people already thought: rapid rise in mass school shootings in the US | Pedro

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More people have died or been injured in mass school shootings in the US in the past 18 years than in the entire 20th century. In a new study published in Springer’s Journal of Child and Family Studies, researchers have reviewed the history of mass school shootings in the US and found some alarming trends. Lead author Antonis Katsiyannis of Clemson University in the US, together with his colleagues, found the recent killing of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is not an isolated occurrence, but part of a deadly epidemic…

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VR is powerful — is it dangerous for kids? | Joanne

Australian students walked on the moon, virtually, in 2016. Photo: Troy Snook

Virtual reality technology, which creates an interactive, immersive experience, is “arguably the most powerful medium in history,” writes Jeremy Bailenson, a Stanford communications professor and co-author of Virtual Reality 101: What You Need to Know About Kids and VR, published with Common Sense Media. However, “when it comes to VR and kids, we just don’t know that much,” he concedes.

Among the findings of an online survey of parents:
21 percent of parents own a VR device.
13 percent plan to buy a VR device…

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Stilzitten of meer bewegen op school? | Marjolein Zwik

    Het onderwijs wordt regelmatig gezien als dé sector waar veel maatschappelijke problemen kunnen worden opgelost. Via de scholen bereik je namelijk het deel van de bevolking dat zich ontfermt over de toekomstige werknemers en stemgerechtigden van Nederland. Er zijn mensen die lijstjes bijhouden van alle maatschappelijke problemen die over het onderwijs worden uitgestort […]

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Mental illness in school: What can teachers do? | Joanne

A high school teacher might see eight to 30 students a day with serious mental health issues such as bipolar disorder, depression and anxiety, writes Michael Goldstein on FutureEd. The teacher doesn’t necessarily know who’s headed for trouble and who’s just struggling with “normal adolescent angst.”

Many teachers try to support and engage distressed students, he writes. They praise what ever they can. They reach out. “Hey you seem down, do you want to talk about it?”

A teacher might mentor one, two or three students in a given year, he writes, but eager rookies don’t know what to say…

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