From the Washington Post - Two teams of independent researchers found that the Russians exploited American-made technology platforms to attack U.S. democracy at a particularly vulnerable moment, as an insurgent candidate harnessed a wide range of grievances to claim the White House. The sophistication of the Russian tactics may complicate efforts by Facebook and Google to crack down on “fake news,” as they have vowed to do after widespread complaints about the problem.
The students displayed a "stunning and dismaying consistency" in their responses, the researchers wrote, getting duped again and again. They weren't looking for high-level analysis of data but just a "reasonable bar" of, for instance, telling fake accounts from real ones, activist groups from neutral sources and ads from articles.
Breakout EDU is an immersive game-based learning website structured on the idea of an escape room. As in an escape room, players of Breakout EDU games work together to find clues and solve puzzles. However, instead of locking students in a room, we give them a mysterious box locked with multiple locks and ask them to figure out the combinations so they can open the box before time runs out (usually 45 minutes, but it varies according to the game).
From Getting Smart - "Now is the time for education leaders worldwide to rethink how schools are designed. The first step is to examine what’s already been done and identify what works and what doesn’t."
from John Spencer - "While one-size-fits-all works great for socks, it’s not ideal for minds. Kids need to dream and wonder and imagine. They need to design and build and tinker. This is why I love design thinking. It’s a flexible framework that guides students through specific phases in the creative process."
From Bill Ferriter - "Buzzfeed, a popular online source covering digital media and technology, opened the criticism by publishing the frightening results of an analysis of the election stories generating the most engagement -- think likes, shares and comments -- on Facebook in the final three months of the election. Here's what they found:"