Using new perspectives on mathematics as a cultural and social activity and new research on learning outside the school, the authors ask readers to rethink the problem of mathematical achievement for all students, and for Latino/a and black students in particular.
From Richard Byrne – On Wednesday Google announced some changes to the Google Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sheets templates galleries. The old version of the templates gallery found at drive.google.com/templates will be going away at the end of the year.
From The Verge – “From Facebook to alt-right Reddit, social media communities played a large role in gathering young voters for the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton spoke of her supporters in “secret Facebook groups” while Mark Zuckerberg, post-election, dismissed the notion that Facebook had any influence over Tuesday’s outcome. But social platforms absolutely affected the election results: here’s a look at how.”
From Common Sense Media – Building SEL (social and emotional learning) skills such as gratitude requires face-to-face interactions, meaningful discussion, and reflection. Edtech is no complete substitute for that, but there are tools that can supplement the development of character in the classroom and at home.
The other phenomenon in modern media and elections is the very real presence of fake news – that is, sites propagating information, often sensational, that is unabashedly untrue right alongside, in your Facebook or Twitter feed, articles from, say, The New York Times.