Class of 2016, Smartphones & More in This Week’s EdTech Report

Class of 2016, Smartphones & More in This Weeks EdTech Report

Each week, Boundless keeps up with the biggest edtech news and brings you the highlights.

Ready to Feel Old? 
via Inside HigherEd

Beloit College’s annual “mindset list” came out this week, shedding light on the college Class of 2016. To put things in perspective, for the entering class, most born in 1994:

  1. They have always lived in cyberspace. They’re even addicted to “electronic narcotics.”
  2. Women have always piloted war planes and space shuttles.
  3. They have lived in an era of instant stardom and self-proclaimed celebrities, famous for being famous.
  4. Their parents have never gazed with pride on a new set of bound encyclopedias for the family bookshelf.

How will this affect how you teach this year’s freshman class?

We Need to Rethink Classroom Space
via Education Rethink

Where do you work better: In a standard, silent office or at a comfy, relaxing coffee shop? Blogger John Spencer says this thought is being used to rethink classroom design for schools and libraries. He suggests that classroom walls should be an extension of students learn in class and incorporate things like charts, word references, and academic processes—not exactly the same as those corny “You can do it!” posters that have historically populated classes.

You’re a Connected Educator, Now What?
via Smart Blogs Education

Did you let curiosity get the better of you for Connected Educator Month? Now that you’ve connected with educators from around the globe, participated in some Twitter chats, and read a few blogs, do you feel like you’re unsure where to go next? It’s time to think outside the box and take what you learned about connecting with educators and apply it to the classroom. Blogger and teacher Nicholas Provenzano suggests,

Students have grown accustomed to writing for their teacher and maybe their peers. They do it so often, they find it hard to write for anyone else. This is a problem easily solved for the connected educator. By using Twitter, connected educators can add the hashtag #Comments4Kids to encourage other educators and students to read student work and share their thoughts.

Call Me, Maybe? The College Student’s Affair with Smartphones [Infographic]
via EdTech Magazine

It seems students these days almost always arrive on campus with a smartphone in hand. With so many students using these devices, some educators are finding them to be a distraction while others are embracing the technology in the classroom. This infographic shares some interesting data on smartphones, including:

  1. 75% of students often use their smartphones during idle time at work or school.
  2. 52% of students often view content on social networks on these devices.
  3. 72% of students say they never read books on their phones.

Why Would Someone Cheat on a Free Online Class That Doesn’t Count Toward Anything?
via Slate

After the Chronicle reported dozens of cases of plagiarism in Coursera classes, readers asked, “Why?” If the courses don’t count toward anything like GPAs or report cards, why would someone bother cheating? Turns out, the answer lies in the gamification conversation. According to Slate, there are some drawbacks of gamification:

It can lead to the pursuit of “fake achievement.” Even when the stakes are nonexistent, we want to achieve—and for some people, the sense of achievement is not diminished by the knowledge that they didn’t actually put in the work.

What edtech news were you following this week? Let us know in the comments below!

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