In this week’s EdTech News Roundup, check out articles about a new fellowships that encourages students to drop out of school, the effect of social media on students, and how teachers can best utilize Twitter.
Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal, is encouraging 24 talented young people to drop out of school — in exchange for a $100,000 grant and a mentorship to start a tech company. Read more about Thiel’s controversial philosophy and the winners of the Thiel Fellowships in this article from the New York Times.
A study by the Pearson Foundation found that while college students are confident that tablet computers have educational value, they’re not quite as keen on e-textbooks — yet. Only 7 percents of the students actually owned a tablet computer at the time of the study. Read more about the results in this article from Inside Higher Ed.
There’s no doubt that social media has changed the way students interact with one another. Some argue that these changes have helped students stay connected and informed, while others say that outlets like Facebook and Twitter are a waste of time. Check out this infographic from onlineeducation.net for an illustration of the pros and cons. (For another take, also check out “Social Media in Higher Ed: Friend or Foe” in eCampus News).
The board of directions of the National Association of Secondary School Principals recently released a position statement advocating the use of mobile and social technologies in schools. Read more in this article from THE Journal.
Twitter can help teachers crowdsource problems and stay up to date on educational policy. Read more in this article from GOOD.