Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives. There are few things more amusing than prehistoric views about prehistory.I have been woken several times over the last couple of days with rumblings and tremblings about a group that has publicly questioned the very existence of dinosaurs and railed against the bestialization of our children by teaching them dinosaur lore in schools.The group in question is called Christians Against Dinosaurs. Those of a coarsely waggish nature might suggest that Christians ought not be against dinosaurs, given some of the archaic beings that run certain of the Christian branches. I cannot begin to debate that, as I'm too busy giggling at some of this group's postings on the popular parenting site Mumsnet.A classic was headlined: "I'm getting sick and tired of dinosaurs being forced on our children." Its author, claiming to represent the Christians Against Dinosaurs Ministry, exclaimed: "I for one do not want … [Read more...] about Christian group to schools: Stop filling kids’ heads with dinosaurs
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You know how you always get a bunch of well wishes on Facebook when it's your birthday? What if instead of just writing "happy birthday" on your timeline, each one of your friends contributed a little bit of money towards a joint gift card that you could use on practically anything your heart desires? Well, if you're lucky and have very generous Facebook friends, this scenario can now come true. Amazon on Tuesday launched a new social gifting service, dubbed Amazon Birthday Gift, which lets users join together to send Amazon.com gift cards with birthday messages on Facebook. It works like this — once one user starts a gift, any of the recipient's Facebook friends can contribute. You can start a gift by adding a $1, $5, $10, or $25 Amazon.com gift card to a birthday message, which won't appear on your friend's timeline until their birthday. Once the gift is started, you can invite other Facebook users to add money to the card. On the person's birthday, the many individual birthday … [Read more...] about Amazon Launches Group Gift Cards for Facebook
An interesting panel at the Techonomy conference yesterday asked what it means to educate students for the 21st century. Ángel Cabrera, president of Thunderbird School of Global Management; Kaplan CEO Andy Rosen; and Maria M. Klawe, president of Harvey Mudd College all had different ideas of what education means. Justin Fox, editorial director of the Harvard Business Review, moderated the panel and began by suggesting that higher education is being disrupted. Rosen agreed, noting the unsustainable increase in tuition at major universities. Much of the spending, he said, is going towards non-academic initiatives designed to attract students, rather than investing in education itself. The traditional system of higher education is subject to perverse incentives. Take rankings, for example. "We all say we don't pay attention and we all lie," Cabrera said. The push for more selectivity just means there are more potential customers you are not serving. Endowment per … [Read more...] about Techonomy: What Does It Mean to be Educated in the 21st Century?
The Syrian Electronic Army struck again over the weekend, hitting another media organization's Twitter account. The latest attack appears to be in retaliation against Twitter for suspending its account. Various accounts belonging to United Kingdom-based Guardian, including Guardian Stage, Guardian Film, Guardian Books, and Guardian Music (@gmfeed), were taken over by Syrian activists on Sunday. The group promised to keep causing "problems" for Twitter by attacking other accounts. "We will keep hacking #Twitter accounts and cause for you problems if you keep suspending our accounts #SEA," the group wrote on @guardianbooks. Another post read, "#Twitter_SecurityTeam Think if they suspended our accounts that they will stop us!" The Twitter accounts for Guardian Books, education editor Alice Woolley, Guardian Film, and Guardian Music Feed, are currently suspended. Another Day, Another Media Org The attack against the Guardian is just the latest in a series of attacks against media … [Read more...] about Guardian Twitter Account Hacked by Syrian Activists
Heads up educators: Microsoft just released an early access version of Minecraft: Education Edition for you to test out for free throughout the summer. The release comes after Redmond hosted a beta program last month , during which it collected feedback from more than 2,000 students and teachers representing more than 100 schools in 26 countries. Microsoft said it used that feedback to "fine-tune the experience" so it would suit a wide-range of learning environments. "One of the most common requests we get from educators is the ability for students to collaborate together to build projects and solve problems," the Minecraft Education Team wrote in its latest blog post. So, with Minecraft: Education Edition, an entire classroom of up for 30 students can play together or have classmates can work together in pairs or groups. As they make their way through the game, students can take screenshots of their work and save it in a portfolio, documenting the development of their projects. … [Read more...] about Microsoft Releases ‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ Early Access