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Daily Archives: January 18, 2014

Youth Perspectives on Tech in Schools: From Mobile Devices to Restrictions and Monitoring

Youth Perspectives on Tech in Schools: From Mobile Devices to Restrictions and Monitoring, Published January 15, 2014

“This research brief is a contribution by the Youth and Media team at the Berkman Center to its Student Privacy Initiative, which seeks to explore the opportunities and challenges that may arise as educational institutions adopt cloud computing technologies. In order to understand the implications of cloud services for student privacy more holistically, it might be helpful to examine how technology that is already implemented in academic contexts is used by youth and to explore how students feel about current practices. Towards this goal and informed by our recent research, the brief aims to make visible the youth perspective regarding the use of digital technology in the academic context, with a focus on privacy-relevant youth practices, limitations on access to information, and youth’s relation to educators in a high-tech environment. The brief includes insights and quotes gathered through a series of in-person focus groups as well as data from a questionnaire administered to all focus group participants. In addition, it highlights in a few instances additional research and data. The overarching study was conducted by the Youth and Media team between February and August 2013. The team conducted 30 focus group interviews with a total of 203 participants across the greater Boston area, Chicago, Greensboro (North Carolina), Los Angeles, and Santa Barbara. Each focus group lasted 90 minutes, including the 15-minute questionnaire, consisting of 20 multiple-choice questions and one open-ended response. Although the research sample was not designed to constitute representative cross-sections of particular populations, the sample includes participants from diverse ethnic, racial, and economic backgrounds. Participants ranged in age from 11 to 19. The mean age of participants is 14.8 (SD = 1.96).”

Paper – PageRank: Standing on the shoulders of giants

PageRank: Standing on the shoulders of giants – Massimo Franceschet (Submitted on 15 Feb 2010 (v1), last revised 14 Aug 2010 (this version, v3)) “PageRank is a Web page ranking technique that has been a fundamental ingredient in the development and success of the Google search engine. The method is still one of the many signals that… Continue Reading

PCWorld – How 3D printing could revolutionize manufacturing

Sharon Gaudin’s article [snipped]: “One day a 3D printer, using a mix of materials, will be able to create body armor for U.S. soldiers that is more lightweight and stronger than anything could be made with traditional manufacturing and materials today. That’s the word from researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who are working to revolutionize 3D… Continue Reading