Why Nerds are Unpopular

Nerds serve two masters. They want to be popular, certainly, but they want even more to be smart. And popularity is not something you can do in your spare time, not in the fiercely competitive environment of an American secondary school. –Paul Graham –Why Nerds are Unpopular (Wired) This popular raced through the blogging community back in Feb. 2003. Looks like Graham sold that essay as part of a collection, which…

Generation Raised With Internet Grows Up

On other occasions, students have surfed the Net during class and found Web sites that supplement the discussion – though Jones also jokes that he’s never had his students’ undivided attention thanks to the laptops, cell phones and other gizmos they carry. “There is a real power there, a kind of technological power. But also I think there’s a kind of intellectual power that can be harnessed. They are so…

Online Research Worries Many Educators

Young people may know that just because information is plentiful online doesn’t mean it’s reliable, yet their perceptions of what’s trustworthy frequently differ from their elders’ – sparking a larger debate about what constitutes truth in the Internet age. Georgia Tech professor Amy Bruckman tried to force students to leave their computers by requiring at least one book for a September class project. She wasn’t prepared for the response: “Someone…

Web Gaming Changes Social Interactions

Collier has never met most of his guild mates in person, but he knows two of them very well. They are his roommates, Adam Traum and Owen Nelson, both buddies he met in art school in Florida a few years back who are now his compadres in the real and virtual worlds. In real life, the threesome lives in what Collier jokingly refers to as the “nerd tree house,” an…