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How to Get Boys to Sit Down with a Book

Researchers and educators blame the gap between books and boys on everything from a built-in fidgetiness to low expectations to a lifelong association of reading with their mothers, teachers, librarians — all female role models. But now more are suggesting that the problem may not lie entirely within the boys themselves. Some educators believe that the way schools teach reading tends to favor girls, both in terms of teaching style…

Strike Looms Against Game Makers

“People buy games for gameplay, not to hear voices,” counters Finlayson. “And technology creates gameplay, not actors. People who play these games understand that, and in fact, some gamers turn the volume down because (they) find those voices distracting. In film or television, the actor’s performance makes the experience. In video games, it does not.” –Xeni Jardin –Strike Looms Against Game Makers (Wired) Finlayson’s job is to talk tough in order…

Microsoft shouldn't be hard to understand

Microsoft shouldn’t be hard to understand taking a cold, risky plunge for a taste of abalone many of the thousands of demonstrators in the city square cried – it was their first public forum in years behind failed Abu Ghraib plea internet attack is called broad and long-lasting a high-ranking Uzbek official said on condition he not be named men and women took the podium and shared their anger about…

What Professional and Citizen Journalists Can Learn From Each Other

Something important is happening in the world of journalism:. It’s an evolution from the lecture model, to which we in mass media have become accustomed in the past century, to something closer to a conversation. The shift stems from the collision of technology with media. This evolution is having an effect on all three major constituencies of journalism. The most important of those is what I call the former audience…

Attack of the Drones

Rogers’ Predator is one of more than 1,200 UAVs in the US military arsenal; three years ago, there were fewer than 100 in the field. Today drones as small as a crow and as big as a Cessna are searching for roadside bombs, seeking out insurgents, and watching the backs of US troops. They’re cheap, they can stay in the air longer than any manned aircraft, and they can see…

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I am dead inside, and I have the educational system to thank

Random things that I will not miss about high school: – listening to my classmates whine – my business law teacher parroting back everything I say in the form of a question – never getting any input on anything I turn in – disgusting bathrooms – listening to my male teachers flaunt their “big, tough guy” persona – not having enough writing or literature classes – hearing my teachers talk…

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Stop Them Before They Invent Again!

Are you so alienated from nature that you can’t tell when a piece of fruit is ripe? Don’t worry, there‘sa new line of packaging that changes color when the fruit has reached palatability. Are you too tired to measure out coffee and then too impatient to wait eight minutes while your automatic drip machine brews a fresh pot? Don’t worry, there‘sa new coffee container that allows you to heat a…

Salon's Balancing Act

Whether there is a subscription requirement or a Site Pass, there is still a wall around Salon’s content — and that means the blogosphere ignores it. Without this persistent cross-linking, relatively few read its words, and as history is being made — or Googled — every day, Salon’s footsteps in cyberspace become fainter and fainter. –Adam L. Pennenberg –Salon’s Balancing Act (Wired)