Japan invents speech-jamming gun that silences people mid-sentence

How it works is kind of cool, from a Spy Kids / Bill Nye the Science Guy perspective, but will the world be a better place if we use technology to enforce manners? Kurihara and Tsukada suggested the speech-jamming gun could be used to hush noisy speakers in public libraries or to silence people in group discussions who interrupt other people’s speeches. –Japan invents speech-jamming gun that silences people mid-sentence.

Some things to think about before you exhort everyone to code | Miriam Posner’s Blog

In an exploratory, ungraded in-class activity yesterday, I introduced students in my upper-level English seminar to code. Yes, there was some coercion, given the realities of the education system, and some students may have preferred a lecture or more structured format, but I tried to invoke community and play. How successful was I? Too early to say — we will be doing some more in-class coding next week, and the…

Developing digital literacy in higher education: live chat | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional

The number and scale of the apparently unexamined assumptions in this comment gave me pause. This coding business baffles me. I recently tried out an online how to code course and lost the will to live after lesson 3. Surely it is not beyond the wit of IT technicians to invent a programme which translates “real” writing into computer code? I am a PhD student writing a novel in facebook…