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The internet is a better teacher than a school – here’s some reasons why.

James O'Malley Web 2.0, Websites Leave a Comment

Today is GCSE exam results day here in the UK, when teenagers across the country will be nervously open envelopes to learn how they did - after spending the past couple of years putting in all that effort. Here's the thing though: School's a bit of a boring way to learn. So here's some hi-tech…

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MWC 2011: 3D Magic Book by SK Telecom hands-on preview video

Gerald Lynch MWC 2011, Previews, Software, Tech Digest news, Toys Leave a Comment

Proving it's not all about tablets and smartphones at this year's Mobile World Congress event are SK Telecom, who were previewing thier fun new 3D Magic Book range. Bringing augmented reality to childrens text books, the 3D Magic Book…

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Kindle e-reader gives Third World schools an educational boost

Gerald Lynch E-Books, Tech Digest news 11 Comments

While the Kindle may have been dealt a big blow with the recent release of the iPad, the device is making big waves in schooling in Third World countries. A new initiative by Barcelona-based charity Worldreader.org has shipped a batch…

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Over 7,000 UK school kids set to battle it out in head-to-head online quiz

Gerald Lynch Internet, Tech Digest news Leave a Comment

Primary school children up and down the country are today battling it out in an online head-to-head quiz to find which will be crowned Britain's Brainiest School. 7,213 children aged 8 and 9 in 374 primary schools will take part…

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Twitter to be taught to ten-year-olds

Duncan Geere Twitter, Web 2.0, Weirdness 1 Comment

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The UK government announced today that it wants to teach Twitter in primary schools as part of a campaign to make online communication and social media part of the national curriculum. Kids will also be taught to use Wikipedia, how to blog, and proper typing skills alongside traditional handwriting skills.

The plans, which also remove the Victorians and Second World War from the primary syllabus, were going to be launched next month, but leaked early in the Guardian. Analysts and teacher groups have cautiously welcomed the moves, though they wonder why current trends are being given so much weight.

Personally, I’m glad that Wikipedia, blogging and proper keyboard usage are being taught – all of those are, for the moment, here to stay. I’m a little confused, though, as to why Twitter has been singled out. It’s not that revolutionary and, even speaking as a heavy user, it’s current prominence in the news is surely no more than a passing media fad caused by high-profile celebrities joining up. Students should certainly understand online communication, but I’m not convinced Twitter is the best way to show them.

What do you think? Tell us on Twitter – and no, the irony of that isn’t lost on me – @techdigest.

Guardian (via Techcrunch UK)

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