Press Clippings: Technology in Popular Culture

The initial listing of news on how technology is used by consumers or in popular media culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

We'd love to see your clippings here as well! Please use the edit this page button to add more, or add comments on how or why you think they may or may not be important. As is the convention throughout the Horizon Project Wiki, we ask you to identify items you think are of high interest to us, as I have done here by typing 4 tilde (~) characters-- - Larry Larry Feb 7, 2012. This will help us to sift through the articles and determine which ones resonate most strongly with the board as a whole.

Recommended Reading

  • 5 Ways Social Learning Communities Transform Culture and Leadership
    Forbes discusses how online social learning communities like Khan Academy and P2PU (peer-to-peer university) are providing a personal route for professional development. This article lists five ways this is affecting our business and working culture. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 27, 2013 How to redefine leadership? Are leaders even needed any more? - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Mar 3, 2013 yes! leaders are need in this time of rapid change- ryan.tomaps ryan.tomaps Mar 6, 2013this is an important conversation whether its leadership of a school or leadership of a classroom. Changed models of leadership, control and power- alex.podchaski alex.podchaski Mar 7, 2013
  • 7 ways to support your child in being digitally responsible without contracts
    There are ways to be involved in your child’s digital life in ways that teach them to be safe and responsible online. This article describes approaches that don’t involve contracts and restrictions.- alex.podchaski alex.podchaski Mar 7, 2013
  • 10 Amazing Jobs You Could Land With the Right STEM Education
    This article profiles some of the exciting professions that are held by people who have a STEM background. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 27, 2013 - helen.padgett helen.padgett Mar 4, 2013 Our new Technology curriculum...rough draft done, first big pow-wow designed specifically to prepare students for STEM careers.- alex.podchaski alex.podchaski Mar 7, 2013
  • 10 Smart Clothes You'll Be Wearing Soon
    In the emerging Internet of Things, everyday objects are becoming networked. Clothing is no exception. It's still early days for Web-enabled clothes - the best example so far is the Nike+ running shoe, which contains sensors that connect to the user's iPod. But expect to see everything from your shirt to your underwear networked in the not too distant future. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Mar 3, 2013 (lol)
  • Alta Devices’ flexible wearable solar charger to make soldiers’ backpacks lighter
    The more important our electronics and devices have become to our day to day lives the more we now are lugging around and continuously needing to keep charged up by plugging in whenever possible. This solar charging mat can be attached to a backpack to continuously generate renewable electricity, which is then used to recharge a lithium battery connected with it. Once charged, the battery can be used to power a range of portable electronic devices such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone.
  • Anti-technology Bias: A Case Study
    This article presents a case-study on anti-technology fiction that comes across as a product of serious scholarship, but uses flawed methodology to distort data in supporting a specific claim. This particular case study pertains to genetic engineering, but the author warns us to look deeply at arguments against technology in all sectors.- alex.podchaski alex.podchaski Mar 7, 2013
  • The Close Web: Social Networks Are Coming Home
    Nextdoor, a San Francisco-based Web site for connecting neighbors, has garnered support from the same early investor as Facebook and LinkedIn. Rather than connecting people who already have an existing relationship like Facebook does, Nextdoor connects people who often don’t know each other, even though they live in close proximity. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Mar 3, 2013 Interesting, and intimidating in many ways- ryan.tomaps ryan.tomaps Mar 6, 2013This could have some very interesting possibilities for both F2F and virtual school designs especially in building social presence.
  • The World is Not Enough: Google and the Future of Augmented Reality
    Drawing from conversations with the experts behind Google's projects like the new FieldTrip app and Google Glass as well as some new startups working on augmented reality applications, this article discusses the importance of figuring out what digital content is important enough to be overlaid in our daily physical spaces that will be helpful versus distracting or annoying, and in what manner or medium the information should be displayed. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Mar 3, 2013 - helen.padgett helen.padgett Mar 4, 2013- kathryn.moyle kathryn.moyle Mar 6, 2013
  • Coming Soon: A Children's Edition of The New York Times?
    The New York Times is looking to launch a digital edition of the paper just for kids, NYT Junior.
  • How Technology is shaping the decisive Kenyan elections
    This article discusses how Kenyan leaders and organizations are working to figure out how technology can help to ease transitions of power in Kenya, rather than aid in violence, like in the last elections. There is difficulty in monitoring hate speech and taking legal action against it without being or seeming to be tyrannical, but on another note, violence is not committed now under the radar, since public actions are under the scrutiny of a mobile-equipped and tool-rich society.- kathryn.moyle kathryn.moyle Mar 6, 2013
  • NYC Is Turning Payphones Into Wi-Fi Hotspots
    In a new pilot program, New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has introduced "payphones-turned-Wi-Fi hotspots," that are free of charge to use. "The City is also asking residents to submit ideas regarding the future of the city’s payphones, as the current provider agreements end in late 2014."
  • These 3D Portraits Were Created Using Only a Person’s DNA
    A new project by Heather Dewey-Hagborg called Stranger Visions uses genetic material found in chewing gum, cigarette butts, and wads of hair around New York City to reconstruct 3-D printed busts of anonymous people. - davidwdeeds davidwdeeds Feb 27, 2013 Why? Who cares? It's just geeky-cool. ;)
  • This App Uses The Power of You to Report the Weather
    An app developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Oklahoma uses crowdsourcing to collect geographic, winter precipitation from users that cannot be detected using automatic systems.
  • This Brain-Sensing Headband Lets You Control Things With Your Mind
    A new brain-sensing headband called Muse displays your brain's activity directly into your smartphone or tablet. The intent is that we will be able to control televisions and other electronic devices by thinking about them. - lindsay.julie lindsay.julie Mar 3, 2013 - helen.padgett helen.padgett Mar 4, 2013
  • A Tiny Computer Attracts a Million Tinkerers
    A good overview of the rise of Raspberry Pi, tiny affordable computers that are now selling so rapidly that many distributors are out of stock.- paul paul Mar 5, 2013- alex.podchaski alex.podchaski Mar 7, 2013
  • Usefulness of Facebook Graph Search Will Vary From User to User
    Senior Editor Craig Kanalley explains what the new feature entails and the different ways people may take advantage of Facebook's new, more sophisticated search engine.
  • Visualizing Friendships | Facebook
    This is a study in data visualization using Facebook's extensive global user database. The author, Facebook intern Paul Butler, is interested to see how Facebook friends relate to each other geographically and across politcal boundaries. The result is an interesting view of how the users are connected. Several images of the visualizatons are found at this post on Facebook.
  • Will 2013 be the Year We See More Educational Startups in Indonesia? I Hope So
    An Indonesian company plans to install 100,000 wifi hotspots in Indonesian high schools by the end of this year, and even more in later years. The author of this lists reasons why he believes this will spark Indonesian entrepreneurs to focus more on the education industry.