TECHNOLOGY The “miracle material” perovskite could hold the key to ultra-high-speed communications and computing, researchers say. (Forbes and Newsweek) Where can you find perovskite? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas A new use of the familiar mineral perovskite could make the Internet 1,000 faster! Scientists are discovering new characteristics of perovskite due to its ability … Continue reading This Rock May Increase Your Internet Speed by 1000%
BUSINESS The European Union has escalated its antitrust probe of Google Inc., filing formal charges against the U.S. search giant. (Wall Street Journal) Use our resources to learn more about Google’s genesis. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources. Discussion Ideas The European Union has accused Google of violating antitrust law. What are antitrust laws? Antitrust laws protect consumers from trusts and … Continue reading EU Files Antitrust Charges Against Google
TECHNOLOGY There is one Wi-Fi hotspot for every 150 people on Earth, new research indicates. It also suggests there will be 47.7 million public hotspots worldwide by the end of 2014. (BBC) Check out our MapMaker Interactive layer on the distribution of the world’s Internet users, and see if hotspots correlate. Discussion Ideas What is a Wi-Fi hotspot? A Wi-Fi hotspot is a site that … Continue reading Wi-Fi for All?
Have you seen this video? One of the most popular on the web, it’s earned over 9,000,000 views since first posted last year (even topping Super Bowl commercials aired the same week)! In the five minute clip Michael Wesch, a professor of anthropology at Kansas State University, shows how digital text has redefined the medium of text as a whole, and its connection to underlying … Continue reading Web 2.0: The Machine is Us/ing Us
Subscribe to this blog’s feed Photo courtesy of http://www.microsoft.com Last week I found a comment posted on a June, 2006 entry titled: “World Party.” In the initial post, we described an innovative international school in Seattle that promotes global citizenship through a wide range of activities, including participation in “World Party Day.” In his comment, Gerry Owens directed readers to a Wikipedia article on “World … Continue reading Internet connections: Are we more globally interconnected?