Following Up: Digital Education, and "Slaterisms"

Friday, August 13, 2010

It's not just Friday, it's "Follow-Up Friday"! Mark Malaspina, the Chief Officer of Operations & Strategic Partnerships at Computers for Youth, follows up on a story about broadband access to disadvantaged areas by discussing his organization's efforts to help low-income children perform better in school and how they can leverage technology to improve their learning environment at home. Then, Ben Zimmer, "On Language" columnist for the New York Times, discusses the various phrases that have come into the lexicon as a result of flight attendant Steven Slater's quitting-by-emergency-slide.


Mark Malaspina

Comments [11]

John from Queens

CFY is a great organization. I'm a teacher in a NYC middle school that partners with them, and my colleagues and our families love the program!

Aug. 13 2010 02:40 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Per Scholas is another good organization. It takes used computers, fixes them if needed, wipes the hard drives, & donates them to schools (& nonprofits, I think).

Aug. 13 2010 12:12 PM

our first gay hero !

and where are they hiding the passenger?

Aug. 13 2010 12:01 PM

where are they hiding the passenger?

Aug. 13 2010 11:59 AM
The Truth from Becky

Oh it's not a wonder if at all Brian...we all know if Slater was Black he would NOT have been given a "hero's welcome"

Aug. 13 2010 11:59 AM
Richard Johnston from Upper west side

Why are we wasting time with this?

Aug. 13 2010 11:57 AM
The Truth from Becky

Ah Ha! TOuched a nerve with the term "bag nazi" for Brian. Funny

Aug. 13 2010 11:57 AM
Lilia from brooklyn, NY

please leave a contact phone # for those who do not have computers!

Aug. 13 2010 11:54 AM
Sophie from Poughkeepsie, NY

I home school my daughter and we use many of these programs (like Scratch).

Aug. 13 2010 11:52 AM
renata De Oliveira

My son is 13 yrs old and he is going to 9th this september. His middle school adopted a interactive computer program called "Reading 180" created by Scholastic which is used to help kids with reading difficulties. In one year he increased his lexile level by over 600 points. He went from being two grades below his grade level to a high level reading in his grade. So, I'm all for computer in public schools!

Aug. 13 2010 11:52 AM
Brad from Brooklyn

This reminds me of the arguments around simply sitting a child in front of Sesame Street. They found later that child learning and retention from Sesame Street was related to whether the parent was in the room or not... reinforcing endorsing and available to the child to ask questions. Are we seeing the same thing here? (I'm in the e-learning field, by the way).

Aug. 13 2010 11:51 AM

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