Morning Coffee – 2 April 2015

11288827415_d128eaf6fd[1]Here are nine stories to read this morning.

  • 10 Authors Who Wrote Gritty, Realistic Fantasy Before George R.R. Martin (io9)
  • Bookbzz — Buzzed Off? (Victoria Strauss)
  • Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn? (Gizmodo)
  • Do You Know How to Pirate? (TeleRead)
  • Don’t Read The Comments — Let Diffbot Analyze Them Instead (TechCrunch)
  • How to take control of your Facebook News Feed and feel less ‘unloved’ (Safe and Savvy Blog by F-Secure)
  • The man from Mofibo (The Bookseller)
  • The Plot of YA Novels If They Actually Reflected Real Teenagers' Lives (
  • Ware of the Week: Vivaldi browser (Gearburn)

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

2 Comments on Morning Coffee – 2 April 2015

  1. Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn?

    I have about 10,000 words of pure bitter rant about this in terms of NO HELL NO SHUT THE FUCK UP AND SIT THE FUCK DOWN.

    It begins with my 6th-grade kid getting good grades being chosen as one of six to try out an app-building guided technology class, with high school kids as mentors and a high school computer teacher overseeing this program.

    We were so proud. Then she comes home with complaints about “teams” (the usual complaints), and I do a little digging. Call the middle-school teacher with her concerns. Have a long talk with her about the high school teacher’s frustration with all six of these girls’ lack of initiative and problem-solving skills. I start asking around (teachers, not parents). Yeup, across the board.

    Further, that all* the kids coming into high school are like this. (*ALL being defined as all but that rare self-starter, the curious ones, the loud-mouths asking questions and being punished for it. I have one of those, too.)

    So, after some diagnostic quizzing of my child after I’ve been working myself up into a lather, I have become an evening-and-weekend homeschooler.

    They do all their work on Chromebooks. All of it. I make her use paper and pen. Guess which one gets better results? (Provided I can read her penmanship, which is not cursive.)

    I would be willing to say my kid’s not that bright, but too many of them are like this for her to be an anomaly. I’m not willing to say it’s all technology’s fault. It’s not. But to keep on topic, I do know, from two weeks of this, that she retains information much better by using pen and paper.

    (I made her write a DOCTYPE declaration in pen. She’ll be learning HTML basics in pen and paper, too.)

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