Memories Scattered by Southern Storms Land on... →
The tornado that killed Emily Washburn’s grandfather this week also destroyed his Mississippi home, leaving his family with nothing to remember him by — until a picture of him holding the dog he loved surfaced on Facebook, posted by a woman who found it in her office parking lot, 175 miles away in Tennessee. Like hundreds of others finding keepsakes that fell from the sky and posting...
‘Creation Studies Institute’ Claims Teaching... →
A Class on Game Design Has Students Playing to Win →
world-shaker: Lee Sheldon wanted to find a way to engage students in his class on multiplayer-game design at Indiana University at Bloomington. So, the assistant professor thought, why not use the course’s subject? Mr. Sheldon’s class introduces students to design elements and production requirements for online games. He decided last semester to format the course itself as a multiplayer...
The New York Times’ R&D Lab has built a tool that explores the life stories take in the social space
Every new medium transforms the nature of human thought. In the long run,...– James Gleick, The Information
Ten Truths About Teaching with Technology →
thingsforteachers: 1. Teaching WITHOUT technology is just not acceptable any longer. Can you imagine a teacher refusing to implement special education accommodations? It would be a travesty. Same thing with current technology. New generations of teachers will (I hope) realize that there are always going to be new technologies to master every year. Previous generations look at...
Hard work is a prison sentence only if it does not have a meaning.– Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers (via thedreamist)
Colleges Aren't Keeping Up With Student Demand for... →
world-shaker: Students want hybrid programs that blend online and face-to-face experiences. But colleges don’t seem to be providing enough of them to meet the demand. That’s one message that emerges from the results of a national survey of more than 20,000 current and prospective adult students that were just released by Eduventures, a consulting firm. The finding is notable because...
UN General Assembly to Debate Whether Nature Has... →
kateoplis: This Wednesday, in commemoration of Earth Day, and under the shadow of the one year anniversary of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf, the UN General Assembly will discuss implementing new international standards that afford rights and legal standing not just to individuals and businesses adversely affected by the exploitation and damage to natural resources, but to nature and...
Liberal Brains Bigger in Areas of Complexity;... →
This is going to sound sort of obvious, but here we go: A study from University College London published this week in Current Biology has discovered that there are actually differences in the brains of liberals and conservatives. Specifically, liberals’ brains tend to be bigger in the area that deals with processing complex ideas and situations, while conservatives’ brains are...
Positively Persistent Teach: Social Studies... →
teacher-girl: A fellow Tumblr teacher requested websites related to the Soviet Union collapse. Below are websites I’ve collected that I consider to be “gems”: Best of History Websites This website catalogs a variety of sites and provides brief summaries about each site …
Students face withdrawal, distress when cut off... →
world-shaker: infoneer-pulse: University students faced with a sudden Internet and media blackout begin to feel withdrawal symptoms after 24 hours, according to a study conducted by the University of Maryland’s International Center for Media & the Public Agenda. The study followed the reactions of 1,000 students around the globe after they were asked to abstain from all forms of media for...
The Creativity Crisis: Why American Schools Need... →
world-shaker: Education is under attack in the U.S., but cutting teacher benefits won’t correct the ongoing downward trend in our schools. According to President Obama, American 15-year-olds rank 21st in science and 25th in math compared to their peers around the world. STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) may be fundamentally flawed. STEM proponents should start focusing...
Greg Melander: CREATIVITY “In my experience, when... →
gregmelander: CREATIVITY “In my experience, when you say the word “design” to people across a table, they tend to smile politely and think “fashion.” Say “design thinking,” and they stop smiling and tend to lean away from you. But say “creativity” and people light up and lean in toward you. Everyone…
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