I love this visualization of how different fields in mathematics inter-relate. For both teachers and learners, representing a discipline this way is a poignant reminder that, although we might teach content-areas in silos, fields of knowledge are never as circumscribed as they appear. They are at their core wonderfully unbridled and wide-reaching, like the human spirit itself from which they originate. h/t Open Culture
Asked at a book talk by a white college student if she and her friends have the right to use the n-word when singing along to hip-hop songs that use it, Coates explains why some words don’t belong to everyone. Words’ meaning are socially constructed. The social construction of words must be considered when an individual chooses to utter them. These are not easy conversations to have. But they are necessary, taking courage to ask…
Kids loves drama. Don’t fight it; embrace it. I recently developed this prototype project for elementary school students where they learn about electrical engineering through narrative. Using a fantastic kid-friendly circuit board called Snap Circuits, kids are encouraged to personify electricity and to embrace the journey it takes around the board. If you try it in your classroom, or riff ons other K-12 computers science ideas here, message me. I’d love to see. Project Stories of…
Nothing says nerd like desperately downloading a new BBC show about algorithms to one’s phone just before the subway goes into a prolonged stretch with no cell service. But that’s what I did. Now it’s your turn. No regrets. Promise. (And prepare to fall in love with Oxford mathematician Marcus Du Sautoy.)
I’ve said it before: if we are serious about teaching computer science in K-12 schools, we have to reimagine how we are teaching it. Specifically, we need start embedding it into all classes–like we do writing and reading–because at its best computer science provides a way to explore complex problems creatively and linguistically. Let me show you what I mean in this video. In like 4.5 minutes.
You have probably heard of A Nation at Risk–the Reagan-era report from which today’s education reforms come–but have you ever seen how President Reagan introduced it to the nation? It’s alarming and compelling, however incomplete and inaccurate it was later said to be. Just watch and compare with today’s education scene, as well as this speech decades earlier by President Kennedy.
All I’m going to say is the Nation at Risk report was published in 1983, triggering decades of aggressive reforms in public education still experienced today. If our education system was in crisis then, perhaps it’s worth asking what those gentlemen running our schools between 1950 to 1980 were up to. Consider that as you explore this excellent data tool by Nathan Yau over at Flowing Data.
Watch this brief yet powerful story by William Weaver as he recounts what desegregating schools felt like as a teenager in Tennessee. Always remember that education in the United States is a state issue, that education is not even mentioned in the federal Constitution, and that a closer look at state constitutional education clauses can be downright horrifying.
Education is the defense, Huxley says, against autocratic uses of technology to control peoples’ desires. We have a lot of work to do in public education, but not nearly enough to prepare young people to participate in and preserve our democracy.
Whenever we–or our students–click on an “I Agree” button in response to a company’s Terms of Service (ToS), we are essentially signing a legal document that greatly absolves companies of any culpability while ensuring they can use our data as liberally as they like. The simple click of a digital button actually has profound effects in peoples’ lives. This exhibit at the Bezalel Art and Design Academy by @dimitryarov uses color and paper to expose what is otherwise quite…
Hats off to Nathan Yau at Flowing Data for this gorgeous collection of maps visualizing American educational statistics. Need to start brushing up on my R mapping chops, like “stat.”
A fascinating read about what happened when Tolkien and his friend C.S. Lewis went to see Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. One highlight is when Lewis referred to Walt Disney as a “poor boob” who might have been great if he had been properly educated. Ouch. Tolkien doesn’t hold back either, going as far as to forbid his books to be turned into movies by Disney. Read more over at Open Culture.
You take a techy who becomes a dad and has a fascination with language. Then add videocameras all throughout the home. Then give it like 90,000 hours. The result? This phenomenal project that teaches us all something about language and learning.
When the mayor recently said that school segregation was directly linked to housing segregation, commentators pointed to the city’s own data that shows 40% of kindergartners do not actually go to their local (or “zoned”) schools. Housing might be part of school segregation, particularly as it relates to the city’s child poverty rate. But the mayor might need to confront the fact that the city’s own school choice system is designed to elaborately shuffle children around so their…
Etymology is one thing, but to look at the historical roots of letters themselves is just pure alphabetic joy.