Tom Liam Lynch

Tom is an education professor in New York City who co-founded Babble Lab, a center for digital humanities pedagogy and research at Pace University, helped establish an international consortium of coding schools for refugees called Room 7, and is launching a nationwide initiative called CS4ELA to explore ways to embed computer science into K-12 English classes. His new collection of essays on education, technology, and teaching English is called Strata and Bones. Find on social at @tomliamlynch
The Language and Law of Your Location
Civics

The Language and Law of Your Location

Whatever device you are reading this on is probably tracking tons of data about you right now, including your geographic…
Picturing the Digital Age for What it Is
Culture

Picturing the Digital Age for What it Is

The digital isn’t as ephemeral as it seems. It’s really concrete. Wireless made possible by cables. Computers powered by rare…
Oh Hell Yes. NYPL Resurrects the Mobile Library
Civics

Oh Hell Yes. NYPL Resurrects the Mobile Library

What literacy does for individuals and families cannot be overstated. To many in our communities, bringing the books to them…
How Computers Know What You Are Going to Write
Computer Science Education

How Computers Know What You Are Going to Write

What a fascinating write up over at The Pudding about how predictive text works. I’d love to see how authors…
Mr. Roger’s 9 Rules for Talking to Children Apply to Us All
Humanities

Mr. Roger’s 9 Rules for Talking to Children Apply to Us All

Ever since seeing the way Mr. Rogers deftly convinced federal officials to fund his show, I had this newfound curiosity…
Teach FM: What the College Admissions Scandal Teaches Us About Equity and Education
Equity

Teach FM: What the College Admissions Scandal Teaches Us About Equity and Education

In this week’s episode, I examine what the recent college admissions scandal reveals about equity and education more broadly in…
These Books Be Like: What You ‘Stairing’ At?
Humanities

These Books Be Like: What You ‘Stairing’ At?

I don’t know how they did it, but every school needs stairs like these. (Though, perhaps with a wider variety…
A Bunch of Celebrities Who Majored in English and Could Have Been English Teachers
Culture

A Bunch of Celebrities Who Majored in English and Could Have Been English Teachers

Good Morning Ms. Watson, Mr. Diesel, Ms. Witherspoon, Mr. Legend, and all you other celebs who followed your humanistic hearts…
Language is Always Susceptible to Bias. That Includes Algorithms.
Computer Science Education

Language is Always Susceptible to Bias. That Includes Algorithms.

All this digital stuff is comprised of software. And software is comprised of languages. That means, just like human languages,…
Now I Know Better Where Speech Come From
Humanities

Now I Know Better Where Speech Come From

As someone infatuated with language in all forms–human AND computational–I find this visualization showing how human beings produce speech thoroughly…
Teach FM: You Can Test for Exceptionalism or Equity, But Not Both
Assessment

Teach FM: You Can Test for Exceptionalism or Equity, But Not Both

In this episode, I offer my take on the challenge of high-stakes testing. At its core, I suggest that high-stakes…
Want to Learn to Code? Start WITH Scratch, Not From It.
Computer Science Education

Want to Learn to Code? Start WITH Scratch, Not From It.

The father of Scratch, MIT’s Mitch Resnik, offers this thoughtful talk on why it’s important to learn to code, how…
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