Tom Liam Lynch

Computer Science Education

Behold, the Power and Beauty of Buttons!

We click on buttons all the time in the digital realm. But, the buttons we click on mask a dizzyingly…
Administrators

What If the Crisis in Public Education Is Not What You Think?

Over the past month, teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina led mass protests, accusing state…
Arts + Letters

The Strange Tale of Merriam-Webster’s Ghost Word

Merriam-Webster is redefining the role of the dictionary in the 21st century. If you don’t follow them on Twitter, I…
Computer Science Education

All of Math in One Map? See For Yourself.

I love this visualization of how different fields in mathematics inter-relate. For both teachers and learners, representing a discipline this…
Culture

Coates: Some Words Don’t Belong to Everyone

Asked at a book talk by a white college student if she and her friends have the right to use…
Computer Science Education

Teaching Computational Thinking with Stories of Electricity

Kids loves drama. Don’t fight it; embrace it. I recently developed this prototype project for elementary school students where they…
Computer Science Education

The 58 Minute Introduction to Algorithms by an Oxford Mathematician You’ve Been Waiting For

Nothing says nerd like desperately downloading a new BBC show about algorithms to one’s phone just before the subway goes…
Computer Science Education

Stop Teaching Computer Science. Start “Embedding” It.

I’ve said it before: if we are serious about teaching computer science in K-12 schools, we have to reimagine how…
History + Politics

Watch How President Reagan Introduced A Nation at Risk

You have probably heard of A Nation at Risk–the Reagan-era report from which today’s education reforms come–but have you ever…
Administrators

How Women Took Over Education Administration

All I’m going to say is the Nation at Risk report was published in 1983, triggering decades of aggressive reforms…
Bullying

What School Integration Felt Like for a 14-Year-Old in 1964

Watch this brief yet powerful story by William Weaver as he recounts what desegregating schools felt like as a teenager…
Technology

Aldous Huxley Gives Eery Interview in 1958, Predicting the Politics and Technologies We See Today

Education is the defense, Huxley says, against autocratic uses of technology to control peoples’ desires. We have a lot of…
Art

Before You “Agree” with Terms of Service, Check Out this Art Installation

Whenever we–or our students–click on an “I Agree” button in response to a company’s Terms of Service (ToS), we are…
Computer Science Education

Love These Beautiful Retro Maps of Recent Education Data

Hats off to Nathan Yau at Flowing Data for this gorgeous collection of maps visualizing American educational statistics. Need to…
Arts + Letters

Why Tolkien Had a “Heartfelt Loathing” for All Things Disney

A fascinating read about what happened when Tolkien and his friend C.S. Lewis went to see Disney’s Snow White and…
Arts + Letters

Words like Water: How a Baby Learned to Speak

You take a techy who becomes a dad and has a fascination with language. Then add videocameras all throughout the…
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