Arts + Letters
2 weeks ago
Read Factfulness and See How the World is Actually Getting Better and Better
I love Hans Rosling’s data-driven talks about how the world is getting healthier and wealthier, slowly and steadily. When the…
4 weeks ago
Technology is Ruining the Performing Arts–and That’s a Good Thing. Here’s Why.
Teaching is a live performance art. We don’t discuss it that way enough, but it is precisely that. New teachers struggle…
July 12, 2018
Yet Another Reason to Visit the New York Public Library: Authors’ Locks of Hair?
That’s not a typo. As shared in this recent New Yorker article, the famed library has lots of odd artifacts…
July 10, 2018
The Etymology of “Lit” is Lit
Lovers of quirky wordy things prepare to spend the next three minutes reading Merriam-Webster’s brief summary of the etymology of…
July 9, 2018
How Students in Flint, Michigan Do Prom
You have heard about Flint’s water crisis and perhaps their rising crime rate. But that’s not all Flint is, not…
July 4, 2018
1776 the Musical Taught Me To Love History
I attribute my loves of history and music to a fifth grade viewing of 1776 that happened annually in my…
July 2, 2018
Colbert’s Warning About the Dangers of Texting
It is easy for parents and teachers to feel uncomfortable with the ubiquity of cell phones in children’s lives. In…
June 22, 2018
Is Captain America a Woman? No. This Data Viz of 34,000 Comic Book Characters Shows Us Why That’s a Problem
Graphic novels and comic books are becoming increasingly popular in schools. New York City public schools even officially recommended Black Panther for…
June 18, 2018
You Can Geolocate Which Indigenous Peoples’ Land You Are Standing On Right Now.
One cannot change the past, but one can become more conscious of it. Eight years ago, I was invited to…
June 15, 2018
Harry Potter Teaches Us How Meaning is Socially Constructed
It’s a great clip to use for exploring how meaning is socially constructed. From Harry Potter and the Chamber of…
June 5, 2018
Data Science Confirms that We Are All Watching VERY Different News Channels
It’s one thing to know that you tend toward one news outlet or another. It’s another thing to see the…
June 4, 2018
To Think Differently, Try Speaking Differently
Pictures might be worth a thousand words, but words are worth a hundred billion neurons. In this excellent talk, cognitive…
May 25, 2018
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…
May 24, 2018
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…
May 22, 2018
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…
May 21, 2018
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…