Culture

Yearning for the Sounds of Old Technologies? There’s a Sound Museum for That.

Ever hear a song or a sound that just sends you back to a moment in time, a person, a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…
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