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Computer Science Education

Allow Our Elections System to Remind You Why We Should Teach Computer Science

Tip of the hat to this computer science professor for making a complex issue broadly understandable. Our election system is…
Arts + Letters

Long Live Print Books

You might think of me as a lover of all things technological or digital. In fact, I read most books…
Arts + Letters

OK Go Has a Curriculum Based on Their Music Videos!!!

File this under “D” for “didn’t know I needed this in my life until I saw it.” OK Go, who…
Art

Women Scientists on the Rise in Children’s Drawings

What children choose to draw, how they perceive the relationship between gender and possibility, is a powerful measure of our…
Arts + Letters

The Harry Potter Spreadsheet (Sure Looks Like Computational Thinking To Me)

Truly, we must do more to understand computer science as embedded in all disciplines. Look at this planning document from…
Literacy

A Grand Sleight of Hand: The Illusion of the “Digital”

You know how a flip book creates the illusion of motion? That’s kind of what the entire Digital Age is…
Arts + Letters

Teaching Poetry in the Instagram Era

You’ve likely seen poet Rupi Kaur’s bestseller Milk & Honey on the shelf. What it means for teaching poetry to…
History + Politics

Can’t Bot Me Love. Or Learning.

Data-loving education reformers, take note. The London Underground pulled this advertisement in which eHarmony claimed its algorithms helped people find…
Culture

Alexa, Can You Make Me a Better Teacher?

Using technology to improve teaching is nothing new. But the success of artificially intelligent voice-activated devices like the Amazon Echo and…
Media

♡ for Teachers

Love for teachers takes many forms, including the kind of fast-paced, twisted, and misogynistic kind of love doled out by…
Arts + Letters

Poet Malachi Byrd on “Intelligence”

The young poet laces together elements of school, identity, success, and art all in under four minutes.  The poem stands…
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WTF? Croissants Will Not Give NYC Students “Energy”

I was astonished to see this advertisement in the subway the other day.  While riding the 2 train to a…
Culture

Harry Potter’s Battle for Real-World Learning

You know Harry Potter.  But did you know the young wizard was a champion of constructivist pedagogy?  Based on this…
Film

To Teach or Not To Teach like a Dead Poet?

I love this clip from Dead Poets Society for many reasons.  First, it cuts the the essence of pedagogy: does…
Culture

What We Can Learn About Teaching from Dangerous Minds

How real are portrayals of teachers in film?  In this clip from Dangerous Minds, we see a white female teacher…
Assessment

Louis CK on Standardized Tests, Burning Schools Down

So not funny that it’s funny.  The Manhattan father of public school children and comedian delivers his criticism of high…
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