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Tolkien’s Lesson on Computationality and Creativity–Whilst Smoking His Pipe

Tolkien’s Lesson on Computationality and Creativity–Whilst Smoking His Pipe

On a recent visit to the Tolkien exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum, I was fascinated to see process…
Why Are Letters on Keyboards So Oddly Arranged? Here’s a Primer on the Origins of QWERTY!

Why Are Letters on Keyboards So Oddly Arranged? Here’s a Primer on the Origins of QWERTY!

Keyboards are literally where human beings communication with computers. Considering how ubiquitous they are, it is odd that many of…
Wait, You Were Serious about Using Minecraft in School?

Wait, You Were Serious about Using Minecraft in School?

As the father of a 9-year-old, I can attest to the seemingly supernatural power of Minecraft. My son can play…
The Language and Law of Your Location

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

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

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…
W.E.B. Du Bois’s Inky Visualizations Teaches Us How Powerfully Humanizing Data Can Be

W.E.B. Du Bois’s Inky Visualizations Teaches Us How Powerfully Humanizing Data Can Be

For years now, I have occasionally seen 19th century data visualizations attributed to W.E.B. Du Bois. Always struck by them…
Step It Up: Girls Who Learn to Code Through Dance

Step It Up: Girls Who Learn to Code Through Dance

Dance and coding might seem like an odd pairing, but in fact they go together gloriously. One of the core…
Be Still, My Algebraically Beating Heart!

Be Still, My Algebraically Beating Heart!

For all you number lovers out there, the NYTimes had a fantastic interactive article that lets readers create their own…
Mathnet Reruns is What the STEM World Needs Right Now, So Here

Mathnet Reruns is What the STEM World Needs Right Now, So Here

Back when the WWE was the WWF, I watched a PBS show called Square One with the excitement of witnessing Macho…
This is NOT How We Want Our Daughters Thinking About Math

This is NOT How We Want Our Daughters Thinking About Math

When I was young, I remember going to the video store–pause, take that in–and scouring the shelves to find my…
What a Dead Simple Way to Add Writing to Math Class

What a Dead Simple Way to Add Writing to Math Class

I struggled recently in trying to help a math team in Manhattan integrate writing into their practice. There was so…
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