STEM

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Here’s that Map of Computer Science You Were Looking For

If we’ve worked together you know I like me a visual. There are simply things that are better conveyed via…

An Easy Way to Start Coding in English Class (And Beyond)

Here is an excellent example of a low-lift activity to get started exploring programming in English class. All you need…

Shakespearean Robotics

In honor of Shakespeare’s 454th birthday, I presented BardBots–a Shakespearean introduction to computational thinking. Students study monologues from Shakespeare, annotate…

Learning Environments are Like Hop Scotch

When thinking about how to design courses or plan lessons, I implore you: watch this video. It’s a timely reminder…

Fibonacci Sequence Poetry? Yes, Please!

I’ll say it again: we must do more to blur the lines between the worlds of numbers and letters. This…

Why Computer Science Belongs in English Class

Computer science in ELA class? Yes. Especially in ELA! For a few years now, I have been building the case…

Science and Poetry, Both are Celebrations

Science and poetry are two sides of the same universal coin. (And here’s another, more etymological take, on the matter.)…

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…

Long Live Print Books

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

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…

A Business Case for the Arts in Education

When the founder and CEO of the Alibaba Group, Jack Ma, was asked about what education should look like, his…
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