STEM

Equity

Learn Different: Silicon Valley Disrupts Education

Rebecca Mead of The New Yorker explores how technology and business worlds try to bring their expertise and passions to…
Cartoons

That Time Disney Made A Math Movie

I had no idea that this existed.  Disney made a half-hour movie about math.  When you have Donald Duck, geometry,…
Short

Seymour Papert, a Pioneer of Artificial Intelligence and Kids Coding, Has Died [via Motherboard]

Much of our ed tech scene today is indebted to Papert’s work.  “Visionary” is not a word one throws around…
Assessment

An Insightful Essay by a Charter School Critic

Discussions about education often become polarized: us or them, conservative or liberal, rich or poor.  This has been the case…
Arts + Letters

How Art and Dance Are Making Computer Science Culturally Relevant [via EdSurge]

One of the most promising ways of exploring programming–as a language–is to embrace the arts.  This is an interesting approach…
Culture

This Proposed Lego Set Honors Women In NASA [via HuffPo]

More than 40 American women have flown in space, and many others have worked at NASA as cosmonauts, analysts, researchers…
Literacy

Technology changes how authors write, but the big impact isn’t on their style [via the Conversation]

Our writing instruments are also working on our thoughts.” Nietzsche wrote, or more precisely typed, this sentence on a Malling-Hansen…
Arts + Letters

From Mozart To Mr. Rogers: Literacy, Music And The Brain [via NPR]

A test that can flag struggling readers before they’re old enough to read and the power of music to help…
History + Politics

Ed-Tech and the Commercialization of School [via Hack Education]

To reiterate, the problem isn’t simply that schools are spending billions of taxpayer dollars on technology. That is, the problem…
Short

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers [via NYT]

The new Amazon site will offer free lesson plans, teaching modules and other digital resources for educators. Read about it…
Cartoons

21st Century Learning as Envisioned in 1899

At first glance, this 19th century cartoon by Jean-Marc Cote seems way off the mark.  But, considering how technology tends…
Short

State-of-the-art education software often doesn’t help students learn more, study finds [via Hechinger Report]

In most cases, students didn’t get higher grades from using adaptive-learning software, nor were they more likely to pass a…
History + Politics

Not a Lightbulb: Uncovering Thomas Edison’s Greatest Lesson on Education [via Medium]

If he could invent the lightbulb, surely he could reinvent education. In 1911, Thomas Edison set his sights on schools.…
Research

Study: Video Games Aren’t THAT Bad, Actually | The Hechinger Report

This is the kind of research every kid trying to convince his parents to let him play video games dreams about:…
Short

Why Does Bandwidth Lag So Much in NYC Schools? | WNYC

It is just one of many New York City public schools housed in an older building that’s ill-equipped for the…
History + Politics

Arrival of the Black Mirror (2004)

When the iPad came out, there was much skepticism about its appeal to schools.  Even in the wake of poor…
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