Arts + Letters
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What if We Talk about College and CREATIVE Readiness Instead?
In the name of rigor and accountability, reforms that overemphasize career readiness and elaborate schemas of skill sets might actually…
July 18, 2018
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…
July 17, 2018
Wait, Frankenstein’s Monster is What Happens When One Learns Improperly!?
While rereading Frankenstein recently, I couldn’t help but think Mary Shelley was offering us a critique of education. There is…
July 16, 2018
What More Could Sally Ride’s School Have Done to Prepare Her to be an Astronaut?
Listen to this 1983 interview with astronaut Sally Ride by Gloria Steinem. What stands out to me most is both…
July 13, 2018
The Best Video About Data You’ll Likely See Today
The use of data in teaching and learning has increased dramatically over the last fifteen years. Driven in part by…
July 6, 2018
Ever Wonder What Bias Looks Like in Machine Learning?
The term “machine learning” is becoming increasingly popular, but what is less often discussed is that machines don’t learn per…
July 2, 2018
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…
June 28, 2018
Face It: Emojis Could Be the Key To Learning
Human beings have gone from cave drawings to spoken language to written language to printed language to… emojis. Have we…
June 25, 2018
A How-To Video for Using Your Telephone–From 1927
Next time you get yourself down for not knowing how to use some new technology in your classroom or home,…
June 20, 2018
There’s a Great Gatsby Video Game!?! English Class Just Got WAY Awesomer.
How did I not know that Nintendo made a Great Gatsby video game? I’m ashamed. I know video game have…
June 18, 2018
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…
June 14, 2018
Is Texting the Future or Downfall of Writing in Schools?
Leave it to a linguist like Columbia University’s John McWhorter to challenge popular fears that texting marks the end of language…
May 31, 2018
Literacy and Orality Nerds, There’s a Walter Ong Lecture Online
Walter Ong’s work on literacy and orality marked, for me, a turning point in my professional life. I’ve since come…
May 29, 2018
Language Evolved To Ensure Human Beings Cooperated, And We Might Be Screwed
Watch biologist Mark Pagel explain why humans’ capacity for “cumulative cultural adaptation” or social learning is what makes us so…
May 29, 2018
What’s Your Capacity for Language? See What Chomsky Thinks.
I have re-watched this several times, always intrigued by Chomsky’s notion that what happens internally (within the mind) when one…
May 25, 2018
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…