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I Have Learned that Smartphones Are Kind of Like Brain Candy

I Have Learned that Smartphones Are Kind of Like Brain Candy

Technology is a double-edged sword. It might make new kinds of innovation possible, but it also can have problematic effects…
What Incredibles Math

What Incredibles Math

This clip resonates with me something fierce. As the father of an elementary age student, I can attest to the…
4 Minutes on How Food Affects Your Brain. Go!

4 Minutes on How Food Affects Your Brain. Go!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’m convinced that schools can make a significant impact on student…
Middle-Earth at the Morgan Library? Yes, Please.

Middle-Earth at the Morgan Library? Yes, Please.

I have 18 days to get myself to the Tolkien exhibit at the Morgan Library, where they have on display…
Chris Rock Implores Parents: Stop Telling Your Kids They Are Special

Chris Rock Implores Parents: Stop Telling Your Kids They Are Special

Allow Chris Rock to play the role of Shakespearean fool whose wisdom proves to be undeniable. In this clip, he…
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…
Netflix Be Damned. Levar Burton Talked About Literacy for an Hour at SXSWedu

Netflix Be Damned. Levar Burton Talked About Literacy for an Hour at SXSWedu

An hour with Levar Burton talking about literacy. Hell, yes. Let me be honest: I haven’t watched this yet. BUT…
Jay-Z Reminds Us that When Students Have Something to Say, You Can’t Stop Them From Writing

Jay-Z Reminds Us that When Students Have Something to Say, You Can’t Stop Them From Writing

I love scouring the internet for hidden gems of insight about learning and teaching. The other night, I was binge-watching…
How to Boost Test Scores Without Changing Standards, Curricula, or Tests

How to Boost Test Scores Without Changing Standards, Curricula, or Tests

Let’s make a bet. I bet we can see impressive increases in achievement scores without touching academics. I’m not saying…
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…
Reading Rainbow 4 Eva

Reading Rainbow 4 Eva

Talking with a new teacher recently, I casually mentioned Reading Rainbow. A blank stare followed. Reading Rainbow, I reiterated. The…
A Beast of a Curriculum for a Monster of a Book: Frankenstein at 200

A Beast of a Curriculum for a Monster of a Book: Frankenstein at 200

Few books can help educators engage in more complex conversations about STEM than Frankenstein. Mary Shelley’s fantastic tale of technological…
For All You Handwriting Fans Out There, You’re Welcome.

For All You Handwriting Fans Out There, You’re Welcome.

My handwriting has never been lovely. But that doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the unique artistry of others’ penmanship. When…
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