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What You Learn Reading 5 Million Books at Once
Arts + Letters

What You Learn Reading 5 Million Books at Once

Something incredible happens when you read through machines. You can see things in texts you would be hard pressed to…
Mathematician + Magician = Mathemagician. And Your Day Just Got Better.
Art

Mathematician + Magician = Mathemagician. And Your Day Just Got Better.

Put your math anxiety aside. Prepare to be amazed as Arthur Benjamin, a self-declared “mathemagician” out paces calculators as he…
Teaching is Trash. No, Really. It Is and That’s Wonderful. Watch this Guy!
Civics

Teaching is Trash. No, Really. It Is and That’s Wonderful. Watch this Guy!

Every teacher should start what they are doing right now and watch this Ted talk by Arvind Gupta. Gupta demonstrates how…
An MIT Icon Breaks Down Why Kids Need to Learn to Code
Computer Science Education

An MIT Icon Breaks Down Why Kids Need to Learn to Code

Watch Mitch Resnick of MIT’s Media Lab explain why coding is important for children to learn today, what it is…
What if We Talk about College and CREATIVE Readiness Instead?
Arts + Letters

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…
Technology is Ruining the Performing Arts–and That’s a Good Thing. Here’s Why.
Arts + Letters

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…
Face It: Emojis Could Be the Key To Learning
Arts + Letters

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…
One Piece of Advice for Any Teacher, Anywhere
Administrators

One Piece of Advice for Any Teacher, Anywhere

I work with lots of teachers and I am in lots of schools. It occurred to me not so long…
Is Texting the Future or Downfall of Writing in Schools?
Arts + Letters

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…
An Opera Singer Shares His Secret to Learning Languages
English Language Learning

An Opera Singer Shares His Secret to Learning Languages

So much of learning and teaching occurs through language. The more we understand the contours of languages–not just traditional languages…
To Think Differently, Try Speaking Differently
Culture

To Think Differently, Try Speaking Differently

Pictures might be worth a thousand words, but words are worth a hundred billion neurons. In this excellent talk, cognitive…
Words like Water: How a Baby Learned to Speak
Arts + Letters

Words like Water: How a Baby Learned to Speak

You take a techy who becomes a dad and has a fascination with language. Then add videocameras all throughout the…
Sal Khan on How Video Can Transform Education
Private Sector

Sal Khan on How Video Can Transform Education

I do a lot of work at the intersection of technology and education.  In fact, one could argue that all…
You Are What You Eat (in School)
Health + Nutrition

You Are What You Eat (in School)

Nutrition is one of those issues that gets left out of conversations about education too often.  If we step back…
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