STEM

Why Do Boys in Rich Districts Do Better in Math Than Girls? Look at the Data.

A recent data analysis of 260 million standardized test scores by researchers at Stanford University suggests that both boys and girls…

A Stunning Data Viz of Segregation in Chicago Public Schools

We often hear the word “achievement” used to describe the challenges in public education. That word tends to mask the…

Explore the Words that Are Unique to Individual Hip-Hop Artists

As an English teacher, I always enjoyed compendia–those books that listed the number of times words appeared in other books.…

Society and Schools Must Do More to Value the Intelligence of Everyday Workers

Education professor Mike Rose describes just how wonderfully intelligent and creative everyday people are in their everyday work. He challenges the idea that…

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…

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…

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…
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