Arts + Letters
September 17, 2018
Can Artificial Intelligence Promote Inquiry? Stanford Professor Says Yes.
Paul Kim at Stanford University has been doing fascinating work around artificial intelligence and inquiry. Having just attended a talk…
August 2, 2018
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…
July 31, 2018
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…
July 30, 2018
Read Factfulness and See How the World is Actually Getting Better and Better
I love Hans Rosling’s data-driven talks about how the world is getting healthier and wealthier, slowly and steadily. When the…
July 26, 2018
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…
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 11, 2018
Humiliation, Multiplication, and Ice Cream
In the memoir Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance, the author describes a scene in first grade where six-year-old J.D. realizes…
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…
June 19, 2018
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…
June 13, 2018
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…
June 11, 2018
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.…
June 7, 2018
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…
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 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…