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When Does EdTech Become Snake Oil?

Some folks tweeted some objections to my previous post about the five rules of edtech. In particular, there were objections to Rule #2:<p><i>Create the product that teachers want to use, not the product you want to sell (or that you think you can sell to administrators whether teachers like it or not).</i> …

Education Technology

Statisticians Found One Thing They Can Agree On: It’s Time To Stop Misusing P-Values

<i>Little p-value</i><p><i>What are you trying to say</i><p><i>Of significance?</i><p>— Stephen Ziliak, Roosevelt University economics professor<p>How many statisticians does it take …

The pressure to publish pushes down quality

Scientists must publish less, says Daniel Sarewitz, or good research will be swamped by the ever-increasing volume of poor work.

Scientific publishers are killing research papers

Pressure to publish short articles removes details, leaves readers confused.<p>If I were to summarize the ideal scientific paper in four sentences, it …

Why scientists are losing the fight to communicate science to the public | Occam's corner

Scientists and science communicators are engaged in a constant battle with ignorance. But that’s an approach doomed to failure<p>A video did the rounds a couple of years ago, of some self-styled “skeptic” disagreeing – robustly, shall we say – with an anti-vaxxer. The speaker was roundly cheered by …

Organisms

Study shows one way that scientific progress is broken

Virtually nobody reads or understands rebuttals to scientific findings<p>The classic model of scientific progress is that the field advances when new …

Sugar industry bought off scientists, skewed dietary guidelines for decades

Harvard researchers got hefty sums to downplay role of sweets in heart disease.<p>Back in the 1960s, a sugar industry executive wrote fat checks to a …

One reason so many scientific studies may be wrong

There is a replicability crisis in science – unidentified “false positives” are pervading even our top research journals.<p>A false positive is a claim …

Replication

Scientists Have Outlined an 8-Page Plan to Fix What's Wrong With Science

Enough's enough.<p>The time has come for bad science. An international team of researchers just released an eight-page "manifesto" on how to improve the …

Stanford University

Gut Bacteria May Play a Role in Weight Loss

Whether a diet works might depend on which bacteria are in your gut.<p>Using feces samples, Danish researchers analyzed the ratio of two gut bacteria, Prevotella and Bacteroides, in 62 overweight people. For 26 weeks, they randomly assigned them to a low-fat diet high in fiber, fruits, vegetables and …

Holistic Medicine

Brain Scans Reveal Why Rewards and Punishments Don’t Seem to Work on Teenagers

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>Parents and teachers are …

Online courses for faculty development

The Centre will start online professional development programmes for faculty of higher education institutions across all disciplines.<p>The courses …

For academics on insecure contracts, it's hard to not feel undervalued | Anonymous academic

In my first lecturing job, I ignored the low pay and focused on my students. But I never even got a word of thanks<p>I took on hourly paid teaching in the English department of a university in the months after finishing my PhD. I did so not primarily for the money – I was paid less than £500 a month – …

Left brain vs. right brain: Fact and fiction

The two hemispheres or sides of the brain — the left and the right — have slightly different jobs. But can one side be dominant and does this affect …

The Brain

Schools Are Cutting Down On Playtime, And This Is Why It's So Harmful

My youngest son started Kindergarten a couple months ago, and since I had done this transition once before with my older son, I wasn’t as concerned …

Why your child's preschool teacher should have a college degree

How much education does a preschool teacher need?<p>When the District of Columbia announced in March that it would require an associate’s degree for all …

How to Become a Data Scientist Without a Degree

This article will explore what it’s like to be a Data Scientist, the skillset required, and how to acquire these skills using mostly free or cheap …

Mastery Transcripts to Replace Grades?

Subscribe: Android | RSS<p>Scott Looney talks to us about grades<p>Photo by Ian Schneider on Unsplash<p>We are thinking outside the box today about the …

High School

Homeschooling could be the smartest way to teach kids in the 21st century — here are 5 reasons why

What largely started in the 1980s and '90s as a way for Catholic parents to infuse religion into their kids' education now has more mainstream appeal.<p>Homeschooled kids have the same access to online learning, friendships, and extracurricular activities as the typical public school student — but …

Personalized Learning

You won't believe what American high schools are teaching their students about slavery

Just eight percent of American high school seniors can identify the cause of the Civil War; less than a third (32 percent) know which amendment …

Flipboard Donates Company Stock to The News Literacy Project

Do you know how to navigate today’s confusing and charged media landscape? Do you know how algorithms influence what you read? Can you recognize fake news?<p>In a time when people are increasingly confused about which news outlets to trust, the News Literacy Project, a nonpartisan national education …

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland?

<b>Finland has long been renowned for the quality of its education and always scores highly in international league tables.</b><b>Now it is rethinking how it teaches in the digital age - seeking to place skills, as much as subjects, at the heart of what it does. But not everyone is happy, and there are fears</b> …

Learning to read and write alters brain wiring within months, even for adults

By Anil Ananthaswamy<p>Let’s hear it for the written word. Learning to read can have profound effects on the wiring of the adult brain, even in regions that aren’t usually associated with reading and writing.<p>That’s what researchers found when they taught a group of illiterate adults in rural India to …

How Finland Created One of the Best Educational Systems in the World (by Doing the Opposite of U.S.)

Every conversation about education in the U.S. takes place in a minefield. Unless you’re a billionaire who bought the job of Secretary of Education, …

Education

Schools don’t prepare children for life. Here’s the education they really need | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

From computer coding to toilet unblocking, we need well-rounded citizens, not rote-taught robots – and what you learn shouldn’t depend on where you live<p>It’s only after you have left school and, in adulthood, gained a bit of distance, that you can be fully aware of the gaps in your education. …

How To Make Your Kids Smarter: 10 Steps Backed By Science

I’ve explored the science behind what makes kids happier, what type of parenting works best and what makes for joyful families.<p>But <b>what makes children</b> …

Multiple Grades: The First Step to Improving Grading and Reporting

By onFebruary 4, 2018 6:42 AM<p><b>Thomas R. Guskey Ph.D.* returns as a guest blog author. He is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of</b> …

Pedagogy

The problem isn't student loans - it's the entire higher education system

The high cost of housing and meeting regulations to launch businesses add additional burdens, but the weight of $1.3 trillion in debt right out of the starting gate is crushing.<p>The "solution" being pursued by the federal government is obvious: take over most of the student debt and then eventually …

School Doesn’t Increase Your Optionality — It Decreases It. Here’s How.

“Education is the great equalizer,” or so the story goes.<p>Discussions by pundits and politicians about opportunity and helping individuals unleash new …

Is it Time to Reconsider Graduation Requirements for High School?

By onMay 19, 2016 5:00 AM<p>Candidly I asked two of my seniors what they thought of the required courses they took in school and how prepared they felt …

Teaching