Brian VanGorder

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I'm 27 and I've saved $200,000 — here are the 7 best pieces of advice I can give you about money

When I was 16 years old, I hung up my hard hat after another brutal day digging ditches under the Texas sun. That day was special, because it was payday, and I'd finally have enough money to pass $500 in my bank account.<p>By the time I was 18, that $500 had grown enough to start investing in the …

Does education really need to change?

Note: This is the first post in a four-part series. You can read the second, third, and fourth articles in the series here. The year was 2007. I was …

Education Technology

Open Educational Resources (OER): Resource Roundup

Getting Started<p>Sharing Resources<p>The nonprofit Creative Commons offers free, easy-to-use copyright licenses that allow you to specify which rights to …

8-Year-Old Burn Victim Who Lost Family in Fire Wishes for Christmas Cards: 'She Is the Definition of Hope,' Her Aunt Says

An 8-year-old girl who survived a house fire and suffered burns over 75 percent of her body has one wish this holiday season: She wants to fill her …

New York State

Teacher Uses LEGO Blocks to Effectively Improve Children's Math Skills

LEGO blocks are commonly used to build colorful structures, but they can also effectively help kids with their math skills. According to school teacher Alycia Zimmerman, these plastic blocks allow students to develop their spatial and proportional awareness in a creative manner. Since LEGOs are …

Climbing On Mount Denali


This Tiny Canadian House Has A Tiny Adorable Corgi Elevator And We Can't Handle It

The elevator was built for a corgi, so now your world is complete.<p>View this post on Facebook


40 Easy DIYs That Will Instantly Upgrade Your Home

Going through a home renovation is actually the worst. Time to take matters into your own hands.

Home Improvement

5 Important Tips for Teaching Anything |

Nearly everyone has to teach something to someone at some point. You might be training your team, instructing a colleague or even helping your child get smarter. As a professional speaker and writer, I teach a lot. I find that each different teaching medium calls for a very specific approach to …


Why kids lose interest in reading as they get older

This is the third of five posts I am publishing this week by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, all dedicated to reading and based on his new book, “Raising Kids Who Read: What Parents and Teachers Can Do.” The first post asked and answered the question of whether the Common Core State …


Teaching Strategies: The 16 Habits of Mind

Pedagogic experts have spent an enormous amount of time attempting to unravel the definition of “educated.” It used to be the 3 R's -- reading, …


Against Free-Range Parenting


15 Questions To Ask Your Kids To Help Them Have Good Mindsets

As a loving parent, it is important to instill in your kids the right mindset and attitude. Both determine how your child interprets the world. And …

DIY Micro Camper

Introduction: DIY Micro Camper<p>About: - I am 'that' Karl More About i.hate.karl.kilburn »<p>I love camping, and I …


The Top Colleges and Grad Schools To Study Game Design

One of the best schools in the world to study computer game design started out as a private company. DigiPen Institute of Technology, a for-profit school with 1,200 students in Redmond, WA, was founded in 1988 as a computer simulation and animation company based in Vancouver. As the company grew, …

College & University

4 Reasons Why Design Is Taking Over Silicon Valley

VC design partner John Maeda says that the most successful tech companies of the future will really be design companies. Here’s why.<p>Are the fortunes of design on the rise in Silicon Valley? A resounding yes, says John Maeda, design partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers. …

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

<i>Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post, is the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN and the author of “In Defense of a Liberal Education.”</i><p>If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, …

United Kingdom

How is gamification changing our lives?

Walk through any public area and you’ll see people glued to their phones, playing mobile games like Game of War and Candy Crush Saga. They aren’t …

Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system

For years, Finland has been the by-word for a successful education system, perched at the top of international league tables for literacy and …