Michael Barnett

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How I Learned to Take the SAT Like a Rich Kid

FLINT, Mich. — The summer before my junior year of high school, I boarded an airplane for the first time. Three hours later I was in picture-perfect New England, where I was soon to be surrounded by a diverse and extremely accomplished group of peers. I had been awarded a generous scholarship to …

College & University

Arkansas wants to ban all classroom mentions of Howard Zinn (teachers, get your free books!)

The Arkansas legislature is considering a bill that would prohibit "any books or other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn" in its …

Black History

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie soundtracked by Radiohead is genius

<b>Anyone who has seen The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie remembers when [SPOILER ALERT] SpongeBob and his best friend Patrick Starfish are trapped in a</b> …

Thom Yorke

Remi is a smart bedside clock that trains kids to sleep

Remi is a smart alarm clock that trains your child how to sleep better. Made by Paris-based startup UrbanHello, Remi’s mission is be a friendly companion for a child that tells your child when it is OK to wake up.<p>The National Sleep Foundation found in a study that two-thirds of children under 10 …

Las Vegas

An Appropriately Menacing Heavy Metal Version of the Classic Europe Song ‘The Final Countdown’

Perhaps in honor of the New Year, the highly creative Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios in Oltedal, Norway growled out an appropriately menacing …

Heavy Metal

Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith Dubbed Over With a Chinese Bootleg’s Poorly Translated Subtitles

Youtuber GratefulDeadpool took the poorly translated subtitles from a Chinese bootlegged version of <i>Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith</i>, which translated …

Star Wars

Lego Boost teaches kids how to bring blocks to life with code

If you've ever wished your childhood Lego creations could come to life, your dreams are now closer to reality. Lego has just unveiled a subbrand called Boost that promises to do just that. The base set contains a combination of sensors, motors and a unique companion app that teaches kids how to …

Lego

PixTeller makes designers (almost) obsolete

PixTeller is a unique little service. Created by a Romanian web designer, Alexandru Roznovat, it is a sort of instant design studio with plenty of ready-made templates so you can create clever Instagram memes or fun book cover designs in a few seconds.<p>After creating an account you’re presented with …

Publication Design

STAR WARS Ring Theory Offers a Whole New Way to View the Prequels

It’s been over 17 years since 1999’s <i>The Phantom Menace</i> was released in theaters, and over 11 years since the <i>Star Wars</i> prequels wrapped up with 2005’s</i> …

Prequels

5 Tips to Strengthen Your School’s Identity

There are many lessons we can learn from the business world and adapt in ways that align with education. Take the concept of branding that Trish …

Be Competitive Architects in 'Imhotep: Builder of Egypt'

Reading Time: 9 minutes<p>Imhotep was the legendary architect of the Egyptian monuments, but he was also ruthless and brutal. In this Spiel des …

Board Games

Postmodern Jukebox Performs a Vintage Version of ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ With Guest Sarah Marie Young

Chicago jazz performer Sarah Marie Young joined up with Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox to perform a vintage, somewhat bluesy Burt …

Critically-Acclaimed

Baby Spits Up While Doing a Snapchat Face Swap With Older Sister

America’s Funniest Home Videos shared a fantastic video clip of a little baby spitting up while they were in the middle of doing a Snapchat face swap …

Snapchat

How free college tuition in one country exposes unexpected pros and cons

Claudia Niessler works 20 hours a week at a supermarket to pay her living expenses, in spite of Germany’s policy of providing free tuition. Photo: …

College & University

Column: 2016 is making me rethink how I teach elections

<i>Editor’s Note: Assigning students to watch the presidential debates and discussing candidate’s platforms have been fairly commonplace practices for</i> …

Not just for gamers: Gear VR is educational, evocative

Titans of Space<p>This solar-system explorer is one of the earliest and most popular pieces of educational Gear VR content. Visually, it's more like …

Virtual Reality

Meet the New Math, Unlike the Old Math

If we could snap our fingers and change the way math and science are taught in US schools, most of us would. The shortcomings of the current approach …

My son is bright and intelligent but lacks motivation at school - what can we do?

Homework. Often a key battleground between parents and children.<p>If you are fortunate enough to have a child who independently gets on with after school work, spare a thought for all those parents who undertake daily cajoling of sons and daughters.<p>Last time: Will prep school increase my son's …

The Classroom Exercise That Turned Fourth-Graders Into Smarter Money Managers

They're more likely to budget, save and talk about money at home<p>Elementary school students are eager to engage in real-world economic decisions, and …

Education

New ‘toolkit’ for math teachers designed to make algebra easier

Researchers at Vanderbilt and Harvard universities are testing an innovative toolkit designed to help teachers teach algebra more effectively. The …

Pedagogy

Why are we still ignoring @SirKenRobinson?

It’s 10 years since Ken Robinson’s infamous talk on how schools kill creativity. In it, he mentions the entrenched hierarchy of subjects with Math …

PC Gaming

Growth Mindset: Clearing up Some Common Confusions

By Eduardo BriceñoA growth mindset is the understanding that personal qualities and abilities can change. It leads people to take on challenges, …

Pedagogy

Apple’s New “Learn To Code” App Is For Kids—And Maybe Their Parents, Too

Can Swift Playgrounds convince the next generation of coders to embrace iOS?<p>Young coding students today often learn to program using a visual “drag-and-drop” language like MIT’s Scratch, which turns complex syntax into blocks and saves students the trouble of correcting spelling and punctuation. …

Programming

Explore the Whimsical Worlds of Ghibli… in Minecraft

Hayao Miyazaki has often defined his method as an animator (and Ghibli’s, by extension) as being deeply rooted in natural observation. Many of his …

Anime

Fidget Cube, A Vinyl Desk Toy With Six Faces of Fidgeting Fun To Keep People’s Hands Busy

Fidget Cube is a vinyl desk toy designed with six faces for a variety of fidgeting options for people who like to keep their hands busy. The …

Kids

ADVANCED YOGA JOES

Six next-level yoga poses have been added to the practice of the Inner Peacekeeping Force. Not for the faint of groin or hamstring, the Advanced Yoga …

These First-Graders Will Teach You to Make Your Team More Productive

This master educator walking these first-graders through the iterative process of peer-learning will teach you<p>Teams beat individuals in business, end of story. There are exceptions, but rarely, and you can tell when.<p>People and teams who learn beat ones who stagnate, end of story. If you want to …

Teaching