Mel Oyler

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The Minecraft Generation

Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap.<p>An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which …

This Data-Viz Tool Is As Easy To Use As A Post-It Note

Beam makes charts and graphs simple and disposable. Which could be great for increasing the public’s graphic literacy.<p>Data visualization, infographics, data posters–whatever you want to call them, the genre is having its “Instagram moment.” Like typography and photo editing before it, the craft of …

Data Visualization

7 Powerful Tricks That Will Improve Your Writing Immediately

Practical tools to help you communicate your ideas to the world<p>I'm not a writer, yet I've written three books. I have ideas. Big ideas. And so do you. Maybe you already launched a blog. Maybe you're even interested in publishing a book.<p>If you have big ideas, and want to communicate your ideas to as …

Google Trends

The Role of a Data Scientist in 2016

Already crowned as the best job in America for 2016, the definition and skill set required to be a data scientist is in a constant state of flux. …

Data Science

The Six Education Theorists That All Teachers Should Know

<b>Do You Need help with a Learning Difficulty?</b><p>Our simple online analysis will help you get to the core of the problem and find the right solution for …

Google Tools for personal learning plans (PLPs) - Innovation: Education

A teacher-authored case study<p>Today we hear from a grade 5-6 team venturing into the world of personal learning plans (PLPs) using Google Tools.<p>Jared …

Teaching

17 Incredibly-Simple Ways to Be Happy Right Now

We all just want to be happy, don't we? So why is that we tend to live our lives steeped in worry, anxiety, and fear rather than just being happy? Is happiness just a temporary state of mind, or is something real and long-lasting?<p>No doubt you've heard the expression before that if you want to be …

The 15 Most Popular Free Online Courses for Professionals

It's never too late to invest in your career.<p>It's never too late to invest in your career. Fortunately, we live in a time where we all have access to an elite education at our fingertips, not to mention completely free of charge. All you have to do is create a free account at Coursera, and you'll …

professionals

16 Confessions From Librarians That'll Surprise You

"In my first year as a librarian, I've had to clean up human feces three times." All confessions courtesy of Whisper.<p>Be sure to check out more confessions on Whisper.

David Bowie: the man who thrilled the world

From glam to neo-soul to his mysterious final album, David Bowie remained one step ahead throughout a prophetic career that pushed sexual and social boundaries. Alexis Petridis salutes a brilliant enigma<p>When David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, was released on 8 January, a great deal of energy was …

Netflix Has Thousands of Secret Movie Categories You Can Only Access with This Hack

Oh hello, "Critically Acclaimed Romantic Dramas from the 1980s."<p>You know that horrible, rug-pulled-out-from-under-you, life-spinning-out-of-control feeling when you've poured the wine and settled into the couch and opened the Netflix...and realized there's nothing you want to watch? It's all okay …

Bullet Through Jack of Hearts - Harold Edgerton, 1960. An electrical engineering professor at MIT, Harold Edgerton was one of the pioneers in strobe light technology, which allowed him to take pictures like this. (Harold Edgerton/Courtesy Osborne Samuel and Beetles + Huxley) #tbt #tbthursday #throwbackthursday

You Need To Visit These 20 Websites If You Want To Learn New Skills

It’s Monday again.<p>The annoying alarm breaks the piece of silence you are enjoying. You keep pressing snooze and don’t want to leave your bed. As the …

Employment

Devising death: 'Design & Violence' portrays real tools of violence and they are chilling

When Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people at a holiday office party in San Bernardino on Dec. 2, they were armed with a veritable arsenal: a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 assault rifle, a DPMS Panther Arms assault rifle, a Springfield Armory 9mm handgun and a Llama 9mm handgun.<p>In the wake …

Smith & Wesson

5 of the best interaction design trends of 2015

In the MailChimp example above, the confirmation window is an essential part of the email marketing user flow. Adding a fun graphic and some humorous copy adds some enjoyment at no cost (not to mention undercuts some of the tension of sending a mass email).<p>Here are some quick tips for delightful …

The Podcast Resurgence: Your Definitive Listening Guide

Top authors, comedians, chefs and meteorologists recommend their favorite podcasts so you can get in on the action. Plus: the best apps and docks for podcast lovers<p>By<p>Chris Kornelis<p><b>SOME OF YOU</b> might have no idea what a podcast is. Some of you may have listened to them back in 2005, when they were …

The unfortunate truth about the podcasting industry - The Kernel

The registration desk at the Podcast Movement convention looked like the midday queue for Space Mountain.<p>Half of the registrants’ scan codes were …

How Apple’s super-secret Industrial Design team really works

<i>This feature is adapted from my book,</i> Jony Ive: The Genius Behind Apple’s Greatest Products. <i>It offers a rare look inside one of Apple’s most secretive institutions: the Industrial Design studio.</i><p>Where do Apple’s great products come from?<p>For the last 18 years — since Steve Jobs returned to the …

Product Design

Avatar 2: James Cameron wants to prove success wasn’t 'some big fluke'

James Cameron is willing to admit more than a touch of performance anxiety the second time around.<p>His last film as a director, <i>Avatar</i>, scored nine …

The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

Singapore, the land of many math geniuses, may have discovered the secret to learning mathematics (pdf). It employs a teaching method called productive failure (pdf), pioneered by Manu Kapur, head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.<p>Students who are …

Pedagogy

23 Effective Uses Of Gamification In Learning: Part 2

<b>How To Use Gamification In Learning: Part 2</b><p>In <b>Part 1 of this article</b> I've presented 10 incredible uses of gamification from the <b>Free eBook: How</b> …

The Benefits of Gamification in Online Communities

Ever since gaming became its own subculture it has been fraught with controversy, taking the blame for everything from laziness in young adults to …

Online Life

Gamification: Engaging Students With Narrative

Providing a Playful Context<p>In addition to adding to the fun of the activity, having a story can provide context for student learning. When I used the …

Teaching