Sean J. O'Neil

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Laptops And Phones In The Classroom: Yea, Nay Or A Third Way?

<i>" ... If something on their desk or in their pocket dings, rings or vibrates — they will lose focus."</i><p><i>"Students are doing so much in class, distraction and disruption isn't really something I worry about."</i><p>How should teachers — both K-12 and college — deal with the use of computers and phones by …

Brazil

9 Charts That Show What Education in America Is Like in 2017

Compelling visuals on the key issues of the past year<p>As trends in education ebb and flow, it gets hard to keep track of the current state of things. Visuals can clarify what’s changed over the past year and what has stayed the same. As 2017 comes to a close, we’ve compiled some graphs and charts …

Betsy DeVos

HBO's interactive 'Mosaic' series arrives on Android

Despite all the high profile TV shows currently on the air, HBO and Steven Soderbergh have found a way to make <i>Mosaic</i> stand out in the age of binge-watching: hand over narrative control to the viewers. Billed as "interactive storytelling," the 7.5-hour series starring Sharon Stone debuted earlier …

10 Screenwriting Tips I’m Thankful For

Just the tips!It’s Thanksgiving Week, which means it’s time to sneak away from people you’re convinced you can’t possibly be related to to work on …

Screenwriting

Math Class Doesn’t Work. Here’s the Solution

I love math, but I know that I’m unusual. Math anxiety is a rampant problem across the country. Researchers now know that when people with math …

Time to "Amazon-Up" in Education

This article is one of my take-aways from the Sept. 14th Digital Curriculum Sustainability Discussion meetings out in Denver. Right now, educators …

Netflix, Streaming Video and the Slow Death of the Classic Film

Culture Netflix Movies Streaming Film<p>Reed Hastings, the Netflix CEO who co-founded the company long before “streaming” entered the popular lexicon, …

Saved by the peace and quiet at a growing number of California schools

Hoping to create calmer, more peaceful atmospheres on campus, schools around the state are turning off their bell systems and letting students figure …

Palm Springs

Back to School Night on September 12, 2017 at 07:00PM

Thanks @wusdk12 Grounds crew for the landscaping love! It's #Great2bWUSD! https://t.co/hP4lQfje77

Superman’s most amazing special effect didn’t require computers or a green screen

Warner Bros. Christopher Reeve was magical, and this scene shows why There are many remarkable things about the first Superman film, up to and …

The popularity of zombies is due to one mistake in Night of the Living Dead

Entering the public domain became the ultimate distribution tool<p>Zombies are everywhere, with blockbuster TV shows like <i>The Walking Dead</i> and in <i>Game of Thrones</i>, and films such as <i>28 Days Later</i>, <i>World War Z, Zombieland</i>, and many others. That popularity stems directly from George R. Romero’s 1968 film</i> …

Screenwriting 101: The Simple Thing Disney Gets Right, but Most Writers Get Wrong

<b>By: Britton Perelman</b><p>The art of film has come a long way since 1937, the year in which Disney’s first full-length feature, “Snow White and the Seven …

A Reflection On Why Most Teachers Have A Rocky Time Grading Students

When I tell my students that they are going to watch the movie <i>Rocky</i> you can tell that they think they know what the movie is going to be about. This …

Teaching

Pushing school start times to 8:30 a.m. could add $9 billion a year to the US economy

A new study may have discovered a simple way to add billions of dollars to the US economy: delay school start times.<p>A new study published by the RAND Corporation and RAND Europe found that moving the first bell to 8:30 a.m. across America's middle schools and high schools could add some $9.3 …

Medical Journals

A Survey of 1,502 College Students Revealed the 1 Skill They Wish Their Parents Had Taught Them

We invest a lot of time in teaching young people to be academically prepared, but we often overlook the skills they really need to succeed.<p>Parents, teachers, and coaches dedicate their days to preparing kids for the challenges of life after high school. They devote countless hours to ensuring kids …

Self-help

This Is the Way the College ‘Bubble’ Ends

For the past few decades, the unstoppable increase in college tuition has been a fact of life, like death and taxes. The sticker price of American …

Why there’s no such thing as a gifted child

Even Einstein was unexceptional in his youth. Now a new book questions our fixation with IQ and says adults can help almost any child become gifted<p>When Maryam Mirzakhani died at the tragically early age of 40 this month, the news stories talked of her as a genius. The only woman to win the Fields …

Children who struggle to focus in class should be given 'prescription video games', neuroscientist claims

Children who struggle to concentrate in the classroom should be given a “personalised prescription” of video games to boost their performance, a leading neuroscientist has claimed.<p>Dr Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California, says that concentrated doses of gaming can improve …

Getting started: colleges share 2017-18 essay supplements

In what continues to be a challenging landscape for college applicants and their advisers, one ray of light may be the level of effort some colleges …

Chicago will impose a new, unusual requirement to graduate high school: A job or an acceptance letter

Students walk through Chicago’s Senn High School after classes were dismissed in May. (Joshua Lott/For The Washington Post) CHICAGO — To graduate …

To Test Your Fake News Judgment, Play This Game

Fake news has been on Maggie Farley's mind further back than 2016 when President Trump brought the term into the vernacular. Farley, a veteran …

Innovator's Challenge: Punch Up Your Presentations And Get Off PowerPoint

The key is to make sure your content is immersive and interactive. This style of presenting is often called ‘Active Learning’ and its effectiveness is proven. In the world of academia, student failure rates plummeted by 35 % compared to traditional lectures. when lectures were delivered in ways …

Public Speaking

3 Ways Schools Condition Students

Several times a year, I will receive emails from parents about a post I wrote in 2010 titled, “The Impact of Awards”. Often, they are reaching out …

Teaching

Online Education Doesn’t Have to Be Isolating

This article is part of the Big Shortcut, an eight-part series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have …

The Traditional Lecture Is Dead. I Would Know—I’m a Professor

When I was young, there was no such thing as the World Wide Web or video streaming. If you wanted to watch something, you had to wait until it …

Learning

How to Read 50+ Books This Year

Advertisement<p>The benefits of voracious reading come in all shapes and sizes — from improving empathy and brain functioning to reducing stress and …

R2 Innovates: Experimenting our way forward

SHARE<p>Executive Summary<p>The Idea:<p>Purpose and Impact:<p>How it works:<p>R2 Innovates supports activities in the areas of Innovation and Design, Learning …

Innovation

How This High School Senior Is Disrupting Education

<i>Please tell me more about your schooling experience here in America. You mentioned you switched schools six times. Can you elaborate on that situation?</i><p>I’ve had an interesting time so far in school, and one that I plan to continue to have in college. Throughout my education, I changed two different …

Lifting Kids to College

LOS ANGELES — If you go by the odds, Sierra Williams shouldn’t be in college, let alone at a highly selective school like the University of Southern California.<p>Many kids in her low-income neighborhood here don’t get to or through the 12th grade. Her single mother isn’t college-educated. Neither are …