Zach Pratt

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Purdue is trying to upend the traditional high school model. Here’s what it looks like

All it takes to know that Purdue Polytechnic High School is doing something different is a walk through the campus in the basement of a technology …

High School

Teach Them to Listen So They Can Listen to Learn

Listen...<p>Listening, not just hearing but really listening is a skill many students need help with. Some are naturals at it. Others might be bad at …

Infographics

A Case For Flipping Learning—Without Videos

When professor Lorena Barba talks to other educators about flipping their classrooms, the approach she hears is often similar. Faculty assign …

Education Technology

3 Ways To Differentiate In Project-Based Learning

Grow 18: On July 12, 2018 a great opportunity to attend an interactive learning session on how to effectively differentiate in Project-Based …

Show What You Know: The Shift To Competency

“GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless,” said Laszlo Bock, former head of HR at Google. “Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and GPAs and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t …

Pedagogy

Relevance is the Fuel of Learning

In a previous blog post, I wrote about the importance of focusing on the why as it relates to learning. Here is a piece of my thinking that I …

Getting Started with Project Based Learning (Quick Reference Guide)

Getting Started with Project Based Learning (Quick Reference Guide) <b>Availability:</b> In Stock<p>John Larmer<p>Description<p>In project-based learning (PBL), …

Pedagogy

Statins and hayfever pills could be driving antibiotic resistance, warn scientists

Statins and hayfever pills could be fuelling antibiotic resistance by changing the growth of bacteria in the human gut, scientists have found.<p>Researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) looked at the impact of 1,000 common drugs on the 40 strains of gut bacteria and found that …

Medicine

HPV is causing an oral cancer epidemic in men by outwitting natural defenses

Five years ago, when actor Michael Douglas candidly revealed that his throat cancer was linked to having oral sex, two things happened.<p>He made headlines that mortified his family. And he helped publicize the fact that a pervasive, sexually transmitted virus called HPV was unleashing an epidemic of …

Public Health

Aggressive virus subtype behind HIV explosion in the Philippines?

A more aggressive and possibly drug-resistant HIV subtype may be behind skyrocketing HIV infection rates in the Philippines. Epidemiologist Edsel …

Public Health

“Timelinely” Lets You Easily Create Annotated & Interactive Videos

Timelinely is a new free tool that easily lets you create an interactive experience for any YouTube video.<p>You just copy-and-paste the url of the …

Education Technology

More Than Half Of Transgender Teachers Surveyed Tell NPR They Are Harassed At Work

More than half of transgender teachers face harassment or discrimination in the workplace, according to an NPR Ed survey of transgender and gender-nonconforming educators.<p>The survey of 79 trans and gender-nonconforming teachers from the U.S. and Canada found that the harassment they face ranges …

Influenza B is trying to escape our vaccine

Hell hath no fury like a virus scorned.<p>The Flu feels like one big thing. You get your Flu Shot to protect against The Flu during Flu Season. But part of what makes influenza so dangerous is that it’s an astonishingly diverse virus.<p>Though we’re only aware of it for a few months each year, influenza …

New Giant Viruses Further Blur the Definition of Life

A newfound pair of giant viruses have massive genomes and the most complete resources for building proteins ever seen in the viral world. They have …

Biology

Common human skin bacteria could protect against cancer, say researchers

A type of bacteria commonly found on human skin produces a substance that may help protect against skin cancer, researchers have revealed.<p>The scientists say the surprise discovery regarding a strain of <i>Staphylococcus epidermidis</i> highlights the importance of the community microbes found on and in the …

Microbiology

3 Simple Ways to Differentiate Instruction in Any Class

The preference for our society, if we really want to be effective, is to teach so that they learn, not merely present curriculum and document …

When Poop Becomes Medicine

Once a weird, fringe treatment, fecal transplants have started becoming mainstream.<p>In 1957, a young microbiologist named Stanley Falkow started asking sick people to swallow their own poop.<p>Falkow was working as a technician in a hospital lab at a time when patients were besieged by a rogue strain …

Medicine

Anti-bacterial wipes pointless as bugs grow back in 20 minutes, scientist says

Anti-bacterial wipes only eradicate bacteria from kitchen surfaces for 20 minutes and using them to keep germs at bay is "an absolutely redundant" exercise, a scientist has said.<p>Dr Clare Lanyon, a biomedical scientist from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, said consumers may be wasting …

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

Biology

Would College Students Retain More If Professors Dialed Back The Pace?

When we read books, why do we forget so much of what we read, in only weeks or even days after we read it?<p>Coming across an article on this topic by Julie Beck in <i>The Atlantic</i> over the weekend, I found insight and even some consolation. I'm not the only one who forgets the plots of novels I've truly …

Teaching

What Is Kombucha And Does Its Hype Stand Up to Scientific Scrutiny?

Not everybody's cup of tea.<p>The drink kombucha was previously only popular in hipster cafes, but is now vying for space on the supermarket …

This Super-Sensitive HIV Test Could Use Spit To Diagnose People

Tech & Science HIV HIV testing Public Health<p>A super-sensitive, accurate spit-based test to detect HIV could be around the corner. Stanford …

We May Finally Know The Cause of Polio-Like Illness Paralysing Children Around The World

The outbreaks started in 2014.<p>For decades, cases were rare. A virus called enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) popped up only sporadically, causing mild …

When the logic of capitalism means universities are run as businesses, much is lost. Reclaiming literature is crucial to understanding the times we live in<p>I’ve recently finished marking 40-odd exams, mostly written by people between the ages of 18 and 21. In them our students had to answer …

High School

Here's The One Thing Scientists Have Found Will Change Anti-Vaxxers Minds

Logic is futile.<p>Coming up against people who choose not to vaccinate can be frustrating. It's even worse when you realise that those who question the …

Public Health

The Three-Step System For Getting Students to Do the Talking

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “student-centered classroom” and I almost chuckled. I had always believed my classroom was about the …

Toxic algae: Once a nuisance, now a severe nationwide threat

Competing in a bass fishing tournament two years ago, Todd Steele cast his rod from his 21-foot motorboat — unaware that he was being poisoned.<p>A thick, green scum coated western Lake Erie. And Steele, a semipro angler, was sickened by it.<p>Driving home to Port Huron, Michigan, he felt lightheaded, …

Lake Erie

Viruses discovered a century ago may be our best defense against a threat that could kill 10 million people a year by 2050

Antibiotic resistance — the phenomenon in which bacteria stop responding to certain antibiotics — is a growing threat around the world.<p>It's expected to kill 10 million people annually by 2050.<p>And it hasn't been easy to develop new drugs in order to stay ahead of the problem. Many major …

4 teaching mistakes that drained my energy (and the solutions that changed everything)

I am always looking for ways to save energy. I shared in my book Unshakeable that energy is one of our most precious resources because unlike time, …

Why Do Many College Students Ignore Learning Strategies?

Many college students don’t use self-regulated learning strategies (SRL), despite knowing they exist, according to a new study from Austria published …

Pedagogy