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Biographies

Everything I Know: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Lectures Free Online (1975)

Think of the name Buckminster Fuller, and you may think of a few oddities of mid-twentieth-century design for living: the Dymaxion House, the …

Intelligence isn’t everything: children, IQ and success

Intellectual ability is far from the only element at play in academic achievement, and telling children they are smart could even have a detrimental …

Eighth Amendment

Udacity's Sebastian Thrun: How Nanodegrees can democratize tech education

The obvious question was staring me right in the face. When discussing the online learning platform Udacity with its founder Sebastian Thrun — who co-founded Google X — there was one thing I just had to know.<p>I asked Thrun if Udacity’s new Nanodegree program was his personal moonshot.<p>“Europe's …

Online Education

40 Free Resources Every Designer Should Know

<i>Jennifer Cirpici is a Dutch graphic designer and blogger. This post originally appeared on OtherFocus.</i><p>Ever wondered where designers get their resources to help them succeed with a project? Here is a list of great resources including sites, PSD. files, actions, UI elements, mock ups, et cetera. Best …

This Company Wants To Use Games To Reimagine How Your Child Learns

In the mid-20th century, Linus Pauling was one of the world’s most celebrated scientists. His discovery of the structure of hemoglobin and other biological molecules created an entirely new field of science and, when he focused his ample talents on deciphering the structure of DNA, no one doubted …

Are You Making These 5 Common User Onboarding Mistakes?

<i>Samuel Hulick is a long time UX consultant with an intense focus on user onboarding. This article originally appeared on the Help Scout blog.</i><p>Getting people to sign up for your software is tough. It requires a lot of time, energy, and money, yet many companies are losing most of those hard-won users …

MasteryConnect Collects $15.2 Million So Teachers Can Teach To Students And Not To Tests

MasteryConnect has raised $15.2 million to further market its software that it hopes will help enable educators to teach to their students, and not teach their students how to take tests.<p>“We’ve created a platform that lets teachers identify a student’s level of understanding against any set of …

For Students, Why the Question is More Important Than the Answer

That's the premise of the Right Question Institute and a new book by its co-directors Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana. The book, <i>Make Just One Change:</i> …

Former Googler’s AltSchool Raises $33M From Founders Fund And A16Z To Reimagine Primary Education

AltSchool, a new startup aiming to transform K-8 education and schools, has raised $33 million in Series A financing led by Founders Fund and Andreessen Horowitz, with follow-on investment from First Round Capital and Harrison Metal and participation from John Doerr, Jonathan Sackler, Learn …

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

Technology has altered human physiology. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention …

Emotion in Marketing: How Our Brains Decide What's Shareable

<i>This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog and has been republished with permission.</i><p>Every day it seems like we feel hundreds of different emotions – each nuanced and specific to the physical and social situations we find ourselves in.<p>According to science, it’s not that complicated by a long …

CodeCombat: Learn to code through dungeon crawling

Browser game CodeCombat teaches you how to code in Javascript by having you input the commands to play a game.<p>Looking at a bunch of code for the …

Writing To Learn: 3 Tips to Get Started

When we give students writing assignments, the purpose is often to share ideas and demonstrate understanding. We have students write persuasive …

The highest ROI way to increase signups: Make a minimal homepage (Guest Post)

<i>Mattan Griffel has written some great essays on user growth over at Growhack, and you can follow him on Twitter at @mattangriffel. In particular I’m</i> …

6 Ways to Maximize Your Google+ Engagement

Shares 4K<p>Is Google+ working for your business?<p>Are you wondering how to increase engagement with your Google+ community?<p>Google+ is designed to focus …

Flipboard for Educators

Inside Flipboard / August 29, 2013<p>As students and teachers head back to school all over the country, we wanted to share some ideas on how Flipboard …

How Schools Design Classroom Games for Learning

There are seven components to game-play that aptly fit curriculum design.<p>Challenge is constant<br>• Everything is interconnected<br>• Failure is reframed as …

Frontback Update Adds User Profiles And Social Features

Fast-rising photo app Frontback just received its first major update in the App Store, bringing much-needed social features. Until now, the app didn’t have user profiles because the original version was developed over the course of four weeks. But it’s about to change. The update is an essential …

Learning to See - iA

Learning to design is learning to <i>see</i>, an adventure that gets more and more captivating the further you go. <i>A love letter to my profession.</i><p>Our mind is …

UI Design

20 Fundamentals: What Every Teacher Should Know About Learning

What makes a teacher successful?<p>Having an expertise in reading, writing, math or science is necessary, but the ability to transfer that knowledge …

Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers

<b>Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers</b>by <b>Terry Heick</b>Clocks and old watches are miracles. If you’ve ever taken one apart and had a look at the …

Pedagogy

App Discovery: Why Can't Anyone Figure This Out Yet?

Good news! Now that both Google and Apple have passed 50 billion app downloads (each of course) we can all sit back and relax. The system is working, the world is downloading, the developers are making money, and the users are happy.<p><i>Au contraire, mon frère.</i><p>With each one of these giants approaching …