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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

Ed Tech Digest

Three years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post …

If We Want to Teach Children to Think . . .

The title of this week’s post was inspired by Bertrand Russell, who wrote,<p>When you want to teach children to think, you begin by treating them …

The Online College That Credits Life Experience

Competency-based learning measures knowledge, not time.<p>Like many adults, Wendi Thomas wanted to re­turn to school to con­tin­ue her educa­tion, but she simply couldn’t find the time.<p>As the 47-year-old mar­ried moth­er of two teen­agers, ages 16 and 19, she shuttled back and forth between home and …

Higher Education

The man who treats ‘phantom’ pain …with mirrors

Many amputees feel excruciating ‘phantom’ pain in limbs they no longer own, leaving scientists puzzled. Srinath Perur cycles round Cambodia with a man treating hundreds of sufferers with an unusual tool – a mirror<p>One of the few Khmer words Stephen Sumner knows is chhue. It means ‘pain’, and it’s …

Prosthetics

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …