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Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges

Pixar senior scientist Tony DeRose was faced with a problem that animators had never solved — how to make the hand of an old man look lifelike. It …

Teaching

Suburbia and Its Common Core Conspiracy Theories

Why middle-class white parents are up in arms about the new standards<p>This March, millions of school kids will take new standardized tests that are designed to accompany the Common Core standards. As that deadline looms, anxiety grows in suburban communities. Conspiracy theories, too, have grown out …

Education

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

Everything about the way we teach math is wrong

And it is a disaster that it isn't taught this way to students.<p>"A Mathematician's Lament" is a classic polemic (later expanded and published as a book) written by math teacher Paul Lockhart. The essay is a devastating and passionate assault on the mechanistic way mathematics is taught in most of …

Mathematics

The girls (and one boy) who are making math cool

PBS Math Club uses pop culture references to sell YouTube kids on being smart.<p>Turn a corner in a residential neighborhood in Los Angeles and there they are: Grace, Hannah, Jazmin and Madison, the stars of the math-gets-cool web series from PBS, <i>Math Club</i>.<p>Just kids, but Hollywood kids, all of them. …

KQED

How can teachers help students find the beauty in math? There may be roadblocks already set up in math education — students’ disposition toward math …

Federal Research Suggests New Approach to Teaching Fractions

—Brett Flashnick for Education Week<p>There are some basic properties of numbers any 3rd grader can tell you: Each number is represented by a single …

Ed tech that needs nothing but a TV and VCR?

MIT BLOSSOMS, one of the most exciting and effective uses of educational technology to help high school students learn math and science, doesn’t …

Education Technology

How Lindsay Unified Redesigned Itself From The Ground Up

Learning Strategies<p>How Lindsay Unified Redesigned Itself From The Ground Up<p>By Christina Quattrocchi     Jun 17, 2014<p>A Day In The Life of a Lindsay …

KQED

Math has a bad rap, writes math professor Manil Suri in a recent New York Times op-ed, and would be better geared to students as a playful and …

KQED

By The Hechinger Report<p>Twitter and Facebook might soon replace traditional professional development for teachers. Instead of enduring hours-long …

KQED

An infographic can hardly contain enough space to tackle the big, hairy challenges of American education. But the non-profit, Digital Promise, has …

The Stereotypes That Distort How Americans Teach and Learn Math

Speed doesn't matter, and there's no such thing as a "math person." How the Common Core's approach to the discipline could correct these misperceptions.<p>Mathematics education in the United States is broken. Open any newspaper and stories of math failure shout from the pages: low international …

Applying Data Analytics to Education, Panorama Wins Mark Zuckerberg’s First Public Angel Investment

There are so many things that could be done to make schools better — improving teaching methods, curbing dropout rates, cutting down on bullying.<p>“But …

KQED

Increasingly, educators are looking to research about how kids learn to influence teaching practices and tools. What seemed like on-the-fringe …

A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses

Author: Joshua Davis. Joshua Davis Business<p>Date of Publication: 10.15.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>You can read a version of this story in …