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The Atlantic’s New “Life Timeline” Could Be An Engaging Social Studies Tool

Today, The Atlantic unveiled the “Life Timeline” interactive.<p>Use a “drop-and-drag” menu to input your birthday, and it will deliver a visually …

How to Know if a Robot Will Steal Your Job or Help You With It

It's all about becoming more human.<p>In an age of robotic revolution, the possibilities for automation are endless. Robots can deliver room service to …

University of Oxford

Good News! We Can Cancel The Common Core Tests

Christopher Tienken (Seton Hall) has solved a mystery, and we can cancel the Big Standardized Test.<p>Along with Anthony Colella (Seton Hall), Christian Angelillo (Boonton Township SD), Meredith Fox (Nanuet Union SD), Kevin McCahill (George W. Miller Elementary) and Adam Wolfe (Peoria Unified SD), …

Education

Google’s search algorithm update unintentionally helps fake news outrank real news

Google’s search algorithm has been changed over the last year to increasingly reward search results based on how likely you are to click on them, multiple sources tell Business Insider.<p>As a result, fake news now often outranks accurate reports on higher quality websites.<p>The problem is so acute that …

I'm on the 'professor watchlist.' It's a ploy to undermine free speech

The rightwing roundup isn’t protecting conservatism – it’s making an Orwellian environment at universities where all ideas should be welcome<p>The release of the professor watchlist, purporting to expose professors who discriminate against conservative students, is anything but that. I should know: …

Higher Education

History classes are our best hope for teaching Americans to question fake news and Donald Trump

As a novelist and creative-writing professor, I believe in the importance of teaching college students how to read and write fiction. But the undergraduate course I myself found the most formative—the one that maps my daily intellectual path decades later—was not a writing or English class, but a …

Fake News

Internet Freedom Wanes As Governments Target Messaging, Social Apps

For decades Freedom House has been ranking the world on free speech, political and civil rights. In recent years, this nongovernmental organization has extended its research into the state of the Internet. And for the sixth consecutive year, it has found Internet freedom on a decline.<p>In 2013, it …

Privacy

Hacker who stole nude photos of celebrities gets 18 months in prison

Ryan Collins ran a two-year phishing scam to gain the passwords of more than 100 people, including Jennifer Lawrence, Rihanna and Avril Lavigne<p>The hacker who stole nude photos of female celebrities in 2014 has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, officials announced on Thursday.<p>In a court …

Celebrity Gossip

US parents largely unaware of what their children do online, research finds

New study points to a ‘digital disconnect’ between children and adults, with only 13% of teens thinking their parents understood the extent of their internet use<p>The parents of America’s digitally literate teenagers are largely in the dark about their children’s internet activity, new research has …

Teens

Second graders imagine their dream school. It isn’t what you might think.

Lily Holland teaches second grade in the Boston Public Schools. She wrote the following post as part of a coordinated event last week sponsored by the Massachusetts Teachers Association in which educators, parents and others took actions to show support for traditional public schools and opposition …

Education

Disrupting the Classroom, or How Self-Styled "Education Reformers" Always Get It Wrong, Part 2

Last time we examined an article by Rebecca Mead about AltSchool, a "disruptive" Silicon Valley educational system founded by a former Google executive, Max Ventilla. Let's look now at a few of Ventilla's statements to get a better sense of how AltSchool's educational "disruption" happens.<p>Mead's …

Language Learning

Reconsidering Rigor in Schools

“There is a momentous, broad-based cultural shift underway that has struck at the roots of every industrialized system of education. The result is a …

Pedagogy

A Nobel Laureate's Education Plea: Revolutionize Teaching

Bloodletting to keep the "humors" in balance was a leading medical treatment from ancient Greece to the late 19th century. That's hard to believe now, in the age of robot-assisted surgery, but "doctors" trusted lancets and leeches for centuries.<p>To Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, the college lecture is …

Education

Does working as a group actually help us learn?

You can’t escape having to work with others these days – everyone accords high value to “teamwork skills”. But is collaboration really better than going it alone?<p>If you’re at university, you’ll almost certainly be made to work with your fellow students to complete a group assignment at some point …

Personality

The SEC is voicing concern about ‘eye-popping’ startup valuations

Shriram Bhashyam Contributor<p>Shriram Bhashyam is a securities attorney and founder of EquityZen, a marketplace for private investments.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>With RAISE Act, Congress Paves Way For Private Secondary Markets<br>• Square’s S-1: Of Ratchets And Unicorn Valuations<p>Consider it an early …

Venture Capital

For white folks who teach in the hood: A lesson in campus colonialism

How power dynamics & cultural clashes stemming from whiteness work against young people of color in urban schools<p><b>Commencement</b><p>I sank, exhausted, into the backseat of a small sport utility vehicle as it pulled onto a sparsely populated Wyoming highway, finally getting some rest after a long day. As I …

Pedagogy

Antonin Scalia's death makes the 2016 presidential election a referendum on the Supreme Court

Justice Antonin Scalia's death clarifies the unusual importance of the 2016 election. President Obama took office with only one justice aged 80 or older. The next president will likely take office with two, plus an existing vacancy.<p>Obviously, every presidential election is enormously important. …

Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Why women are probably the best coders on GitHub

Women are better coders – that’s according to a preliminary analysis of bug-fixing suggestions made on GitHub that looked at how many fixes to code were accepted – but that’s only true if they hide their gender.<p>Contrary to popular views about coding, in the paper ‘Gender bias in open source: Pull …

Ben Carson’s new campaign chairman is a Christian soldier who ‘believes’ in him

Long before Major Gen. Robert Dees (ret.) went to work for Ben Carson, he was studying the former neurosurgeon's spiritual lessons. One of his grandsons, then 13, devoured Carson's inspirational 1996 book "Think Big." On a family vacation -- "on the beach, with flip flops and so forth" -- the …

Foreign Policy

Rand Paul-backing super PAC reserves $500,000 in Iowa ads

Rand Paul barely made the main stage of the last Republican debate and he's at risk of missing the next one but if Paul's campaign continues through the Iowa caucuses, he’ll have some support on the TV airwaves from a super PAC.<p>PurplePAC, a super PAC overseen by longtime libertarian activist and …

Government

Slack Promotes Former Twitter Boss April Underwood To VP Of Product

Slack’s rocket ship has a new co-pilot. April Underwood, Slack’s former head of platform who just launched its App Directory and Slack Fund, has leveled up to become the startup’s VP of Product. Underwood joined Slack in June after nearly five years at Twitter where she was a Director of …

Product Management

Oculus pushes Touch release date to second half of 2016

Touch, the hand-held VR controller from Oculus VR, will not be shipping together with the first Oculus Rift units, which are expected to ship in the …

Donald Trump defends Muslim ban call after al-Shabab film

<b>Donald Trump has again defended his call for a ban on Muslims entering the US after it was used in a propaganda video by Somali militant group al-Shabab.</b><p>The Republican presidential hopeful said people had praised his courage in truthfully highlighting a "problem" that others preferred to …

Donald Trump