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Skill Builder: Understanding Handsaws

<i>Last week, we posted an excerpt from Charles Platt’s new book, Make: Tools. In that installment, Charles discussed miter boxes and how to cut precise angles using them.</i><p>In this excerpt, one of the many tool “Fact Sheets” that end the project chapters in the book, Charles takes a brief look at …

Understanding Battery Basics

It’s always great to find a new episode of Collin’s Lab in my <i>YouTube</i> queue. In this episode of the series from Adafruit, Collin offers a brief, but informative introduction to battery tech. In under eight minutes, he manages to cover the various battery form factors (e.g. did you know the common 9v …

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Open Sourcing Plans for “Low-Tech, High-Thinking” Water Filters

Everyone deserves reliable access to safe water. All too often efforts to create water systems in developing countries are stymied by a lack of community insight and context appropriate solutions. Some studies have shown that 35-50% of these water systems become inoperable after five years. …

Keep Cool Anywhere with a Battery-Powered Air Conditioner

Stay frosty with a cheap, effective DIY air conditioner based on his 1902 evaporative-cooling original<p>Prior to the widespread adoption of modern air conditioning in the first half of the 20th century, life was far different than it is now. Summer was often a time of heat-induced doldrums, when …

Curriculums, Collaboration, And Reinventing The Classroom

How to Improve Your Business Writing

You probably write on the job all the time: proposals to clients, memos to senior executives, a constant flow of emails to colleagues. But how can you ensure that your writing is as clear and effective as possible? How do you make your communications stand out?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Overworked …

Response: The Kind of Professional Development We Need - Part Two

<i>(This post is Part Two in a four-part series on this topic. You can see Part One here.)</i><p>This week's question is:<p>Today's post is the second in a …

Five things you can do to be happier right now

Most people are wrong about the things that will make them happy. Professor Paul Dolan says it's actually quite simple<p>Earning more money; <b>bagging the fabulous job</b> you have always wanted or travelling the world might seem like the <b>key to happiness</b>.<p>But according to happiness expert Prof Paul Dolan, …

How to learn a language... in 3 months

Learning to speak another language is easier and quicker than you think. Author and linguist Benny Lewis tells you how – in five easy steps<p>Benny …

20 Ways to Supercharge Your Ability to Learn

Chris Pecoraro—Getty Images<p>Sam Edwards—Getty Images/Caiaimage<p>Jetta Productions—Getty Images<p>by nacoki ( MEDIA ARC )—Getty Images/Flickr RF<p>Reza …

How To Study - Study Skills To Learn Effectively - InformED

What image comes to mind when you hear the word “study”? Sitting with a group of friends in the library, quizzing each other on the core concepts of …

Why Group Brainstorming Is a Waste of Time

To grow and innovate, organizations have to come up with creative ideas. At the employee level, creativity results from a combination of expertise, motivation, and thinking skills. At the team level, it results from the synergy between team members, which allows the group to produce something …

5 Clever Product Packages That Dissolve After Use

While everyone else is trying to come up with ways to reduce packaging waste, Aaron Mickelson asks the obvious. Why not eliminate packages altogether?<p>These days, any designer worth his or her salt is grappling with ideas of waste and sustainability, trying to come up with ways to do more with less. …

Designing Learning Experiences: Start with the Student and Co-Create

2. Decision by Debate<p>Have students switch to a new partner to engage in a debate about which topics the class should study. Give students three …

7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning

Their book, <i>The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice</i> and the accompanying practitioner’s guide, lay out the key principles for …

Top 20 Red Dot Awards: Product Design – Best of Best Winners for 2014

We love compiling lists because they bring upon elements of reflection and contemplation. For example, to create this list of Top 20 Best of Best …

Clay Fridges That Keep Food Cool Without Electricity

This food storage box won’t replace a refrigerator. But it’ll help keep food fresh for people who don’t have one.<p>According to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the world wastes an astonishing 1.4 billion tons of food a year. This while plenty of people are still starving, and while many …

Cheating vs Collaborating in Online Learning Environments

<i>Also see: Why I Would Never Go Back to Offline Teaching</i> <br>Say what you like about technology use in the classroom, the biggest difference for me is …

Design Thinking, Deconstructed

At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach …

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<b>RUBRICS</b><p>Teaching rubrics are a common tool in any classroom, but they can easily become a disguised checklist of tasks, instead of a living document …

What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn?

Students described an integrated biology and art project that asked them to research the origins of a disease that had significance for them, and to …

The Science of Character: Developing Positive Learning Traits

What are your top five strengths? In the last ten years psychologists have done a lot of research into the character qualities and strengths that …

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What Are Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance?<p>Grit, tenacity, and perseverance are multifaceted concepts encompassing goals, challenges, and ways of …

5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn

A good example is a long term research project. There are several common stages in longer projects and researchers have studied how students feel, …

Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction

Evaluation, Buy-In, and Strategic Diversity<p>Know Your Students' Strengths<p>Effective differentiation starts with knowing the students' academic …

Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students

In fact, the business world has a lot to learn from educators: what motivates people, how to inspire people to perform well. But educators can also …

6 Subtle Things Highly Productive People Do Every Day

<b>Know how many days a week you're actually productive?</b><p><b>About three:</b><p>People work an average of 45 hours a week; they consider about 17 of those hours to be unproductive (U.S.: 45 hours a week; 16 hours are considered unproductive).<p>We could all be accomplishing a lot more — but then again, none of us …

How To Transform Your Creative Thinking In Five Minutes

How five minutes of creative thinking a day can get your creative juices flowing.<p>If you think you have no time to squeeze creative work into your daily life, ask yourself: Do I have five minutes to spare? Chances are, you do.<p>Giving yourself five minutes every day to focus on a creative …

6 Habits Of Resilient People

What makes some people persevere through trying circumstances while others begin flailing at the first sign of crisis? Understanding the key qualities of resilient people is the first step to cultivating that bounce-back quality in yourself.<p>On April Fool’s Day 2011, I was unexpectedly diagnosed …

How To Hack Into Your Flow State And Quintuple Your Productivity

Can being “in the zone” more often turn our good-enough into above-average work?<p>If you want to do more, learn more, and gain more, you might want to think like surfer.<p>Surfing is a 1,000-year-old sport, and 20 years ago the biggest wave ever ridden was 25 feet. Today surfers push into waves 100 feet …