Peter Reid

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Imaginative Man Builds a Video Game Inspired Folding Shed Door That Opens Geometrically

Warwick Turvey, a very handy logistics professional who lives in Mackay, Queensland, Australia built a really wonderful shed door that folds open and …

Web Hosting

A Stanford researcher’s 15-minute study hack lifts B+ students into the As

Policy makers, tech executives, teachers, and parents are forever trying to find new ways to improve kids’ performance at school. Schools design and redesign curricula, teachers embrace and reject new learning technologies, and parents plot ways to get their kids to study more.<p>One novel solution …

This Is How The Internet Works [Infographic]

Image: iStock<p>Most of us have a reasonable understanding of how the internet works - but it can be notoriously difficult to explain in plain English. …

Infographics

The Problem With AP Classes Is Far Bigger Than ‘Imperialism’

Last week, <i>The Federalist</i> reported on protests against the College Board’s decision to modify its Advanced Placement world history curriculum. The …

Jeff Sessions tries to beat back Nazi comparisons, gets literally everything wrong

The attorney general accidentally compared family separations to an actual Nazi policy.<p>Attorney General Jeff Sessions went on Fox News on Monday night to defend the Trump administration’s immigration policy, which has led to family separations at the border. He ended up botching Holocaust history, …

AP World History gets a makeover, and high school teachers rebel

High school history teachers are in revolt over the alteration of a widely taught Advanced Placement course that they say threatens to present a skewed, Eurocentric history of the world to thousands of students.<p>The plan is so incendiary that outraged history teachers protested against it this week …

How our colonial past altered the ecobalance of an entire planet

It brought riches to Britain and many other European nations; played a major role in enslaving more than 10 million Africans; and created the first global markets in cotton, tobacco and sugar. But now colonialism has been accused of having an even greater influence. It is claimed that it changed …

Anthropocene

Every story in the world has one of these six basic plots

Researchers analysed over 1700 novels to reveal six story types – but can they be applied to our most-loved tales? Miriam Quick takes a look.<p>“My prettiest contribution to the culture” was how the novelist Kurt Vonnegut described his old master’s thesis in anthropology, “which was rejected because …

Literature

Show What You Know: The Shift To Competency

“GPAs are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless,” said Laszlo Bock, former head of HR at Google. “Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and GPAs and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t …

Pedagogy

This Homemade Hummus Is So Good You’ll Never Buy It From the Store Again

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve made hummus from scratch, both for personal and professional reasons. Working in professional kitchens and …

Passages from the Bible discovered behind Qur'an manuscript

An “extraordinary” discovery by an eagle-eyed scholar has identified the shadowy outlines of passages from the Bible behind an eighth-century manuscript of the Qur’an – the only recorded palimpsest in which a Christian text has been effaced to make way for the Islamic holy text.<p>French scholar Dr …

Theology

Rare World War II photos printed in colour show the conflict the way our ancestors would have seen it

THIS extraordinary collection of rare colour photographs reveal the Second World War as the people living through the conflict would have seen it.<p>A …

Remembrance Day

Impregnable – 14 Brilliant Defensive Features of Medieval Castles

“Great efforts were made by builders to ensure that their castles could withstand an enemy onslaught.” By Dr. Dan Spencer IN THEIR DAY, Medieval …

POWs in the USA — 10 Amazing Facts About America’s WW2 Prisoner of War Camps

“Most of us know surprisingly little about these men who lived and worked in America while the war went on without them.” By Kathy Kirkpatrick …

World History

Inuit oral historian who pointed way to Franklin shipwrecks dies aged 58

Growing up in the Canadian Arctic, Louie Kamookak was captivated by tales from Inuit elders of rusted utensils strewn along a remote shore and mysterious white men using ropes to haul a large ship through the ice.<p>Years later, he realized there was a striking resemblance between the stories of his …

Shipwrecks

Suswa rift: Kenya is splitting

In Summary<p>Somalia and half of Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania are expected to split from Africa to form a new continent.<p>Forces of the Earth are the …

Five Reasons iPads Should NOT Be In Classrooms

There is growing backlash against iPads in the classroom, as there remains no evidence that they help learning, and some experts even argue they …

Education Technology

No, There Is no Such Thing as ADHD

No, there is no such thing as ADHD. Somewhere along the line we have lost the understanding that kids come in all shapes and sizes. Some kids are …

Psychology

Having Your Smartphone Nearby Takes a Toll on Your Thinking (Even When It’s Silent and Facedown)

“Put your phone away” has become a commonplace phrase that is just as often dismissed. Despite wanting to be in the moment, we often do everything within our power to the contrary. We take out our phones to take pictures in the middle of festive family meals, and send text messages or update our …

Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch now contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic, 16 times higher than previous estimates, experts have warned.<p>A three-year mapping project led by the The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, which is based in The Netherlands, has discovered that the problem is far worse than first …

Introduction: Why Should We Change Scoring and Grading Structures?

Over the years, my job as a staff development specialist for the Madison-Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Central New York, …

The Joy in Teaching High School

This wasn’t always the case for me. Years ago, I had become so focused on curriculum and objectives that I had lost sight of the most important …

Research shows detrimental effects of laptop use in classrooms

In the modern university classroom, it is common to hear the clicking of keys and see the lights of laptop screens as the instructor delivers a …

Intel Invented the Traditional SSD Killer of the Future, and It's So Fast and So Expensive

This thing flies. The machine I installed it in is already positively loaded: It’s got Intel’s latest 6-core i7 processor, an Nvidia 1080 graphics …

When Students Stay Up All Night Playing Fortnite and You’ve got to Teach Them in the Morning

There is something monstrously unfair about our teacher evaluation systems.If your students fail because they were up all night playing video games, …

‘It shatters our spirits’: Deadly bomb attacks in Afghanistan leave street cleaners with a gruesome task

By Sharif Hassan<p>, Reporter<p>KABUL — When Yar Mohammad Mohammadi joined the municipal street cleaning crew here over a decade ago, he was expecting some unpleasant tasks. But nothing prepared him for the grim debris he encountered after a bloody bombing in central Kabul last month.<p>“We found hands, …

Does anyone else think grading on a curve (where 95% is a B) is "wrong"? - Ars Technica OpenForum

What is the deal with professors and the way they often run their classes?<p>Do they teach them these odd tactics, or is it some sort of latent passive …

Tech workers in Silicon Valley are sending their kids to a $28,000-a-year private school that shuns technology

At Basis Independent Silicon Valley, a Bay Area private school that enrolls many children of tech workers, students graduate with a mastery of all things science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). But they don't get much screen time in the classroom.<p>The school said it shuns …

Silicon Valley

Why Don't Schools Use The Most Effective Teaching Methods?

A new peer-reviewed meta-analysis of 328 studies performed over the past 50 years finds “strong positive results” for a style of teaching known as …

OPINION: How 45-minute class periods stall learning

High school junior Tania Toriz, 16, and sophomore Jade Boling, 15, fix a screw on the top of a shed that their “Geometry in Construction” class …

Pedagogy