Ryan Vanden Heuvel

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Is social media bad for you? The evidence and the unknowns

What the science suggests so far about the impact of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or Instagram on your mental well-being.<p>Three billion people, around 40% of the world’s population, use online social media – and we’re spending an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and …

Social Media

Photographer Reveals How To Take Stunning Portraits With Christmas Lights In Ordinary Bedroom, And Results Will Amaze You

Photographer Irene Rudnyk decided to get into the holiday spirit with a photoshoot using the warm ambiance of Christmas lights.<p>In a short video …

How to Naturally Retouch Eyes with Photoshop

Retouching eyes unnaturally is a great way to ruin a good portrait. Here’s a 14-minute tutorial by photographer Dani Diamond that shows how you can …

Scientists say smartphone addiction literally alters your brain chemistry

Life Out of Balance: Smartphones et al.<p>A study presented at the 2017 meeting of the Radiological Society of North America has found that young people …

The Downside of Social Media and Devices

A solid collection of articles about the downside of social media and devices. It will be a good set to read over the holidays and try and come to …

200 universities just launched 600 free online courses. Here’s the full list.

If you haven’t heard, universities around the world are offering their courses online for free (or at least partially free). These courses are collectively called MOOCs or Massive Open Online Courses.<p>In the past six years or so, close to 800 universities have created more than 8,000 of these MOOCs. …

Online Education

You Can Now Turn The Entire Family Into LEGO Minifigures

3D printing now lets you become a LEGO minifigure<p>A company is using 3D printing technology to allow you to put your own face on a LEGO minifigure. …

When Students Won’t Stop Talking

Listen to my interview with Michael Linsin (transcript):<p>Sponsored by Write About and Peergrade<p><b>In my first few years of teaching, student talking was</b> …

10 Characteristics of Learner Centered Experiences

Education Reimagined defines the paradigm shift from teacher-centered to learner-centered as shifting how we see learners and their critical role in …

Pedagogy

12 Tools and Resources to Get Students to Create Instructional Videos

“Animation offers a medium of storytelling and visual entertainment which can bring pleasure and information to people of all ages everywhere …

Education Technology

How a Moveable Space Can Ignite Creativity in the Classroom

Scavenged casters. (Courtesy of Earthworm)<b>By Peter Pfau, FAIA</b>One of the most exciting models of learning is “design thinking.” It combines hands on …

Why Learning Should Be Messy

<i>The following is an excerpt of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School, by 17-year-old Nikhil Goyal, a senior at Syosset High</i> …

The Conundrum of Student Choice in Project Based Learning | Blog | Project Based Learning

September 13, 2016<br>The Conundrum of Student Choice in Project Based Learning<p>Do you recall when you were first given agency for your learning? Were you …

Teaching Problem Solving Skills

Starting the school year off by teaching problem solving techniques is crucial for building a sense of community in the classroom. It also means you …

Teaching

The hidden ways your language betrays your character

Every time we open our mouths, we unwittingly reveal our personalities.<p>If you overheard a conversation on a bus, do you think you could tell from the words that were used and the topics discussed, the personality of the people who were chatting? What about if I showed you a short story? Could you …

Psychology
High School

How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust

Teachers who are interested in shifting their classrooms often don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, frightening, and even discouraging, …

Teaching

After teaching for 25 years, I'm convinced the best way to motivate kids and employees is the same

The school was known as one of the worst schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District at the time, but I was up for the challenge — eager and ready to make a positive impact on my middle-school students.<p>Of course, as I soon realized, teaching is not a one-way street. As much as I helped shape …

The Top 10

Self-awareness is a crucial key to happiness and success. Without self-awareness, we move through relationships and experiences disconnected, unaware of how others receive and perceive us, and unable to take full responsibility for our outcomes.<p>Conventional wisdom would lead us to believe that …

Leadership

'There's so much sexual harassment on film sets', says actress Zoe Kazan

"We have our union but no one ever reports to that because you don't want to get a reputation for being difficult."<p>The actress and writer, 33 – the …

5 Tools for Augmented Reality App Development

This column is authored by Harnil Oza, CEO of HyperlinkThe post 5 Tools for Augmented Reality App Development appeared first on iamwire.

Augmented Reality

LeVar Burton's New Podcast Is Like Reading Rainbow For Adults

Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as hiiiigghh, take a look, it's in a book, a reading rainbooowww.... Did reading the lyrics put the theme song …

Google’s stunning Blocks app lets anyone create a world in VR

Google launched a new tool today that will make it easy for anyone to create 3D objects for virtual reality.<p>Blocks is a free VR app for the HTC Vive …

Easily Create Vocabulary Quizzes With “Wordsmyth”

Wordsmyth seems like an exceptional online dictionary that lets you create several different types of vocabulary quizzes. Teachers can get accounts …

Language Learning

MCU timeline: Watch every Marvel movie and TV show in the perfect order

Every MCU property currently airing or announced -- and the absolute ideal order for watching them -- so you can check out "Avengers: Infinity War" movie super-prepared.<p>You've probably seen most of Marvel's films, but what about the TV shows?<p>If you're like me, that is to say a continuity junkie, …

Marvel Universe

How to Make Math More Emotionally Engaging For Students

When Jacqui Young studied pre-calculus as a high school junior, she found the experience unexpectedly fulfilling. She didn’t consider herself a “math …

Mathematics

Create your own commands for Amazon Echo and Google Home

Be the boss of your smart hub.<p>The Amazon Echo and the Google Home are among the elite when it comes to smart hub speakers. The list of supported commands for the Amazon and Google speakers is growing all the time, but if you find something's missing, you've got another option—create your own.<p>The …

7 books to make your teaching more memorable

Memory underpins learning. And yet, as a profession, we talk about it so rarely. What gives? Here are 7 books to kindle that conversation:<p>1. Make it …

Pedagogy

English Grammar Activities App Helps Students Learn Grammar Rules

After considering other online reviews and testing the app in my classroom for several weeks, I can endorse Cambridge English Grammar in Use: …

Linguistics

Design Thinking in Education: Empathy, Challenge, Discovery, and Sharing

In the last few years, the field has witnessed an explosion of interest in design thinking, nationally and internationally. You can literally see its …

Design