Lunchroom Learning

By Sean J. O'Neil | Things to talk about with your colleagues in the school lunchroom.

How This High School Senior Is Disrupting Education

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to speak with 17-year old Femi Adebogun, the co-founder and CEO of Testify Software Solutions. Femi and I talked about his education and the problems he faced in the system-much along the lines of feeling lost or disengaged.<p>Along with a friend who faced similar …

Education

Lifting Kids to College

LOS ANGELES — If you go by the odds, Sierra Williams shouldn’t be in college, let alone at a highly selective school like the University of Southern California.<p>Many kids in her low-income neighborhood here don’t get to or through the 12th grade. Her single mother isn’t college-educated. Neither are …

Education

How Elon Musk learns faster and better than everyone else

How is it even possible that Elon Musk could build four multibillion companies by his mid-40s — in four separate fields (software, energy, transportation, and aerospace)?<p>To explain Musk’s success, others have pointed to his heroic work ethic (he regularly works 85-hour weeks), his ability to set …

Learning

Microsoft's CEO Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here It Is in One Sentence

Don't be a know-it-all. Be this instead.<p>I'm a big fan of Microsoft's Satya Nadella. Since taking over as CEO just three years ago, he's used a combination of effective leadership and brilliant business moves to return the tech company to relevance.<p>In a recent interview with Business Insider, …

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Mesmerizing maps show where the most educated Americans live

You may not know your neighbors by name, but you can at least know them by education level.<p>Kyle Walker, an assistant professor of geography at Texas Christian University, has created an interactive dot map visualizing US neighborhoods by educational attainment.<p>Each dot represents between 25-500 …

Geography

How Teachers Are Using Online Games and Other Tech Tools to Bridge the Partisan Divide

To harness student passion without bogging down in partisan muck, teachers are wielding a bevy of <b></b>ed-tech tools.monkeybusinessimages/iStock The 2016 …

Education

The 3 Education Trends Preparing the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs

With technology constantly changing, can we actually predict what skills and knowledge today's students will need to lead the future workforce?<p>Educators are tasked with the necessary burden of preparing today's students to shape tomorrow's world as our next generation of thinkers, leaders and …

Learning

The End of 'Learning Style' Lore?

"Learning styles"! That's the idea—trumpeted for decades in education schools and school districts across the country—that children have many …

Pedagogy

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

This blog post has some pretty useful information. So print it out; get out your highlighter and take off the cap.<p>Ready? Now throw it away, because highlighters don't really help people learn.<p>We all want for our kids to have optimal learning experiences and, for ourselves, to stay competitive with …

Pedagogy

Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion

A district will drop the Mercator projection, which physically diminished Africa and South America, for the Peters, which cut the developed world down to size<p>When Boston public schools introduced a new standard map of the world this week, some young students’ felt their jaws drop. In an instant, …

Geography

A Visual Guide To Statistics

A Brown University student creates math lessons for the more visually inclined among us.<p>Statisticians are one of the fastest growing jobs in the country–and for good reason. “As data becomes more and more a part of people’s lives, statistics is becoming more a part of people’s lives,” says Daniel …

Statistics

A San Francisco startup 3D printed a whole house in 24 hours

San Francisco-based startup Apis Cor built a whole house in a Russian town within 24 hours. It didn't repair an existing home or use prefabricated parts to make that happen -- the secret lies in 3D printing. The company used a mobile 3D printer to print out the house's concrete walls, partitions …

Reimagining the School Day

Download the PDF here.<p>Introduction<p>The minutes and hours of the school day are critical to build knowledge, foster student motivation, and drive …

The Condition of “Open”

<i>“The role of the teacher is to create the conditions for invention rather than provide ready-made knowledge.”</i> ~Seymour Papert, (The Connected Family: …

How To Battle The Teacher Shortage Crisis

There’s a teacher shortage in America. States like California, Texas, and Florida are decimated by a shortage of teachers across the board.<p>However, …

The most important skill for middle class workers isn’t being taught in American schools

US students are judged by how well they score on math, reading and science tests. US educators are assessed by their student’s improvement on those tests. The US labor market, however, is increasingly placing a premium on pleasant personalities. Schools that focus narrowly on cognitive skills …

Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required

When the German engineering company Siemens Energy opened a gas turbine production plant in Charlotte, N.C., some 10,000 people showed up at a job fair for 800 positions. But fewer than 15 percent of the applicants were able to pass a reading, writing and math screening test geared toward a …

'Mom, You Don't Get It. They Only Do Stuff for the Grade.'

« 17 Critical Issues Facing Education in 2017 | Main | Fake News and Bullying Are More Alike Than You Think »<p><b>Today's guest post is written by Melissa</b> …

Education

Game in-app purchases are warping kids’ understanding of basic economic ideas

It is nighttime and my young son is asleep; I am awake and trying to help him. If he were a little older I might be gluing something onto a science project or baking cupcakes for a school event. Instead, I am drawing my finger over lines of imaginary fruit on an iPad, trying to rack up points so he …

Lesson plan: How to teach your students about fake news

Fake news is making news, and it’s a problem.Not only did a <i>BuzzFeed</i> data analysis find that viral stories falsely claiming that the Pope endorsed …

Fake News

Dogs coming to NYC schools in pilot aimed at keeping kids calm

Officials on Friday kicked off the city's Comfort Dog pilot program that brings pooches into city classrooms.

Education

Experimental Silicon Valley School Abolishes Grade Levels

Employing a startup style, Khan Lab School brings back one-room concept to teach young students Silicon Valley, known for its innovative tech …

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Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Maybe the smart phone's hegemony makes perfect evolutionary sense: Humans are tapping a deep urge to seek out information. Our ancient food-foraging survival instinct has evolved into an info-foraging obsession; one that prompts many of us today to constantly check our phones and multitask.<p>Monkey …

The Brain

Chinese Characters Are Futuristic and the Alphabet Is Old News

The QWERTY keyboard was once the envy of the world, but not anymore.<p>On a bright fall morning at Stanford, Tom Mullaney is telling me what’s wrong with QWERTY keyboards. Mullaney is not a technologist, nor is he one of those Dvorak keyboard enthusiasts. He’s a historian of modern China and we’re …

A new study shows how Star Trek jokes and geek culture make women feel unwelcome in computer science

As a high school sophomore in the 1990s, I took a mandatory computer science class that had a reputation for being difficult. The word among girls was that the only students who did well in the course were the “Dungeons & Dragons boys.”<p>A very nice teacher taught the class. But he often reinforced …

Our Students

Years ago, interviewing for a grade 2 position at my school, I asked the candidate, “How would they integrate technology with grade 2 students?” …

Teaching

Why we need to plan for a future without jobs

Andy Stern spent his career organizing workers. Here’s why he thinks work is doomed.<p>The future of work in America is uncertain. What we know is that things are going to change. Technology will upend countless careers, workers across fields will be displaced, and it’s not entirely clear how many …

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