Lunchroom Learning

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

A Survey of 1,502 College Students Revealed the 1 Skill They Wish Their Parents Taught Them

We invest a lot of time in teaching young people to be academically prepared, but we often overlook the skills they really need to succeed.<p>Parents, teachers, and coaches dedicate their days to preparing kids for the challenges of life after high school. They devote countless hours to ensuring kids …

Education

This Is the Way the College ‘Bubble’ Ends

For the past few decades, the unstoppable increase in college tuition has been a fact of life, like death and taxes. The sticker price of American …

Why there’s no such thing as a gifted child

Even Einstein was unexceptional in his youth. Now a new book questions our fixation with IQ and says adults can help almost any child become gifted<p>Join us on Thursday 3 August for an online Q&A looking at what parents and teachers can do to boost children’s brainpower<p>When Maryam Mirzakhani died at …

Education

Children who struggle to focus in class should be given 'prescription video games', neuroscientist claims

Children who struggle to concentrate in the classroom should be given a “personalised prescription” of video games to boost their performance, a leading neuroscientist has claimed.<p>Dr Adam Gazzaley, a neuroscientist at the University of California, says that concentrated doses of gaming can improve …

ADHD

Getting started: colleges share 2017-18 essay supplements

In what continues to be a challenging landscape for college applicants and their advisers, one ray of light may be the level of effort some colleges …

Chicago will impose a new, unusual requirement to graduate high school: A job or an acceptance letter

Students walk through Chicago’s Senn High School after classes were dismissed in May. (Joshua Lott/For The Washington Post) CHICAGO — To graduate …

To Test Your Fake News Judgment, Play This Game

Fake news has been on Maggie Farley's mind further back than 2016 when President Trump brought the term into the vernacular. Farley, a veteran …

Innovator's Challenge: Punch Up Your Presentations And Get Off PowerPoint

The key is to make sure your content is immersive and interactive. This style of presenting is often called ‘Active Learning’ and its effectiveness is proven. In the world of academia, student failure rates plummeted by 35 % compared to traditional lectures. when lectures were delivered in ways …

Learning

3 Ways Schools Condition Students

Several times a year, I will receive emails from parents about a post I wrote in 2010 titled, “The Impact of Awards”. Often, they are reaching out …

Teaching

Online Education Doesn’t Have to Be Isolating

This article is part of the Big Shortcut, an eight-part series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have …

The Traditional Lecture Is Dead. I Would Know—I’m a Professor

When I was young, there was no such thing as the World Wide Web or video streaming. If you wanted to watch something, you had to wait until it …

How to Read 50+ Books This Year

Advertisement<p>The benefits of voracious reading come in all shapes and sizes — from improving empathy and brain functioning to reducing stress and …

Productivity

R2 Innovates: Experimenting our way forward

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Innovation

How This High School Senior Is Disrupting Education

This post is part of our contributor series. The views expressed are the author's own and not necessarily shared by TNW.

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 …

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 …

Elon Musk

Microsoft's CEO Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here It Is in 1 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, …

Microsoft

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 …

Maps

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

The 2016 election and the tumultuous start to Donald Trump’s presidency, which hits the 100-day mark on April 29, have presented civics teachers in …

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 …

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 …

U.S. Department of Education

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, …

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 …

Mathematics

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 …

3D Printing

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, …

Education

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 …

Education