Lunchroom Learning

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

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 …

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, …

Geography

A Visual Guide To Statistics | Co.Design

Kunin’s interactive online resource is called Seeing Theory, and the website features five areas of statistics, including basic and compound probability, distributions, statistical inference, and linear regressions. Each of these topic areas is broken down into a series of three interactive graphs …

Infographics

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 …

Education

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: …

Learning

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

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 …

Education

'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 …

Fruit

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 …

Education

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.

Dogs

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 …

Education

The humble high school AP test is altering the course of millions of Americans’ lives

People are sensitive. A little bit of encouragement can change the trajectory of our lives.<p>This appears to be particularly true when it comes to the results of the advanced placement (AP) test—the exams high school students take to get college credit at American universities.<p>A recently published …

Education

Opinion: What Asian schools can teach the rest of us

<b>(CNN) —</b> The latest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) focused on science, a discipline that plays an increasing role in our economic and social lives.<p>From taking a painkiller to determining what is a "balanced" meal, from drinking pasteurized milk to deciding whether or not to buy …

Education

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 …

Language

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 …

Education

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?” …

Education

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 …

Basic Income

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Study Finds Students Of All Races Prefer Teachers Of Color

"Do you speak English?"<p>When Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng walked into his summer school classroom for the first time as a brand-new teacher, a student greeted him with this question. Nothing in his training had prepared him to address race and identity. But he was game, answering the student lightly, …

Education

I made my classroom look like the real-world—and test scores soared

Think about the jobs in today’s economy — the ones we’re supposed to prepare students for after graduation. Are employees evaluated using bubble-in …

Education

#ObserveMe

A teacher who doesn’t collaborate works on an isolated island. When this lack of collaboration permeates an entire school, teachers more closely …

Education Technology

A Timeline of Google Classroom’s March to Replace Learning Management Systems

Over the last two years, Google has taken its popular applications and outfitted them for the classroom. While many schools and districts continue to …

Education Technology

How to make a to-do list that actually helps you get everything done

A lot of people start their workday by making a to-do list. Depending on how realistic you are, there are probably anywhere from three to 15 items on your list. If it’s three, you probably end your workday feeling accomplished and energized. If you try to complete 15, you probably wrap up your day …

Productivity

Grammar Snob for iOS will make your friends hate you

If your twitching after the grammatical mistake I just made, this one’s for you.<p>A $1 pack of stickers for iOS 10 lets you simulate red-pen editing within Messenger. Whether it comes from a teacher or an editor, seeing too much red ink always prompts anxiety, and now irritating people such as …

iOS

Bored teenager hacks T-Mobile’s network for free unlimited data

It was just another Friday night for Jacob Ajit, a student at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. The 17-year-old resident of Fairfax, Virginia was playing around with a T-Mobile prepaid device, when he discovered he could gain unlimited access to 4G internet completely free. …

Net Neutrality