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How Vimeo Is Preparing For The Future Of Video Storytelling

At The Fast Company Innovation Festival, a Vimeo workshop gave an intriguing glimpse of a future in which we’ll all be creating video.<p>If a recent workshop run by Vimeo during The Fast Company Innovation Festival is any indication, we’ve only just begun to push the boundaries of storytelling through …

Brown University offers free tuition to students displaced by Hurricane Maria

The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) was devastated by the impact of Hurricane Maria and—like much of the island—is trying to repair damaged buildings, remove fallen trees, and clean up from the flood waters. “Pretty much they are devastated,” Walter Alomar, president of the University of Puerto …

This Startup Adds “Digital Citizenship” To School Curriculums

Now that every kid is on social media, maybe it’s time schools start teaching how to treat others on those services.<p>One day last year, about 30 fifth graders at Seldens Landing Elementary School in Virginia were issued tablets and asked to answer questions about cyber-bullying. They started with …

Social And Emotional Skills: Everybody Loves Them, But Still Can't Define Them

More and more, people in education agree on the importance of schools' paying attention to stuff other than academics.<p>But still, no one agrees on what to call that "stuff."<p>I originally published a story on this topic two years ago.<p>As I reported back then, there were a bunch of overlapping terms in …

Pedagogy

Test it before you try it: Findings from the Engaging News Project’s homepage redesign study

A study comparing redesigns of homepages for news organizations in the United States and Canada found that contemporary designs with more images and less text resonate more with readers — but noted that experimenting with the redesign and doing before-and-after testing can reveal some helpful …

Sometimes “Small Data” Is Enough to Create Smart Products

When thinking about practical applications for artificial intelligence in your business, it’s easy to assume that you need vast amounts of data to get started. AI is fueled by data, and so it only makes sense that the more data you have, the smarter your AI gets, right? Not exactly.<p>When it comes to …

Hacking Children's Learning: Why Gamification Technology Has The Answer

The problem with learning in recent years across all levels of schooling is that, somewhere along the way, we lost how to make it fun. Instead, it’s become a chore or punishment to kids and their parents. In reality, learning should be fun as it once had been.<p>There is hope that fun can be put back …

Education Technology

Wondering What Happened to Your Class Valedictorian? Not Much, Research Shows

Playing by the rules rarely pays off later in life.<p>What becomes of high school valedictorians? It’s what every parent wishes their teenager to be. …

How parents can help introverts thrive (without trying to turn them into extroverts)

In sixth grade, Marsha Pinto’s teacher wanted her to talk more loudly and more often, repeatedly telling Pinto that she would never succeed if she didn’t participate in class discussions and group work. The teacher may have had good intentions, but she called on Pinto daily, and when Pinto was …

Personality

The Inevitable Politicization of Commencement Speakers

Conferring degrees with a sprinkle of ideology—regardless of a school’s intentions<p>The rented robes are itchy, the mortarboard hats make everyone look dopey, and the patience required to snap the perfect picture makes Cubs fans who waited 108 years for a World Series title look unimpressive. …

New Google tool helps developers pick the right colors for their apps

With its Material Design guidelines, Google set out to create a unified set of ideas for how it wants developers to think about all the different aspects of their applications’ design, ranging from the basic layout to how to use animations effectively. As part of those guidelines, it also offered …

Forget Coding: Writing Is Design’s “Unicorn Skill”

In a new report, John Maeda explains why writing is a must-have skill for designers.<p>These days many designers can code–an increasingly important skill for landing a job. But few are just as fluent in their own language as they are in Javascript. That presents a serious problem in terms of design. …

Matthew 22:39

AN ARGUMENT often advanced for the encouragement of religion is that, to paraphrase St Matthew’s report of Jesus’s words, it leads people to love …

Save Hide And Seek For The Playground: Why Kids Should See Their Veggies

When my daughter turned 1, a routine toe prick revealed that her iron levels were low. Because our family doesn't eat much iron-rich red meat, the pediatrician advised that we feed our daughter spinach. Every. Single. Day. This was bad. My daughter had just entered a picky eating phase and leafy …

Vegetables

The best way to help your kids succeed is steady feedback, not constant praise

When my daughter came home from her third-grade sports day with a plastic gold medal, I asked her what she had won it for.<p>“We <i>all</i> got a medal,” she beamed.<p>I looked at my husband, who had been at her school all day cheering her on.<p>“They got a medal just for showing up?” I asked.<p>He didn’t seem to …

Parenting

Want to raise empowered women? Start in middle school.

When my girlfriends and I share stories about our first jobs, we shake our heads at our meekness. Susan recalls her boss at a company in Paris. “She would fly off the handle at the smallest things, screaming, ‘Vous êtes nul!’ — ‘You are nothing!’ ” Susan would retreat to the bathroom to cry. “I was …

Parenting

What is augmented reality?

MOST people, by now, have heard of virtual reality (VR). Giant technology companies, from Google to Samsung to Sony, are hoping that it will be the …

8 Tech Tools To Communicate Your Ideas More Effectively

Love it or hate it, presentation matters. To quote the poet William Carlos Williams, sometimes “It is not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it.” Here are eight tech tools to help you communicate your ideas more effectively (and, dare I say, beautifully).<p><b>1. Lucidchart</b><p>The tool …

Infographics

How My Parents Inadvertently Raised Me To Be An Entrepreneur

The lines in the sand that many parents draw between work and home in the struggle to balance the two may deprive kids of useful lessons.<p>My brother and I are incredibly different people. I always loved school; my brother just wanted it to be over. My highest level of education is a law degree, and …

Hyperlinks with superpowers: How Superlinks take consumers on a magical journey

The humble hyperlink hasn’t changed much since its inception. The content it points to has changed wildly, of course. Conversion optimization tools and best practices have forced marketers to make the most of every landing page, and the smartphone focuses this further since screen real estate is …