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The Top 12 Blogs of 2017

What are the most-read blogs throughout the past 12 months? We’ve been digging through the archives behind the scenes at

Retailers Need New Tools For Marketing: Forget The 4Ps, Embrace The 4Es

A recent Adobe Think Tank, a video streaming forum, entitled “The Future of Experience Business,” began with a startling premise: “Marketing is an outdated practice, period.”<p>The statement arose from a question about marketing’s role in the experiential economy now that simply selling a product …

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 …

These 3 Tech trends are reshaping how your kids learn

Across the internet, you’ll find a popular meme that shows the contrast between “when I was a kid” and “kids today”. On one side, there will be a photo of a kid playing outside and on the other will be a photo of a kid sitting around playing on his phone. Let me help you if you haven’t seen …

A Great Resource That Offers 400 Science and Math Simulations and Learning Activities for Students

July 5, 2017 <br>ExploreLearning Gizmos provides over 400 math and science online simulations that power inquiry and understanding. It has a free Gizmos …

The Power of Education: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Today’s hyper-connected, tech-driven world opens doors to abundant opportunity for those who are equipped to seize it. Yet 330 million children across the globe are not learning basic literacy and numeracy skills. As the educated capitalize on economic success, children without education and skills …

Here Are (Approximately) 3000 Free Data Sources You Can Use Right Now

If you need data about government activity, the welfare of Mother Earth and her children, finance, economies, industry, weather and climate, or any of a myriad of social and scientific concerns, you can get it right now, free of charge.<p>Thousands of municipal, state, and national governments now …

Author Interview: 'Learn Better'

By onJune 10, 2017 12:29 PM<p>Ulrich Boser agreed to answer a few questions about his new book, "Learn Better."<p>Ulrich is a senior fellow at the Center …

IBM launched a high school to churn out workers for corporate tech jobs — take a look inside

P-TECH, the Pathways for Technology Early College High School, is IBM's answer to an education system that has been slow to adapt to the changing demand for workers with more flexible tech skills, like coding and data analytics.<p>Students at P-TECH take four years of high school with a focus on …

Big Data: Moving From Technology to Business Value Delivery

Absolutely nobody disputes the potential value of big data. It provides an economic way to ask new analytics questions that we were never able to ask …

Insanely Busy? You Can Still Find Time for Learning With These 5 Tools

Super busy but still determined to feed your mind? Try these tools.<p>Lifelong learning, research shows, can make you smarter, richer, and happier. But, let's face it, making time to feed your brain is easier for some folks than others.<p>For entrepreneurs with growing businesses, parents of young kids, …

8 Ways Machine Learning Is Improving Companies’ Work Processes

Today’s leading organizations are using machine learning–based tools to automate decision processes, and they’re starting to experiment with more-advanced uses of artificial intelligence (AI) for digital transformation. Corporate investment in artificial intelligence is predicted to triple in 2017, …

Could subjects soon be a thing of the past in Finland?

<b>Finland has long been renowned for the quality of its education and always scores highly in international league tables.</b><b>Now it is rethinking how it teaches in the digital age - seeking to place skills, as much as subjects, at the heart of what it does. But not everyone is happy, and there are fears</b> …

8 of the smartest sci-fi films and TV shows represented with hilariously complicated charts

May 27 marks the 13th anniversary of the cinematic masterpiece known as <i>Primer</i>. To show reverence to this film and everything it did for "smart" …

Scientists Find an Undeniably Effective Technique for Mastering New Skills

How to teach an old dog new tricks.<p>We tend to convince ourselves we're really bad at learning new things. We think our tired, old brains can't possibly absorb all the new information required to master new skills.<p>That's baloney.<p>The age of our brains is not the problem. The real impediment to …

Google's 'Expeditions' Initiative is Leading Innovation in the Future of Immersive Education

Google’s overarching mission is to organize all of the world’s information, and so it’s a natural fit for the company to be one of the leading …

Best of the week: Brands are cutting agencies, going directly to influencers

We’ve reached the weekend and there’s a pretty good chance you’re already headed out of town. But before you shut off completely, make sure to check …

Space's mysterious fast radio bursts: What the heck are they?

Fast radio bursts from space are a uniquely 21st-century mystery. They were first identified just 10 years ago and, up until very recently, we've only caught about two dozen of them.<p>But a new telescope in Australia is already making it much easier to detect fast radio bursts, or FRBs, which makes …

Soulmates.ai launches to help brands find compatible influencers using AI

Influencer marketing is increasing in popularity, but the question of who to engage with raises an interesting quandary.<p>Brands are finding that employing celebrities and mega-connectors comes with a high risk, and it doesn’t necessarily translate into a reasonable return. These placements also tend …

Want to Raise Inspired Kids? A Navy SEAL Commander Says Teach Them These 10 Things

Rule No. 1: Make your bed, so you'll start the day with a consistent accomplishment.<p>A few years ago, a retired Navy SEAL commander named Bill McRaven gave a graduation speech at the University of Texas. His words went viral, starting with his advice that no matter what you do, if you want to be …

300 days of sun: How one Indian entrepreneur is making a killing

Ketan Mehta is nothing if not ambitious. He wants to "shape the future of energy" for 1.3 billion people.<p>The 28-year old entrepreneur co-founded Rays Power Infra six years ago with an eye on India's enormous potential for solar energy.<p>"Earth has been receiving trillions of units of energy every day …

EduTech: Keep your knowledge up during summer break with these apps

<i>EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments here.</i><p>As …

6 Rules Successful People Live By to Learn Faster and Better Than Everyone Else

It’s Monday again.<p>The annoying alarm breaks the piece of silence you are enjoying. You keep pressing snooze and don’t want to leave your bed. As the …

Ed Tech Digest

Two years ago, in another somewhat futile attempt to reduce the backlog of resources I want to share, I began this occasional “Ed Tech Digest” post …

This Filmmaker Shows How to Keep People Truly Engaged

Want to keep people's attention? Do what the movie makers do. Here's an expert that shares his secrets.<p>Most have had the experience of trying to have a conversation in a noisy environment, like a bar or restaurant, where elaborate hand gestures seem like the only alternative to shouting. …

This New Browser Plug-in Lets You Access Millions of Scientific Papers For Free

100% legal.<p>If you're of the mindset that knowledge should be freely accessible to as many humans as possible, paywalls for academic journals can be …

25 Education Leaders to Learn from Today

I have a confession to make.<p>This time, I am very happy to say, my confession is not for leaving the classroom– I’m backkkkkkkk. Here are my thoughts …