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By Dimitris Tzouris | Education FWD (forward) is a carefully curated collection of articles on education or education technology.

Paper Tweets Build SEL Skills

Setting Up a Twitter Board<p>Creating a Twitter board is simple. Make a template with space for a profile picture, the student’s real name, a …

Teaching

The future of college education: Students for life, computer advisers and campuses everywhere

Predictions about higher education’s future often result in two very different visions about what is next for colleges and universities. In one camp: those who paint a rosy picture of an economy that will continue to demand higher levels of education for an increasing share of the workforce. In the …

Higher Education

What is the true meaning of a college degree?

Though it has now been nearly a month since my own graduation ceremony, these past few weeks have been filled with reflections on transitions and …

Martial Arts

Student Evaluations Can’t Be Used to Assess Professors

Our research shows they’re biased against women. That means using them is illegal.<p>Imagine that you’re up for a promotion at your job, but before your …

Higher Education

The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.<p>A trio of boys tramps alongthe length of a wooden fence, back and forth, shouting like carnival barkers. “The Land! It opens …

Robots Aren’t Replacing Teachers, But The Rise Of Artificial Intelligence Could Make Our Lives Easier And Improve Education

<p><strong>The science fiction writer Isaac Asimov wrote a story set in the year 2157, in which a boy discovers a ‘real’ book. In it, he learns that …

Artificial Intelligence

Elementary School Homework Probably Isn’t Good for Kids

A powerful combination of superstition and questionable research ensures young kids hit the books instead of just, you know, reading them.<p>Many …

My Desk-Free, Student-First Classroom

I <b>remember my pride the very first time</b> I set up my classroom. Dozens of desks sat in well-designed configurations across my classroom, shiny and …

Teaching

Don’t just teach kids to code – teach them to question Facebook and Google | John Harris

It’s shameful that our children are still so computer illiterate. Let’s give them the skills to take on the tech giants, and create a more democratic internet<p>Three years ago, before the Brexit dreams of renewed imperial glory and Vimto for all took wing, England took an uncharacteristically bold …

Michael Gove

Paper or Screen for Comprehension and Learning?

<i>Paul A. Kirschner & Mirjam Neelen</i><p>We have blogged about writing with pen/pencil and paper versus writing on a laptop (see here) and concluded that …

Tablets

The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers<p>By William Deresiewicz<p>June 1, 2008<p><i>Listen to a narrated</i> …

College & University

Even teachers now say that academics are not the key to kids’ success

To many, increasing automation and the unprecedented pace of technological changes mean kids need more than just academic skills to succeed. They need confidence and motivation to tackle problems, interpersonal skills to work with others and the resilience to stay on task when things fall apart.<p>New …

Education

What every teacher should know about ... memory

In a new series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: a project on long-term memory<p>There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with students – …

Teaching

The Future of Work Is Uncertain, Schools Should Worry Now

The rapidly evolving nature of the workplace has schools struggling to prepare students for jobs that might not exist yet.

Why Teachers Need Their Freedom

Educators must remain engaged and autonomous in order to do their jobs well and avoid burnout.<p>My co-teacher and I met in the parking lot before school and stared into my car trunk at the costumes and props we had gathered over the weekend. We were giddy with excitement and nervous because neither …

The Best Way to Test Students? Make Them Explain It On Video

As a physics professor, I have two jobs. The first, obviously, is to help students understand physics. That makes me something of a coach. But I want …

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 <b>Thursday 3 August</b> for an online Q&A looking at what parents and teachers can do to boost children’s brainpower<p>When Maryam Mirzakhani died at …

Nobel Prize

Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

Stanford physics and education professor Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his innovative, break-through work in quantum mechanics. Wieman has since levered the prestige and power of that prize to call attention to the need to transform undergraduate teaching, especially science education.<p>Wieman's …

Pedagogy

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Writing stories is a craft that is crucial for life. And if the government insists, you can test it, measure it and use it in commerce, too<p>A report in the Times has quoted a secondary school teacher who complained that their year 7 intake no longer knew how to tell a story. “They knew what a …

Grammar

Schools are finally teaching what kids need to be successful in life

Research shows that teaching kids things like perseverance and self-control can improve their health, academic achievement, and happiness in life.<p>But teaching character, or social and emotional learning, has proven dicey. The science was sometimes squishy, the curriculum often felt driven by those …

University of Pennsylvania

Science classes won’t future-proof our children. But dance might | Christina Patterson

Focusing exclusively on science, maths and tech is misguided. Future workers will need the creativity that only the arts teach<p>Prince George is going to learn ballet. He will wear tights and black shoes, and join girls in pink shoes and tutus, to learn the plié, the relevé and the sauté. He will do …

That 12-year-old screaming at you while playing “Call of Duty” might actually be gaming for school

The mud-soaked and fog-blanketed World War I-inspired landscapes of <i>Battlefield 1</i> can be brutal environments. Hundreds of thousands of gamers log on daily to shred airborne opponents while piloting fighter planes like the Red Baron and gallop across the desert like Lawrence of Arabia. But the vast …

Call of Duty

Stanford researchers show we’re sending many children to school way too early

Parents wondering whether to wait a year to send their kids to kindergarten, take note: A new study from Stanford University shows that Danish kids who postponed kindergarten for up to one year showed dramatically higher levels of self-control.<p>“We found that delaying kindergarten for one year …

Mental Health

In the age of robots, our schools are teaching children to be redundant | George Monbiot

A regime of cramming and testing is crushing young people’s instinct to learn and destroying their future<p>In the future, if you want a job, you must be as unlike a machine as possible: creative, critical and socially skilled. So why are children being taught to behave like machines?<p>Children learn …

Social Issues

Let’s stop calling them ‘soft skills’ – It's Your Turn

They might be skills, but they’re not soft<p><b>Are you good at your job?</b><p>Different, easier question: Was Ty Cobb good at baseball?<p>The apocryphal story is …

And their eyes glazed over

My college students are never entirely present in class, addicted to texts and tech. Is there any hope left for learning?<i>By Joelle Renstrom</i>Read at …

Promoting Active Learning with Fitbits

Wearable technology is becoming a part of our daily lives. I hardly take a step that is not counted on my Fitbit. This device not only motivates me …

Why schools should not teach general critical-thinking skills

Being an air-traffic controller is not easy. At the heart of the job is a cognitive ability called ‘situational awareness’ that involves ‘the …

10 Essential Characteristics of a 21st Century Educator

<i>This is a first draft and I am trying to learn through reflection. Would love your thoughts on the ideas below.</i>People have come to loathe the term …