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Why competency-based learning matters, now more than ever.

<b>What kind of learning should happen here?</b><p>It’s a deceptively simple question, one that gets to the heart of why schools and other educational …

Learning

Why 80 years on Amelia Earhart is still a role model for young women

<b>Amelia Earhart’s story is often overshadowed by her unexplained disappearance on July 2, 1937, 80 years ago today. However, she is more than just an</b> …

Women's News

How Party and Place Shape Americans' Views On Discrimination

Younger white people are much more likely than older white people to say that black people face a lot of discrimination. Most Republicans reject the idea that black people do. Black people are the racial group least likely to support same-sex marriage but the group most opposed to laws that would …

Discrimination

Amelia Earhart was the first millennial hustler

Amelia Earhart was ahead of her time, and not just because she was a pioneering female pilot in the early 20th century. Her life was decidedly postmodern—the lady had more gigs than a millennial and reinvented herself as often as a Gen-Xer. She tried and failed and succeeded a lot for someone who …

Aviation

Red sky at night, and other mysteries solved: The science of sunrise and sunset

Is the 'Red Sky at night' saying true? What's the difference between sunrise and sunset? And why does the sky go red in the first place? Jay …

Astronomy

Buzz Aldrin Looked As Baffled As We Felt During Trump's Space Talk

"This is infinity here. It could be infinity. We don’t really don’t know. But it could be. It has to be something — but it could be infinity, right?"<p>Either Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin had a bad meal or he was as confused as we were about President Donald Trump’s comments on space and security …

Buzz Aldrin

Summer of Love Bops The World Forgot

NPR

Online Learning and Self-Determination Theory

Motivation has been and continues to be a widely-studied area across many of life’s domains. People are keen to know ways to move themselves or …

Students See A New World With More Accurate Maps

Students throughout Boston are getting a radically different view of the world, one laminated 24-by-36-inch sheet of paper at a time.Beginning last …

Maps

What We Ask of Our Student and What we Do

Please watch this video created by Rick Burkett and his students:<p>@gcouros Here is my video response to your evening session @LIU12_PD @rlmaderj …

Focus on the “Learner”

I saw a link for an interesting video on “accelerating learning” for students and was intrigued simply by the title. As I was listening to the …

What Kind Of Student Should School Produce?

<b>What Kind Of Student Should School Produce?</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>What kind of student should school produce?<p>That’s a big question. Let’s backup and look at …

Here's How an E-Learning Portfolio Builds Your Skills | The Rapid E

Having a portfolio is really important, especially in today’s world of digital technology. It’s a great way to document your skills, experience, and …

Learning

When Does Obsessive Daydreaming Become a Mental Illness?

Some people say they are hopelessly addicted to their complex, vivid daydreams—despite the ruinous effect on their everyday lives. Meet the 'maladaptive daydreaming' community, and the psychiatrist fighting to legitimize their plight.<p>Andrea does it for three hours every day, rolling from side to …

Mental Health

“Innovate Together”

I was truly privileged to meet Najwa Zebian recently, and she had written a poem special for my event. With over 420,000 followers on Instagram, as …

Innovation

The Vulnerability of Learning

If you want a culture of creativity and innovation, where sensible risks are embraced on both a market and individual level, start by developing the …

Risk Management

An Idea to Innovation to Best Practice

A question that was posed recently was challenging the notion of “innovation” in education, and how it challenges best practice. “Best practice” can …

Intellectual Property in a Digital Age

I am not a lawyer, nor do I play one on Twitter. Yet the conversation about “intellectual property” and “does the school own my work?”, has come up …

Why the Internet Didn’t Kill Zines

As a lonely teenager growing up in Virginia, I fed off any pop culture that could show me different ways of being from what I saw on “The Cosby Show” reruns or read about in an Ann M. Martin book. This was the early 2000s, before social platforms had taken off: LiveJournal was still in its infancy; …

DIY Self Care Kit

Did you know that 1 in 4 people have a mental illness? And that doesn’t account for the un-diagnosed! With psychological disorders on the rise, more …

4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do

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Pedagogy

Achieving Differentiation Through Personalization & Individualization

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Teaching

Buzzword Decoder: Iterative Design and Development by Pamela S. Hogle

In an iterative model, each incremental release is a working prototype. Although the graphics might not be complete or polished, the search or …

UX Design

Pearson Shares Its Learning Design Principles by Pamela S. Hogle

In a push for transparency, Pearson has published a set of 45 learning design principles under an open license; a company blog says that the company …

Learning

Use a Digital Portfolio to Showcase Skills, Accomplishments by Pamela S. Hogle

A digital portfolio offers a flexible, shareable way to showcase skills, highlight work examples, or provide information on a company’s products and …

Employment

Working on “Meaning”

While I am writing this, I am sitting outside in the beautiful city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, blogging. This is after reading articles on books, …

Happiness

Your Postal Podcast

I love the new world of radio given to us by podcasting. There's so much good stuff out there. Add to the pile "Your Postal Podcast" which has been …

Podcasting

Postal Queries: Mail Art

<i><br>I love all the colorful tape, stamps, and textures on the gorgeous mail you photograph but, doesn’t the post office HATE all the excess? I thought</i> …

Etiquette

The Exquisite Beauty of Actually Trying

Daniel Johnston is not widely celebrated as an instrumentalist or a vocalist and while his lyrics are beautiful, he's not Bob Dylan. And yet, I love him. Because when he sings, I can hear what he's trying to do and it is the act of trying itself that is transcendent. On some level, I'm not even …

Mind

What to Read When You Don't Read Poetry

Maybe you don't read poetry. That wouldn't make you unique by any stretch of the imagination. But allow me to be bold and suggest that maybe you just haven't found the right poetry yet.<p>Poetry is a continent with many countries and you could never hope to visit them all. And while I can't prove it, …

Poetry