When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find […]
In this thought-provoking feature in New York Magazine this week, a parent grapples with the ethics of intervening to give kids a “leg up.” “The kids who learn the lesson of cynicism may in fact suffer less than those who don’t. What parents are really telling children with their constant intervening is that there’s no […]
Fascinating research: “Children’s brains show evidence of faster development when they are learning to play an instrument. And studies comparing the brains of adult musicians and non-musicians find the most pronounced enhancements in brain structure in those who began their music training early in childhood.” Using Music to Close the Academic GapSeveral times a week, […]
A new parent toolkit has helpful ideas about what parents can do at home to support their child’s learning in school. It highlights the big educational concepts students should master in each grade and offers tips about the kinds of questions parents can bring up at home.
Studies are beginning to show that significant biases against women still exist in science graduate programs. Only 14 percent of physics professors in the U.S. are women. Eileen Pollack’s New York Times Magazine article delves into why women still aren’t reaching the highest levels of academia and industry, despite the high numbers of women with college […]
A look at how students can bypass the SAT to get into a reputable college. “It’s kind of declaring war on the whole rigmarole of college admissions and the failure to foreground the curriculum and learning,” Leon Botstein, Bard’s president of 38 years, said in an interview. Saying the prevailing system was “loaded with a […]
Many birds migrate thousands of miles every year. It’s a perilous journey, and an important one for the ecosystem. Of the estimated 20 billion birds that migrate south each fall, only about half return to breed in the spring.
As more schools across the country begin to use tablets in classrooms, it’s worth taking the time to note how other countries are incorporating tablets for learning. In this Slate article, Lisa Guernsey points out that the emphasis is less on games and interactive content and more on the iPad as a tool for capturing experiences.
Is it scientifically possible for humans to fly? This animated TED-ED video based on a physics lesson by Joy Lin explains just how hard that would be and why. She covers topics like the universal gas law, Newton’s Laws, force and gravity. The video looks like an animated comic strip, but packs in a lot […]
Not just for games and movies, tablets are becoming more common in educational settings. A recent Neilsen survey found that 71 percent of students who use tablets are interested in accessing textbooks. See what they’re using the tablets for: Nielsen