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Big Think Interview With Howard Gardner. After Setbacks, Online Courses Are Rethought. Science Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Bring Hip-Hop Into The Classroom : Code Switch. This story comes to us from our friends at the science desk.

Science Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Bring Hip-Hop Into The Classroom : Code Switch

They produced the 7-minute video documentary you see above. "Modern-day rappers — all they talk about is money, and all these unnecessary and irrelevant topics," says Victoria Richardson, a freshman at Bronx Compass High School. Richardson's rhymes tackle a much less-popular subject: DNA. Richardson and her teammates were finalists at the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) competition, where she faced off against other science rappers from nine different New York public schools. "Science Genius is about harvesting the power of urban youth culture," says Christopher Emdin, a professor of education at Columbia University's Teacher's College who created the program.

Tom McFadden. Why a good education benefits us all — not just students. Timothy Bartik says that investing in early childhood education is not just good for the children involved — but for communities as a whole.

Why a good education benefits us all — not just students

In today’s talk, he offers a detailed look at how preschool education boosts local economies in colossal ways. Timothy Bartik: The economic case for preschool“Early childhood education can bring more and better jobs to a state and can thereby promote higher per-capita earnings for the state’s residents,” says Bartik in this talk, given ay TEDxMiamiUniversity in Ohio. “When legislatures and others think about economic development, what they first of all think about are business tax incentives. Early childhood programs can do the exact same thing.” To hear exactly how it works, listen to this talk. The TEDx program, with its global reach, is privileged to have a unique perspective on education. No more easy answers: Adrián Paenza at TEDxJoven@RiodelaPlata All too often, school lessons set concrete problems with clean answers. Essay on the idea that non-philosophers should judge philosophers. One of the oldest questions of philosophy is, "Who guards the guardians?

Essay on the idea that non-philosophers should judge philosophers

" When Plato posed this question -- if not quite this succinctly -- his concern was with how a community can keep its leaders focused on the good of the whole. Plato's answer was that guardians should govern themselves — philosophy would train their souls so that they would choose wisely rather than unjustly. Kings would become philosophers, and philosophers kings. This is not how we do things today. In representative forms of government the people rule, at least intermittently, through processes such as voting, recalls, and referenda. Teaching the Mathematics of Infinity. Overview | How big is infinity?

Teaching the Mathematics of Infinity

How can one kind of infinity be larger than another kind? In this lesson, students explore the infinite by researching and discussing some of the greatest uses — and misuses — of this mysterious, rich and important mathematical concept. Materials | Computers with Internet access. So You Have a Liberal Arts Degree and Expect a Job?

Photo Album. Reading, Math and Grit. 10 Rules for Students and Teachers (and Life) by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent. The Death Of Facts In An Age Of 'Truthiness' According to columnist Rex Huppke, there was a recent death that you might have missed.

The Death Of Facts In An Age Of 'Truthiness'

It wasn't an actor, musician or famous politician, but facts. In a piece for the Chicago Tribune, Huppke says facts – things we know to be true – are now dead. Huppke says the final blow came on Wednesday, April 18, when Republican Rep. Allen West of Florida declared that about 80 members of the Democratic Party in Congress are members of the Communist Party. Stop Telling Students to Study for Exams - Commentary.

By David Jaffee Among the problems on college campuses today are that students study for exams and faculty encourage them to do so.

Stop Telling Students to Study for Exams - Commentary

I expect that many faculty members will be appalled by this assertion and regard it as a form of academic heresy. If anything, they would argue, students don't study enough for exams; if they did, the educational system would produce better results. But this simple and familiar phrase—"study for exams"—which is widely regarded as a sign of responsible academic practice, actually encourages student behaviors and dispositions that work against the larger purpose of human intellectual development and learning.

Rather than telling students to study for exams, we should be telling them to study for learning and understanding. David Foster Wallace on Education. Richard Hersh - The Colbert Report - 2012-10-04.


RSA Animate - 21st century enlightenment‬‏ Morgan Harris - Biophilia Educational Program - An Introduction. About This short video from the workshops held in Iceland in autumn 2011 shows well the activity and interdisciplinary nature of the Biophila Educational Program. These workshops for Reykjavik children aged 10-12 years old were developed in collaboration with scientist from The University of Iceland and music teachers and nature science teachers from Reykjavik City Schools. The very hands-on program is groundbreaking in its highly original effort to break up conventional teaching modes by merging music and science together in a very interesting way. Morgan Harris - The Culture Of Reddit. EddieV - The Impact of Twitter on Journalism. Using TED Conversations in the classroom. Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution! Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley. RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. What Personalized Learning Really Means For Modern Teachers. How To Promote Creativity In The Classroom. Adobe recently released the handy infographic below that looks at some statistics on perceived barriers to creativity in education.

How To Promote Creativity In The Classroom

They’ve come to the conclusion – rather unsurprisingly, at least to me- that the current education system is stifling creativity. Since I think a lot of us already are aware of this, I’ll get to the more interesting part: what exactly is everyone else feeling about this? It’s easy to say that we need to promote more creativity in the classroom , but how?

Keep reading to learn more. 86% of parents and teachers believe teaching creativity requires a transformation in the way schools work. Educators want: Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students. By Jennie Rose In his new book To Sell is Human, author Daniel Pink reports that education is one of the fastest growing job categories in the country.

Dan Pink: How Teachers Can Sell Love of Learning to Students

Education in a digital world [VIDEO] PBS Newshour - Can 'Rocketship' Launch a Fleet of Successful Schools? Morgan Harris - Ohio Third Graders Must Learn to Read or Repeat the Year. Morgan Harris - Diploma Divide: The Increasing Influence of Class in the Classroom. Diploma Divide: The Increasing Influence of Class in the Classroom shared Dec 27, 2012 See more fromThe New York Times Up Next The iEconomy: Factory Upgrade - Apple News 2012 Share Activity. What You (Really) Need to Know. "Growing the Integrative Mind" a presentation by Tobin Hart. My Year Volunteering As A Teacher Helped Educate A New Generation Of Underprivileged Kids vs. Can We Please, Just Once, Have A Real Teacher.

Point When I graduated college last year, I was certain I wanted to make a real difference in the world. After 17 years of education, I felt an obligation to share my knowledge and skills with those who needed it most. Schools We Can Envy by Diane Ravitch. Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? By Pasi Sahlberg, with a foreword by Andy Hargreaves Teachers College Press, 167 pp., $34.95 (paper) Seattle High School's Teachers Toss District's Test. Hide captionGarfield High School's academic dean and testing coordinator, Kris McBride, at a news conference announcing the teachers' boycott of the MAP test in Seattle on Jan. 10.

Seattle High School's Teachers Toss District's Test

Ann Dornfeld for NPR. The Digital Education Revolution, Cont'd: Meet TED-Ed's New Online Learning Platform - Megan Garber - Technology. TED's new tool lets teachers create customized lessons that revolve around web video.

The Digital Education Revolution, Cont'd: Meet TED-Ed's New Online Learning Platform - Megan Garber - Technology

Morgan Harris - Coursera Wins "Best New Startup Of 2012″! Online Learning, en Masse - Video. The Trouble With Online Education. Tree Sitting. News Corp. Education Tablet: For The Love Of Learning? Hide captionJoel Klein, former New York City schools chief, left to run News Corp.'s education division. Aldous Huxley interview-1958 (FULL) Emile, or On Education.

Henry Miller on Reading, Influence, and What's Wrong with Education. International Symposia for Contemplative Studies. Tucson's Mexican-American Studies Ban - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 04/02. Colleges Should Teach Intellectual Virtues - Commentary. Barry Schwartz on our loss of wisdom. Is yoga the answer to the 'reputation gap' at UVA?C-Ville Weekly. On April 10, the University of Virginia announced that billionaire alum Paul Tudor Jones and his wife Sonia had donated $12 million for the creation of the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC).

Set to begin this fall, the center will be dedicated to the study of meditation, yoga, and mindfulness training and how these practices can be extended not only through the University’s core schools—medicine, nursing, education, and arts and sciences—where they already flourish to varying degrees, but eventually across all 11 of UVA’s schools. The idea is to interweave the practices of yoga and other body/mind disciplines into the basic fabric of a UVA education. The Last Professor. In previous columns and in a recent book I have argued that higher education, properly understood, is distinguished by the absence of a direct and designed relationship between its activities and measurable effects in the world.

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