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Play is essential, but it takes work for children to succeed in the real world. The announcement that the University of Cambridge has appointed the world’s first Lego professor of play gives new meaning to the phrase “red-brick university”.

Play is essential, but it takes work for children to succeed in the real world

Professor Paul Ramchandani will lead a team “examining the importance of play in education”. Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework. “There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.”

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

This statement, by homework research guru Harris Cooper, of Duke University, is startling to hear, no matter which side of the homework debate you’re on. Can it be true that the hours of lost playtime, power struggles and tears are all for naught? This 10 Minute TED Talk by Bill Gates Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Presenting. With a net worth of $80 billion, Bill Gates happens to be the richest man on the planet.

This 10 Minute TED Talk by Bill Gates Will Teach You Everything You Need to Know About Presenting

More than that, though, many are drawn to Gates and his ideas due to his everyday demeanor and down-to-earth presentation style. In coaching a number of high-level executives on presentations in the last two years, I've used the following talk (filmed at an official TED conference in 2013) to illustrate many aspects that go into a good presentation. (You can view the talk in full here.) This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like. When Sam Levin was a junior at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Great Barrington, Mass., he realized that two things were in short supply at his school: engagement and mastery.

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like

He also noticed that he and his peers were learning plenty of information, but not much about how to gather or create their own data. And he noticed that students were unhappy. So he took it upon himself to design a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn. How to Write Like a Boss. August 29 2014 When you write like a boss, you get out of marketing limbo.

How to Write Like a Boss

You bring in new, higher-paying clients. You Better Stop…Make Mistakes…and Listen! – Jessica Hanson. (Originally posted on Love the Learning.)

You Better Stop…Make Mistakes…and Listen! – Jessica Hanson

By Jessica Hanson From August 21st, 2014: “This week I am having my teachers write letters to themselves. Is It Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools? 5 min read This is a version of the talk I gave at ISTE today on a panel titled "Is It Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools?

Is It Time to Give Up on Computers in Schools?

" with Gary Stager, Will Richardson, Martin Levins, David Thornburg, and Wayne D'Orio. So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class ... Photo In 2008, shortly after Bill Gates stepped down from his executive role at Microsoft, he often awoke in his 66,000-square-foot home on the eastern bank of Lake Washington and walked downstairs to his private gym in a baggy T-shirt, shorts, sneakers and black socks yanked up to the midcalf.

So Bill Gates Has This Idea for a History Class ...

Then, during an hour on the treadmill, Gates, a self-described nerd, would pass the time by watching DVDs from the Teaching Company’s “Great Courses” series. 14 Lies You’ve Been Told About Dads. <div class="greet_block wpgb_shadowed"><div class="greet_text"><div class="greet_image"><a href=" rel="nofollow"><img src=" alt="WP Greet Box icon"/></a></div>Hello there!

14 Lies You’ve Been Told About Dads

If you are new here, you might want to <a href=" rel="nofollow"><strong>subscribe to the RSS feed</strong></a> for updates on this topic. <div style="clear:both"></div></div></div> Now that Mother’s Day has come and gone, the slow trickle of dad-stuff is about to begin, as advertisers and marketers and the media in all its forms start looking for ways to move the focus onto dads.

(At least for a couple of weeks.) 7 Things You Should Know About Design Thinking. 8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness. Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions.

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

This is the subject of 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools: The Real Crisis in Education, a new book by David Berliner and Gene Glass, two of the country’s most highly respected educational researchers. Although the book deserves to be read in its entirety, I want to focus on eight of the myths that I think are relevant to most teachers, administrators, and parents. Myth #1: Teachers Are the Most Important Influence on a Child’s Education Of course teachers are extremely important. Good teachers make a significant difference in achievement. Myth #2: Homework Boosts Achievement. Cognitive Biases. 10 Most Important Board Games In History.

Gaming For thousands of years, board games have been a source of entertainment for people across the world. Pascal Junod » An Aspiring Scientist’s Frustration with Modern-Day Academia: A Resignation. THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL: 2013. We're at Business Insider's Ignition event to hear from business leaders and notable folks in the tech space, hearing their thoughts on where the future of digital business is heading. To kick off today's events, Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget delivered the following presentation put together with the help of the BI Intelligence team.

BI Intelligence is a new research and analysis service focused on mobile computing and the Internet. Only subscribers can download the individual charts and datasets in Excel, along with the PowerPoint and PDF versions of this deck. Ken Robinson, the Element & the Iron Cage. The Element and Finding Your Element are Sir Ken Robinson’s venture into the self-help market, where he delivers a message that is, in one respect, the exact opposite of the message about education heard in his immensely popular TED videos.

Why my daughter doesn't deserve school. It's a provocative title isn't that one? It'll probably set the alarm bells ringing among proponents of the right to education. I guess it may have incensed feminists as well. Some of you may call me a crazy parent. I'm quite happy to take all of the criticism as long as you have the patience to read to the end of this article. A Teen's Brave Response to "I'm Christian, Unless You're Gay" - Part 2. I received the following email today in response to my post I’m Christian, Unless You’re Gay. I had decided a couple months ago that it was time to let the whole thing rest, but this response was so powerful, I couldn’t not share it with you all.

It was from a woman who simply called herself, “One proud mom.” Hello Mr. Pearce,I am the Christian mother of a 15 year old teenage boy and about a month ago he came home from school with a copy of your article “I’m Christian, unless you’re gay”. The teacher gave his class a homework assignment to read it and write a 500 word essay about “what it meant to them”.He came home and showed me your article and asked me what I thought about it. Students Have Names. A Village Invents a Language All Its Own. 'Z Is the First Letter of the Alphabet' What I Wish I Had Learned in School. Questions About Sugata Mitra & His “Holes In The Wall. Sugata Mitra - Charlatan or genius? Lessons learned: Many things are shyte for a reason. Seekers Of Awe. Does Google Mean Rethinking Education? Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education.

John Feffer: Hungary: The Cancer in the Middle of Europe? Why online Slacktivism might actually be helping charities. Dystopia: A Possible Future of Teacher Evaluation - Living in Dialogue. The end of the teaching profession? Why are we promoting STEM preparation so vigorously? What’s the problem with education? A view from Delphi. Podcasting Is Becoming More Popular.

The end of the teaching profession? Unarticle: Unleashing the Transformative Power of the Unorganized Internet. 17 Questions From Pop Songs, Answered Definitively. 50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do. Donald Clark Plan B: Sugata Mitra: Slum chic? 7 reasons for doubt. The Learning Virtues. How To Develop a Culture of "Can" In Your Classroom. What Does 200 Calories Look Like? Compose tips. Evidence Based EFL: How to create your own TEFL method. Repurposing learning « tolerance for ambiguity. Pick ONE. Why The Private Sector Needs To Invest In Public School Teachers. Blame Poorly Designed Technology Instead of Teacher Training. The Necessary Struggle: Deep Practice and Skill Mastery. Novices Orienteer, Experts Teleport.

Theories for the digital age: Postmodern perspectives. The Power of Quiet. Top-20-lms-software-solutions.png (1000×3060) Education stuck in pre-calculator age.