When I Started Looking At This Map About American Schools, I Did *Not* Expect That Bar To Go Up

After Brown v. Board of Education (more on that below), America specifically ordered many school districts to desegregate (aka stop having just one type of person at the school). This was supposed to make it more likely that African-American kids would be in schools with non-African-American kids … this is desegregation. It made it official: Separate but equal is unconstitutional. 
Turns out, our schools are even MORE segregated now. Even more separate.
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When I Started Looking At This Map About American Schools, I Did *Not* Expect That Bar To Go Up

After Brown v. Board of Education (more on that below), America specifically ordered many school districts to desegregate (aka stop having just one type of person at the school). This was supposed to make it more likely that African-American kids would be in schools with non-African-American kids … this is desegregation. It made it official: Separate but equal is unconstitutional.

Turns out, our schools are even MORE segregated now. Even more separate.

MOOCs go to high school

One of the people tasked with making the jump is Dr. Jeneen Graham at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in California. She currently teaches psychology to 18 students; next year she’ll be teaching thousands. “I think it’s incredible,” says Graham, “and also a little bit scary.”
Graham is creating an intro to psychology MOOC for the online learning nonprofit EdX, one of the biggest MOOC providers. Her class will be one of about two-dozen free high-school classes EdX is launching.

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MOOCs go to high school

One of the people tasked with making the jump is Dr. Jeneen Graham at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in California. She currently teaches psychology to 18 students; next year she’ll be teaching thousands. “I think it’s incredible,” says Graham, “and also a little bit scary.”

Graham is creating an intro to psychology MOOC for the online learning nonprofit EdX, one of the biggest MOOC providers. Her class will be one of about two-dozen free high-school classes EdX is launching.

image via flickr:CC | AJC1

The 14 Best Resources on the Web for STEM Educators
MIT Open Courseware
National STEM Video Game Challenge
How-to-Geek
Tuts+
Wikiversity
Khan Academy
PEOI
Academic Earth
50 Sources of Free STEM Education
The 10 Best STEM Resources for preK-12
STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup
Top 10 Online STEM Resources for Advanced Students
7 STEM Apps for Higher Order Thinking
The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids

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The 14 Best Resources on the Web for STEM Educators

  1. MIT Open Courseware
  2. National STEM Video Game Challenge
  3. How-to-Geek
  4. Tuts+
  5. Wikiversity
  6. Khan Academy
  7. PEOI
  8. Academic Earth
  9. 50 Sources of Free STEM Education
  10. The 10 Best STEM Resources for preK-12
  11. STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup
  12. Top 10 Online STEM Resources for Advanced Students
  13. 7 STEM Apps for Higher Order Thinking
  14. The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids

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The best way for students to become writers

As a writer myself, I still believe that the best way for students to become writers is by reading as much good writing as possible and internalizing the various structures and techniques they encounter. For extras, the habit of reading will also increase their vocabulary, improve their spelling, and help them grasp the fact that many of the conventions of written language are different from those of spoken language.
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The best way for students to become writers

As a writer myself, I still believe that the best way for students to become writers is by reading as much good writing as possible and internalizing the various structures and techniques they encounter. For extras, the habit of reading will also increase their vocabulary, improve their spelling, and help them grasp the fact that many of the conventions of written language are different from those of spoken language.

As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works 

The idea is that teachers, like doctors in medical residencies, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can be responsible for classes on their own. At Aspire, mentors believe that the most important thing that novice teachers need to master is the seemingly unexciting — but actually quite complex — task of managing a classroom full of children. Once internalized, the thinking goes, such skills make all the difference between calm and bedlam, and can free teachers to focus on student learning.
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As Apprentices in Classroom, Teachers Learn What Works

The idea is that teachers, like doctors in medical residencies, need to practice repeatedly with experienced supervisors before they can be responsible for classes on their own. At Aspire, mentors believe that the most important thing that novice teachers need to master is the seemingly unexciting — but actually quite complex — task of managing a classroom full of children. Once internalized, the thinking goes, such skills make all the difference between calm and bedlam, and can free teachers to focus on student learning.

In less than 20 minutes, here’s what we’ve learned about the woman sitting 10 feet from us: where she was born, where she studied, that she has an interest in yoga, that she’s bookmarked an online offer for a anti-snore mantras, recently visited Thailand and Laos, and shows a remarkable interest in sites that offer tips on how to save a relationship.

Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard — Matter — Medium (via popmech)

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How Do We Learn Best?

It’s time for a very short quiz. Do you learn more -1. Taking a walk across an abandoned car park2. Studying for a required calculus test?Teachers, academics and most folks will probably choose #2. Even if we don’t like calculus, we are taking a required test. That’s gotta be important.Yet most human learning does not involve numbers, or words, or mathematical symbols. Most learning does not engage language at all.

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How Do We Learn Best?

It’s time for a very short quiz. Do you learn more -

1. Taking a walk across an abandoned car park

2. Studying for a required calculus test?

Teachers, academics and most folks will probably choose #2. Even if we don’t like calculus, we are taking a required test. That’s gotta be important.

Yet most human learning does not involve numbers, or words, or mathematical symbols. Most learning does not engage language at all.

image via flickr:CC | Colette Cassinelli

Nebraska school suggests teachers avoid calling students boys or girls to be ‘gender inclusive’

A Lincoln middle school staffer gave teachers training documents advising them not to use “gendered expressions” by calling students “boys and girls” or “ladies and gentlemen,” but to instead use more generic expressions like campers, readers, athletes or even purple penguins to be more “gender inclusive.”
Lincoln Superintendent Steve Joel told KLIN Radio’s Drive Time Lincoln show Wednesday he was “happy” and “pleased” with the training materials because the school district wants all children to be successful and not feel like outcasts or be afraid to go to school. He said the school district needs to be inclusive and educate and understand all children and address bullying.
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Nebraska school suggests teachers avoid calling students boys or girls to be ‘gender inclusive’

A Lincoln middle school staffer gave teachers training documents advising them not to use “gendered expressions” by calling students “boys and girls” or “ladies and gentlemen,” but to instead use more generic expressions like campers, readers, athletes or even purple penguins to be more “gender inclusive.”

Lincoln Superintendent Steve Joel told KLIN Radio’s Drive Time Lincoln show Wednesday he was “happy” and “pleased” with the training materials because the school district wants all children to be successful and not feel like outcasts or be afraid to go to school. He said the school district needs to be inclusive and educate and understand all children and address bullying.

image via flickr:CC | Scott Heinowski
How to train a robot: Can we teach robots right from wrong?

From performing surgery and flying planes to babysitting kids and driving cars, today’s robots can do it all. With chatbots such as Eugene Goostman recently being hailed as “passing” the Turing test, it appears robots are becoming increasingly adept at posing as humans. While machines are becoming ever more integrated into human lives, the need to imbue them with a sense of morality becomes increasingly urgent. But can we really teach robots how to be good?
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image via flickr:CC | Scott Heinowski

How to train a robot: Can we teach robots right from wrong?

From performing surgery and flying planes to babysitting kids and driving cars, today’s robots can do it all. With chatbots such as Eugene Goostman recently being hailed as “passing” the Turing test, it appears robots are becoming increasingly adept at posing as humans. While machines are becoming ever more integrated into human lives, the need to imbue them with a sense of morality becomes increasingly urgent. But can we really teach robots how to be good?