February 2 - February 9, 2014

What happens if you give kids 20% of their school time to learn whatever they want?  Would you believe that stress is actually good for your health?  How do we measure the success of MOOCs?  Should we define our curricula by what computers can't do?  These great questions, and lots of good content from Annie Murphy Paul, this week...


          Should We Build our Curricula Around What Computers Can't Do?
          New York Times, 2/3/14
          "The role of the human is not to be dispassionate, depersonalized or neutral.  
          It is precisely the emotive traits that are rewarded: the voracious lust for 
          understanding, the enthusiasm for work, the ability to grasp the gist, the 
          empathetic sensitivity to what will attract and linger in the mind."

          Surprise: Stress is Healthy For You.  It's All In How You See It
          TED / YouTube, 9/13/13
          "How you think and how you act can transform your experience of stress.  
          Chasing meaning is better for your health than avoiding discomfort."

          For Insight and Creativity, Maximize Your "Idea Flow"
          Wired, 2/7/14
          "When the flow of ideas incorporates a constant stream of outside ideas as well, 
          then the individuals in the community make better decisions than they could 
          on their own."


          But Why Are Mornings More Creative?   (Here's Why...)
          Brilliant Blog, 2/3/14

          Does Cognition Have Emergent Properties, Like Swarms?
          New Scientist, 2/4/14


          "Introduction to Creative Studies" Is Now A College Course
          New York Times, 2/5/14

          Duke Ellington and the Creativity of Combination
          Brain Pickings, 2/4/14

          Ingmar Bergman and the Importance of Solitude
          Atlantic, 2/4/14


          Why Writing Code Is An Art
          Financial Times, 1/31/14

          White House Hosts Its First Annual Maker Faire
          Whitehouse, 2/3/14

          Structures In Music Help Us Understand Structures In the World
          New Scientist, 2/5/14


          What Can Upworthy Teach Us About Fostering Curiosity?
          Brilliant Blog, 2/7/14

          Return of the Tiger Mom Pushback 
          New Yorker, 2/4/14

          Dweck's Other Message: Presence Is More Important Than Praise
          Brain Pickings, 1/29/14


          Intercultural Experience Deepens Thinking
          Brilliant Blog, 2/5/14


          Clay Shirky Summarizes the Financial Crisis in Higher Ed
          Shirky, 1/29/14


          Frost's Correspondences To Be Released
          New York Times, 2/4/14


          EdX Tries To Be More Social
          Businessweek, 2/6/14

          Let's Rethink Our Success Metrics for MOOCs
          Atlantic, 1/23/14


          How To Use Google's 20% Time to Increase Student Motivation
          #20Time, 5/11/13


          Momentum Grows For Women In Tech
          Forbes, 1/31/14

          Does Successful Online Education Mean Students Must Pay?
          ReadWrite, 1/28/14


          To Increase Productivity, Focus on Process, Not Goals
          Inc., 2/5/14


          Here Is One Vision Of A "Sound, Basic Education"
          Brilliant Blog, 2/6/14

          Do Single-Sex Environments Help Students?
          Brilliant Blog, 2/6/14

          Concussions Damage the Microfibers in our Brains
          New York Times, 2/4/14