June 15 - June 22, 2014

FEATURED ARTICLES

          Should Students Have Laptops in Class?
          Slate, 6/15/14
          "Students who lack the self-discipline... to look away from the screen and take paper 
          notes will not learn as much, or as well, in college.  But that's their responsibility.  
          What's going to happen when (if) all these laptop-policed students get jobs?"

          Play (Rather than Structure) Means Better Executive Skills
          Atlantic, 6/20/14
          "The more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse 
          their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals."

          Do More Through the Disciplined Pursuit of Doing Less
          Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2/10/14
          "When people really get the chance to think, to have the space... they can quite easily 
          discern between the things that are essential to them and those that are not.  The 
          problem is not our ability to discern, it's that we don't have the space to take the 
          time to discern."


ASSESSMENTS

          The First Standardized Tests Were Given This Week in 1901
          Writer's Almanac, 6/17/14

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

          Music Increases Cognitive Performance b/c of Executive Function
          Pacific Standard, 6/18/14

          Understanding Dyslexia Better: Visually and Phonologically
          New York Times, 5/15/14

          No More Multitasking: Even 3-Second Interruptions Divert Thinking
          New York Magazine, 5/14/14

CREATIVITY

          Clean Your Desk to Be Productive; Keep it Messy for Creativity
          Forbes, 5/23/14

          Sleep Schedules of Some of History's Most Creative People
          New York Magazine, 6/8/14

          How to do Design Research on the Cheap
          Fast Company, 6/17/14

          5 Traits of Creative Places: Gravity, Tension, Heat, Speed, Generosity
          Fast Company, 6/18/14

DIVERSITY

          12 Minutes of Exercise Closes the Achievement Gap?
          Pacific Standard, 6/13/14

HUMANITIES

          Trigger Warnings, the UCSB Shooting, and How We Handle Trauma
          New Yorker, 6/9/14

          A Radical Approach to Poetry, and Curriculum
          New York Times, 6/14/14

LEADERSHIP

          Organizational Metrics for Promoting Innovation
          Fast Company, 6/16/14

PEDAGOGY

          Lessons from the World Cup on Deliberate Practice
          Priceonomics, 6/19/14

          Another School System Rebuilds Itself as Competency-Based
          EdSurge, 6/17/14

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

          3 Components of Good Professional Development
          KlingSpace, 6/9/14

TECH

          Now We Can Read and Alter Individual Neurons
          MIT TEchnology Review, 6/17/14

          Use Your MakerBot to 3D Print with Any Material, Even Nutella
          Fast Company, 6/11/14

          Doonesbury Weighs in on the Laptop in Class Conversation [Humor]
          Doonesbury, 6/8/14


OTHER

          KIPP Schools Share their 2013 Report Card
          KIPP, 6/1/14

          First Smells are Sent Across the Atlantic
          Fast Company, 6/13/14


This week's Featured Topic is Curriculum.  Here's a look back at some of the news from the year that generated the most interest around what we teach, and why, and how:

FEATURED TOPIC: CURRICULUM

          How to Teach Kids to Be Entrepreneurs
          Medium, 10/22/13

          Can Computer Languages Satisfy Foreign Language Requirements?
          Edutopia, 10/30/13

          Yes, Curiosity Can Be Taught.  Here's How.
          Brilliant Blog, 11/4/13

          Children Need More Time to Play, Not Study
          Independent, 1/12/14

          How to Build a Coding Culture
          EdSurge, 2/18/14

          Is Visual Literacy More or Less Important than Reading & Writing?
          New Scientist, 4/7/14

          What is "Just in Time" Education?
          Slate, 4/21/14

          Even the Business World Thinks We Need More Time for Play
          Forbes, 4/26/14

          The Importance of Disciplines in an Interdisciplinary World
          Stanford Report, 5/15/14