August 17 - August 24, 2014

In the Feature article about Gates and Professional Development, it's worth watching the three and a half minute video in which Washington State teacher of the year offers several organizational approaches to professional development.  Also, Annie Murphy Paul's Brilliant Blog article about tech and education offers a terrific overview of the correlation between different media and students' learning profiles.  Video games boost spatial skills, audio content stimulates imagination, text fosters empathy, and more.  And the closing question is a doozy: should school be more like kids' tech-heavy lives, or less?

Of interest as well is the response to last week's WSJ article about video games and job applications.  It seems we're hitting a tipping point at which video games are becoming the normal childhood experience.  The workplace, however, hasn't yet welcomed this social culture.

Enjoy!

FEATURED ARTICLES

          Gates Learns About Reshaping Professional Development
          EdSurge, 8/18/14
          "We've known for a long time that most students won't learn if you just stick them in 
          a classroom and make them listen to a lecture.  They have to put the learning to use 
          and make it relevant to their own lives.  And yet most teachers still get their 
          professional development at seminars and conferences, where they sit listening to 
          lectures.  'We would never do that with kids,' Katie said, 'but we still do it with 
          teachers.'"

          How Technology in Schools Interacts With Our Cognitive Profiles
          Brilliant Blog, 8/20/14
          "Although we tend to think and talk about 'technology' and 'media' as 
          undifferentiated monoliths, Greenfield's work reminds us that each medium has its 
          strengths and weaknesses in conveying information.  Each medium, in turn, 
          exercises and develops different faculties in us, its users."

          The Student Athlete, Seen Through Plato and Homer
          New York Times, 8/15/14
          "The training of the body is directly related to the development of a fundamental 
          aspect of the human psyche: what Plato, that pre-eminent teacher of teaching, called 
          thymos.  In English we don't have a word for this concept, but it encompasses both 
          bravery and the urge for glory.  Perhaps the closest we have is 'spiritedness,' as in 
          'a spirited competitor.' Plato knew that thymos is a marvelous quality that needs to 
          be developed and strengthened, especially in those who represent the community as 
          soldiers."


COGNITIVE SCIENCE

          A Reminder to Boost Your Brain By Limiting Interruptions
          99u, 8/21/14

          Reality Television and Verbal Aggression.  We Are What We Watch.
          Pacific Standard, 8/20/14

          How Stereotypes Affect Academic Work
          Brilliant Blog, 8/18/14

CREATIVITY

          Pursue Passion Projects During the First 90 Minutes of Your Day
          99u, 8/20/14

          Fuzzy Conclusions on the Heritability of Creativity
          New Yorker, 8/15/14

          Metaphor as the Foundation for Innovation
          Farnam Street, 1/20/13

          The Psychology of Creative Work (And Staying Healthy About It)
          Brain Pickings, 8/12/14

HIGHER ED

          College Graduates Identify More With Their Work
          Gallup, 8/22/14

HUMANITIES

          Remembering (Celebrating?) Sentence Diagramming
          NPR, 8/22/14

          Researcher: Harry Potter and Game of Thrones Influence Your Values
          New Statement, 8/19/14

          Nicholas Kristof Advocates for the Humanities
          New York Times, 8/14/14

READING/WRITING

          "Live-Tweet," "YOLO," "Hot Mess" and More Enter the OED
          New York Times, 8/15/14

OTHER

          In Defense of Online Gaming
          Harvard Business Review, 8/18/14

          Majority of Americans Prefer Local Control Over Schools
          Gallup, 8/20/14