November 22 - November 29, 2015

Many compelling subjects this week:

Two articles explore the addictive nature of digital connectivity.  One goes so far as to ask whether the online space should be regulated.  (In fact, this is what we do in households and schools--though in different ways...)

Two other articles that might not otherwise stand out: the Smithsonian's release of a trove of primary source documents looks to be a boon to history teachers in particular.  Also, the tech article on 3D printers frames what seems to me a plausible path for how 3D printers can best benefit us.  It will be a while before the technology is simple enough for everyday use, though.

Lots of other easter eggs this week: ways of being in an organization, pedagogical routines, learning games, Rubik's cubes, and more.

Enjoy!

FEATURED ARTICLES

          Data On The Changing Popularity Of Youth Sports
          Boston Globe, 11/27/15
          "Football has seen the steepest decline, but participation has also fallen in baseball,
          softball, soccer, and basketball.  Meanwhile, more kids are playing racquetball, ice
          hockey, lacrosse, Ultimate Frisbee, and squash."

          On Addiction To Digital Distraction
          New York Times, 11/29/15
          "The brain's craving for novelty, constant stimulation and immediate gratification
          creates something called a 'compulsion loop.'  Like lab rats and drug addicts, we
          need more and more to get the same effect."

          Doing Character Right: David Brooks Profiles A School
          New York Times, 11/27/15
          "All over the country there are schools and organizations trying to come up with
          new ways to cultivate character.  The ones I've seen that do it best, so far, are those
          that cultivate intense, thick community.  Most of the time character is not an
          individual accomplishment.  It emerges through joined hearts and souls, and in
          groups."


CHARACTER

          Four Kinds Of Mistakes
          KQED, 11/23/15

          Gratitude: It Makes You Happier
          New York Times, 11/21/15

COGNITIVE SCIENCE

          A Fascinating New Approach To Measuring Attention
          The Conversation, 11/23/15

CREATIVITY

          Ikea's New Innovation Lab Isn't About Making Better Ikea Products
          Fast Company, 11/24/15

          To Generate More Creative Solutions, Deconstruct Problems 
          Harvard Business Review, 12/1/15

DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

          On Becoming An Ally Through One's Classroom
          Washington Post, 11/24/15

HUMANITIES

          Smithsonian Quietly Makes Tons Of Primary Sources Available Online
          LinkedIn, 11/25/15

LEADERSHIP

          8 Kinds Of Thinking (And Work) People Do In Organizations
          Harvard Business Review, 11/23/15

PEDAGOGY

          Pedagogical Routines: "Watch, Do, Teach" or "Learn, Reflect, Share"
          Langwitches, 1/11/15

STEM

          On Fostering Creativity Through Math Education
          KQED, 11/25/15

          Can New Kinds Of Numbers Be Introduced?  Crowdsourced Answers.
          Quora, 11/28/15

          How Reliable Is Science?  Several Recent Books Discuss.
          New Yorker, 11/30/15

TECH

          Games That Demonstrate New Ways Of Learning
          KQED, 11/26/15

          On The Behaviorist Design Of The Internet: Should It Be Regulated?
          Aeon, 11/24/15

          Rethinking How 3D Printers Will Change How We Work And Think
          Wired, 11/23/15

          EdX's New Moves And The State Of MOOCs
          EdSurge, 11/23/15

WORKPLACE

          Effects Of Culture On Workplace Motivation
          Harvard Business Review, 11/25/15

          4 Day School Week: Good For Teacher Growth, A Pinch On Parents
          NPR, 11/27/15

OTHER

          2015 Dance Your PhD: Winner Announced
          Science, 11/24/15

          A Disproportionate % Of Funds Go To Fewer (Older) Teachers
          Brookings, 11/23/15

          Two World Record Rubik's Cube Solutions In One Day
          Medium, 11/24/15

          Seuss-isms And Mathematically Measuring The Humor Of Nonsense
          Atlantic, 11/24/15