February 21 - February 28, 2016

An interesting week balanced by both analog and digital topics: teamwork and ways of managing stress are nicely balanced by the digital hyperconnectivity at work with Studypool; manage attention by adjusting one's seat in the room, but manage one's teaching by video recording it and analyzing it.  Lots of compelling lessons and learning this week.  Which proves most useful to you?


3 Ways To Turn Bad Stress Into Good Stress
KQED, 2/24/16
"McGonigal defines stress as 'what arises in your body, in your brain, and in your community when something you care about is at stake.' She acknowledges that stress can make some people feel paralyzed and might lead them to underperform.  She calls that reaction a 'threat response' to stress, but says if educators can help students to have a 'challenge response' to stress, which includes the realization that they have the resources to handle the situation, the stress can actually energize students to do better."

"Studypool" And The Cheating Economy: An Uber For Homework
Medium, 2/24/16
"Browsing through the bids posted on Studypool is revealing--it's not uncommon to see students expecting to have their assignments fully completed in exchange for money.  Everything from high school math quizzes to college-level essays. Negative reviews for tutors indicate that the work they did for the student got a bad grade or was flagged as suspicious."

What Makes Successful Group Work (via Google)
New York Times, 2/28/16
"First, on the good teams, members spoke in roughly the same proportion, a phenomenon the researchers referred to as 'equality in distribution of conversational turn-taking.'  On some teams, everyone spoke during each task; on others, leadership shifted among teammates from assignment to assignment.  But in each case, by the end of the day, everyone had spoken roughly the same amount... Second, the good teams all had high' average social sensitivity' -- a fancy way of saying they were skilled at intuiting how others felt based on their tone of voice, their expressions, and other nonverbal cues."


Some Studying Practices Can Help Mitigate Short Attention Spans
New York Times, 2/15/16


The Neuroscience Of Creativity (Jargon Alert...)
Creativity Post, 2/24/16


Freshman Engineering As A Core Skills Class
KQED, 2/15/16

Author Of 'Brain Rules' Recommends Music Lessons For Kids
Brain Rules, 2/24/16


Ways To Fight Anti-Muslim Bias And Foster Inclusion
Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2/11/16


Video Makes Evaluations Better For Teachers And Evaluators
eSchool News, 2/25/16


Using Art To Teach Concepts Improves Learning
Washington Post, 2/22/16

Against Computer-Based Competency Approaches...
Washington Post, 2/27/16

Teaching Requires More Than Just Heart (via Urban Public Schools)
New York Times, 2/26/16


College Students Prefer Taking Important Courses In Person
Inside Higher Ed, 4/26/13

Are Baby Boomers More Distracted By Their Phones Than Teens?
Priceonomics, 2/26/16

Zaption: An App For Filming And Annotating Public Speaking
EdSurge, 2/25/16

Digital Sundial: The Most Brilliant 3D Printed Object I've Seen
Core77, 2/24/16


Goldman Sachs Reports On 'Emerging Themes' In Culture
Goldman Sachs, 12/2/15

What Is "Average" In Education?  A Short Article On A Good Book
NPR, 2/16/16