May 22 - May 29, 2016

The feature article on badging offers some insight into the alternative credentialing movement, like what we're seeing at Digital Promise.  How would teacher behavior change if they were badged for certain behaviors?  How can this be done in a way that doesn't feel childish?

Also the Scientific American article on creativity outlines some of the key insights about creative behavior I've learned about.  Though listicle-like, the article covers significant, important ground.



Even Psychologists Find Use Of Badges Helps Their Practice
FiveThirtyEight, 5/12/16
"As silly as they might seem, Nosek said the badges served a well-established purpose, by giving researchers a visible means to communicate information about their identities, beliefs, values, and behaviors.  People use such signaling all the time... Badges give scientists a way to signal that they care about research transparency, Nosek said.  And it appears that psychologists are eager to engage in such signaling... Nosek's team reports that since Psychological Science adopted the badges, data sharing has risen nearly tenfold in papers it publishes, reaching nearly 40 percent of all papers published in the first half of 2015."

Paul Tough: Resilience/Grit Is Important... And Here's How We "Teach" It
Atlantic, 6/1/16
"For all our talk about noncognitive skills, nobody has yet found a reliable way to teach kids to be grittier or more resilient.  And it has become clear, at the same time, that the educators who are best able to engender noncognitive abilities in their students often do so without really 'teaching' these capacities the way one might teach math or reading--indeed, they often do so without ever saying a word about them in the classroom.  This paradox has raised a pressing question for a new generation of researchers: Is the teaching paradigm the right one to use when it comes to helping young people develop noncognitive capacities?"


A Terrific List Of Traits And Actions Of Creative People
Scientific American, 4/17/16

Bring Back Boredom To Spur Your Creativity
Fast Company, 5/24/16


On The Need For Both Engineering And The Humanities
New York Times, 5/21/16


Higher Ed Enrollment Continues To Decline (For 3rd Year)
Bryan Alexander, 5/24/16


What A Higher Ed Campus Climate Survey Looks Like (Stanford, 2015)
Stanford, 9/1/15


The Promise And Peril Of Wikipedia
Times Literary Supplement, 5/25/16

After Maine, Blogger Hammers Home The Laptop v. iPad Debate
Donald Clark, 5/27/16

Wait, Is Social Media Good For Empathy?
Pacific Standard, 5/25/16

Or Maybe Your Facebook Feed Is Narrowing Your World?
Quartz, 5/23/16

Do Smartphones Create ADHD-Like Symptoms?
Quartz, 5/27/16


14 Schools Making Bold Structural Decisions
Tech Insider, 5/10/16

3 Levels Of Organizational Culture, And How To Build Them
Harvard Business Review, 3/18/16


Drone Parenting, Snowplow Parenting, And What Parents Value
NAIS, 5/18/16

How Some Service Programs Cause More Harm Than Good
Telegraph, 5/21/16

Maybe We Really Don't Know Whether Breakfast Is Good For You...
New York Times, 5/23/16

Scripps National Spelling Bee: Two Winners In 2016
Quartz, 5/27/16