May 8 - May 15, 2016

There's a reason things that have been around for a long time have been around for a long time.  This week is full of several tales of the return of the old: why paper books are growing and digital books are diminishing, advocating for slow teaching, why digital news startups are drying up, and more.

Several wonderful interactive sites: the features by Digital Promise and EdSurge offer fresh (and comprehensive) understanding of expansive subjects.  Explore the interactive sites--and the interactive brain map in cognitive science.

And for good fun, read about the glorious names of side characters in Charles Dickens novels!


Brooks: More Important Than Grit Is Intrinsic Motivation
New York Times, 5/10/16
"I don't know about you, but I'm really bad at being self-disciplined about things I don't care about.  For me, and I suspect for many, hard work and resilience can only happen when there is a strong desire.  Grit is thus downstream from longing.  People need a powerful why if they are going to be able to endure any how."

Explore: Interactive Map Of Recent Education Research
Digital Promise, 5/10/16
"The map was built using data from nearly 100,00 articles published between 2005-2014, found in 183 academic journals from the Web of Science database.  We analyzed the bibliographic record (title, keywords, author, cited references, and abstract) for each article and created a bibliographic coupling network, to link articles sharing at least two common references."

What Is Adaptive Learning? EdSurge Goes Deep On The Question
EdSurge, 5/10/16
"'Adaptive Learning' is a popular edtech buzzword, used by curriculum and learning management systems alike.  Enthusiasts promise this technology has the ability to make educational experiences more personal, efficient, and scalable.  Yet, there's a big problem.  There's very little clarity around what this technology does, doesn't do, and how it actually works."

Scientists Secretly Discuss Synthesizing The Human Genome
New York Times, 5/13/16
"Organizers said the project could have a big scientific payoff and would be a follow-up to the original Human Genome Project, which was aimed at reading the sequence of the three billion chemical letters in the DNA blueprint of human life.  The new project, by contrast, would involve not reading, but rather writing the human genome -- synthesizing all three billion units from chemicals.  But such an attempt would raise numerous ethical issues.  Could scientists create humans with certain kinds of traits, perhaps people born and bred to be soldiers? Or might it be possible to make copies of specific people?"


How To Talk With Teens About Marijuana
New York Times, 5/11/16


What Are The Limits Of Human Running?  A 2-Hour Marathon?
New York Times, 5/15/16


A Stunning, Interactive, Mapped Brain.  Beautiful... And Useless?
Slate, 5/6/16

A Reminder That Multitasking Doesn't Work
Washington Post, 5/4/16


SNHU Builds In House Innovation Facility
Campus Technology, 4/27/16


Reimagining Senior Year: How To Better Prepare Students For Life
Hechinger Report, 5/11/16

Coding Isn't The Panacea: You Still Need Critical Thinking Skills
TechCrunch, 5/10/16


An Introduction To What Being Genderqueer Means
Washington Post, 5/9/16

How Ignoring Anger Leads To More Anxiety In Girls
Role Reboot, 5/9/16


"The Slow Professor": A Movement To Reduce Pace In Higher Ed
NPR, 5/12/16

A Critique Of The Slow Professor: Only The Privileged Can Afford It
University Affairs, 4/22/16


On The Glorious Names Of Dickens' Minor Characters
JStor, 5/4/16

On The Need To Diversify The Philosophy Curriculum
New York Times, 5/11/16

A Computational Analysis Of Othello
Wolfram Research, 4/21/16


How Meditation And Mindfulness Help Thinking, Mood, Performance
New York Times, 5/11/16


"Six Ways Students Can Prepare For Success On The Day Of An Exam"
Guardian, 5/10/16


Has Peak Digital Passed? Digital Sales Are Down; Paper Sales Are Up
Guardian, 5/13/16

Some Nuance On How We Read From Screens: Concepts vs. Details
Pacific Standard, 5/11/16

Ta-Nehisi Coates: On Writing The Reboot Of Black Panther Comic Book
Atlantic, 4/1/16


Home Manufacturing After 3D Printing: Instant Molds
Business Insider, 5/12/16


Popularity Of Ed Tech Not Connected To Effectiveness (Shocker.)
EdWeek, 5/10/16


What Millennials Want From Work (Reprise)
Gallup, 5/11/16

Should Schools Move To A Year-Round Calendar?
District Administration, 5/14/16


On The Strength Of Old Media: Why We Pay For The NYT
Medium, 5/9/16

Is Going To Summer Camp As A Kid A "Competitive Advantage"?
Washington Post, 5/9/16