December 25, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!

Short and sweet this week: some help defining "personalization," the surprise state of MOOCs, psychology in crisis, and more!  See the Hack Education piece, in particular, for an outside look at how the term personalization is shifting meanings.

Cheers,
Peter

FEATURED ARTICLES

What Does "Personalization" Really Mean, Anyway?
Hack Education, 12/19/16
"Many of the discussions about 'personalized learning' insist that technology is necessary for 'personalization,' often invoking stereotypes of whole class instruction and denying the myriad of ways that teachers have long tailored what they o in the classroom to the individual students in it.  Teachers look for interpersonal cues; they walk around the classroom and check on students' progress; they adjust their lessons and and their assignments in both subtle and conspicuous ways.  In other words, 'personalization' need not rely on technology or on data-mining; it does, however, demand that teachers attend to students' needs and to students' interests."

We're Getting A Clearer Picture Of The Science Of Reading
New York Times, 12/28/16
"How many more studies will it take? We know that readers vote more and volunteer more, and that reading literature deepens empathy.  And -- as finally, categorically demonstrated in a landmark Yale study last year -- that readers live longer.  Control for any variable, for income, for ZIP code, for anything you please, and proficient reading still makes all the difference in life."



CHARACTER

Does Empathy Help Or Hinder Morality?  Two Psychologists Debate.
New York Times, 12/29/16

Excerpts From Bruce Lee's Notebook On Personal Character
Brain Pickings, 8/1/16



COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Even Kahneman Gets Things Wrong.  Even In "Thinking, Fast And Slow"
Slate, 12/21/16



COLLEGE ADVISING

"The Myth Of The Sports Scholarship"
Chronicle of Higher Education, 11/20/16



DIVERSITY/INCLUSION

"Non-White Dude Math Education Keynote Speakers"
Dan Meyer, 12/14/16

Algorithmic Bias: When The Computer Judges Your Appearance
Medium, 12/14/16



READING/WRITING

What Is Blackout Poetry?
History Tech, 12/29/16



SOCIAL MEDIA

The Anti-Bully: An App For Giving Compliments
New York Times, 12/20/16



STEM

Can Plants Have... Intelligence?
Brain Pickings, 9/26/16



TECH

2016 State Of The MOOC: Growing!
EdSurge, 12/27/16



WORKPLACE

How Being Busy Became A (Bad) Status Symbol
Washington Post, 12/20/16



OTHER

5 Unrelated Data Points On The State Of Education In 2016
Atlantic, 12/31/16

15 Research Findings About Education in 2016
Edutopia, 12/8/16