August 13 - August 20, 2017

What a week.

Lots of materials circulating about how to discuss Charlottesville in class. Included this week are a few selections.

Also, a range of posts on topics from how creativity changes as we age to an extraordinary trove of Google's up to date knowledge on what makes good leaders.




Howard Stevenson on How to Talk with Kids after Racial Incidents UPenn
"Talking about race in America can be scary. People don't want to be seen as a racist os someone trying to start a conflict. But the less prepared we are to think about race and talk about race the scarier those conversations are when they occur. And Children need tools for how to feel and speak about these issues."

9 General Tips for Talking with Kids about Racial Violence LA Times
"Mental health experts and parents discussed their experiences Saturday, and shared advice for talking to children about eh violence in Charlottesville. Here are their tips..."


The Difference between Competencies and Standards reDesign


NFL, CFL, and a Challenge to Whether Football Causes CTE The Walrus


How What We Know Can Impede Our Creativity New York Times
"The expiration may have to do with a tension between two kinds of thinking: what computer scientists call exploration and exploitation. When we face a new problem, we adults usually exploit the knowledge about the world we have acquired so far. We try to quickly find a pretty good solution that is close to the solutions we already have. On the other hand, exploration -- trying something new -- may lead us to a more unusual idea, a less obvious solution, a new piece of knowledge. But it may also mean that we waste time considering crazy possibilities that will never work, something both preschoolers and teenagers have been known to do. "

"Design Thinking Is Bull____" Says Designer [video] 99u


A Proposal for a Competency-Based 'Innovation Diploma' Getting Smart


More Resources for Teachers Regarding Charlottesville NPR


Ought Colleges Drop The Term "Liberal Arts"? Gallup


Digital Humanities Analysis Reveals How the Alt-Right Coalesced Quartz
"They're a loose collection of people from disparate backgrounds who would never normally interact: bored teenagers, gamers, mens' rights activists, conspiracy theorists and, yes, white nationalists and neo-Nazis. But thanks to the internet, they're beginning to form a cohesive group identity. And I have the data to prove it... I used Google's BigQuery tool, which lets you trawl through massive datasets in seconds, to interrogate a collection of every Reddit comment ever made--al 3 billion of them."

What Freedom of Speech Does and Doesn't Include United States Courts (.gov)
"Freedom of speech includes: use certain offensive words and phrases to convey political messages... Freedom of speech does not include the right: incite actions that would harm others."

How Do We Teach WWI from a Non-Western Perspective? Stanford


Download Google's Documentation on Being a Good Manager Inc.


"Ten Books Every Teacher Should Read"  Guardian


Concrete Tips on How to Use 90-Minute Block Classes Cult of Pedagogy


What Happens When You Have No Clue What a Book Means? NY Review of Books

Surprise: Print Magazine Sales Are... Up! BBC

9 Writers Share Their Writing Routines Spectator


More on Claude Shannon, Communication, and Information Theory Nautilus

New York Times' Full Guide On Watching The Solar Eclipse New York Times


When We Take Pictures: How Does It Affects what we Remember, Share? Wired

For Some Purposes Taking Notes With Computers Can Be Better KQED
"While both of these studies make wide generalizations about the detrimental impact of technology on education, neither offers any recommendations, such as those presented below."


A Catalog of Visualization Formats DataVizProject


17 Essays on "Meaningful Education in Times of Uncertainty" Brookings

A Burst of Books Are Out About Boredom New York Times

Reflections on How Amateurs and Professionals Are Different Farnam Street
"Amateurs don't have any idea what improves the odds of achieving good outcomes. Professionals do. Amateurs show up to practice to have fun. Professionals realize that what happens in practice happens in games."