October 1 - October 8, 2017

Really interesting pieces this week, on a wide range of topics:

Google's new ear buds (in the tech section) might be the realization of a universal translator: live translation, during a conversation.  What will this mean for language classes and curriculum in ten years?

Last year at SXSWedu, Dr. Chris Emdin's keynote invited the crowd to think in new ways about what intelligence means, how we apply it, and how we express it in contexts like schools and inner cities. This week's post in diversity/inclusion on the achievement gap makes a similar argument. It's strongly worded at times, but don't let that overshadow the main idea.

Lastly, all three feature articles offer rich contextual information about important themes in schools today.  Each is worth the deep dive if you're interested in the topic.




Silicon Valley Insiders Describe How Tech Hijacks Your Attention Guardian
"Designers, programmers and tech entrepreneurs from across the world gathered at a conference centre on the shore of the San Francisco Bay. They had each paid up to $1,700 to learn how to manipulate people into habitual use of their products, on a course curated by conference organizer Nir Eyal... [Attendees] might have been surprised when Eyal walked on stage to announce that this year's keynote speech was about 'something a little different'. He wanted to address the growing concern that technological manipulation was somehow harmful or immoral."

A Deep Dive Into Sleep Science. Go To Bed, Everyone Guardian
"To take just one example, adults aged 45 years or older who sleep less than six hours a night are 200% more likely to have a heart attack or stroke in their lifetime, as compared with those sleeping seven or eight hours a night."

A Modern History Of "Diversity" In Schools New Yorker
"The modern history of diversity began on June 28, 1978. That was the day the Supreme Court decided a case brought by Allan Bakke, a white military veteran who had applied to medical school at the University of California, Davis... The Court's decision was not particularly decisive--there were six separate opinions."


"Have Children Lost Touch With Nature?" Guardian

How Much Should Professors/Teachers Be Counselors, Too? Slate
"Mental health centers on campuses around the country are stretched thin--after all, it's hard to imagine a well-staffed counseling office being more of a sell to prospective students and their check-signing parents than a state-of-the-art climbing facility. As an emergent 'solution,' the faculty development programs are offering classes on handling students in distress or in mental health crises."


Three Ways To Assess Creative Writing EdSurge


On The Benefits Of Flawed Character (Via Dungeons & Dragons) Rock, Paper...
"The idea of deliberately being 'bad' at a game feels so entirely wrong to me. Decades of playing to win, of striving to improve and be better until victory, have taught me that deliberately failing a quest is lunacy...But if I've learned anything from D&D, it's that winning isn't the goal--it's about the journey, and being as interesting within it as you can."

Surprise! 40 Years Later, Kids Are Better At Delaying Gratification Wash. Post
"Researchers have been administering the [marshmallow] test to groups of kids for over 50 years now, which leads to a natural question: Have kids' abilities to delay gratification gotten better or worse over the years? ...he gathered and analyzed the results of over 30 published marshmallow test trials administered between 1968 and 2017."


A Collection Of Readings On Sleep And Sleep Deprivation Quartz


A Really Good Creative Process, For All Ages, Really KQED

Candor, Self-Effacement Can Lead To Greater Group Creativity Harv. Bus. Rev.


Improve School Results: Have Music Every Day Guardian
"But at Feversham, the headteacher... has embedded music, drama and art into every part of the school day, with up to six hours of music a week for every child, and with remarkable results. Seven years ago Feversham was in special measures and making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Today it is rated 'good' by Ofsted and is in the top 10% nationally for pupil progress in reading, writing and maths."

MIT Accepts Online Microcredentials For Course Credit EdSurge


Does The Term "Achievement Gap" Itself Promulgate Bias? Black Perspectives
"But what if, all along, our well-meaning effort at closing the achievement gap has been opening the door to racist ideas? What if different environments actually cause different kinds of achievement rather than different levels of achievement?"


Revisiting Ulysses S. Grant. Worthy Of More Praise Than He Gets? New Yorker


Language Grammar And Lexicons Evolve Separately Phys


What Makes An Activity Restful? Here Are Some Suggestions Medium


Four PD Structures That Draw On Faculty Expertise NAIS


Using Global Challenges In Middle School (And Beyond) ASCD


"A Generic College Paper" [Humor] McSweeney's
"Utterly contrived topic sentence revealing pretty much every flaw of structured essay writing. Therefore, supporting sentence invoking source that exists only in the bibliographies of other cited material (pp. arbitrary to arbitrary + 5). Contemplative question? Definitive refutation paraphrased from a blog found at 2AM."

Can A Poet Publish On Instagram And Still Be Taken Seriously? NYTimes
"The underlying message of all this criticism is that Ms. Kaur's work isn't 'real literature.' The literary world doesn't have a great track record of embracing or even acknowledging artists like Ms. Kaur, who are different in some notable way, but who attract an enormous and fervent audience."


"Controversial Conversations Belong In The Classroom, Not Online" SocMedEd


"Physicists Find We're Not Living In A Computer Simulation" Cosmos

A Quick, Simple, Great Demonstration Of Inertia [Video] Digg


Now The Netherlands May Be The Future Of Farming Nat'l Geographic

Will Tesla Restructure Puerto Rico's Entire Power Grid? Core77


Google's Wireless Ear Buds Live Translate 40 Languages Ars Technica


People Draw Iconic Logos From Memory Signs