November 26 - December 3, 2017

Once, video games were a hobby for kids with computers. Then came the consoles. Then came the internet. Now there is Twitch, a streaming platform where players broadcast their video games and others watch.  How big can it be?  Players ("streamers") are set to earn over a billion dollars in marketing expenditures in the next few years.  The video game industry now draws more revenue than both the music and movie industries, and colleges are offering full scholarships for gaming skills, and eSports events are massive revenue generators. This week's feature article profiles several "streamers" and an agent. We are in a Matrix-like future, and this article explores the ups and the downs of the live-streaming video game community.

Also: last week's NYT piece on banning laptops from the classroom set off a storm of replies from the mediasphere.  Three are included in tech below.

These and much more... enjoy!



Most People Don't Quite Know What Video Games Mean To Kids New Yorker
"Kongphan sat down in front of an array of four computer monitors and clicked a button to alert his followers that he was about to start streaming. Fans surged in, filling the chat window with emotes--small, emoji-like images that are Twitch's preferred mode of expression... Kongphan put on a gaming headset and leaned in to the microphone above his keyboard. The moment the video feed kicked in, his demeanor brightened. 'Hello, hello, everyone!' he called out, grinning. 'What up? Twitch is alive!'"

Science Journal 'Nature' Reviews Efficacy Of Montessori Education Nature
"[The] goal is to provide a review of the scientific evidence base for Montessori education, with the dual aspirations of stimulating future research and helping teachers to better understand whether and why Montessori education might be effective... Two important aspects of Montessori's education method are the learning materials, and the self-directed nature of children's engagement with those materials. Some key elements of each of these aspects will now be considered in turn."


Do Teens Adjust Performance In High Stakes Settings? New Scientist
"The team found that while the older volunteers performed better in the high stakes round, the younger ones didn't - their performance didn't change in line with whether the stakes were low or high. And the older the volunteers were, the more improved their performance was."


3 Questions That Could Be Alternatives To Standards EdWeek


"A Short Primer On Resilience" Harvard GSE


Is Forgiving Oneself The Key To Overcoming Procrastination? Brit. Psych. Soc.


Some Good, If General, Advice For Successful Creativity Medium

Sometimes, Collaboration Hinders Creativity Inc.


How The Curriculum Can Teach Citizenship ASCD

Number Of AP CompSci Exams Taken Doubled From 2016 To 2017 Recode
"Last year was the first time schools offered AP Computer Science Principles, which offers a wider variety of programming languages than the regular computer science AP. The course resulted in record numbers of women and people of color taking computer science courses."


Meghan Markle On Getting Beyond Being An "Other" Elle


US Scores 13th On PISA Test For Collaborative Problem Solving Hechinger Rpt

LANGUAGE Word Of The Year Is "Complicit" Washington Post

Did Dumbiedykes Play Bizzumbaw? Harry Potter Translated To Scots NPR


Four Different Kinds Of Change/Reform In Education Radical Scholarship


On Course Evaluations Chronicle of Higher Education


There's A Growing Desire For Research About What Works In Schools Guardian

Remember That Old And New Are Extremes. We Live In Between Long View on Ed


Research: Imagery Makes Poetry Compelling (Uh, Obviously?) Pacific Standard

An Academic Treatise On Good And Bad Reading (Via Nabokov) Boston Review

Why Reading Is So Good For You, And A Bunch Of Lists Of Books History Tech


Five Statisticians Reflect On How To Fix The Reproducibility Crisis Nature

Deconstructing The Challenges Of Teaching Fractions Scientific American

New Species Of Darwin's Finches Emerges In Only 3 Generations BBC
"This is the first example of speciation that scientists have been able to observe directly in the field. Researchers followed the entire population of finches on a tiny Galapagos island called Daphne Major, for many years, and so they were able to watch the speciation in progress."

4 Reasons An Education In Philosophy Is Important For Scientists Quartz
"Philosophy doesn't seem, to the students, to have any tangibles to show. But, to the contrary, philosophical tangibles are many: Albert Einstein's philosophical thought experiments made Cassini possible. Aristotle's logic is the basis for computer science, which gave us laptops and smartphones. And Philosopher's work on the mind-body problem set the stage for the emergence of neuropsychology and therefore brain-imaging technology. Philosophy has always been quietly at work in the background of science."


On How We Talk About Banning Things Like Laptops Inside Higher Ed

Seth Godin: Ban The Lecture, Not The Laptop Medium

Re: Laptop Debate: The Middle Ground, Of Course Inside Higher Ed

"The Danger Of Convenience" Raptitude
"The easier the tasks we're sparing ourselves, the higher we're holding convenience over self-reliance, and the more helpless we become without our tech. Using a chainsaw to replace hours of axe work is probably a sensible tradeoff, but using voice-activated software to spare us from moving our arms is probably not."


Surgeon General: Is Loneliness At Work A Health Epidemic? Harv. Bus. Rev.
"Loneliness shortens lifespans in a way similar to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.


The New 7 Wonders Of The World. You Can Visit All Seven. New York Times

"If You Want To Be The Noun, First Do The Verb." Austin Kleon

A Helpful Story Of A Parent's Experience At Parent-Teacher Conference Kappan