June 10 - June 17, 2018

A short issue, but with some novel topics.

For starters, I've avoided all things blockchain since it has seemed particularly buzzwordy -- it's way too early, I've felt, for it to make any kind of meaningful impact on education -- but SNHU has been making bold and effective moves in higher education in the past few years, and they've recently started offering blockchain credentials.  That's worth listening to. Maybe it's time for us all to read a little more about blockchain.
Also, Eton makes a bold decision on how to address teen usage of cell phones at night.
These and more... Enjoy!
Peter


FEATURED ARTICLES

"Emotions Are The Rudder That Steers Thinking" ASCD
"Cognition happens because of emotion. There's really no such thing as a thought that doesn't have an emotion attached to it or that doesn't have an emotion that follows it. When we take in the world around us, we have an emotional reaction to that appraisal. That emotional reaction changes the way we think in the next moment and cumulatively, over time."

SNHU Issues Digital Diplomas On Blockchain Campus Technology
"Because Blockcert credentials can be linked to any blockchain... they can be read and verified anywhere in the world without the need to check with the original issuer."






ADOLESCENCE

Cell Phone Policy At Eton: Hand Over Your Phone At Night Guardian
"We expected boys to complain, but most say that they welcome it as they appreciate having the break and not feeling the social pressure to read and reply to messages instantly. They think it improves their sleep."


On Being A Teen In A High Pressure Household NPR



COGNITIVE SCIENCE

An Interview With A Sleep Expert Quartz




CURRICULUM

Creativity And The Top Ten Skills Needed Globally World Economic Forum




PEDAGOGY

Daniel Willingham On "The End Of Average" EdSurge

"Human ability is not one thing, so it doesn't make sense to talk about someone as 'smart' or 'dumb' That's unidimensional. Someone might be very good with numbers, very bad with words, about average in using space, and gifted in using visual imagery. Indeed, any teacher will have noticed that different students have different strengths and weaknesses of this sort."


READING/WRITING

Writer Wins Award For One-Sentence Novel Guardian

On The Circulating Libraries Of Jane Austen's Day JStor

"The libraries, which we found in fashionable watering holes like Jane Austen's fabled Bath, began as offshoots of bookselling. They became social gathering places that people subscribed to as soon as they got to their vacation destination."