July 22 - July 29, 2018

An extraordinary week of really great material.

Six years ago, while I was assembling an academic theory for how creativity works, I begrudged Kirby Ferguson for his compelling and consumable explanation of creativity in his video series "Everything is a Remix."  I got over myself and eventually bought a poster about his video series.  He has continued to produce excellent work, including his just-out explainer video: "Why Diversity Wins." It's featured here, it's short, it's compelling, and it provides just the explanation you need to talk about the value of diversity as a practical fact.

Truly, so many other great pieces this week.  Of them, I'm partial (evidently, I suppose) to the also-featured piece on gratitude.

Enjoy these and many others!



"Why Diversity Wins" -- A Succinct And Compelling Explanation [Video] Everything is a Remix
"This kind of diversity, diversity of thought, is the hidden advantage of diversity, because it better enables us to solve complex problems."

Best Article Yet On The Science Of Sleep [Longread] National Geographic
"Our brains aren't less active when we sleep, as was long thought, just differently active... In sleep labs, when people have been introduced to certain new tasks, mental or physical, their spindle frequency increases that night. The more spindles they have, it seems, the better they perform the task the next day."

Gratitude: Thank You Letters Have A More Profound Effect Than You Think  Brit. Psych. Soc.
"The senders of the thank-you letters consistently underestimated how positive the recipients felt about receiving the letters and how surprised they were by the content. The senders also overestimated how awkward the recipients felt; and they underestimated how warm, and especially how competent, the recipients perceived them to be."


"How Elite Schools Stay So White" New York Times
"Instead of focusing on who from the margins is able to get in, we would do better to direct our attention to the fundamental ways selective admissions and educational institutions maintain the privileges of whiteness."

Financial Aid In Exchange For A Share Of Future Earnings? Minnesota Star Tribune


"Users Sue Juul For Addicting Them To Nicotine"  Wired


Brooks: Consistency In Relationships Is What Breaks Isolation And Disenfranchisement  NYT
"It tracks every time a volunteer has a touchpoint with one of the students -- driving to school, sharing a meal.  Hemminger calls it the Fitbit of social relationships. Tapestry can track how often a student has touchpoints, who hasn't had a touchpoint, how many touchpoints lead to what outcomes."

On The Difference Between Fault And Responsibility (By Will Smith) YouTube


Is Being Repetitive Actually A Boon To Creative Work? Writing Cooperative


World Building As A Curricular, Pedagogical Tool  Medium
"It's a way of creating frameworks that ask to be expanded and drive us to learn more. It's a way of formulating a question, linking it to others, and teaching us to find answers."

Cursive Returns To The Curriculum (In Chicago, Anyway)  Chalkbeat


Detailed Look At The Effects Of Gender Diversity In Teachers Brookings

Having Culturally Diverse Creative Teams Requires A Cultural Broker  Harv.  Bus. Rev.


How Parents Can Prepare Children For Early Childhood Education New York Times


Private Colleges Are Now Closing At A Rate Of 11 Per Year  Inside Higher Ed
"A bottom group of about 750 small private colleges recording less than $100 million in total expenses is increasingly struggling to cover costs with revenue."

Coursera And UPenn Offer Online Masters Degree  EdSurge


Graphic Novel Is Booker Nominee For First Time New York Times

"Disrupt Texts" -- Twitter Conversations Challenging Canonical Texts  Chicago Tribune

A Retelling Of Beowulf, From Grendel's Mother, As A Strong Suburbanite Mom  NPR

"An English Teacher Wonders: What Is Literature, Anyway?"  Literary Hub


On The Global Spread Of The English Language  Guardian


1/2 How Definitions Of Success In Schooling Have Changed  Larry Cuban
"The shift from primary emphasis on 'scientific management' to advance efficiency in schools and classrooms -- what later critics call 'the cult of efficiency' -- to a focus on effectiveness, i.e., student outcomes, in the late-20th century to determine 'success' and 'failure' is prologue to what is now occurring in 21st century U.S. schools."

2/2 Today's Definition Of Success In Schooling  Larry Cuban
"This recent surge of technology-enhanced schooling called 'personalized learning' merges the polestars of school reform since the 1890s. First, there is a reunion of efficiency and effectiveness, and second, the two wings of the progressive movement -- 'administrative' and 'pedagogical' reformers, under different aliases have reappeared, reunited, and now use similar vocabularies."

Decisions Take Time. Make Time In Your Schedule For Them  Fast Company

4 Ways Leaders Can Foster Growth Mindset  SmartBrief


How Teacher Content Knowledge Is Both Blessing And Curse  Dan Meyer

"Make yourself more interested in the sense that your students are making rather than the sense they aren't making. Celebrate and build on that sense."


Should School Libraries Be Organized By Dewey Or By Genre?  KQED


Facial Recognition Software Has A Ways To Go  New York Times


How One Beethoven Tweet Broke Twitter For One Journal  ArtsJournal
"So 120,000 Twitter followers are rabid Beethoven defenders, outraged someone would take away their beloved music? Unlikely. We post heretical pieces on ArtsJournal almost every day -- many far more outrageous than this, and they don't go viral or provoke such reaction. So why this?"

What Are "Flop Accounts" On Instagram? Why Do Kids Get News There?  Atlantic


Is Every Class A Literacy Class (Via Using ELL Skills When Teaching Math)?  ASCD

"Talking In Math" - 7 Articles On Language Use In Math Class  ASCD


Can The Hoover Dam Become A Giant Battery For Solar And Wind?  New York Times


Congress Is Proposing $95M Study Of Effect Of Tech On Kids  Wired
"No scientific consensus exists on how tech addiction should be defined or even measured. Studies on the cognitive, behavioral, and social effects of smartphones and apps has been limited and inconclusive. Regarding the state of research on devices and childhood development, Collins says researchers are still gathering evidence on how best to balance technology's 'obvious benefits' with its 'potential harms'"

A Story Of How The Internet Destroyed Someone's Life  Gizmodo
"Eventually, after $100,000 in attorney's bills, Glennon was able to unmask the culprit. It turned out to be a complete stranger who had been offended by a comment Glennon had made about a news article on Facebook."

Do Internet-Enabled Electronics In Class Inhibit Exam Performance? Taylor & Francis
"Dividing attention between an electronic device and the classroom lecture did not reduce comprehension of the lecture, as measured by within-class quiz questions. Instead, divided attention reduced long-term retention of the classroom lecture, which impaired subsequent exam performance."

Can An Algorithm Identify The Danceability Of A Song?  Quartz

What Can And Can't VR Do For Learning?  EdSurge

Algeria Turns Off The Internet When Country's' Students Take Major Test  New York Times

"Drones Take Off In Education"  THE Journal

Princeton Creates Crowdsourced Tool For Students To Review Courses  Chronicle Of Higher Ed


"Why Restorative Justice Is About More Than Reducing Suspensions"  KQED

"The researchers found that the more teachers immersed themselves in restorative practices, the better students rated their relationships with these teachers. And the strong relationships in turn linked to a greater sense of respect between teacher and student and fewer disciplinary referrals. Given these findings, it's perhaps unsurprising that restorative practices are popular with students. In fact, at least some teens and kids adopt the techniques for their own use."

"Private Schools Aren't Better At Educating Kids Than Public Schools"  Washington Post
"University of Virginia researchers who looked at data from more than 1,000 students found that all of the advantages supposedly conferred by private education evaporate when socio-demographic characteristics are factored in. There was also no evidence found to suggest that low-income children enrolled in urban schools benefit more from private school enrollment."

Rare Book Thefts! Who'd Have Thought Their Caretakers Would Do It?  Motherboard

"The Big Sing" - 2,000 People Sing Together [Video] LA Master Chorale

Winners Of The Drone Photography Of The Year Contest  Digg