November 11 - November 18, 2018

Another great week.

The feature interview with Jill Lepore surfaces topics relevant not only to history classes, but also to STEM subjects, as her writing contextualizes how we have prioritized different types of knowledge over time.  I don't typically excerpt so long a passage, but this was a particularly good one.

The pedagogy section yields three pieces about personalized learning.  Audrey Watters' tweetstorm is particularly relevant, reminding us that personalized learning has been around for ages.

These and much more... enjoy!



A Detailed and Thorough Primer On Cognitive Science Research  Transcend Education
"The fields of neuroscience, psychology, and cognitive science have unearthed important insights and established agreed-upon models that help explain how learning happens and inform the design of impactful learning environments. Our Designing for Learning resources aim to share these insights and models in a way that supports whole school design."

Interview With Jill Lepore About Her New Book "These Truths"  Chronicle of Higher Education
"There's an incredibly rich scholarship on the history of evidence, which traces its rise in the Middle Ages in the world of law, its migration into historical writing, and then finally into the realm that we're most familiar with, journalism. That's a centuries-long migration of an idea that begins in a very particular time and place, basically the rise of trial by jury starting in 1215. We have a much better vantage on the tenuousness of our own grasp of facts when we understand where facts come from.

Facts have been devalued for a long time. The rise of the fact was centuries ago. Facts were replaced by numbers in the 18th and 19th centuries as the higher status unit of knowledge. That the moment at which the United States is founded as a demographic democracy. Now what's considered to be most prestigious is data. The bigger the data, the better.

That transformation, from facts to numbers to data, traces something else: the shifting prestige placed on different ways of knowing. Facts come from the realm of the humanities, numbers represent the social sciences, and data the natural sciences. When people talk about the decline of the humanities, they are actually talking about the rise and fall of the fact."


"The Price Of Cool: A Teenager, A Juul, And Nicotine Addiction"  New York Times


How Chattiness Can Help Students Succeed  Hechinger Report


A Short Case For Building A Broad Skill Set  New York Times
"The idea is that instead of focusing your efforts on becoming singularly great at one specific skill or task, you should strive to get proficient at a few related skills that can be woven together into a wider skill set that does make you singularly good at your profession or some general life ability."

"British Doctors May Soon Prescribe Art, Music, Dance, Singing"  Smithsonian
"The medical benefits of engaging with the arts are well-recorded: As Lay notes, a collaboration between the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and stroke survivors living in Hull, England, encouraged patients to play instruments, conduct and perform; 90 percent of these participants reported improvements in their physical and mental health."

"Study Abroad Numbers Grow"  Inside Higher Ed
"The number of Americans studying abroad continues to increase and grow more racially diverse. Participation in short-term programs is booming, while the number of students studying abroad for a full year is decreasing."


Reconsidering The Internet's Role In Political Polarization  Boston Review
"So, if the most polarized population uses the internet and social media the least, to suddenly point a finger at technology says more about our anxieties about the rate of technological change than about what has actually happened to us. The fact is that this twenty-two-year-old dynamic of polarization can't easily be associated with the internet."

18th Century Social Networks, Seen In Ben Franklin's Letters  Stanford


Oxford 2018 Word Of The Year: Toxic  New York Times


"Enough With All The Innovation"  Chronicle of Higher Education

8 Ways To Motivate Your Most Creative Employees  Harvard Business Review


An Excellent Summary Of The Challenges Of Teacher Education  Washington Post
"Teaching done well is complex intellectual work, and this is so in the primary grades as well as Advanced Placement physics. Teaching begins with knowledge: of subject matter, of instructional materials and technologies, of cognitive and social development. But it's not just that teachers know things. Teaching is using knowledge to foster the growth of others. This takes us to the heart of what teaching is, and why defining it primarily as craft, or a knowledge profession, or any other stock category is inadequate."


Audrey Watters Tweetstorm: On The History Of Personalized Learning  Twitter

"'Personalized learning' is not new. Know your history. It predates 'Silicon Valley' and it pre-dates educational computing and it most certainly pre-dates Khan Academy... Educational psychologists have been building machines to do this -- supposedly to function like a tutor -- for almost 100 years."

Is Personalized Learning A Fad? Let's Look At How It's Going.  NPR

More Descriptions Of The Many Definitions Of Personalized Learning  EdWeek

A Template For Self-Paced, Digitally Mediated, Online Projects  Cult Of Pedagogy

Question Formulation Technique: Great For Students -- And Parents  KQED


The Incas Could Write With Knots. How This Works Is Just Becoming Clear.  New Scientist

"There are all sorts of varying factors in khipus: the colour of the strings, the structure of the knots and the direction in which they were hitches. Having spent countless hours poring over them, Urton began to think that binary differences in these features might be encoding information. For example, a basic knot tied in one direction could mean 'paid,' while in other it would mean 'unpaid.'"


How Effective Are School Resource Officers? Mixed Results, 4 Lessons Learned  Brookings


"To Feel Less Depressed And Lonely, Limit Social Media Use To 30 Minutes"  Quartz


E-Carceration Rates And The Role Of Algorithms In Society  New York Times

"Challenging these biased algorithms may be more difficult than challenging discrimination by the police, prosecutors and judges. Many algorithms are fiercely guarded corporate secrets."


A Short Primer On McLuhan, And Not Letting Tech Control You  Medium


Sit Less, Move More: US Govt (Dept Of HHS) Offers Clear Advice  NPR


Your Roommate's Study Habits Affect Your Grades  Hechinger Report
"It's important to clarify that having smart friends isn't as important as having studious friends in this study. The researchers didn't find that friends' grades mattered. What influenced a student's college grades was his or her friends' high school study habits."

Which Is More Important For Parenting: Quality Or Quantity Of Family Time?  LinkedIn

Everything You Wanted To Know About: Dungeons & Dragons  Quartz

Texas School Awards Letter Jackets For Academic Success  Longview News-Journal