May 19 - May 26, 2019

A short post for the nearing end of the school year, but some excellent selections therein:

Of particular interest is the feature video of an FBI agent talking about body language.  I include this because so much of what we do as teachers is about reading and understanding students.  Where the FBI may be seeking to discern truth and fiction, teachers seek to discern student comprehension, engagement, safety, confidence, and more.  Part of our work is planning, built around the science of learning and careful construction of a curriculum, and part of it is delivery, made up of relationships and responsiveness, empathy and intervention.  Reading body language is as essential to our work as our mastery of subject matter and pedagogy.

Also this week is a pair of posts on computational thinking, a good synthesis and reflection on the research on stretching, some good pedagogy, and a wonderful jumping robot "dog" made by a team of Stanford students.




A Definition of Computational Thinking For Any Subject  Education DIve
"There are five core computational thinking skills… These are collecting data, analyzing data, decomposing, finding patterns and using abstract thinking."

Former FBI Agent Explains How To Read Body Language  Wired/YouTube
"Nonverbals are anything that communicates but is not a word.  The public knows them as body language… In fact we are never in a state where we’re not transmitting information."


A Review Of The Research On Stretching  Medium


Self-Control Outdoes Intelligence As Predictor Of Success  SagePub


Reminder: Movement Helps People Learn  KQED


On The Growth Of Computational Thinking In The Curriculum  EdSurge

"What Students Gain From Learning Ethics In School"  KQED


Howard Stevenson Interview: Intersections Between Racial Literacy And Tech  Data & Society

Penguin Classics And Modern Library Celebrate Marginalized Writers  Vox


Analysis Of College Dropout Rate: What Colleges Succeed, And Why?  New York Times


Booker Prize Goes To An Arabic Novel For The First Time  New York Times


How Leaders Can Provide More Than Just Feedback  Gallup


7 Suggestions For Strengthening Class Discussion  Chron. of Higher Ed.


Stanford Students Make Robot Dog That Walks And Backflips  Engadget
"A group of Stanford… have created Doggo, a four-legged bot that can dance, backflip, jump and trot without requiring exotic hardware. The mechanical canine is made of readily available supplies that achieve the intended acrobatics at minimal cost -- less than $3,000."

The Kilogram Is Redefined, Tied To Planck's Constant  Vox

Machine Learning Brings Painting And Single Photos To Life  TechCrunch

A Primer On The History Of Artificial Intelligence [Video]  Andreessen Horowitz


Tim Cook's Graduation Speech at Tulane  Inc.