July 21 July 28, 2019

An excellent week:

The two feature articles explore the benefits of working together in teams: how it leads to growth, how it builds collegiality, and more.  Interestingly, the article by Stanford's d.school includes an exploration of when it is best to work together and when it is best to work alone.  It's a good reminder of the ubiquitous truth that a single approach (e.g. teams/solo, discussion/lecture, etc) is less optimal than having a range of approaches and using the right approach for the right moment.

Also this week, see: the growing pervasiveness of deepfakes (this time in humorous, if still unsettling, contexts), a pair of posts on delegating effectively, an article about "phonons" (including some remarkably jargon-y paragraphs), and more.

These and others, enjoy!

Peter Nilsson
King's Academy


The Neuroscience Of How Collaboration Leads to Creativity (Via Music)  Nautilus
"The more tightly the social parts of our brain are connected, the more possible it is that performance will be more moving, more expressive… Brains are social, people are social, and when they’re connected, that has the best effect for creativity."

"Let Teachers Work And Learn In Teams -- Like Professionals"  ASCD
"The meetings of these groups aren't talkathons or just opportunities for teachers to spend time together in a group hoping to learn. Each team has a serious, important assignment with deadlines. And each assignment is expected to result in improvements to student performance. Opportunities for teachers to move ahead in their careers depend in significant measure on the contributions they make, as team leaders and members, to the systematic improvement of their school's performance."


Should Admissions Offices Use. A.I. To Scan Applications?  Fast Company


Teenagers Most Often Try Drugs For The 1st Time During Summer  NPR


On The Role Of Dance In The Ancient World  New York Review of Books


Stanford d.school Shares Essential Questions For Designers  Stanford
"Here are nine questions we think a lot about. Each links to deeper descriptions and related research we’ve uncovered along the way."

Building An In-House Innovation Strategy? Here Are Tips To Succeed.  Harv. Bus. Rev.


The DoE's Very Simple, But Helpful, Advice For Incoming College Freshmen  US DoE
"Open every piece of snail mail you get from the college, and read all of it!"


Why You Might Consider Teaching Graphic Novels - And Making Them  Cult of Pedagogy


9 Considerations When Delegating Authority  SmartBrief

Google's Seven Steps For Delegating Effectively  Inc.


Can Mindfulness Actually Make Us Less Aware Of Our Needs?  Hack Education


What Does "Whole Child" Education Mean, Anyway?  EdSurge


A Lovely Meditation On How Reading Skills Wax And Wane Through Life  Longreads
"You never stop learning how to read — probably because you also never stop forgetting how to read."

4 Tips For Building A Classroom Library  ASCD
"Most kids agree their favorite books are the ones that they have picked out themselves. While we should be talking with students about books, we also have to let them advise how we can better help them find books on their passions and interests."

5 More Tips For Building The Best Classroom Library  ASCD


Phonons: Sound Particles Physicists Can Now Measure With A Quantum Microphone  Stanford
"The quantum microphone the group developed consists of a series of supercooled nanomechanical resonators, so small that they are visible only through an electron microscope. The resonators are coupled to a superconducting circuit that contains electron pairs that move around without resistance. The circuit forms a quantum bit, or qubit, that can exist in two states at once and has a natural frequency, which can be read electronically. When the mechanical resonators vibrate like a drumhead, they generate phonons in different states."

It's Easy To Build A Computer.  Use These Tools To Teach Kids How.  Education Dive

Simone Weil And The Aesthetic Beauty Of Math  The Paris Review


Experts: We Have 18 Months To Save The Planet  BBC


Studies: Television Show Selection Can Increase Or Decrease IQ  New York Times

Deepfakes: Forrest Gump, Starring Keanu Reeves  YouTube/The Fakening

Deepfakes: The Shining, Starring Jim Carrey  YouTube/Ctrl Shift Face


Pay-For-Performance Linked To Depression  Stanford Social Innovation Review


How Tapes Of The Original Moon Landing Ended Up In An Intern's Basement  Inc.