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The Problem with Word Problems Might Be the Way They Are Taught
Posted on Mar 22, 2017
  • John Woodward
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  • Math
  • Professional Development
  • Struggling Students
The Problem with Word Problems Might Be the Way They Are Taught

Traditional algebra word problems have a bad rap and for good reason. Students are hardly enamored with content of the typical word problem, and its relevance to the real world is questionable at best.

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The Deep-Reading Brain and the Good Life
Posted on Mar 15, 2017
  • Maryanne Wolf
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  • Literacy
The Deep-Reading Brain and the Good Life

Human beings were never born to read. Reading or written language is a cultural invention that necessitated totally new connections among structures in the human brain underlying language, perception, cognition, and, in time, our emotions. Reading represents one of the most important epigenetic breakthroughs in the history of the species; our very history was made possible by it.

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Curiouser and Curiouser: The Importance of Intellectual Curiosity
Posted on Mar 8, 2017
  • Michael Milone
Tags
  • Assessment
  • Education Technology
  • General Education
  • Literacy
Curiouser and Curiouser: The Importance of Intellectual Curiosity

When we think of the growth mindset, the two characteristics most often mentioned are intelligence and effort. What is just as relevant, but often overlooked, is intellectual curiosity. Sophie von Stumm and her colleagues have described it as “the hungry mind” and “the third pillar of academic success,” which are perfectly appropriate.

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The Future of Work: Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and What They Mean for Math Education Today
Posted on Mar 1, 2017
  • John Woodward
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  • Education Technology
  • Math
  • NCTM Standards
  • Professional Development
  • State Standards
The Future of Work: Robots, Artificial Intelligence, and What They Mean for Math Education Today

Much has been said about the state of American manufacturing in the last year, and a series of recent reports present an intricate picture that takes us beyond some of the confusion and common misconceptions. Except for the understandable decline in manufacturing during the recent recession, manufacturing productivity since 2000 has been surprisingly robust. Ball State University’s report even suggests that growth in manufacturing going forward is steady and on an upward path. With all of the news of outsourcing in areas such as textiles, furniture, and apparel, how can this be?

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Reframing Our Focus in Education with Digital Learning: Cultivating the Brilliance in Every Child
Posted on Feb 22, 2017
  • Sandi Everlove
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  • Education Technology
  • General Education
  • Positive School Climate
Reframing Our Focus in Education with Digital Learning: Cultivating the Brilliance in Every Child

When most of us hear the word brilliant, we think of rare individuals who are exceptional in ways that set them apart. But what if that kind of thinking has held us and our children back? What if we reframed our focus in education to discovering, cultivating, and nurturing the brilliance in every child?

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Optimizing The Learning Ecosystem at Scale
Posted on Feb 15, 2017
  • Zoran Popović
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  • Education Technology
  • General Education
Optimizing The Learning Ecosystem at Scale

In order to fully answer the question of how to positively affect learning through technology-enhanced innovations, we have to, as scientists, start by accepting the most fundamentally challenging and interesting problem—analyzing student learning.

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