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3-2-1 For 9-25-16

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:15:58 +0000

Three readings worth your time this week. The old adage is that necessity is the mother of invention. But, according to Scientific American, several studies of humans and other animals point to other reasons why they engage in creative activities. One could be that invention comes when people feel secure in their basic needs. Didn’t […]

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More Let’s Blame the Technology

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 20:32:01 +0000

Time Magazine, which I was surprised to discover still sells around 3 million paper copies each week in the US, recently featured a promotional article for a new book (“Glow Kids”) in which the writer is sharply critical of technology used for instruction: Screens In Schools Are a $60 Billion Hoax. Ok, I’m not immune […]

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3-2-1 For 9-18-16

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:13:37 +0000

Three readings worth your time this week. First up, a very quick post pleading Blog, You Idiots. “We need good things to read. We need them steadily, from people whose voices we enjoy. Short things. Commentary about a topic the writer has a greater interest in than you do. Something funny. Something very stupid. Not some […]

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Questioning the Math

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 15:08:45 +0000

Weapons of Math Destruction Any book with a title like that is worth looking into, right? In a recent interview, the author, Cathy O’Neil, says she started looking into how data and math was being applied to a variety of human processes following the financial crisis of 2008, in which she had a “front-row seat”. […]

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Maybe I Don’t Own a Domain of My Own

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:43:48 +0000

I’ve owned this domain since 1999. Although, “owned” may not be the correct verb, a point made clear by a professor at American University in Cairo writing about the Domain of One’s Own concept. I don’t know why we say “domain of one’s own” and “reclaim your domain”. It’s not very accurate. My understanding of […]

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What If I Want to Write Six Paragraphs?

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:11:46 +0000

As a math major who struggled with the formality of my English classes (diagramming sentences is a plot worthy of Dr. Evil), I found much to relate to in this post by an English teacher and published in, of all places, the National Council of Teachers of English blog. The five paragraph essay was a core […]

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3-2-1 For 9-11-16

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:15:22 +0000

Three readings worth your time this week. NASA launched a mission this week that sounds really cool. The spacecraft will make a seven year round trip to an asteroid and “return a substantial amount” of it’s material to Earth. Of course, that’s no trival process but the story of the collection device that will be […]

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Disruption Would Be Nice

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:13:28 +0000

Writing recently in the Huffington Post’s education blog, Eric Sheninger, a Senior Fellow at the International Center for Leadership in Education, declares Education is Ripe for Disruption. Just like “Blockbuster, Blackberry, and the taxicab industry”. Really? He spends most of his post summarizing disruptions that have occurred over the past ten years in the video distribution […]

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Finding History in the Pile

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 18:25:44 +0000

This quote is on a wall in the Newseum, a museum in Washington DC dedicated to news, information (not always the same), and the First Amendment. However, with all due respect to Ms. Mead, I don’t think her optimism for television was ever warranted. Even in it’s early days, the medium was controlled by a […]

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3-2-1 For 9-4-16

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:45:21 +0000

Three readings worth your time this week. Remember all the talk from a few years ago about how MOOCs were going to disrupt higher education? Audrey Watters offers a great review of all the hype and attempts to figure out what happened to the MOOC revolution? Spoiler alert: it has to do in part with […]

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