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Reality Game Questions of the Day: Clever Hans, How It’s Made, WWW, and CRT vs. LCD

eXperience Points Answer 1 question: 20XP Answer 2 questions: 80XP Answer 3 questions: 120XP Answer 4 questions: 200XP + 1 Lego™ for each question! Horsin’ Around Read about Clever Hans and answer the three questions. How? Visit howitsmade.com and learn something. Tell us about it! When? …was the World Wide Web made? (Bonus 100XP if […]

Reality Game Questions of the Day: Occam, Caged Bird, Gunpowder, and Protestants

eXperience Points Answer 1 question: 20XP Answer 2 questions: 80XP Answer 3 questions: 120XP Answer 4 questions: 200XP + 1 Lego™ for each question! It’s a UFO! What is Occam’s Razor? Give an example. Why… Why does the caged bird sing? What else? Gunpowder had to be mixed to work well until someone figured out […]

Apple introduces iBooks 2 and iBooks Author; zeroes in on textbook market

Engadget was on the scene at the live Apple announcement of its new iBooks 2 and iBooks Author suite. Here is more coverage. Related articles Publishing Stocks: Will Apple Lead the Textbook Digital Revolution? (wire.kapitall.com)

Reality Game Questions of the Day: Aaliyah, Dickinson, Japanese Ice Cream, and Nat Geo

eXperience Points Answer 1 question: 20XP Answer 2 questions: 80XP Answer 3 questions: 120XP Answer 4 questions: 200XP + 1 Lego™ for each question! Back & Forth… …was a song by Aaliyah. Read about her plane crash and answer the three questions. Tasty! Emily Dickinson wrote a poem about something that “licks the valleys up.” […]

Do public schools play a role in the New Groupthink?

via The Rise of the New Groupthink at NYTimes.com Our schools have also been transformed by the New Groupthink. Today, elementary school classrooms are commonly arranged in pods of desks, the better to foster group learning. Even subjects like math and creative writing are often taught as committee projects. In one fourth-grade classroom I visited […]

Are schools now pipelines to prison?

An interesting perspective… The “zero tolerance” policies that today are the most extreme form of this punishment paradigm were originally written for the war on drugs in the early 1980s, and later applied to schools. As Annette Fuentes explains, the resulting extraordinary rates of suspension and expulsion are linked nationally to increasing police presence, checkpoints, and surveillance […]

What is “Fun Theory”?

You can tell when educational materials and experiences don’t engage the young people in your life. They exhibit, shall we say, obvious symptoms. I won’t list them here. These symptoms tend to cause us all kinds of angst. A child’s stubborn insistence that learning be meaningful and interesting is actually a sign of positive selfhood. […]