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How much of the world has my son seen?

My teenage son and I were having a discussion about boredom (his), the infinite nature of our minds and the universe, and the massiveness of the unseen Earth. Our disagreement centered mostly on how much of the planet he’s seen, his claim being that he’s seen enough to qualify as being more than “none percent”. […]

Brainy Approaches to Learning

Understanding how the brain works when learning is key to helping students achieve mastery of a subject or topic.

User Generated Education

Good learning is not a matter of finding a happy medium where both parties are transformed as little as possible. Rather, both parties must be maximally transformed—in a sense deformed. There is violence in learning. We cannot learn something without eating it, yet we cannot really learn it either without being chewed up.” — Peter […]

Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids

Adora Svitak is a precocious young learner who spoke at TED in February 2010. She has some great ideas for turning around adult attitudes about children. She uses humor to “roast” the contemporary adult perspectives and misjudgments of childhood. In the short time she has to make her exposition, some of her points only boil […]

Reality Game Questions of the Day: Mean Experimentations with Redundant Pedometers

eXperience Points Answer 1 question: 20XP Answer 2 questions: 80XP Answer 3 questions: 120XP Answer 4 questions: 200XP + 1 Lego™ for each question! Family Points YTD: 8,380 Why so “mean”? Dad wears two pedometers to measure how many steps he takes each day. Pedometer “A” recorded 6,350 steps. Pedometer “B” recorded 8,948 steps. What […]

TED-Ed | Lessons Worth Sharing

NEW YORK, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — TED, the nonprofit organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” today launches the second phase of its TED-Ed initiative: a groundbreaking website [http://ed.ted.com] housed on TED.com that enables teachers to create unique lesson plans around TED-Ed video content. TED-Ed seeks to inspire curiosity by harnessing the talent of the […]

Originally posted on DrTechniko – Making kids literate in technology:
Last Sunday, I taught six kids of ages 5 to 7 how to program. “In what programming language?” you may ask. Well…I didn’t use a programming language, at least none that you know of. In fact, I didn’t even use a computer. Instead, I devised…