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4 months ago
During last Friday’s brownbag seminar, we discussed how to teach the history of immigration in America. Some of the discussion questions were: what makes immigration to America so appealing? Should we provide historical overview of immigration to America or stick to current debates about the subject? How do we incorporate it into other subjects besides history? Do we teach to appeal to empathy and exclude the more negative side of immigration? Luckily, there were plenty of resources available to help us think about ...
6 months ago
I recently came across an ad claiming I could learn everything in an MBA program in one class:I thought this had to be fake but then I saw it was being offered on Udemy (with over 200K enrolled).The "course" has 15 sessions with 51 lessons. It includes:8 h...
Looking at the plants around EdLab, I found myself thinking, "zip up the xylem, flow down the phloem," a mnemonic I had learned in high school bio to illustrate how plants take in and release water and nutrients.Out of curiosity, does anyone else have particularly memorable mnemonics? Any that have surprised you by their lasting power and/or usefulness? I'd be interested to hear [read] them. Another one that came to me recently when tutoring grade students in math was the fraction rap:"multiplying fractions is no b...
Spurred by both curiosity and interest, I recently investigated the rising phenomenon of online English tutoring. While online tutoring is by no means new, a huge number of services have popped up in recent years that specifically partner North American tutors with Asian students. While some services require or prefer language teaching certification, for many, being a native North American English speaker is enough. In fact, that is pretty much the only requirement.The services seem in many ways like a win-win: Asian students gain access to an English teacher with a Nort...
This post is about the development and implementation of the SocioAVA digital educational material named Social Interactions in Virtual Learning Environments.The material is aimed at professionals working in Distance Education (DE) who are interested in discussing social interactions in the virtual.The objective is to discuss social interactions as an importa...
The Twilight Zone series defined a generation and forever impacted storytelling, science fiction, and television. My absolute favorite episode is “The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.” While it first aired way back on March 4, 1960, it provides perfect lessons on race, gender, and ...
I am a huge fan of movies. I never really thought much of movies as an educational tool unless I had to watch for an assignment or project.  This is all the more interesting considering I am a visual learner. Most of my peers don’t typically associate “fun” or “excitement” with movies that we have to watch for educational purposes. This is slowly changing in classrooms across the country due to Black Panther. As one of the highest grossing movies of all time and the pop culture moment of the year so far, educators have been using several themes from the movie to ...
2 years ago
Parents of young children often hear tricky questions: “Why does rain come down instead of up?” “Why can’t the dog jump in the tree like the cat can?” “Why does the ball bounce?” These questions, shared by parents in a national study focused on early science learning, are born of children’s innate curiosity about the inner workings of their environment. They provide tremendous opportunities for children to build a foundational understanding of science concepts and inquiry, and a base from which to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
According to this story from Wired, learning to code will be critical to getting a blue collar job.  If you have read why every millennial should learn some code, ...
I found this video about mapping the human brain interesting. I saw some similarities with the role playing activities we have been doing during the Development and Research presentations. Here we have a professor and innovator of neuro-science describing the research into "Connectomics" to people ranging from a 5 year old boy to a neuro-science Ph. D. student and an entrepreneur. It is interesting to see not only the d...