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5 years ago
Economic theory is often about figures and curves that may not mean very much to certain students. To make things worse, economists often disagree on the theory of it all and the graphs can quickly become meaningless lines. The Vialogue below does a good job of contextualizing some of the principles behind the study of economics, from the invisible hands of Adam Smith's markets to ideal government behavior in Keynesian economic models.
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5 years ago
Gamification of education is a big movement in the app-space and edtech realm. However, it could also be very effective in the classroom setting. Games help people work together and make powerful choices. These aspects of games could revolutionize the way educators and students look at the classroom. The game developers at Extra Credits give some suggestions on how these elements of games can be applied to education in the Vialogue below.
5 years ago
I wanted to share this short film by a CalArts student after our D&R session on bullying. It expresses how neglectful parenting can lead to bullying that hurts even the teachers in charge of a classroom. As always, discuss in the Vialogue below.
5 years ago
Did you know that your mitochondria, those often depicted as blue organelles with their own unique DNA, have a big role outside of being the power plants of your cells? Did you know that role involves killing off your own cells? Do you remember the anatomy of the cell that is responsible for your consciousness? Did you ever wonder just how ATP, adenosine triphosphate, serves as the unit of energy for your cells? All this and more in the Biology review edition of #VideosIWish on Vialogues! For those unfamiliar with it, Videos I Wish is a series of videos explaining or reviewing concepts which w...
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5 years ago
In an age in which our space program is so diminished we have to pay the Russians to send our astronauts to space for us, it is important to remember how much we learned and how much of an impact our space program had in the past. July 19th was the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Discuss what we learned in the Vialogue below!
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The decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on the case Fisher vs University of Texas at Austin was revealed recently. The court of appeals chose to uphold the Supreme Court's decision regarding this affirmative action case, claiming the use of affirmative action to provide diversity enriched the education and flow of ideas possible at the University. The Supreme Court decision itself as a landslide 7 to 1 decision in favor of upholding...
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Recently, we discussed the difficulty of creating good "chocolate covered broccoli," presenting something educational as non-educational and hoping the student learns something from it. A new video game called "Valiant Hearts" attempts this with the subject of World War I and appears to be largely successful through the use of powerful imagery, a strong narrative and engaging puzzles that all teach about various aspects of World War I without feeling like a history lesson. The game is available on PC, Xbox and Playstation platforms and should be accessible to many students. Is this an effectiv...
5 years ago
This week, I found myself listening to a set of episodes of "This American Life," a radio show and podcast telling stories about various aspects of American life, about a school in one of the more dangerous areas of Chicago. The show interviewed several people attending or working at the school and quickly painted a picture of the violence and gang culture pervasive throughout the area. The best way I can present the gravity of the situation is to say that the map can be used as an accurate too...
A recent report by the Texas Tribune examines the Texan education system in terms of spending and ramifications. The Tribune reports that Texas has been consistently ranked among the bottom five states in spending on education yet finds its students scoring above average on national exams. Governor Rick Perry attributes this to stricter standards and accountability measures held by schools in Texas. Whether or not that is true remains to be seen. The lack of go...
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This weekend I tried (and failed) to get tickets for the Shakespeare in the Park's production of Much Ado About Nothing, so I thought I'd tell everyone about the Public Theater program. If you're new to New York City, you might have heard of Shakespeare in the Park. Basically, it is a non-profit theater company that puts on high quality shows in Central Park's Delacorte Theater for free. The company was founded by Joseph Papp in 1962 and has been producing a variety of shows with the intent of serving "as an...