The Educator's Notebook

A weekly collection of education-related news from around the web.

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: A Case Study In A.I. And Playing With Magic

“If we follow the tale, this all might be ok in the end.  Eucrates learned his lesson — when asked to perform the magic, he says, “if it once becomes a water carrier… we shall be obliged to let the house be flooded with the water that is poured in!”  His lesson is much like […]

“Redefining Academic Excellence In The Age Of AI”

“While AI can help students analyze text, identify detail in an image, and structure a work of writing, only the student can apply this understanding to her world. Only the student can integrate new understanding into his school community and personal relationships. Only the student can practice new habits based on new ideas and understanding […]

On Teaching In The Age Of Information

With innovation’s unending arrival on our doorstep, I thrill at the access and stimulation that have arrived with it, but I wonder about how we cope with it, about what we learn from it… I wonder, for instance, about schools with metal detectors. I wonder about airports with liquid-free travel and computers with parental controls; […]


Every week I send out articles I encounter from around the web. Subject matter ranges from hard knowledge about teaching to research about creativity and cognitive science to stories from other industries that, by analogy, inform what we do as educators. This breadth helps us see our work in new ways.

Readers include teachers, school leaders, university overseers, conference organizers, think tank workers, startup founders, nonprofit leaders, and people who are simply interested in what’s happening in education. They say it helps them keep tabs on what matters most in the conversation surrounding schools, teaching, learning, and more.

Peter Nilsson


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