The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #35 (June 29, 2014)

    • NPR
    • 06/23/14

    “In addition to the scholarships, which are worth about $19,000 each, the school will also be looking to hire a video game coach… The move marks yet another step in the mainstreaming of video games, which in this context are also called e-sports, within education. There's already a Collegiate Star League dedicated to video gaming, with teams at 100 universities including MIT and the University of California, Berkeley.”

    • LA Times
    • 06/21/14

    “I doubt that understanding the Great War will help young people compete in the global economy. In fact, insight into that war's causes might lead kids to rethink entirely international competition as an educational goal. Yet I believe that wrestling with that war's complexity will make for better citizens: thoughtful, cautious about letting a president take us to war, concerned with the collateral damage inherent to modern conflict, and able to consign Nazis to their proper historical place.”

    • Mother Jones
    • 06/01/14

    It was little more than a century ago that literacy became universal in Western Europe and the United States. If computational skills are on the same trajectory, how much are we hurting our economy—and our democracy—by not moving faster to make them universal?”








    • Harvard Business Review
    • 06/27/14

    “Having at least one out of three group members experiencing positive affect can significantly and positively impact group decision making for two reasons. First, members experiencing positive affect tend to share a greater amount of unique information than those experiencing neutral affect. Additionally, they are more likely to initiate the sharing of unique information and make information requests, promoting a norm of information sharing and attenuating the social cost of sharing information the group has not discussed before.”

    • Harvard Business Review
    • 06/25/14







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.

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Peter Nilsson


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