The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #91 (August 9, 2015)

    • EdSurge
    • 08/03/15

    These schools are moving out of the “getting-the-technology-to-work” phase and beginning to think deeply about the best ways to support student achievement. They are running their own internal evaluations of edtech effectiveness, training teachers on emerging best practices, exploring better ways to put data in the hands of teachers and students, and consolidating all their learnings to iterate on existing school designs or create new ones.”

    • Fast Company
    • 08/03/15

    AdmitSee found that the most common words on Harvard essays were experience, society, world, success, opportunity. At Stanford, they were research, community, knowledge, future and “skill. …It turns out, Brown favors essays about volunteer and public interest work, while these topics rank low among successful Yale essays. In addition to Harvard, successful Princeton essays often tackle experiences with failure. Meanwhile, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania tend to accept students who write about their career aspirations.”












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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