The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #226 (March 11, 2018)

    • Hechinger Report
    • 03/08/18

    “The benefits of reading aloud to students have been known for decades. A landmark report called ‘Becoming a Nation of Readers’ identified listening as ‘the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading.’”

    • Education Next
    • 09/01/17

    The brilliance of what happened in Louisiana is they didn’t make a single choice for any school district in the state. They simply provided good information, training, and incentives.”





    • Competency Works
    • 03/05/18

    While “constructivists” foreground the evidence for real-world projects to create rich emotional and social learning experiences, “cognitivists” worry about learners getting lost in the task and point to evidence for core knowledge curricula and explicit instruction. Opportunities for integration often deteriorate in the face disagreements around progressive and traditionalist goals.”

    • Boston Globe
    • 02/20/18





    • Harvard Business Review
    • 03/07/18

    In a growth culture, people build their capacity to see through blind spots; acknowledge insecurities and shortcomings rather than unconsciously acting them out; and spend less energy defending their personal value so they have more energy available to create external value. How people feel – and make other people feel — becomes as important as how much they know.”



    • Atlantic
    • 03/08/18

    The massive new study analyzes every major contested news story in English across the span of Twitter’s existence—some 126,000 stories, tweeted by 3 million users, over more than 10 years—and finds that the truth simply cannot compete with hoax and rumor. By every common metric, falsehood consistently dominates the truth on Twitter, the study finds: Fake news and false rumors reach more people, penetrate deeper into the social network, and spread much faster than accurate stories.”



    • New York Times
    • 03/07/18

    Not only had I spent less time with the story than if I had followed along as it unfolded online, I was better informed, too. Because I had avoided the innocent mistakes — and the more malicious misdirection — that had pervaded the first hours after the shooting, my first experience of the news was an accurate account of the actual events of the day.”

    • University of Arizona
    • 03/07/18
    • Faculty Focus
    • 03/06/18

    “[Category:] NOVELTY POLICIES – Mild or humorous penalties for using electronic devices: ‘If it rings, you sing. So be sure and pick out your favorite song and be ready to belt it out in front of the class.’”

    • Vice
    • 03/05/18

    People who were just visiting MoMA seem to primarily experience the work through the lens on their phones by taking selfies or photos of the work… Our AR work added an extra layer of digitization by hacking the pre-existing work to reveal the work of artists who are experimenting with a new form.”

    • Class Central
    • 01/20/18

    As the modern MOOC movement reaches six years of age, we share six trends affecting the industry. In keeping with the MOOC platforms’ continued quest for sustainable revenue models, most of these trends have to do with finding product-market fit, figuring out how (and whom) to charge (and for what).”




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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