The Educator's Notebook

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

Educator’s Notebook #423 (September 10, 2023)

    • TextFX
    • 09/07/23

    “TextFX is an AI experiment designed to help rappers, writers, and wordsmiths expand their process. It was created in collaboration with Lupe Fiasco, drawing inspiration from the lyrical and linguistic techniques he has developed throughout his career. TextFX consists of 10 tools, each is designed to explore creative possibilities with text and language.”

    • Maret
    • 09/05/23

    “The goal of the final product of the work, Data-Informed Decision Making: A Guide to Institutional Research in Independent Schools, is to show the possibilities and value institutional research offers and to provide tools for the intrepid institutional researchers who are looking to grow their own skills and to foster their community's Data Culture.”







    • Learning Scientists
    • 09/07/23

    “We really like this paper because the authors, Josh Cuevas and Bryan Dawson, compare learning styles and dual coding directly. On the surface the two are really similar. But, if you’ve been following our work for a while and/or engage with the literature, you know that the two are not the same and do not have the same learning outcomes… The experiment pits learning styles and dual coding against one another.”


    • Austin Klein
    • 09/07/23
    • Twitter
    • 09/06/23

    “Innovation is easier with a relatively small team that has to make a decisive and clear concentrated bet and that doesn't tolerate any mediocre performers. That's it.”

    • NPR
    • 09/05/23
    • Behavioral Scientist
    • 09/04/23

    “Strikingly, before about 1950 there were approximately zero articles, books, essays, treatises, odes, classes, encyclopedia entries, or anything of the sort dealing explicitly with the subject of “creativity.” …Despite the fact that many in the postwar American art world embraced self-expression and experimentation, it turns out the efforts to really get under the hood of something called creativity—which also encompassed ideas like “creative ability,” “the creative personality,” and “the creative process”—were primarily driven by a concern not for art per se but for inventiveness in science, technology, consumer products, and advertising.”







    • Evidence Based Education
    • 08/25/23

    “Attitudes and approaches to the start of a lesson have progressed and tend to focus on recall and review. Barak Rosenshine’s Principles of Instruction: Research Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know (2012) have become well known and widely referenced in education. Among these principles, Rosenshine encourages teachers to “begin a lesson with a short review of previous learning.” Paul A. Kirschner has advised teachers, “before you start something new, review the old” (2017). Below are some examples of classroom tasks that can be used to promote a smooth and successful lesson starts. Each can be used to provide opportunities for regular retrieval practice:



    • Stanford
    • 09/05/23

    “In recent years, Parsonnet’s team has found that the average body temperature in the U.S. has dropped from 98.6 F by about 0.05 F every decade since the 19th century, likely due to better health and living conditions that reduce inflammation. They found that today’s normal body temperature hovers closer to 97.9 F… The researchers analyzed 618,306 oral temperature measurements from adult outpatients seen at Stanford Health Care from 2008 to 2017. They also tracked the time of day it was taken, along with each patient’s age, sex, weight, height, body mass index, medications and health conditions… From the remaining data, they found that adults have normal temperatures ranging from 97.3 F to 98.2 F, with an overall average of 97.9 F.”

    • New York Times
    • 09/02/23



    • EdSurge
    • 09/07/23

    “As college classes start up this fall, instructors are handing out syllabi and pointing students to official platforms for turning in assignments and participating in class discussions. Meanwhile students are setting up unofficial online channels of their own, where they can ask questions of classmates, gripe about the professor and sometimes share homework and test answers.”


A.I. Update



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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