The sounds of the National Parks

There’s no shortage of “nature soundtracks,” but how many of them are the actual sounds from a US National Park?   To celebrate its 102nd birthday, the National Park Service is offering ParkTracks, a 12-minute mix of sounds from across various national parks. The sounds were captured by the NPS’s (wonderfully named) Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, […]

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How can we use video games to teach?

I doubt anyone would argue with the goals of making math class more joyful and playful, but those goals are more easily adapted to a poster or conference slidedeck than to the actual experience of math students and teachers.   So what does a math class look like that responds whenever a student acts mathematically, […]

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Teens are being bullied almost constantly on Instagram

According to a recent Pew survey, 59 percent of teens have been bullied online, and according to a 2017 survey conducted by Ditch the Label, a nonprofit anti-bullying group, more than one in five 12-to-20-year-olds experience bullying specifically on Instagram. “Instagram is a good place sometimes,” said Riley, a 14-year-old who, like most kids in […]

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Teens don’t like presenting in class

For many middle– and high-school students, giving an in-class presentation was a rite of passage. Teachers would call up students, one by one, to present their work in front of the class and, though it was often nerve-racking, many people claim it helped turn them into more confident public speakers. “Coming from somebody with severe anxiety, […]

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Syncing settings in Vivaldi, the missing piece!

Syncing settings in Vivaldi. Source: The browser that puts you in control | Vivaldi In my initial article about Vivaldi, my biggest complaint was the lack of sync. Well, with the release of 2.0 that problem has been rectified. Along with syncing, creating a vivaldi.net account gives you access to participate in the Vivaldi forums, an […]

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Academics vs Fortnite

Hours after her son returned to school, April McElrath of Smyrna, Delaware, posted to a Facebook group she’d joined for help and support.   “He tried to start a game before school!!!” McElrath wrote, posting a picture of her sheepishly smiling son Marcus, 11, to the group for parents of children obsessed with the video […]

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Using physics to flip a water bottle

The water bottle flipping craze, in which a partially filled bottle of water is flipped and magically lands upright, swept the globe a couple of years ago. Now a group of Dutch scientists has designed a classroom demo version of the feat, described in a recent paper in the American Journal of Physics. It is […]

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The math teacher and drill based math instruction

A math program that endorses drills and pain as the foundational element of math instruction (rather than a supporting element) and as a prerequisite for creative mathematical thought (rather than a co-requisite) inhibits the student and the teacher both, diminishing the student’s interest in producing that creativity and the teacher’s ability to notice it. Source: Drill-Based […]

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