Without the why, PD fails

No matter what sort of change is going on in your industry, if you don’t teach people why to do things differently and what to do differently, they will do the same old stuff. Effective training doesn’t just happen once. It doesn’t just cover theory. It explains exactly what to do, and it reinforces these […]

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Learning hard things

In the real world, there’s no textbook or curriculum. There’s no way to practice. There’s no source of continuous feedback. There are no teachers — it’s just you and whoever you can convince to help you. So how do you learn something no one can teach you? How do you become a world-class expert on something few […]

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Digital distraction has its cost

Our digital lives may be making us more distracted, distant and drained, according to research presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association. For instance, even minor phone use during a meal with friends was enough to make the diners feel distracted and reduced their enjoyment of the experience, one study found. Source: Dealing […]

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Using the Dungeons and Dragons role playing game in the classroom

The mainstreaming of the popular roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons has significantly changed how people address and understand the game. It’s become a spectator sport and a way for some gamers to earn their living. D&D gameplay and its symbolism have become a significant plot point in geek-oriented TV shows like Stranger Things and The Big Bang Theory. It’s the subject of copious scientific […]

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How do we balance technology with the real world?

As a parent, it is obvious that children learn more when they engage their entire body in a meaningful experience than when they sit at a computer. If you doubt this, just observe children watching an activity on a screen and then doing the same activity for themselves. They are much more engaged riding a […]

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I don’t think we’re ready for robo-grading of essays

But now, machines are also grading students’ essays. Computers are scoring long form answers on anything from the fall of the Roman Empire, to the pros and cons of government regulations.   Developers of so-called “robo-graders” say they understand why many students and teachers would be skeptical of the idea. But they insist, with computers […]

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Social media is not private, no matter what your settings say

Maine Lobster Festival Strips Sea Goddess Taylor Hamlin of Crown | PEOPLE.com Taylor Hamlin dreamed of winning the Maine Lobster Festival’s prestigious Maine Sea Goddess pageant since she was a little girl, but two social media photos deemed “inappropriate” by competition officials would cause the 18 year old to be stripped of the title just 24 hours after […]

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