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Productive lifetime learning

What Bode was saying was this: “Knowledge and productivity are like compound interest.” Given two people of approximately the same ability and one person who works ten percent more than the other, the latter will more than twice outproduce the former. The more you know, the more you learn; the …

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After posting obscene memes to Facebook, students lose their acceptance at Harvard

Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded sexually explicit memes and messages that sometimes targeted minority groups in a private Facebook group chat. A handful of admitted students formed the messaging group—titled, at one point, “Harvard memes …

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Miami University’s business school requires all freshmen to take a coding course

We’re all accustomed to the typical assortment of core classes at universities: math, language, English 101. While the “real-world value” of core classes is often debated, one university is introducing a core class requirement that undoubtedly adds value to graduates’ post-college portfolios—a coding course. The school is Miami University’s Farmer …

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The way our brains age helps us develop more self-control as we get older

I’m much better at controlling myself now than I was when I was a kid. I’m more organized and less impulsive. Why is that? What happened in my brain to make this happen? A study published yesterday in Current Biology could have a clue. Scientists studied the changes that happen …

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Starting a dream school in Austria

Two young women, together with parents like themselves, had a dream to build a school for their children so they could be educated at their will. Gudrun, one of the teachers at the school then, worked in a normal primary school before. When it was time for her second son …

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Standard eBooks offers updated and fixed public domain ebooks

A lot of the ebooks from Project Gutenberg suffer from poor typography and transcription errors. Standard Ebooks is fixing that: Ebook projects like Project Gutenberg transcribe ebooks and make them available for the widest number of reading devices. Standard Ebooks takes ebooks from sources like Project Gutenberg, formats and typesets them using …

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Digital Citizenship, critical thinking, and Google Sheets – Top 3 for the week

Teach digitial citizenship with Google’s “Be Internet Awesome” Teaching children critical thinking skills Google Sheets updates: machine learning charts and embedding information

Teach digitial citizenship with Google’s “Be Internet Awesome”

With school out and summer break giving kids more time to spend on the Internet, it’s a great time to introduce Be Internet Awesome: a new way to encourage digital safety and citizenship. Developed in collaboration with online safety experts like the Family Online Safety Institute, the Internet Keep Safe …

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Teaching children critical thinking skills

Claims about what improves or harms our health are ubiquitous. People need to be able to assess the reliability of these claims. We aimed to evaluate an intervention designed to teach primary school children to assess claims about the effects of treatments (ie, any action intended to maintain or improve …

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Teaching coding and play games with a mechanical computer

Turing Tumble is a new type of game where players (ages 8+) build mechanical computers powered by marbles to solve logic puzzles. It’s fun, addicting, easy-to-learn, and while you’re playing, you discover how computers work. I’m all about teaching kids to code. When I was a professor at the University of …

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