Archive for the ‘Education’ Category

Scaling the Solar System


(Syfy Wire::Bad Astronomy) – Phil Plait:

The solar system is vast.

It’s incredibly difficult to wrap your head around these scales. Worse, analogies tend to fall flat. Example: It would take nearly two centuries to drive to the Sun if there were a road to it (and your windows were shut really tightly). Does that visualize how far that really is?

But there is a helpful model: a scale model. Across the world there are quite a few models of the solar system, and they tend to be pretty big. I was reminded of this when I saw this video, where a filmmaker, Wylie Overstreet, created a scale model of the solar system in the Nevada desert. …

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Solar System


How Children Learn Science


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Adults use locutions that they may not realize lead to children getting the wrong idea about things. This paper examined beliefs about aging among 3 to 5 years old children and found that because birthday parties are seen by children as discrete markers that correlate with the move from one age to the next, some children got the idea that birthday parties are what cause people to get older. …

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How Google Took Over the Classroom


(NYTimes Tech) – Natasha Singer:

The tech giant is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and
free apps. But schools may be giving Google more than they are getting. …

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Pupils with Chromebooks

Latin Abbreviations vs Plain English


(The Independent Education) – Andy Martin:

The civil service wants to anglicise and expand its communications. RIP common sense, then. …

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To Train Your Brain


(Guardian Education) – Mo Costandi:

Musical training can have a dramatic impact on your brain’s structure, enhancing your memory, spatial reasoning and language skills. …

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Musical brain stimulation

Pupils of Illegal School Almost Drowned


(Independent) – Siobhan Fenton:

A group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish students nearly drowned after being taken on a hiking expedition by unqualified teachers working at an illegal faith school that the Government has known about for five years but failed to shut down. …

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Maritime and Coastguard Agency: Rescue near Dover on 2016-06-06

Hackney’s Missing Children


(Independent) – Siobhan Fenton:

Thousands of children in London have been moved to unregistered ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools. The Department for Education knew evidence of these illegal faith schools was destroyed. …

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Jewish building

Youthful Brilliance


(Preposterous Universe) – Sean Carroll:

A couple of weeks ago I visited the Texas A&M Physics and Engineering Festival. It was a busy trip – I gave a physics colloquium and a philosophy colloquium as well as a public talk — but the highlight for me was an hourlong chat with the Davidson Young Scholars, who had traveled from across the country to attend the festival. …

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Sean Carroll and the Davidson Young Scholars

Fluent in Math


(Nautilus::Big Bangs) – Barbara Oakley:

I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little strange how I’ve ended up now – someone who dances daily with triple integrals, Fourier transforms, and that crown jewel of mathematics, Euler’s equation. It’s hard to believe I’ve flipped from a virtually congenital math-phobe to a professor of engineering. ……fluent-in-math

Barbara Oakley Learning

Among the Believers


(The Intercept) – Murtaza Hussai:

Among the Believers portrays Pakistan as a country in the throes of a clash between atavistic religious forces on one hand, and progressive, secular reformists on the other. The extremist figure of Abdul Aziz Ghazi is contrasted with that of Pervez Hoodbhoy, a nuclear physicist and spokesperson for the country’s liberal intelligentsia. But while this ideological divide is relevant, it is perhaps too simplistic to understand the country’s predicament. …


Fighting at Lal Masjid