Today, I’m happy to announce that my friend and colleague Bruce Dixon and I are starting a new membership website, Educating Modern Learners (EML). It’s a site and an accompanying newsletter that’s aimed specifically at helping school leaders and policy makers from around the globe be better…
Ira Socol and Josie Holford have done a wonderful job taking apart one of the latest obsessions in the education world. If you’ve heard talk about grit, Paul Tough’s How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, or Angela Duckworth’s research being touted as the…
The current shutdown in Washington is limiting the access that scholars and researchers have to vital materials. To that end, we have opened up access for the next two weeks to three of our online resources: Oxford Reference, American National Biography Online, and the US Census…
Last Friday educators from across the US who instruct students in grades K-12 were immersed in a most engaging activity. Recent RISD graduate Sarah Pease 13 FD led a workshop in the Materials Resource Center that asked the teachers to package a single potato chip for mailing. The challenge was to make sure the delicate edible would arrive at its final destination in one piece.
“The exercise focused on the practical applications of design thinking,” explained Pease. “The educators were all very resourceful. They came up with some really inventive solutions.”
The fun activity was part of the RISD STEAM Colloquium, an all-day event that allowed the educators to tour the RISD campus and learn more about STEAM, a movement championed by RISD that encourages the integration of arts and design into STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
The educators also visited the wondrous Edna Lawrence Nature Lab to listen to an impassioned talk by Meghan Reilly Michaud 01 GD, president of the Alumni Council. The high school teacher led a brainstorming session on ways to incorporate inspiring STEAM principles into lesson plans. The educators then drew gelatinous sea creatures using electron microscopes.
Later in the day, the educators visited the Industrial Design Building to hear Assistant Professor Cas Holman explain the educational value of play. For the past nine years, she has designed playground equipment that sparks children’s imaginations while simultaneously teaching basic engineering and design skills.
“Never before has there been this much of a need to incorporate design thinking into school curriculum,” noted Sarah Cappelli, an art educator who teaches in the Providence school system. “STEAM promotes critical thinking skills that are necessary for our students to develop in order to compete professionally in the 21st century.”
To learn how you can get involved in the STEM to STEAM movement, see this website!
The twin role played by the skin – protection from excessive UV radiation and absorption of enough sunlight to trigger the production of vitamin D – means that people living in the lower latitudes, close to the Equator, with intense UV radiation, have developed darker skin to protect them from the damaging effects of UV radiation. In contrast, those living in the higher latitudes, closer to the Poles, have developed fair skin to maximize vitamin D production.
A global atlas of skin color.
“This is more than just a tablet. It’s a complete learning solution organized around the school day,” said Stephen Smyth, president of Amplify’s Access division, which produces the tablet. “We believe it’s both more affordable and more impactful than just about any…
At the 2013 99U Conference, Stanford Technology Ventures director Tina Seelig, author of inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity, echoes Neil Gaiman’s timeless advice on failure and the creative life.
A wise woman once said it even better.
Also see Steve Jobs on the fear of failure.