Archive for December, 2016

Does Networking Make Us Smart or Stupid?

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Stephen Downes links to Amy Burvall on her daughter's reliance on her friend Ellie as a source of information. I think the question in her antipenultimate paragraph: "Do we crave more temporal, less formal interactions, even if it means the information we receive is at risk for being less accurate?" should be answered with a […]

Should Schools Teach General Critical-Thinking Skills? 

Monday, December 5th, 2016

This article claims that "critical thinking" should not be taught as an independent discipline - largely because success in any particular area is allegedly more dependent on detailed knowledge of that area. But one of the main reasons for teaching "critical thinking" is to train people to evaluate the arguments and claimed expertise of others in […]

Some Math Ed Stuff 

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Inverse Functions are certainly a minefield for students, and the situation is not helped by teachers' use of sloppy language to describe the concept and the prescription of a mindless ritual for answering assigned questions. This article points in the right direction although it's not quite perfect in my opinion1. But what got my friend […]

Prepare to be inspired (fromBBC via Butterflies and Wheels)

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Connie, this is for you: The BBC has an annual series called 100 Women. BBC 100 Women names 100 influential and inspirational women around the world every year. We create documentaries, features and interviews about their lives, giving more space for stories that put women at the centre. Source: Prepare to be inspired - Butterflies […]