Jeffrey R. Young

MIT’s Mitch Resnick on What ‘Toy Story’ Gets Wrong About the Future of Play

If you’ve ever seen the Toy Story movies, you may remember the neighbor kid, Sid. His room is presented in horror-movie fashion, with dim lighting and discordant music, and the toys are all in pieces, as Sid dismantles them and remakes them in his own crazy way.

To Mitchel Resnick, an MIT Media Lab professor and early pioneer of the maker movement for kids, this Hollywood’s portrayal is problematic, and part of a larger trend toward overly regimenting education these days.

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K-12 And Higher Education Are Considered Separate Systems. What If They Converged?

Education in America is a tale of two systems. There’s K-12 education policy and practice, but a separate set of rules—and a separate culture—for higher education. A new book argues that it doesn’t have to be that way.

Forget ‘US News’ Rankings. For Online College Programs, Google Is Kingmaker

In a time of towering tuition costs, it’s easy to criticize colleges for trying to differentiate themselves by building climbing walls, luxury dorms or lazy rivers. But as more colleges move to offer online programs, there’s another new cost that has nothing to do with delivering education: buying ads on Google and other online platforms to hook new students.

‘Weapons of Math Destruction’: A Data Scientist’s Warning About Impacts of Big Data

These days algorithms have taken on an almost godlike power—they’re up in the (data) clouds, watching everything, passing judgment and leaving us mere mortals with no way to appeal or to even know when these mathematical deities have intervened.
That’s the argument made by Cathy O'Neil in her book “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy.” If algorithms are gods, she’s one of the high priests, as a data scientist and mathematician.

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‘Sadly, This Is Not New’: UVA Professor Reflects on History of Racism in America

University of Virginia history professor Brian Balogh arrived at the university grounds on Saturday, ready to give a talk as part of a planned “reflective conversation” about race in America. It was part of a university event intended as counterprogramming against a rally by white nationalists, neo-Confederates, and alt-right groups happening a short distance away.But the reflection never happened.

Lessons From Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Failures

The feeling would crop up every so often. Robert Talbert would get the nagging, unsettling sense that the lectures he gave in his Calculus courses just weren’t sinking in.
“I kind of felt like there were these little cracks in the edifice every now and then where I would give just these great lecture courses, [and] I’d have students who were engaged, you could see it in their eyes. They seemed to be engaged. They would do well on timed tests, just acing timed tests. No problems. And then first day, second semester it’s like nothing ever happened.”

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Andrew Ng, Co-Founder of Coursera, Returns to MOOC Teaching With New AI Course

Andrew Ng taught one of the most-viewed online courses of all time—more than 1.5 million people have registered to take one of the many sequences of his free online course about machine learning. That experience spurred him to co-found Coursera. Today Ng announced that this summer he’s launching sequels to that blockbuster, with a series of courses on the AI concept known as deep learning.

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As In-Person Bootcamps Falter, Codecademy Introduces Paid Online Options

This summer has seen two prominent coding bootcamps close because they couldn’t make their business models work. Meanwhile, a major provider of free online educational resources for those learning to code announced new paid options that company leaders hope will make its business sustainable.

Coding Boot Camps Won’t Save Us All

This article is part of a series on the future of coding bootcamps.

100K and Counting: A Celebration of the EdSurge Twitter Community

News has followed audiences onto social media, so much so that a few years ago Poynter reported journalists and news organizations were some of the most
active users on Twitter. EdSurge is no different, with more than 35,000 tweets and (as of this week) 100,000 followers. Thanks for helping us hit this milestone in the new-media landscape.

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