- Can Technology Help Education? (Farnam Street)
Steve Jobs had his doubts, apparently. (I don't know enough about US schooling to comment on the unions.)
- Two great problems that go great together. (More or Less Bunk)
And here may be one reason for Jobs' reservations.
- We don’t need no grade inflation: Jonathan Hartford (Spiked)
Spiked is generally stimulatingly contrarian. This story is all too familiar, though. It scores by going behind the scenes and looking at impact in the A level classroom.
- A Don's Life: Gove's "new" A' level scheme?
Excellent post from Mary Beard on what needs to be reformed about A levels.
- Thoughts on Art and Teaching: Assessment in Practice Conference at Glasgow School of Art
Interesting thoughts from Jim Hamlyn, particularly on the Ben Craven paper; isn't all assessment ultimately norm-referenced? I wrote along similar lines here.
- Evaluating students: the halo effect — Crooked Timber
Quoting Kahneman on the "halo effect" in grading.
- Phil Race's latest "Ripples" model
Phil has consolidated/updated the "Ripples" model--here is the latest version to download.
- Intelligence and Other Stereotypes: The Power of Mindset (Scientific American Blog Network)
- David Goodhart on Immigration and Multiculturalism (The Browser)
Excellent interview with book recommendations.
- 10 Photographers You Should Ignore (Wired)
... if you want to find your own vision, that is. Trouble is, just how many others can you avoid being like?
Just amazing. Type in the label of a mental activity and this returns an fMRI scan synthesised from 4k+ real studies where the report included the chosen label.
- Oscillatory Thoughts: Automated Science, Deep Data, and the Paradox of Information
And this is the post which pointed to Neurosynth.
- Biologist E.O. Wilson on Why Humans, Like Ants, Need a Tribe - The Daily Beast
- Letters of Note: C. S. Lewis on Writing
- Dropbox just got even better! Disclosure, for everyone who signs up on my recommendation I get more free space--but then so can you when you recommend it in turn. And I don't know if it works from a blog. Who cares? This is the easiest conceivable FREE "cloud backup solution". Yuck. Did I write that? (As long as you are not a paranoid security nut.)