15-minute writing exercise closes the gender gap in university-level physics: This is nearly unbelievable, (two) simple 15 minute writing exercises in which are designed to “to affirm a person’s values, boosting their sense of self-worth and integrity, and reinforcing their belief in themselves. For people who suffer from negative stereotypes, this can make all the difference between success and failure.” Gotta find some folks to try this out.
Students Think They Can Multitask. Here’s Proof They Can’t.: I’m not sure I buy the summaries of the studies that are presented in this article. I think there’s too much that can be argued about the classes themselves and the motivation for students to pay attention in the first place — but that’s heresy to bring up. But I put it forward as an interesting synopsis.
A Conversation With Randall Munroe, the Creator of XKCD: Pure awesomeness. I love xkcd.
(Via StartupDigest, September 28, 2012)
- Desmos: “Beautiful, Free Math Launch Calculator No downloads, no special hardware, no cost. Welcome to the next generation graphing calculator!” It really is pretty slick. And good thing for this last entry, if you made it this far after the xkcd article!.
(Via EdSurge, September 26, 2012)