Check out “The Next Big Blue-Collar Job is Coding” from Wired.com. Where can kids learn it? Who can teach it? Does it provide job security?
Focusing on the central question, “Does the average person, once they leave school, spend a lot of time composing academic essays?” English teacher Shelley Wright posits a mindshift is needed for allowing students to better show what they are learning.
While she teaches traditional writing styles of voice, theme, thesis, and proper formatting, she noticed that her students had trouble transferring those skills after they graduated. After pondering the issue for years, she began showing her students the power of blogging. Blogging, she believes is the new persuasive essay and students are able to better grasp the relevance of persuading their audience and most importantly finding a writing voice that will take them further in the future.
Featured on the Canadian Broadcasting Company’s excellent series, This is High School, “Austin’s English paper” illustrates the challenges students with Autism face as they try to build social connections.
Fake news has become ubiquitous on social media, and it’s increasingly difficult to determine if the stories are legitimate or not. Following are some resources for helping kids and adults sort out the fact and the fiction. Below that you’ll find a real NPR news story about how one high school class is confronting this problem.
Assistant professor of communication and media at Merrimack College, Melissa Zimdars created this guide for her students.
In early Beatles’ music, the studio only provided a way to record what the band was already doing live. Technology didn’t present any new opportunities. That completely changed with the album Revolver. In particular, the song “Tomorrow Never Knows” reveals how technology was able to help the band capture the sounds they heard in their heads. Producer George Martin along with sound engineers were able to use technology to help the Beatles redefine their music. Watch this video from the PBS series Soundbreaking to learn more.