Category Archives: Education

Been There, Done That

The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office took its time: back in February, a spokesman for the sheriff’s department said it had ample evidence that Justin Bieber egged a neighbor’s house, causing what the department estimated at $20,000 of damage. But it took until now for formal charges to be filed. That is expected to […]

This Circuit Is Contributing

Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how. “When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, […]

Textbook Racketeering

John McDuling at Quartz on the college textbook racket: Even so, the trend is clear. College textbook prices have more than doubled since December 2001, the first month data were broken out for college textbooks. Over the same period the overall consumer price level is up just 35%. Help may be on the way. A […]


Anyone else seen these kids “graduating” from kindergarden this month? Can anyone tell me what the big achievement is? Yeah, that’s what I thought.

Smart Schools

From Steve Lohr at The New York Times: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York last month appointed a three-person commission to offer thoughts on the use of technology in schools. The group, the governor’s office said in a statement, will be “charged with advising the state on how to best invest” the $2 billion […]


Matt Richtel, for The New York Times, on introducing coding into the school curriculum: But the momentum for early coding comes with caveats, too. It is not clear that teaching basic computer science in grade school will beget future jobs or foster broader creativity and logical thinking, as some champions of the movement are projecting. […]

You Have Been Schooled, Little Man

A 14-year-old, Suvir Mirchandani, told the government if they change the typeface they use they’ll save $400 million in printing costs. Grown-ass adult Thomas Phinney shuts down the kid’s lofty idea in every way possible. His first point: It is not the change of font to Garamond that saves toner; it is that their chosen […]

Kids Need Art

Great piece in the NYTimes on the benefits of exposing children to art: FOR many education advocates, the arts are a panacea: They supposedly increase test scores, generate social responsibility and turn around failing schools. Most of the supporting evidence, though, does little more than establish correlations between exposure to the arts and certain outcomes. […]

A Blue Box

CSS-Tricks: A little meme went around CodePen the other night. A Blue Box. I’m not sure how it started, but lots of people started posting code of different ways to draw a blue box. It’s weird, it’s funny, but it’s also rather amazing there is as many ways as there are for doing something so […]

iPads Aren’t *That* Magical

PandoDaily: Los Angeles School District’s $30 million iPad program falls flat Last week, I wrote about how one-to-one tablet programs in Missouri and Texas K-12 schools had hit some road bumps. In North Carolina when 73,000 Amplify tablets arrived — from Robert Murdoch’s edtech company — a good chunk of them were shattered and labeled […]

More Mail, Less Postal

One of my favorite things to do when I taught design at Rutgers Newark and FIT was to have students rethink existing websites/services. SVA Masters student Tom Calabrese did this with one of my most hated services of all time, the United States Postal Service. Check out his presentation on Slideshare. via Brand New Update: […]

New School

Naz Hamid, on the industry versus the design schools: Something I’ve noticed, and as an industry we all have, is the disconnect between “The New Design” and what’s currently being taught in schools. Interactive designers, also called UI, UX or visual designers, are in short supply. The young guns are emerging, but product-driven start-ups and […]