Can You Solve These Animated Brain Teasers from TED-Ed?

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Zombies, alien overlords, sharks, a mad dictator…math is a dangerous proposition in the hands of TED Ed script writer Alex Gendler.
The recreational mathematics puzzles he retrofits for TED’s educational initiative have been around for hundreds, even thousands of years.

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Amazon to Launch Amazon Inspire, a Platform Offering Free Educational Resources for K-12 Teachers

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A quick heads up on a new open educational resource (OER) initiative…
Last week, Amazon announced that it will launch Amazon Inspire, “a free service for the search, discovery, and sharing of digital educational resources.

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Carl Sagan Presents a Mini-Course on Earth, Mars & What’s Beyond Our Solar System: For Kids and Adults (1977)

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Despite the intensive focus on STEM (as opposed to STEAM—a debate for another day), Americans still find themselves falling far behind in science education. According to the National Math and Science Initiative, U.S. students placed 20th in science in a recent ranking of 34 countries. “The way the U.S.

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Can You Pass This Test Originally Given to 8th Graders Living in Kentucky in 1912?

≡ Category: Education, History, K-12, Math, Science |2 Comments

Can you spell “conceive”?
Of course you can! All it takes is a device with a built-in spelling app, an innovation of which no eighth grader in the far western reaches of bluegrass area Kentucky could have conceived back in 1912.

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The Very First Coloring Book, The Little Folks’ Painting Book (Circa 1879)

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Funny how not that long ago coloring books were considered the exclusive domain of children. How times have changed. If you are the sort of adult who unwinds with a big box of Crayolas and pages of mandalas or outlines of Ryan Gosling, you owe a debt of gratitude to the McLoughlin Brothers and illustrator Kate Greenaway.

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Take a Free Online Course on Making Comic Books, Compliments of the California College of the Arts

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Gather round, children and listen to Grandma reminiscin’ ‘bout the days when studying comics meant changing out of your pajamas and showing up at the bursar’s office, check in hand.
Actually, Grandma’s full of it.

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The Original Stuffed Animals That Inspired Winnie the Pooh

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In 1921, Christopher Robin Milne received a stuffed bear for his first birthday. But it wasn’t any old stuffed bear. Bought at Harrods in London, this bear (named “Winnie” after a black bear that resided at the London Zoo) would inspire his father, A.A.

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Kraftwerk’s “The Robots” Performed by German First Graders in Adorable Cardboard Robot Outfits

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“Teach your children well” sang Crosby, Stills and Nash once upon a long ago, and that adage could be paraphrased as “make sure your students don’t grow up learning substandard pop songs. Give them a real education.

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Hear Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol Read by His Great-Granddaughter in His Preferred Style

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In English-speaking countries where Christmas is celebrated, A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens’ secular Victorian tale of a Grinch restored to holiday cheer, usually plays some part.

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Lynda Barry’s Illustrated Syllabus & Homework Assignments from Her New UW-Madison Course, “Making Comics”

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Cartoonist turned educator Lynda Barry is again permitting the world at large to freely audit one of her fascinating University of Wisconsin-Madison classes via her Tumblr. (To get to the start of the class, click here and then scroll down the page until you reach the syllabus, then start working your way backwards.

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