Sal Khan & the Muppets’ Grover Explain the Electoral College

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Grover, the more intellectually-aspirant of Sesame Street’s two blue monsters, is a self-appointed expert on anatomy (“the head is covered with this long stringy stuff”), hygiene, and Spanish, but the workings of the United States Electoral College eluded him, until Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy wandered into the frame.

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How to Raise Creative Children Who Can Change the World: 3 Lessons from Wharton Professor Adam Grant

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Adam Grant, a professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, has been “recognized as Wharton’s top-rated teacher for five straight years, and as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers.

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Periodic Table Battleship!: A Fun Way To Learn the Elements

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Nitrogen.
Phosphorous.
Arsenic.
Aw, you sunk my battleship!
Milton Bradley’s classic board game, Battleship, can now be added to the roster of fun, creative ways to commit the Periodic Table of Elements to memory.
Karyn Tripp, a homeschooling mother of four, was inspired by her eldest’s love of science to create Periodic Table Battleship.

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When L. Frank Baum’s Wizard of Oz Series Was Banned for “Depicting Women in Strong Leadership Roles” (1928)

≡ Category: Books, K-12, Literature, Politics |3 Comments

We’ve reached the final stretch of the most infuriating, unsettling election I’ve ever experienced. And we find the U.S. so polarized  that—as The Wall Street Journal chillingly demonstrates in their “Blue Feed Red Feed” feature—the left and right seem to live in two entirely different realities.

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Enter an Archive of 6,000 Historical Children’s Books, All Digitized and Free to Read Online

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We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children’s literature.

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A Six-Hour Playlist of Shel Silverstein’s Poems & Songs: Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic & More

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Ah, the dog days of summer…
Is your family hot and cranky? Crammed together in a car for the long ride home? Has boredom set in, despite the thousands of Pokémon still at large?
The perfect antidote, dear readers, is this six-hour playlist of poet and musician Shel Silverstein’s best loved work.

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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?

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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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