Embracing Challenge

Embracing Challenge

Carol Dweck [ 353 K Views, 3 K Likes ] In the 1990s the self esteem movement took over the world. We were told to tell everyone how fabulous, brilliant, talented, special they were all the time. This was going to motivate them and boost their achievement. Instead, as you said, it was a complete disaster. It led to the acceptance of mediocrity.

Deep Reading

Deep Reading

Nicholas Carr [ Attention Economy ] It doesn’t come as news that we’re living in an age where technology is producing profound changes in the ways we live and communicate, remember and socialise. One of the world’s most ground-breaking and thought-provoking writers on technology and its impacts, Nicholas Carr, talks to Gideon Haigh. The celebrated journalist and author of The Shallows presents his

Maria Polinsky

Maria Polinsky

Maria Polinsky [ Bilingualism ] It’s very common to assume when people talk about language that everyone speaks a particular language and speaks it well. and this assumption comes from large countries with large dominant languages like English in the United States or Russian in Russia or Chinese or Mandarin in China. So you have a large country, everyone’s supposed to learn the

Weapons of Math Destruction

Weapons of Math Destruction

Kathy O’Neil [ 12:15 ] Imagine that you’re seeing Mathematics. I stole this from my husband’s desk yesterday. Mathematicians use notation like that — hope you can see it — because mathematicians are lazy. Mathematicians use notation as shorthand for much more complicated things, that they’d have to write out with words, and it takes too long to do that — and we’re

Bilingualism & Neuroplasticity

Bilingualism & Neuroplasticity

Ellen Bialystok [ Bilingualism ] I’m going to be talking about my research that shows how a very ordinary experience — bilingualism — has the ability to change and improve cognitive function across the lifespan and even delay symptoms of dementia in older age. Thank you so much for this incredible honor. It’s tremendous to be here and I want to thank everyone

Tokens to Tablets

Tokens to Tablets

Ivars Peterson [ Web 3.0 ] We learn to count at such an early age that we tend to take the notion of abstract numbers for granted. We know the word “two” and the symbol “2” express a quantity that we can attach to apples, oranges, or any other object. We readily forget the mental leap required to go from counting specific things

Forgetting Forgetting

Forgetting Forgetting

Henry Roediger [ Neurogenesis ] points out that Psychologists have been studying learning and memory with experimental methods for roughly 130 years — since Hermann Ebbinghaus compiled his Curve of Forgetting experiments. What changes have been translated from Basic Research into widespread educational applications? What difference has all this research made for the average 4th grader? None. Nothing at all has changed in