Monthly archives: February, 2017

Books to Get Your Students Outside

Books to Get Your Students Outside and Immersed In Nature Nerdy Book Club This looks like a great collection of children’s books about nature and ecology. There’s something here for every age, from the picture book Little Owl’s Day to The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, a YA novel about mountain climbing.  The list was …

Education of a Computer

Yale University recently announced the renaming of John C. Calhoun College to honor computer programmer Grace Hopper. The replacement of an impassioned defender of slavery with a trailblazing woman of STEM obviously reflects our changing views of race and gender. Yet the move also makes a statement about what education should do: bring people together, …

Help Your Child to Wonder

Are we losing our knowledge of the natural world? Amanda Giracca’s Orion essay “Into the Field” takes on this very broad question by looking at a specific issue: the decline of field research courses in biology education. She tags along on a “Concepts of Ecology” course that brings Prescott College students to study the flora and fauna of …

The Education of Innovators

How do people imagine things that have never existed, then go out and actually create them? In The Innovators, a dazzling history of the digital revolution, Walter Isaacson explores “how innovation actually happens in the real world.” Weaving together the history of physics, programming, networks, and much else, Isaacson shows how computers and computing produced the world …