Astronaut On Space Station Needs A Wrench, So He Prints One
“‘The socket wrench we just manufactured is the first object we designed on the ground and sent digitally to space, on the fly,’ he adds. It’s a lot faster to send data wirelessly on demand than to wait for a physical object to arrive via rockets, which can take months or even years.“
Teachers Are Among The Biggest Consumers of MOOCs
MIT Technology Review
“Indeed, for all the focus on the role of MOOCs in higher education, they might have a significant role to play in high schools and below. Teachers are already a big audience (a study of 11 MOOCs offered by MIT last spring found that nearly 28 percent of enrollees were former or active teachers).”
Understanding Pace: Time, Attention, And Boundaries
"If in classical modernity people could imagine their lives in intergenerational terms… in late capitalism, turnover is so accelerated that it becomes hard to imagine one’s life course even within a few years, let alone a few generations. This in turn drives a sense of the acceleration of the 'pace of life,' the psychological feeling of always being out of breath — which in turn drives the desire for more labor-saving technology, and technical change."
Word Problems: Teach Them First. They Aid Understanding.
“Students were more likely to even try to answer a word problem than an equation. Working through narrative problems also made students feel more empowered to explore different methods of solving a problem, rather than following a single sample process.”