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Chris Berdik

Chris Berdik is a science journalist who has written about a wide variety of topics, including the intersection of science with ethical issues and the peculiarities of the human brain. (“Why Our Brains Make Us Laugh,” for the Boston Globe, for example.) His book, Mind Over Mind: The Surprising Power of Expectations, was published by Current, an imprint of Penguin, in 2012. A Harvard graduate with a master’s degree in journalism from Stanford University, Mr. Berdik has been a staff editor at The Atlantic and Mother Jones. His freelance articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe and Boston Magazine, among others, and his radio and multimedia stories have appeared on Smithsonian.com, WBUR (Boston’s NPR station) and Sciencestage.com, among others.

Recent Stories

Come for the computers, stay for the books

Libraries are re-booting to become the tech hub for schools

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

Internet will be beamed into student homes on frequencies set aside for schools decades ago -- but mostly sold off to business since then

Movie magic could be used to translate for the deaf

The developing technology could bring great leaps in learning

Making America whole again via civics education

Using online games and other ed-tech tools to bridge the partisan divide

Can Virtual Reality “teach” empathy?

Immersive VR in the classroom is spreading fast, as teachers take students into other worlds

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

“You get to take tests over again, and you get to see what you’ve done wrong, instead of just getting a bad grade and leaving it like that.”

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

Can digital media literacy contend with bogus news?

Getting schooled in social media

Tweets, texts and new apps help link schools with parents and community

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