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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

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

Pump up the volume! More talking in class, please!

In the push for personalized learning, can technology rescue group discussions?

Programming sun and rain: Students run an indoor farm at school by computer or mobile app

Green beans and other vegetables growing in the computer-controlled climate of a hydroponic farm in an old shipping container at Boston Latin School. Students monitor and control it…

E-Counseling 2.0: Can a new wave of virtual guidance help?

The latest virtual guidance counseling services may help more low-income kids get to college

Has New Hampshire found the secret to online education that works?

Hint: it takes strong relationships and a strong dose of reality

Mix a little math into that bedtime story

An app helps parents combat kids’ summer math loss

Five-year-olds and laser cutters—perfect together? Welcome to the first early childhood fab lab

How the Bay Area Discovery Museum went from no-tech to early childhood fab lab pioneer

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