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Annie Murphy Paul

Annie Murphy Paul is an acclaimed science writer; the author of two previous books, The Cult of Personality and Origins; and the creator of the popular Brilliant Blog. A contributing writer at Time magazine, Paul also contributes to the New York Times Magazine, Slate,, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among many other publications. A graduate of Yale College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Paul is currently a fellow of the New America Foundation and has just completed a Spencer Education Journalism Fellowship at Columbia University.

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Should we tailor difficulty of a school text to child’s comfort level or make them sweat?

“A man who traveled from Liberia to visit family members in Texas tested positive for Ebola on Tuesday, marking the outbreak’s first diagnosis outside of Africa, health officials said.” That’s…

In this April 2, 2014 file photo, Pre-K students use electronic tablets at the South Education Center in San Antonio.

Mining educational data by inventing apps for all to use

One indisputable effect of introducing technology into education has been the generation of unprecedented amounts of electronic data on America’s public school students — their attendance, their test scores, their…

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How computer coding can increase engagement, provide a purpose for learning

“Why does this matter?” Teachers are often called upon to answer this question about an academic subject, and computer science instructors may face this demand more frequently than most. Learning…

Computer tutors that can read students’ emotions

Human tutors — teachers who work closely with students, one on one — are unrivaled in their ability to promote deep and lasting learning. Education researchers have known this for…

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No need to teach girls differently online

To hear some ed tech enthusiasts tell it, online learning is sweeping aside the barriers that have in the past prevented access to education. But such pronouncements are premature. As…

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Designing an educational game for kids and adults to play together is harder than it looks

Mindy Brooks was eager to gauge the reactions of parents and children to “Electric Racer,” a new interactive educational game. Brooks is the director of education and research at…

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Teaching computer science — without touching a computer

A group of children on a playground, each kid clutching a slip of paper with a number on it, moves along a line drawn in chalk, comparing numbers as they…

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Informal education: What students are learning outside the classroom

One thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of instructional hours required of U.S. middle school and high school students each year. Four thousand hours: That’s approximately the number of…

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Robo-readers aren’t as good as human readers — they’re better

In April of 2012, Mark D. Shermis, then the dean of the College of Education at the University of Akron, made a striking claim: “Automated essay scoring engines” were…

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Teaching students when to use electronic memory, and when to go organic

A young doctor-in-training examines a new patient. Should she draw information for the diagnosis from her “E-memory” — electronic memory, the kind that’s available on a computer? Or should she…