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Asking different questions increases learning

As we look for ideas to improve our SimUText Ecology chapters, I've been digging through literature on how students learn from reading. Last week I found an interesting experiment on the effect of using embedded questions.

The chasm of educational progress

Now and again someone recommends a business book to me since I seem to have found myself running a business. Invariably, I quickly realize the author has a 5 page idea based solely on his intuition, no real data, and an extra 200 pages of filler so it can be sold in bookstores. But for the first time I can remember, I've been reading a business-oriented book with a substantial, interesting thesis and I think it might apply to education as well.

Tools inhibit creativity

I'm at the Ecological Society meeting this week, where we're doing a big introduction of our SimUText Ecology chapters. In the cracks I've been going to talks (and giving one myself). ESA is impressive as a society in the amount and quality of educational

Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Hop

Jon HerronTransitional fossils offer tangible evidence of evolution. Examples include feathered dinosaurs, tetrapod-like fish, and the pterosaur I described in an earlier post. These relics, some of which were predicted before they were found, testify to dramatic changes in lifestyle, body form, and behavior. Lately, a terrestrial fish has me thinking about living species that, like these fossils, appear to be in the midst of evolutionary transitions. Yes, you read that right: a terrestrial fish.

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