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Can we actually read graphs?

In December last year a journalist posted this graph to Twitter, with the caption: "This is what happens to your weight when you stop drinking.. (app on my phone tracks weight among other things via digital scales) Weight is the heavy blue line." This is what happens to your weight when you stop drinking -… Continue reading Can we actually read graphs?

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Walking and Chewing Gum: Modern STEM Education

The current debate between mastery and inquiry based learning misses the most important point: motivation. Working with teachers at all levels, I’ve found that kids who think that STEM is boring, irrelevant, and hard, suddenly engage with those same skills when it’s in the context of something real. Solving an authentic problem means the motivation is built in.

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Four Years of Data Science Education

Last week, while I wasn't looking, ADSEI turned four. Four years of working with teachers and running workshops. Four years of creating resources. Four years of refining what it means to teach Data Science. Four years of understanding the impact of using real problems to teach STEM and Data Science. When I first started teaching… Continue reading Four Years of Data Science Education

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Trans kids are already discriminated against. They need protection.

Over a year ago I ran a survey on queer kids' experience in Australian Schools. I haven't yet written it up, in part because it is incredibly traumatic stuff. My own youngest child is trans, and trying to ensure that their experience of school is safe, free from bullying, and inclusive of their non binary… Continue reading Trans kids are already discriminated against. They need protection.