Feature Friday: Thomas Brown Jr.

Happy Friday! This week starts our three-week series of Feature Fridays, where we get to meet all of the members of the Notebook team. Our first week focuses on Thomas Brown Jr., the founder and CEO of Notebook.   As his bio on Notebook’s website says: Thomas Brown Jr. is a student at Michigan State…

TED Tuesday: The Law is Strangling Creativity

As the title signifies, Lawrence Lessig’s TED talk is powerful and important by speaking about how the law and court system in the United States is strangling our people’s ability to be creative. TED, 2007. Lessig speaks about how it is the law not being more “free” to technology that is causing a block in…

Feature Friday: Jose Ferreira

As the world becomes increasingly technology based, online schooling and tools have taken over the stage. Jose Ferreira is the founder and CEO of Knewton. As the company’s website states, Knewton is an adaptive learning company to help personalize educational content. The keyword “personalize” is crucial, as it forms lessons and practice around a student’s…

Feature Friday: Linda Darling-Hammond

Who says that bureaucrats need to be the ones who make changes when it comes to education? In this week’s Feature Friday, we focus on Linda Darling-Hammond, who has been in the an education reformer in California for the past twenty years. Picture Source A professor at Stanford, she has taken matters into her own…

TED Tuesdays: Try Something New for 30 Days

In this week’s TED Talk, Matt Cutts speaks about how he tried something new for 30 days and it changed his life. He says it made him more self-confident and as the 30 days progressed, he became more daring with his “something new”.   Cutts suggest that by keeping your “something new” to something small,…

Feature Friday: Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is an inspiring, amazing young girl from the Swat Valley of Pakistan. Even though the Taliban have banned girls from attending schools, Malala has advocated for both education and women’s rights in Pakistan. She watched her dad build many schools against the Taliban’s wishes and became a public speaker about the issue. In…

TED Tuesday: Trial, Error, and the God Complex

In this TED Talk Tuesday, Tim Harford speaks about how when humans are developing new ideas, we often fall into a “god complex”. The god complex says that you believe you know everything about the world. Now, you may ask, what’s wrong with that? Wouldn’t that belief actually make it easier to accomplish what you…