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Hall Talk: Want to Make STEM Learning Hip? Reality TV Might Help

September 7, 2012

So it's Friday, and Edutopia is back with a roundup of useful, unusual and interesting articles, blogs and videos from around the Web.

We started curating Ed News here last week, and we'd love your help. In the comments, let us know of anything from the education blogosphere that grabbed your attention this week, or you can reach me on Twitter (@EducationMatt), where I tweet what I read throughout the week.

Can Reality TV Convince Students to Become Scientists?

We've all heard about Jersey Shore, Pawn Stars, and Toddlers and Tiaras, but this new web-based reality show from MIT -- not MTV -- might help make STEM coursework more intriguing to students. Several short episodes, which follow a group of freshmen through a first-year MIT chem lab, will be released beginning this month; sign up for e-mail notifications to stay up to date on the latest episodes. (


20 New Tools for Digital Classrooms

Another school year, another list of classroom apps and digital tools to check out. This list features some great up-and-coming digital tools, including Socrative and 19Pencils -- and a few likely to be released in 2013. (

Study: Stupid Robots Can Make Kids Smarter

Yeah, yeah. There's probably not room in the district budget to fund robots, but this Japanese study delves a little deeper. Looking at students learning English, researchers uncovered evidence showing that students were more successful when they were teaching. In this study, they were correcting... the robots. Welcome to the future, folks. (

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