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Click "Like" After Class: Yale Professor Chooses Internet-Free Lecture Hall

Yale art history professor Alexander Nemerov found an old-school way around student's checking Facebook in class.


Last fall, a Harvard Crimson staff writer drummed up some controversy when he wrote about how his peers regularly check Facebook in class because they're bored by lecturing professors. Well, in his search for a more dimly-lit space that would make projected images easier to see, Yale art history professor Alexander Nemerov stumbled onto a way around student's online multitasking. The new auditorium for his winter survey course, one of the most popular classes on campus, doesn’t have a Wifi signal.

"In the past many students in the lecture were doing Facebook or email or all kinds of things on their computers,” Nemerov told the Yale Daily News. "So for me it’s better if there’s a room where that is not possible." Mobile phone signals also disappear in the room, which makes it impossible for students to even click "like" on a friend's status through a smartphone.

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Desks in the Hallway: A Texas School Takes Learning Out of the Classroom

Hallway learning stations prove that learning can happen at any time and in any place.


In any traditional school, the hallways are empty during class periods. Indeed, if you find any students wandering around without a hall pass, they're in trouble. So I was pretty intrigued to read about the innovation happening in the hallways of Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie, Texas. The school is bringing learning out of the classroom and putting desks and whiteboards into the space usually reserved for passing periods.

The two-year-old vocational school set up hallway-based learning stations across the three-story campus "to allow for presentations, formal lectures, and other similar learning experiences to occur." The school made the move to convey "that learning occurs in many different places and in many different ways." This doesn't mean there aren't still traditional classrooms at the school, but the hallway opens up a new realm of possibility. Literally.

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Mike Huckabee Makes Questionable "Historical" Cartoons for Kids

Mike Huckabee has co-founded a company called "Learn Our History" which produces and sells these questionable cartoon history videos for kids.

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We don't know whether former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is running for president, but he is getting into education. Huckabee wants to help America's school children connect with our storied past so he's co-founded an education company called "Learn Our History" which produces and sells cartoon history videos for kids.

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