Entries in Innovation Hub by Greta Jochem

4th grade students get tablets in the classroom.

Technology is reshaping the classroom, but we're not just talking a computer in each class. Educators are beginning to figure out how to use technology to make class tailored to each student. Read More...

A stack of college essays.

Every semester, hundreds of thousands of college papers and essays are graded and then quickly relegated to the dustbin of history. Carleton University's Jim Davies explains how all of that student effort could be put to better use. Read More...

Cell phone use plummets with unemployment.

You get fired, then what? Apparently use your cellphone a lot less. Data scientist Jameson Toole explains what mobile phone data reveals about employment. Read More...

A row of '70s view-masters.

Before virtual reality, there was a plastic, binocular-like device that filled viewers' worlds with vivid scenes: the View-Master. A peek into how the toy came to be. Read More...

A reminder of death. Credit: Ruben Holthuijsen / Flickr Creative Commons

Thinking about our mortality can change the way we vote, how we dole out punishment, and who we sit close to. Sheldon Solomon tells us about research into this phenomenon. Read More...

A pirate flag.

The mafia, pirates, gangs, and hackers. What can we learn from them? According to author Alexa Clay, turns out a whole lot — including creativity. Read More...

Looking towards the future.

1. Hospitals in the South were desegregated thanks to Medicare. Jennifer Klein, professor of history at Yale, lets us in on Medicare's bumpy, challenging backstory.

2. Access to cell phones won't banish poverty. That's according to author - and former Microsoft exec - Kentaro Toyama, who explains why technology is not always the answer.

3.  In politics, owning an island is still better than owning a computer. Micah Sifry, co-founder of Personal Democracy Media, expains why technology hasn't lived up to its promise - and why he's still hopeful.

A 19th century weather map.

Before the 1800s, our climate was unpredictable, poorly understood, and frightening. Author Peter Moore gives us the untold story of a generation of maverick scientists who finally let us predict the weather. Read More...

A universal problem. Credit: Garry Knight / Flickr Creative Commons

1.  When Disney began to fall behind, they invested in a bracelet.  Fast Company’s Austin Carr gives us a look into their recent technology embrace.

2. Taking notes with a pen and paper can make you smarter.Pam Mueller explains why you should leave your laptop at home.

3.  You might pride yourself on being moral, but it turns out it's actually pretty automatic. Harvard’s Fiery Cushman talks about morals and the psychology behind decision-making.

The Disney crew gears up for big change.

Rides, costumed princesses… and wearable technology? Writer Austin Carr goes into the high-tech process of reinventing the happiest place on earth. Read More...

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