The Healing Power of JavaScript

The Healing Power of JavaScript

Ellen Ullman writes in her book Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology, “Until I became a programmer, I didn’t thoroughly understand the usefulness of such isolation: the silence, the reduction of life to thought and form; for example, going off to a dark room to work on a program when relations with people get difficult.”.

How to Ease Back Into Sports Without Hurting Yourself

How to Ease Back Into Sports Without Hurting Yourself

It’s been almost exactly a year since most of the 8 million young athletes who participate in high school sports have played a soccer game, suited up for a basketball game, or played any sport.

Homecoming Queen (and Her Mom) Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking

Homecoming Queen (and Her Mom) Arrested for Alleged Vote Hacking

This week saw new revelations of election interference, both big and small: On one end of the spectrum, an alleged mother-daughter conspiracy to digitally rig a Florida high school's vote for homecoming queen.

The Perplexing Psychology of Returning to ‘Normal’

The Perplexing Psychology of Returning to ‘Normal’

We didn’t know if we should wear masks right away , or if we could safely send our kids to school .

What You Need to Know About 'Roblox'—and Why Kids Are Obsessed

What You Need to Know About 'Roblox'—and Why Kids Are Obsessed

After dancing around and drinking punch, I’m touched when I get voted king of the ball, a prize that comes with a bouquet of flowers and 500 diamonds.“Developing Royale High has been a constant balancing act between making fun games to earn currency and creating fun shop items to spend that currency on (giving players a goal to work towards),” Callmehbob says.

Raptor Boyfriend Proves Absurd Dating Sims Are Here to Stay

Raptor Boyfriend Proves Absurd Dating Sims Are Here to Stay

Raptor Boyfriend, an upcoming dating sim set in a 1990s high school, appears to strike a tone somewhere between Hatoful Boyfriend and Dream Daddy.

How to Tap Into Students' Strengths During Remote Learning

How to Tap Into Students' Strengths During Remote Learning

These trauma-informed teaching strategies had two functions: to understand why kids act out, disengage, or struggle to succeed in class, and to create a community where they feel cared for and heard.

Period Underwear Changed My Life—and I'm Never Going Back

Period Underwear Changed My Life—and I'm Never Going Back

Photograph: Knix I got my period for the first time when I was young and for many years it was horrendous, for lack of a better word.I can’t help but think how much different those years would have been if I had period underwear all along.

The LA Musician Who Designed a Microphone for Mars

The LA Musician Who Designed a Microphone for Mars

Embedded on the rover is a small microphone that, if all goes well, will record the sounds of the descent and, later, the martian environment itself, something no Mars probe has yet achieved.NASA Just Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars.

How to Keep Kids Engaged in School—With Games

How to Keep Kids Engaged in School—With Games

I create scavenger hunts for my classes, where I put the teens into teams via Zoom breakout rooms and give them a time frame (10 to 15 minutes) to search online for sources like research or experts to use for their assignments to write articles and op-eds.

The Ethics of Vaccinating Teachers—and Keeping Schools Closed

The Ethics of Vaccinating Teachers—and Keeping Schools Closed

Scott DiMauro, the president of Ohio’s largest teachers’ union, said even a widely distributed vaccine is “not a panacea,” noting that CDC distancing guidelines, which compel low-density classes and hybrid schedules, should continue through the end of the school year regardless of teacher vaccinations.

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

Everything We Know Now About Schools, Kids, and Covid-19

“They get all the same illnesses as adults, just at a lower rate,” says Lindsay Thompson, a pediatrician and the vice chair for health outcomes and translational research at the University of Florida, who last month wrote a perspective in JAMA Pediatrics summarizing the lessons of the last year.

A Farewell to Adobe Flash—and the Messy, Glorious Web

A Farewell to Adobe Flash—and the Messy, Glorious Web

Flash facilitated the personalization associated with Web 1.0 relics like Geocities, with users encouraged to manually “code, design, and manage” their website, in the words of architecture critic Kate Wagner, a state of affairs replaced by the corporate, professionally designed web that we cannot customize but must experience.

In a Pandemic, Medical Illustrators Made Science Accessible

In a Pandemic, Medical Illustrators Made Science Accessible

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, illustrators have been working hard to create images that help teach scientists and lay people about how the virus works and how to take precautions to avoid it.

The Secret History of the First Microprocessor, the F-14, and Me

The Secret History of the First Microprocessor, the F-14, and Me

Ray and I reconnected over the summer, and after he told me his story, I wanted to learn more about the Central Air Data Computer and its place in history—and how his life might have branched around mine.

It’s 2020. Why Do Printers Still Suck?

It’s 2020. Why Do Printers Still Suck?

Just when we need them the most, with print shops locked down, online schooling in session, and everyone working from home, they fail to step up.

An Overlooked Threat to Freshwater Fisheries? Bowfishing

An Overlooked Threat to Freshwater Fisheries? Bowfishing

The authors, Jason Schooley and Dr. Dennis Scarnecchia, describe it as “a call to action for states to begin managing and monitoring bowfishing.” I also consider it a call for all of us who value native fish, whether as anglers or biodiversity advocates.

Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News

Trump Tests Positive for Covid-19, Schools Navigate Reopening, and More Coronavirus News

President Trump tests positive, lawmakers consider new approaches to contact tracing and testing, and America’s largest school districts navigate reopening.Thus far, contact-tracing apps haven’t done much to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the US, as different states coordinate patchwork responses and the federal government doesn’t weigh in.

School in the Age of Covid: A Series of Impossible Decisions

School in the Age of Covid: A Series of Impossible Decisions

Sign up for our Podcasts newsletter and never miss an episode of Get WIRED, Gadget Lab, and Geek's Guide to the Galaxy.So for this episode of the Get WIRED podcast, we asked our listeners to share their back-to-school experiences and any solutions they’ve come up with so far.

What to Know Before Sending Your Kids Back to School Online

What to Know Before Sending Your Kids Back to School Online

That pandemic has already forced some school districts to close or hurriedly switch their classroom models to incorporate online classes or shorter school days.In a normal school year, Breanne Wiggins would have been prepared to welcome her new students by now.

The Pandemic Is Forcing Everyone to Face the Digital Divide

The Pandemic Is Forcing Everyone to Face the Digital Divide

Attempting to teach and learn from home has put a tremendous strain on all parents, teachers, and students, but for families without access to high-speed broadband or the (proper number of) devices for kids to work off of, the upcoming school year poses the possibility that those children will fall even farther behind .

The YOLOers vs. Distancers Feud Is Tearing Us Apart

The YOLOers vs. Distancers Feud Is Tearing Us Apart

From my vantage here in Central Texas, home to one of the largest groups of the newly Covid-immune, I've noticed that all these wonderful antibodies are actually making our existing, pandemic-related social cohesion problems considerably worse.

An Algorithm Determined UK Students' Grades. Chaos Ensued

An Algorithm Determined UK Students' Grades. Chaos Ensued

Anticipating similar scenes for today’s A-level results, the government in England has introduced what it’s calling a ‘triple lock’—whereby, via stages of appeals, students will effectively get to choose their grade from a teacher assessment, their mock exam results, or a resit to be taken in the autumn.

Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All

Hybrid Schooling May Be the Most Dangerous Option of All

“The hybrid model is probably among the worst that we could be putting forward if our goal is to stop the virus getting into schools,” says William Hanage, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Your Income Predicts How Well You Can Socially Distance

Your Income Predicts How Well You Can Socially Distance

Writing in the journal PNAS, researchers from several California universities describe how they used anonymized cell phone location data and census info to show a dramatic reversal in how mobile Americans have been this year.

Students do the science on COVID protection

Students do the science on COVID protection

As the world battles a deadly pandemic, New Zealand school students have been beavering away at science fair projects researching the effectiveness of our own COVID-19 protection measures.NIWA freshwater ecologist and science fair coordinator Tracey Burton says that there is a strong focus on COVID-19 related projects entered in the fair.

Anthony Fauci Explains Why the US Still Hasn’t Beaten Covid

Anthony Fauci Explains Why the US Still Hasn’t Beaten Covid

If you had asked me 40 years ago, when I was a kid, if I would ever be in a situation where I would be on baseball cards, I would look at you like you're crazy.

Some Countries Reopened Schools. What Did They Learn About Kids and Covid?

Some Countries Reopened Schools. What Did They Learn About Kids and Covid?

But older students are more like adults in their ability to transmit the virus, according to the South Korea study, which makes school opening decisions tougher.It says schools should take steps to reopen for younger students in grades K-5 and those of all ages who have special needs.

A Wisconsin City Experiments With a Faster, DIY Covid-19 Test

A Wisconsin City Experiments With a Faster, DIY Covid-19 Test

Instead of sending samples off to a hospital or lab, and potentially waiting days for results, could you test for Covid-19 from the back of a van, or outside a school, or in a city-owned former boxing gym.

Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College

Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College

Both were withdrawn this week, she says, after she scored more poorly than expected on her International Baccalaureate diploma, a two-year high school program recognized by colleges and taken by more than 170,000 students this year, most in the US.Teen regrets about grades aren’t unusual, but the way the foundation behind the IB Diploma Programme calculated this year’s grades was.