• What I Learned From Prison Inmates

    inmates coding with The Last Mile

    The other day, I spent my morning volunteering an the San Quentin prison with a program called The Last Mile. As Wired recently reported, this nonprofit seeks to help inmates prepare to get a job on the outside. I was as shocked as anybody when a friend of mine called up asking me to teach advanced […]

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  • What Make The Game of “Go” So Hard to Learn?

    Go board view from above

    This weekend, a friend of mine brought a “Go” board to a party. I’d heard a lot about this notoriously complex and ancient game. Most recently, it was in the news because a computer finally beat a master Go player. This triumph of computer programming illustrates just how hard Go is. Computers were regularly beating […]

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  • A Game to Battle Depression With Friends


    Games are an untapped source for social good. There are some examples of “good games.” Duolingo teaches foreign languages. Neuroracer helps prevent cognitive decline. I’ve written about many other such examples around this blog. But I’m also a game designer by training, so it was inevitable that I’d try to create a socially-inspired game eventually. Inspiration […]

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  • How To Change your Taste Palette and Enjoy Eating Healthy


    Ugh. We all know those “healthy desserts.” They look so tasteless. Lite foods tend to have a reputation as either less flavorful, or a scam. There are few desserts in the “truly healthy” category. Yet if you were to offer most people even the most decadent “healthy ice cream sundae”, they would probably find it “less satisfying.” At the […]

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  • The Myth of “Different Learning Styles”


    Many people feel like they have a unique way they learn best. It seems to make sense. You may have heard of auditory, kinesthetic and visual learners. This was one of the earliest ideas I ran into when I first started studying learning theories. There are even online tests to help you discover what kind […]

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  • 4 Tricks Students can Learn from Startups


    The Lean Startup movement, which emphasizes rapid iteration and prototyping, is based upon learning theory Lean Startup methodology is now widely applied across Silicon Valley and around the world. It encourages businesses to use language like “what are our learnings?” when discussing their operations. Some of the strategies which startups have adapted from learning theory are very […]

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