What's On Your Reading List? 3 Interesting Reads for the Turn of the New Year

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Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

What's On Your Reading List? 3 Interesting Reads for the Turn of the New Year

Posted in News | December 20, 2016

One of the questions I like to ask people I know and those who I've just met is, What are you reading? It reveals a deeper set of interests than what's readily apparent on the surface and shows you where someone's mind is at.

Well with the holidays, the new year, and snow-ins right around the corner (and the extra time that comes with them), I thought you might be interested in a few articles on my reading list.

And if you feel inclined, please share your reading list in the comments section below.

Want to Up Your Game in Natural History and Anthropology? Print Your Own Fossils.

A Duke Assistant Professor launched MorphoSource, a massive open digital fossil library, giving anyone with a 3D printer access to some of the worlds most rare and important specimens. While the real fossils are held under lock and key in various locations around the world, students everywhere now have an opportunity to hold them in their hands, look at them up close, and even see how different parts work in tandem.

Even more interesting is how 3D printing can alter scale. At ISTE this year, for example, I held the printed fossil of a barely macroorganism magnified to the size of a softball. I could examine each part in detail and even see inside. So having a 3D printer and can provide access to a world of fossils and even another world within them.

Read all about it in Duke Today

Hooking Students' Attention: The Power of a Great Introduction

Whether you're a writer, a public speaker, or an educator, grabbing the attention of your audience is critical to sharing your ideas. And the most effective way to do that is with a great hook.

Humans have a propensity for learning through stories, and the hook is the first opportunity for your audience to lose themselves in them. Stories are the vessels we've use to carry information from generation to generation for thousands of years. It follows that learning the mechanisms of great storytelling will help you be a better communicator in all walks of life.

Learn more about the power of a great introduction on MindShift

How VR is Transforming Anatomy Lessons at One Medical School

Case Western is opening a medical clinic in 2019 that will replace the use of cadavers to teach anatomy with Microsoft's HoloLens, a virtual augmented reality headset. The reality is that students often have to fight for space in a lab with limited resources where they may or may not get that all-critical hands on experience. 

Students at Case Western will soon be able to don the HoloLens and explore the human anatomy by walking around a digital body standing in the room they're in, removing layers and parts, and getting a closer look at things that often go unnoticed in a traditional setting.

Read more about Case Western and their VR anatomy program

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So, What's on Your Reading List?

Share your most interesting reads and those you have yet to tackle in the comments below.


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