Happy Spring Break!
On hiatus until after break…
Tonight on MPTV Independent Lens
Tonight’s Independent Lens on MPTV will feature the documentary Whatever It Takes. Meet Edward Tom, a new principal in the South Bronx, and Sharifea Baskerville, a 14 year old student with dreams of becoming a pediatrician. Watch their struggles and successes tonight at 9p on digital channel 10.1.
Large Hadron Collider Breaks World Record
CERN’s press release: Beams collided at 7 TeV in the LHC at 13:06 CEST, marking the start of the LHC research programme. Particle physicists around the world are looking forward to a potentially rich harvest of new physics as the LHC begins its first long run at an energy three and a half times higher than previously achieved at a particle accelerator. “It’s a great day to be a particle...
Earth Hour 2010
Did you participate in Earth Hour 2010 on Mar 27th? Take a look at the cities that turned off their lights in this before and after photo journal from boston.com’s The Big Picture (click each picture to watch the lights dim).
Find > Mix > Watch
Fans of Pandora, YouTube has no created their own playlist tool Disco! to help you discover new music. Enter the artist, click Disco…and mix; the playlist under the video has artist and associated artists, but directly under the search you the ability to mix them together to watch your own playlist. Enjoy!
5 Questions to Help you Banish Desk Clutter
Everyone loves a list…especially me. And, if you’ve seen my desk this month, I can (unfortunately) answer yes to all 5 questions…something that will change before I leave the office for the weekend! Via Lifehacker, here are 5 Questions to Help You Organize Your Desk: Do you have reading materials on your desk? Does your desk contain items that need to be filed? Are there...
Expanding the Walls
The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY uses their extensive archives of photographer James Van Der Zee to inspire teen girls of Harlem and other undeserved neighborhoods. Through their Expanding the Walls program these girls are given professional cameras to document their experience growing up in NYC. Read more about their unique life experiences, and be sure to check out these beautiful images...
FETC Spring Virtual Conference Apr 22, 2010
Mark you calendars, coming up April 22, 2010, the FETC virtual conference will host topics and speakers on: Transforming Education for the 21st Century Chris Dede,Timothy E. Wirth, Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard University The New 21st Century Classroom: Using the Cloud to Create Affordable Learning Systems John Kuglin, Retired Associate Dean, University of Montana Computer...
The Internet: Privacy & Publicity
At SXSW, “South by Southwest” media conference in Austin, TX, Danah Boyd spoke about privacy and publicity online. She is a Social Media Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Notes from her session on TechCrunch are very relevant in helping to understand our digital native students. Privacy...
The Spring 2010 copy of Safeguarding All God’s Family newsletter is about sexting. As many of you already know sexting is the act of sending sexually explicit messages or photos by “texting” on mobile phones. Included are disturbing statistics from a national survey of teens, especially this: Sext Senders are more likely to be girls (65% girls vs. 35% boys) One of the most...
Netbooks Notebooks Laptops
I’ve been getting questions about netbooks, notebooks, and laptops - what’s the difference? Netbook: small (usually 12” or less screen), portable, great battery life (5hrs+), great for Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel) and Internet access. Notebook: in-between a netbook and laptop, it’s portable (small), good battery life, and best at Office & Internet access. ...
National Trends in Grade Inflation
Interesting information about the national trend in grade inflation.You can directly view trends at schools (that you may consider attending) such as UW Madison, MIT, and Stanford. In the 1930s, the average GPA at American colleges and universities was about 2.35, a number that corresponds with data compiled by W. Perry in 1943. By the 1950s, the average GPA was about 2.52. GPAs took off in the...
The Oscars: Animated Shorts
The design blog idsgn has collected the Academy Award nominated animated shorts. Watch them all, or at least catch the winner Logorama (it took 6 years to create 16 minutes!).
Building a Better Teacher
What is the secret of a great teacher? Is it their personality? Is it their experience? Is it magic? Can it be taught/learned? A good article to start talking about it, check out the NYT Magazine’s Building a Better Teacher. Article and Illustration: NYT Magazine
Fave Indie Rock Band Today: OK Go
You may remember OK Go as the “treadmill video” guys. As a band nerd in a previous life, I stumbled on this video weeks ago by the band OK Go and loved the song and video! OK Go - This Too Shall Pass from OK Go on Vimeo. Now, they’ve released their “official video” for the song This Too Shall Pass, an amazing Rube Goldberg built by the members of Synn Labs over...
FRONTLINE: Digital Nation
If you didn’t catch it first-run, you can watch FRONTLINE’s Digital Nation on PBS Video, their follow-up to Growing Up Online. It’s worth the time to watch it, even though it asks more questions than it answers. There’s also a good post from Scholastic’s Alexander Russo’s blog that summarizes what is covered, or here’s a quick list of what’s in the...
Olympic Pictograms Through the Ages
From the New York Times, Steven Heller (critic, author, graphic designer) critiques the history of the Olympic pictogram from 1936 through Vancouver 2010.