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Keb Mo Performs "America The Beautiful" at The White House
As part of a program created by Columbia professor Christopher Emdin, 10 New York City high school classes have been writing raps as a way to learn about science. The program is called Science Genius, and it sounds like the sort of patronizing pop-culture hijack kids hate more than anything. But when Wu-Tang’s GZA drops by a Bronx classroom to discuss the importance of scientific inquiry, you can see the actual moment when the students realize the program is legit.
“A year ago tomorrow, PBS Digital Studios released “Garden of Your Mind,” the Mr. Rogers remix made by Melody Sheep that caused everyone everywhere to cry nostalgic tears for a week or more. The Mr. Rogers remix spawned other remixes of shows millennials and their parents (us, guys, that’s us) felt nostalgic for. You’ve got the Reading Rainbow remix, the Julia Child remix and the Bob Ross remix. Today PBS Digital Studios released a new Mr. Rogers remix called “Sing Together.”
(via KQED Pop)
Coming Soon of the Day: Neil Degrasse Tyson Will Host the Sequel of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos
Though it’s been quietly in the works since 2011, Fox has officially confirmed that Carl Sagan’s monumental 1970 sci-ed miniseries Cosmos: A Personal Voyage will be getting an updated sequel next year, which will consist of 13 episodes produced by Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane and hosted by one of the Internet’s most celebrated astrophysicists, Neil Degrasse Tyson. Fox is hoping the show will have as much as of cultural impact as Carl Sagan’s original series, which still remains one of the most watched PBS series in the world to this day.
(Image by Richard Davies)
With deference to the genius of David Bowie, here’s Space Oddity, recorded on Station. A last glimpse of the World.
Huge thanks in the making of the video to the talented trio of Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran and Andrew Tidby, plus Evan Hadfield and all at the CSA.
Imagine you forget to watch a new episode of Game of Thrones the night it airs. Even if coworkers stay mum about important plot points, Twitter is abuzz with spoilers. Fortunately, there’s Twivo, a new program that allows Twitter users to censor their feeds from mentioning a certain TV show (and its characters) for a set time period. Jennie Lamere, a 17-year-old girl, invented the software last month—and won the grand prize at a national coding competition where Lamere was the only female who presented a project, and the only developer to work alone. Internet: Meet the reason we need more women in tech.
(From Mother Jones)
Coursera announces category for Teacher Professional Development
You can view them all here: https://www.coursera.org/courses?cats=teacherpd
I like this photo even better, it’s like the public broadcasting version of Inception.
If you’re confused why I was on TV for a few seconds, it’s to get viewers like you* to watch my PBS Digital Studios series, in case you somehow hadn’t heard about that yet.
*See what I did there? Call and donate now for your tote bag/coffee mug.
Leave virtual notes or images on surfaces for augmented reality view, digitally overlaying the real world. Hello future!
Imagine your class syllabus overlaying the library stacks. Customized museum tours, and Goodread recommendations as you walk through a Barnes & Noble - this is very cool.
Tactus Technology has created a haptic touchscreen panel that “rises” to create a three-dimensional keyboard. Writing an e-mail on your tablet? Individual letter keys form small bumps for easier typing. When you’re done, the keyboard reverts back to a standard, flat touchscreen.
Even cooler is the fact that the Tactus Technology panels can be configured to do more than just rise up into a physical keyboard. Companies can customize the panel for different types of buttons, say for example, the buttons on a TV remote or buttons for specific tablet games. The possibilities for the panel are varied. Plus, seeing the buttons lift up, seemingly out of nowhere, is downright magical.
Shut Up and Take My Money of the Day: PaperTab
Brace yourselves, e-paper tablets are coming. The Human Media Lab at Queen’s University has developed a flexible tablet device known asPaperTab in collaboration with Plastic Logic and Intel Labs that looks and feels just like a sheet of paper, but with a versatile touchscreen, high-resolution display and the second generation Intel® Core i5 processor. Recently unveiled at the International CES in Las Vegas, the tablet could be commercially ready within three to five years, according to researchers at Queen’s University.
A Sincere Compliment
We really need to push our students to make a change in their world and highlight how social media can give them an opportunity that we never were given as students. Just being “citizens” online is the average; kids already exist online. We should be pushing for much more than this. Hopefully the video can serve as an example and conversation starter for what a person can really do now to make a difference.
Eyes the size of dinner plates
gjmueller chants “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn”