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"The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations"

You don't hear much about real societal issues when it's far simpler to scapegoat teachers. Statistically linking low test scores to increasing childhood poverty is supposedly no more than the "soft bigotry of low expectations" to some. Show More Summary

Humanoid robot stalks out of the lab

2 weeks agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Boston Dynamics demonstrated another robot, this time a humanoid bot that stomps around like a deranged Frankenstein's monster straight from the uncanny valley's depths. It starts at :10. “I’m not saying it can do everything you can do,” Raibert said,...

The Accountability Scam

Sean Crowley, my brother blogger from Buffalo, has a great column about how educational leaders are popped into place with no public input. A secondary point he makes is about accountability. This is the word we invariably hear when insane systems are initiated. Show More Summary

Sharpening the Divide with Distractions

So, another set of Common Core State test scores have arrived. And, what do we have to show for it? Supposedly, there have been modest improvements, but with a much higher percentage of students opting out at the State level, actually one in five. Show More Summary

Cat story or the rise of Cthulhu? "The Call of Tutu"

2 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

I'm gonna to open that door and let ol' Tutu in. Just to see what he does. Ayuh. "The Call of Tutu" is a story about a man, his cat, and his wife. Or maybe a bit more than that....

Christopher Lee reading Dracula

3 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Celebrate Sir Christopher Lee's passing by listening to him read Dracula: (thanks to William Thompson, commenting on the Draculablog)

Virtual EduTech – 2015 Version

Last year, I compiled a virtual version of EduTech for my staff, hunting videos that were close to the presentations that we saw live. It is over on our staff blog but seeing I've done the hunting and embedding, there may be readers who might like a look as well. 2015 This year, the WGS […]

Take a walk deep into the uncanny valley with these creepybots

3 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

This page does serious Infocult work in aggregating seven examples of creepy robots. Specifically, each of these tries hard to imitate the human form. And fails right through the uncanny valley. Unfortunately, when you see it in action, what you...

Thomas Ligotti meets standup comedy

4 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

When, oh when will comedy finally feel the influence of Thomas Ligotti? This short clip suggests the time is now. Nina Conti starts a ventriloquist routine with some good jokes, then quickly gets meta, then heads into very creepy territory....

Could Anything Good Ever Come from the Crappy Ideas of Ed. "Reform"?

A student first informed me of this story--which turns out to be true. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation financed a successful program to convert poop to drinkable water. Using a machine called the omniprocessor, high levels of heat are applied during a purification process, seemingly defying common sense, but apparently not science. Show More Summary

Teaching (a pedagogical framework)

When I'm asked, in email or face to face, to explain how I use (blogs, wikis, podcasts, what have you) with my students I usually begin by saying: "That's not a short answer." While knowledge of how a particular tool works is important,...Show More Summary

NASA hears the howls of dead stars

4 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

This NASA/JPL news story plunges into Gothic territory as it describes deep space. The article describes X-ray emissions from the Sagittarius A region, or as the headline puts it: NASA's NuSTAR Captures Possible 'Screams' from Zombie Stars Or, a touch...

Party like it’s 2006 with this GIFFY service

Jim blogged about this nifty video-to-GIF tool from Imgur, and I had to try it. Naturally, the first thing I did was a GIF of Nick Mason playing “One of the Days” at Pompeii. You can see the result in the header of this post. Not exactly perfect, but very fast and quite easy to […]

Starting from the end

5 months agoEducation / Learning : Learnlets

Week before last, Will Thalheimer and I had another one of our ‘debates’, this time on the Kirkpatrick model (read the comments, too!).  We followed up last week with a live debate.  And in the course of it I said something that I want to reiterate and extend. The reason I like the Kirkpatrick model […]

Mashing up 1990s commercials with Gothic horror

5 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

This clip starts off as a well-done version of late 20th-century childrens' commercials. It's about some kids and a fruit drink. Stick with it, Infocult readers, as around :50 things get gory. Nice John Carpenter Thing ref. Enjoy some Liquid...

Fun with meat puppets

9 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

What if a troupe of famous puppets rose up in rebellion and turned the tables on their human masters? You might see The Human Show. The Muppets, after years of oppression, invite you to a night filled with song dance...

Damn Unity

Last Sunday I went to the Rockaway Theatre Company where blogger Norm Scott was in a production of Damn Yankees. It was wonderful, with really impressive singing and music. The orchestra was mostly teachers and students, and there were also a lot of teachers in the cast. Show More Summary

Gene Simmons is in an OLPC advert, and I need to reboot my network

I happened to see this tonight in the course of watching the most predictably clichéd “sex, drugs, and rock and roll in the sixties” documentary ever broadcast on TV. I suppose it’s alarming I did that in a room by myself on a Saturday night. Please don’t worry. But again, Gene Simmons in a One […]

Human sacrifice debated by the Supreme Court, as dogs

10 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

During a recent US Supreme Court discussion the judges discussed... human sacrifice. Debate included consideration of a hypothetical Human Sacrifice Channel (TM). Let's listen and watch as John Oliver's stunt of having dogs stand in for the Court's lack of...

The animation of Randolph Carter

10 months agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

Doug Simon offers a nicely done animated version of HP Lovecraft's classic short story "The Statement of Randolph Carter." It's very short, and you can watch the whole thing below: Simon et al account for the story's main arc, but.....

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