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3D Passenger Pigeon Bones

I’ve been working with Bernard Means who runs VCU’s Virtual Curation Laboratory1. We spoke briefly a while back about building a site to allow for interactive views and downloads of 3D STL files his team has made of passenger pigeon bones. One of the goals was to allow mobile devices to interact with the site […]

A Renegade Broadcast

There are no show notes yet somehow this became produced for release. While an MP3 version can be downloaded directly, versions encoded in Free Lossless Audio Codec, Ogg Vorbis, and Speex are also available. A Renegade Broadcast by The Air Staff of Erie Looking Productions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Sociological Theorists WordPress Site

Our Sociology Department Chair, Jennifer Johnson, is out there leading the way for the Sociology Department at VCU. She’s not only thinking through how syndication will impact the design of their entire program and curriculum (online and off), she’s also teaching a course on Sociological Theory in a way that shows how student work can […]

Durham Schools Cutting Ties with Teach for America

A day to celebrate! From the Herald-Sun: Aug. 30, 2014 @ 05:51 PM Gregory Childress DURHAM — The Durham school district will honor its current contract with Teach For America, but the national teacher training program’s future with Durham Public Schools is up in the air. Show More Summary

Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation

Librarianship: A Philosophical Investigation "One of the first things you learn as a professional librarian is that very few people have any idea what you do. In fact, enough people who actually want to become librarians are sufficiently...Show More Summary

5 Leadership Lessons Fig Trees Can Teach Us

Fig Tree in the Desert While I was having fun playing with the concepts behind 9 Ways to Become a Digital Nomad, I started to briefly explore the benefits of figs, "cultivated since ancient times," which I imagined are able to grow in...Show More Summary

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

Headline of a piece on NPR - Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford Excerpt: Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number...Show More Summary

Mixing a person into a sword

11 hours agoEducation / Learning : Infocult

The insertion of bones into the kiln is a key to his success. One Chinese technique for sword-making involved adding a bit of person into the mix. National Geographic tracked down this practice in present-day Taiwan. One sword-maker explains: "In...

Why one school system is dropping Teach For America

The school board in Durham, N.C., has voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when all of the 12 TFA teachers hired in the past few years will have completed the two years of service they promise to make when joining the organization. What makes it interesting […]

The new national curriculum will help all children excel

The new national curriculum – which by some margin is Michael Gove's most important legacy – has been widely criticised as hopelessly old-fashioned and out of date, with its emphasis on Shakespeare, fractions and grammar. Shouldn't today's children be learning essential skills that will enable them to find employment in 21st Century industries? I've spent [...]

Happy Labor Day, Back at You, Randi!

Randi Weingarten (with help from Lorretta Johnson and Mary Cathryn Ricker) sent along Labor Day thoughts and wishes to me and probably many thousands of others. I read the e-mail just as I read Mulgrew's, to see how much I can agree with before the red flags are thrown up--or how much I can stomach before I throw up. Show More Summary

Embrace the Torrent: 9 Ways to Become A #DigitalNomad

A colleague, upon listening to a presentation by another Twitter Illuminati, said sarcastically, and perhaps unfairly, "Spare me another presentation on how twitter has changed his life." I promptly ignored him and tuned in to what Dean Shareski was saying...sometimes, even when you know the destination, the experience of getting there can be fun. Show More Summary

Same Old, Same Old

"What do you mean technology in schools won't work?" I was having a discussion with a college professor 12 years ago one summer day. His cynicism, for that's what I perceived it as, marred his leadership and humor. For him, the research clearly showed that technology integration was a failed strategy. Show More Summary

Built for Schools: How efficacious are digital textbooks?

Yes, that is an important question. Many school organizations are moving to digital textbooks, but the question remains, how efficacious are digital textbooks? Source: http://www.trypearsontexas.com/img/programs/covers/chemistry/02_Built_for_texas@2x.png...Show More Summary

Digital Textbooks and eBooks in Schools

Thanks to the Texas School Business journal for highlighting a San Antonio area school district in their September, 2014 cover article. The article (page 12), written by Shelley Seale (@shelleyseale), spotlights a picture of Jeff Johnson...Show More Summary

Selecting a Virtual Private Network (VPN) Provider - #PrivateInternetAccess @buyvpnservice

Private Internet Access - It works and great price! As my daughter went off to college, she remarked that she'd have free WiFi in her apartment. "Really?" I asked. "Is it encrypted?" "No," she replied. "Does it need to be?" Data theft occurs at several different levels online. Show More Summary

Lee County Board Member, Mary Fischer, Wants to Change Her Vote at 8:30 AM Tuesday Morning

Clip from News-Press.com:Opt-out may be a thing of the past.Lee County School Board member Mary Fischer said Friday afternoon that she changed her mind about the benefits of opting out, calling for the board to rescind the motion atShow More Summary

Free Tutorials for MS Office, OpenOffice and GoogleDocs #inpictures

As technology changes at an astounding rate, and given how many people are making how-to tutorials in video and print, making how-to tutorials has fallen by the wayside. Why bother making a tutorial for teachers if you can just findShow More Summary

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