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In order to maintain the species in a Dark Age (Or, My Beers with Alan and D’Arcy)

Been in a few conversations lately where I have wanted to quote or point people towards this scene, or this movie, but in the moment it always feels a little weird. In other words, we’re talking about an underground, which did exist during the Dark Ages in a different way, among the mystical orders of […]

Double Stuffed Oreos & the Role of Digital Media in Classrooms

I’ve been creating Video Story Problems for several years now….more than half a decade! The fervor behind the movement to make math more accessible via video has died down, or maybe I’m just not paying as close attention to Dan Meyer’s work as I once was (nope, I just checked, Dan is as amazing as […]

Ultimate, Race and Spirit of the Game

[This is the third piece I’ve written this winter on Ultimate and Race. For background here are the first two — Ultimate and Race and Ultimate and Race – A Way Forward. For this piece, there are a lot of people I need to thank for being critical readers along the way. Matthew Kay – […]

Maurene Goo on Writing Relatable Characters and her Enduring Love of K Dramas

Maurene Goo's effervescent I Believe In A Thing Called Love centers around Desi, a phenomenally talented high school senior whose one weakness is her disastrous interactions with the opposite sex. Determined to have a romantic relationship before she graduates high school, Desi turns to her beloved K Dramas for inspiration. Show More Summary

A Note For The Parkland Students

And these children that you spit on As they try to change their world Are immune to your consultations They’re quite aware what they’re going through. — David Bowie – Changes To the students of Parkland High School, You don’t necessarily need this post. I admit, I’m writing because I feel like I need to […]

Many More Webs Bite The Dust

Three years after publishing the first version of Another Web Bites The Dust (35 corpses), it was time to update, and add 24 more dead web sites to the video. This one is made possible by many entities that clearly do not value the web as a piece of culture, like Storify Livefyre Adobe for […]

Is Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School a dropout factory?

Here is John Harris Loflin’s latest research. Please read John’s piece and visit his website. Doug Martin Dear reader,Although this report is about the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School, it serves as a call for transparency regarding graduation rate figures for all Indiana public schools. Show More Summary

Code as Poetry, Time as a Variable – Options in the Ether

Backstory Driving into work I was listening to NPR and they were interviewing Nikki Giovani a poet from Virginia Tech. In high school I was one of those people who really suffered reading the The Red Wheelbarrow and other non-rhyming poems. Show More Summary

It’s the Abject Super Bowl Spectacular! Picks and prop bets! (“What time does the Super Bowl start?”)

This film is less than six minutes long. It’s very well made, with a dark hypnotic beauty. I barely made it through. Filmmaker Josh Begley captures the 280 (reported) concussions in this year’s NFL season. Field of Vision – Concussion Protocol from Field of Vision on Vimeo. Made as a collaboration between Field of Vision […]

NY State Takes a Double-Bladed Knife to ELLs

There's some regulation, somewhere, that calls for an extra parent-teacher conference for ELLs. I teach them, so I go. Last night we had the conference in the library. It was not well-attended. Right now I'm sitting in the ESL office with a colleague and neither of us saw any parents. Show More Summary

L.A. Teen Advocate Wins I Love My Librarian! 2017 Award

Annie Cipolla is a Master Gardener and the Young Adult Librarian at the Pacific Palisades Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. Before becoming a librarian, she worked in television as a broadcast journalist, editor, and producer in Baltimore, San Francisco, New York City and Los Angeles. Show More Summary

Exploring Windows To Go @SPYRUS_inc (Review Part 1)

Will Spyrus Windows To Go live drive work on a Lenovo W540 Thinkpad? Need to carry your Windows 10 computer in your pocket, but don't really want to lug around a laptop? One alternative to carrying around a laptop (e.g. Surfacebook) or tablet (e.g. Show More Summary

Video Story Problem – Hours & Hours of Snowblowing!

It’s 2018, there’s a ridiculous amount of snow swirling around the United States, and I haven’t blogged in a couple of months….that must mean it’s time for a video story problem! I’ve complained about snow in previous video story problems, but for this one it wasn’t so much complaining as it was…..oh hell, it was […]

Making Manuscripts In The Middle Ages - YouTube Video from Getty Museum

Topic: Libraries An illuminated manuscript is a book written and decorated completely by hand. Illuminated manuscripts were among the most precious objects produced in the Middle Ages and the early Renaissance, primarily in monasteries and courts. Show More Summary

10 jobs of the future you need to know about right now

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Unlink hate – libraries, remove those links to racist websites

Librarians: please unlink or nofollow sites you don’t want to lend your authority to. Librarians have a few staple websites we go to when we teach information literacy, especially lately when people talk about fake news. There’s the tree octopus.… Read more ?

And I Nearly Forgot To Mention FLL Junior

My last three posts have been focussed on my first foray into First Lego League and the students involved. But together with my fellow AP, Nicola, we also decided to get started with First Lego League Junior this year to broaden STEM enrichment offerings at Prospect North, and to cater for younger students. Nicola had […]

That Time I Did an OER Non-Disposable / Renewable Assignment

A true story. A NASA scientist who has a long career in using satellite imagery to study earth landforms is hired to teach a Structural Geology course at a university near where he works, Goddard Space Flight Center. He is currently participating in the authoring/editing of a new textbook on Geomorphology. He creates an assignment […]

Bring Out Your Dead Webs: 2018 Version of Another Web Bites The Dust

Like a fragile flower, continually littered by link rot, the web is not helped at all when outfits like Storify just rip their content out of the web’s fabric. Three years ago, for no real reason beyond the imagination in my head, I published a video featuring 35 web site skeletons dancing to the beat […]

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