Piano Stairway… and play is fun!

October 27, 2009

Jeremy sent it of course.

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Keeping the Gender of a 2-Year-Old Secret

July 3, 2009

Keeping the Gender of a 2-Year-Old Secret During last week’s discussion of whether couples choose to learn the sex of their baby before he or she is born, a number of you said you wanted to keep the secret as long as possible, because the moment people hear “boy” or “girl” they begin to make […]

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Pucky Dog

May 2, 2009

I learned a new word today: Pucky Dog

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Facebook Manners And You

April 19, 2009
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French Balk at Changing How Rosé Is Made

March 27, 2009
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The Food Section: French Balk at Changing How Rosé Is Made Winegrowers in Provence are angered over European Union plans to allow vintners to make rosé wine by mixing together red and white wines. Rosé is traditionally made by leaving the skins of red wine grapes to macerate with the juice for a short time, […]

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Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE)

March 27, 2009
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Buridan just sent me this link. I’m really interested in the role of informal learning about science. I’m not so interested in Informal Science Education, however. One, IMHO, leads to engagement and internal motivation, and the other is a more temporary and passive external motivational experience. But that’s just my opinion, and I look forward […]

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Deathwatch: The End of Second Life

February 23, 2009

Deathwatch: The End of Second Life talks about how SL is dead and useless and only good for education and the like. Great! Now that people move on to create something ‘better’ it can fall below the hype-radar and we can get back on to learnification. Blogs, after the hype, could grow and mature as […]

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Chocolate (2008) + autism

February 3, 2009
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Jeremy just sent me a link he found to this movie: Chocolate (2008): “An autistic woman with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother’s debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.” The preview is rated R, so please do not watch it if you think you might […]

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Middlebrow Messiahs by Brendan Boyle, City Journal 16 January 2009

January 27, 2009

Jeremy said: This is an interesting take on the great books model of higher education. The model where we read in order to learn to think, to learn to create, to learn to be. I think it is an interesting model, and I find that my students are generally unread in terms of classics and […]

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The Failure of One Laptop Per Child

January 22, 2009
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Jeremy pointed me to this article: The Walrus Blogs » The Failure of One Laptop Per Child » World Fast Forward. I disagree with a number of the ‘failures’ as I noted in my comment on the site. But the XO did change our notions of computing, and was a valid attempt to bring constructionism […]

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