Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Interactive: Seeking Abraham Lincoln at the Gettysburg Address | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine What kind image interactions have value in history (or anywhere else for that matter)? tags: interactive lincoln abraham history smithsonian weekly New York man sharpens pencils for $35 a pop – New York News I wonder what kind of interactive images we might make as ITRTs as part of history content. tags: interactive abraham lincoln smithsonian history image weekly itrt William Shakespeare’s Terminator the Second – Neatorama “re-wrote the script for the movie Terminator 2 using only lines from the works of William Shakespeare.” tags: william shakespeare terminator weekly project english World’s Quietest Room Will Drive You Crazy in 30 Minutes : Discovery News “The key to the level of silence is the fact that the walls, floor and ceiling absorb all sound, rather than reflecting it, as most surfaces do. Thus the term anechoic: no echo. It’s so quiet, you can hear your own organs: your heart, stomach, even your ears, which make a tiny amount of noise. It turns out that it’s not an especially pleasant experience, especially in the dark. The longest anyone has ever spent alone in the chamber? Forty-five minutes.” tags: weekly silence db sound My Little Bag of Writing Tricks – Do Your Job Better – The Chronicle of […]

Real Life

Jon Wirsing was kind enough to share a couple of baby rat snakes the didn’t want around his house (and his wife Karen was even kinder to deliver them). For some reason we rarely run into snakes despite quite a bit of time in the woods. I think we’re just too loud. The kids were clearly incredibly excited. Two snakes and four kids led to some sharing issues which are always interesting when live animals are concerned. Five or six frogs (escapes required new captures) helped fill in as did a grasshopper and a roly-poly.1 I believe these kinds of experiences are invaluable. Because of my role, many people who don’t know me that well assume that I find technology a seamless substitute for virtually anything. I’m pretty sure they picture me in a basement somewhere avoiding physical contact with things. I can give these experience to my own children. I can take the risk or make the extra effort. There is no doubt in my mind these moments will stay with them creating memories that will be built upon and which will result in more learning and more interest in the world around them. We talked about poisonous and non-poisonous snakes and how the shape of the pupil was a very good way to help tell the difference between […]


Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

FREE BEER Free as in speech . . . tags: free beer weekly creativecommons Amanda Palmer on Creativity as Connecting Dots and the Terrifying Joy of Sharing Your Art Online | Brain Pickings tags: creativity amanda palmer weekly “the impulse to connect the dots and share what you’ve connected” is not only what makes a great artist or writer but also, unequivocally, what makes a great scientist. In order for it to work, the door must remain unlocked. People might enter without knocking, they might crash your party and drink your wine. Let them in, and let them drink — because you might meet somebody interesting. “Tip-of-the-Tongue Syndrome,” Transactive Memory, and How the Internet Is Making Us Smarter | Brain Pickings “He cites Socrates’s parable of the Egyptian god Theuth and how he invented writing, offering it as a gift to the king of Egypt, Thamus, who met the present with defiant indignation: This discovery of yours will create forgetfulness in the learners’ souls, because they will not use their memories; they will trust to the external written characters and not remember of themselves. The specific which you have discovered is an aid not to memory, but to reminiscence, and you give your disciples not truth, but only the semblance of truth; they will be hearers of many things and […]


Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

“Education is broken, somebody should do something” #altc2013 » FOLLOWERS OF THE APOCALYPSE “These values are enshrined not, in fact, by the actors in the education system but by observers of it – namely politicians, policy-makers and journalists.  And, the increasingly techno-deterministic educational discourse, bringing with it a focus on quantitative measures and whispers of “artificial intelligence (in reality, a simple set of algorithms and a great paint job) means that increasingly the first two groups are relying on a summary provided by the third. “ tags: weekly mooc he highered When humanities and science intersect | john hawks weblog “Let’s face it, both science and the humanities would be better off with fewer old dudes arguing about disciplinary boundaries. “ tags: humanities science weekly By contrast, the young and dynamic humanists are mostly fascinated by science and looking for ways to incorporate science into their work. Some of the hottest scholarly areas in the humanities represent intersections of technology or science with human societies. Universities are hiring faculty whose scholarship focuses on transhumanism, on human-animal interactions, on genetic engineering, on ethnicity and genetics, and on the growth and interactions of online, or “virtual” communities. Those kinds of topics cut across academic departments in the humanities, from literature to philosophy to anthropology. G20 assault trial: Guilty verdict for officer who […]

Bounty of the Sea, Fluidity of the Web

Digital media flows and that’s part of what makes so many interesting things possible.1 The Sea You are literally adrift in a sea of content. There are so many people out there who do an amazing amount of work to find and write interesting things. Gather them. Use them. Add and prune these sites until you get what you really want. This should be your own beautiful ocean of content- sparking ideas and giving you great enjoyment. If it isn’t then you have only yourself to blame. These are some sites that perform well for me. Your needs and interests will likely vary but there are worse places to start. The Harvest Now that you have many good things flowing by, you’ll need a way to save all this good stuff. Some you’ll use in the moment, many other things you’ll tuck away for later, or for someone else, or just in case. This is painless and comes with so many benefits.2 Back in the day I used Delicious. I now use Diigo (which backs up to Delicious and Pinboard).3 Diigo allows you to create groups as well. A number of our content specialists are using it to multiply their power. They’ve chosen some teachers to add to their groups. The specialists can then skim the cream of the links […]


Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Cow Tipping: Fake or Really Fake? – Modern Farmer “But say our hypothetical cow tippers got lucky enough to get close to a cow at night. There’s still the matter of the brute force needed to get the cow over. In 2005, University of British Columbia student Tracy Boechler and doctor of zoology Margo Lillie ran the numbers on cow tipping. Their findings? There’s no way one person could tip a cow. Two people? Maybe — but not in real world conditions.” tags: physics cow cows tipping force math science weekly The New Aesthetic — Attention as Performance, or, Here’s a Photo of… Now parallel it with kids in class. “During the hearing on one of the biggest questions that will face Congress as it reconvenes after its summer recess, the Arizona senator was … on his smartphone, playing a game. And, hey: Fair enough, sort of. It was a long hearing. Much of it covered familiar ground — ground that would be especially familiar to McCain. Who among us, etc. What’s noteworthy here, though, is what McCain’s little round of poker says — not about politics, but about technology. Because it was McCain’s screen that gave him away. It was his screen that provided evidence — photographic evidence — of his lack of attention. “ tags: attention performance senate mccain […]