Ephemera – Toucan Needs A Home
The Beauty of Craig’s List
The “pedagogical agent” camped out in the uncanny valley, built a home, and had generations of creepy kids.
ActiveLit “Set up your own private area for creating and playing interactive stories and text-based games. Find out more” tags: english tool cyoa chooseyourownadventure writing games creativity itrt weekly McSweeney’s Internet Tendency: Why a Gorilla Nanny is the Right Choice for Our Family. Makes for an interesting way to research and write about any animal . . . tags: gorilla nanny McSweeney’s animal creative writing writingprompt english weekly The problem with education? Children aren’t feral enough | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian My children are feral but I’m working on taking them to the next level. I do wonder if it’s less about wilderness per se and more about real experiences. You could probably do many things in the city/suburbs that would engage kids in a similar way. tags: education children feral outdoors freerange itrt weekly The Cursing Stone – Futility Closet This is a serious curse. tags: curse weekly from the top of their head to the soles of their feet, before and behind, within and without. I take from them, and cast down all the good deeds that ever they did, or shall do The Pain and the Glory: Running Iowa’ BIG Competency Based School | ThinkThankThunk tags: thinkthankthunk competency project itrt weekly It’s not about pigeon-holing the project, it’s about being open to […]
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 […]
I saw a post on BoingBoing about the Open Cola project. To me it looks like the perfect combination of a science project and a way to delve into some health topics related to soft drinks. It’s probably a high school level project as some of the ingredients can burn skin (which is kind of odd). You end up with a real world product that kids would be excited to make the option to experiment with different concentrations of flavor a way to start talking about how much sugar is in the cokes they’re drinking you could also do some taste testing based on the experiments in different concentrations and then you’ve got some statistics to go over