State of the Union Address Tag Cloud
I thought we posted on this last year. Jason Griffey takes The State of the Union address and remixes the top 75 words into a tag cloud. Now that he’s done it two years in a row, it could be an interesting look at the state of affairs over the last two years.
Mike Hasley, our Social Studies specialist posted the image/assignment above in FaceBook the other day. Homework assignment to give history students (high school): Find 5 quotations on Facebook attributed to a historical figure or culture icon (Einstein or Bill Cosby, for example). Then, have them find out if it’s actually true or actually from the person quoted on FB. Then teach research and primary source documents. -Mike Hasley I wrote something vaguely annoying, as is my usual pattern in life and on social media. See below. That’s why I have no friends in real life and only 6 on social media. That phrase seems to imply you can easily verify the truth of quotes not on the Internet… The problem w quotes is that they’re often out of context, misattributed, mangled, or used to prop up shoddy arguments. -Tom Woodward This has been bouncing around in my head since that post and started to solidify into something more expansive as I listened to the Radio Berkman podcast #193- Facts are Boring. This whole podcast is focused on truth, fact, and evidence. Given my historical interest in how grayincluding how to spell grey in my head- possibly influenced by Gandalf the Grey “truth” is, the potential for greater understanding of the use/misuse/power of quotes in popular culture is very attractive. I’d […]
3:40 – “I believe that behavior and responsiveness is the essence of the computer as an art medium and what that means is that any time we create art that doesn’t have behavior we’re not living up to the potential of the medium. It’s not native art.” 4:34 – “… what sort of art is possible when both the art and the artist are alive? When the art and the artist are responding to each other and working together to create something beautiful.” 15:00 – “So what you’re seeing here is kind of the interplay between two living and behaving beings. There’s the fish behaving through simulation. There’s me behaving through performance and there’s this wonderful kind of symbiosis with the two of us working together to put on a show. The simulation and the performance are really complementary. So when I was making that little scene with the fish there was always this back and forth between the simulation and the performance. So if there was something I wanted the fish to do but I couldn’t perform it with my hand because it was too complicated, I had to move my hand too fast, there’s too many other things going on with the scene, I take that and put it in the simulation.” 16:02 – “There’s this back and […]
Click and create official looking seals (no bad puns please) of various sorts. It’s easy, quick and fun. You can also order them on magnets which could make for some fun games and ways to decorate your classroom (or house). You can have a lot of fun with this in History and English for sure. I made up one for edubloggercon 2007 just for kicks. I’d like to see emblems for Greek gods, different literary characters, accurate presidential buttons, commemorative badges for battles etc.