I have some how found myself on our district’s copyright committee and we’re redesigning our whole course for teachers. It’s been pretty interesting and I only occasionally want to kill myself. Luckily, I’m with a bunch of ninja librarian copyright experts who are handling all the heavy lifting while I make jokes.
The site is up here (but not finished) if you’re interested.
William Kamkwamba had to drop out of high school because his family didn’t have enough money to cover the fees. Comitted to continuing his education, Kamkwamba found a local primary school with a large donated library. He read everything he could get his hands on, but was taken by a book on energy production that included plans for creating a windmill generator. His blog is a wonderful account of his successful attempt at providing power to his home and the homes of his neighbors. I was inspired by this story. The “internets” have been a key component to connecting Kamkwamba with other solar engineers and the larger world–helping him improve on his original generator. His windmill is the perfect example of 21st Century skills in practice. via BoingBoing
Defective Yeti (a very funny blog which has nothing to do with yetis or defects) had the following post- Of course, the problem with cliches is that they are just so darned … you know. Cliche. That’s why I am initiating the Cliche Rotation Project, to replace our current set of cliches with new ones of equivalent meaning. For example: Old & Busted New Hotness Made a mountain out of a molehill Saw a duck and shouted “dragon!” Quiet as a church mouse Silent as a shadow’s whisper Ready and willing On it like a bonnet Wore his heart on his sleeve Flew his feelings from a flagpole I’d love to do that in an English class. It could be done to reinforce the ideas of cliches (and avoiding them). You could use it as way to approach vocabulary (each “New Hottness” cliche has to use one of our vocabulary words). I think it’d even work well with a poetry unit. You could also have them illustrate their cliches. They’d make good journal or story prompts. (Draw three new cliches out of the hat and include them in your story) All in all just a great way to get kids having fun with words and focusing on language. He’s inviting submissions through comments on the post. Why not try your […]
I’m pretty excited about a new project we’ll be working on this year. We’re going to look at a local historically significant, but still active, cemetery through a variety of disciplinary lenses. Hollywood Cemetery is the permanent home of two presidents of the USA (James Monroe and John Tyler) and one president of the CSA as well as a variety of other interesting local people. Dr. Ryan Smith from VCU’s history department has already had students doing quite a bit of work with local cemeteries. Back Story also recently republished a podcast (Grave Matters) which mentions Hollywood cemetery quite a bit and is all kinds of good. Even the Girl Scouts have some great information on Hollywood CemeteryWarning- Word document. So that brings up the question- What can we do that hasn’t been done and how can we make this something really valuable to the community- both locally and at large? The Players and Their Lenses Looking through the lens of sociology, Dr. Susan Bodnar-Deren will be helping us think through work around mortality, social status etc. by analyzing the data from gravestones.Already, I feel the need for better vocabulary. Grave marker maybe? Dr. Bernard Means will be bringing an archaeologicalHis Death and Burial course sounds pretty awesome. and 3D imaging backgroundIncorporating these types of files has led to all […]