I’m going to be co-teaching a class for our county’s administrators on creative communication. The idea is basically that email is boring and often ignored so spicing things up really helps for important communications. You can check out some of the work of my co-teacher, Jen Maddux, below (a few more of her movies to follow later).
The University of Richmond and a few other community groups organized a free viewing of the movie and then hosted a “courageous community conversation” following the movieIn case you were in my group, I was the guy that people started moving away from once I denounced the “Every kid can learn” guy. I was not the guy quoting Gladwell. Since I was haranguing people in person last night, I figured the least I could do was extend my efforts to the Internet. In case you haven’t seen it,Waiting for Superman is a long infomercial for charter schools. I would encourage watching it if- you love when things are simplified and polarized for maximum controversy you are looking for clips to use in your own charter school infomercial you want some stats to throw around in conversations The two options the movie gives are staying with union-based failing public schools or going to magical charter schools which guarantee successApparently, because they work so much harder and really believe every student can learn.. The fact that we have many “failure factories” in non-union states is ignored. There is no mention of any charter schools failing. I went into this figuring that even if the movie sucked, it would at least get people talking about education. I was mistaken. This movie simply provides […]
From Threadless Finally, proof the dog did eat your homework. Threadless is also a great site for puns and other hooks for a variety of subjects if you’re willing to look- and who wouldn’t have fun looking? Studying communism? Geometry?
Tool use in crocodylians: crocodiles and alligators use sticks as lures to attract waterbirds | Tetrapod Zoology, Scientific American Blog Network “As described by Dinets et al. (2013), Mugger crocodiles Crocodylus palustris in India and American alligators Alligator mississippiensis in the USA have both been observed to lie, partially submerged, beneath egret and heron colonies with sticks balanced across their snouts. Birds approach to collect the sticks for use in nest building and… well, let’s just say that it doesn’t end well for the birds. If the crocodylians really are using the sticks as bait to attract their bird prey, this is tool use, since the sticks are objects that are being employed for a specific function.” tags: animal crocodile tools tool science adaptation weekly How meaning comes to technology: PCR at 30 | Jean-Baptiste Gouyon | Science | theguardian.com “More than a technique, PCR is a concept, that enables molecular biologists to think in new ways of their object of study, DNA, to ask genes new questions. Opening the way to new experiments, it literally frees the imagination. Some even use PCR machines as fridges. After all a thermocycler is nothing but an intelligent heating and cooling block. It can be set on 4ºC for 48 hours, to conserve the result of an experiment over the week-end. ” How meaning […]