FREE WEBINAR: Transforming Our e-Learning 'Worst Practices' into Excellent Teaching
(apologies if this is a dupe share)
Basically, what people have been saying would be inevitable has happened at the University of Oregon library and they're opting out of their "big deals".
go Megha go!
sorry about the photo quality guys, I was trying to be stealth.
Neil Allison (McGraw Hill)
David Lindrum (Soomo PUblishing)
Dr. Laura Pople (Xplana)
Dr. Gerry Hanley (MERLOT)
KElly Fischbach (Barnes/Noble)
I hope this isn't a double.
I just read about the Atlanta Testing Scandal.
Apparently, an Atlanta school district has been forcibly altering test scores in order to meet goals set for them for up to a decade. I think the most interesting part of it is their defense was accusing their accusers of not believing in students abilities to learn. I wonder how this will effect students that have been through and now left the system. Otherwise, just some good old fashioned Ed World Scandal.
Did anyone get a chance to go see this documentary when it was here at the end of April?
Here's an article I saw about it as well. Looks pretty good, and from what I've read of the Teacher of this course it doesn't go to Dangerous Minds or anything.
A friend sent me this article and I'm warning you now: do not click through it unless you have at least 2 hours to kill.
It's interesting because it talks directly about a lot of erroneous preconceptions about human information behavior and other design related psychological elements.
A high school teacher in New York City decided to set aside the usual curriculum and take her students on a virtual five week journey to the Middle East to learn about the millions who have fled the war in Iraq and became refugees. Special correspondent John Tulenko of Learning Matters reports."
Interesting curriculum on refugees and current events.
SO a while ago I saw this awesome prosthetic tentacle designed by Kaylene Kau
And then again today I saw it in this larger article about Form Following Function. Apparently someone has also designed an artificial heart with no heartbeat, which might be psychologically disturbing if it weren't the thing keeping you alive.
The reason I'm sharing it is not only because these things are exceptionally cool (cheetah leg inspired prosthetic sports legs have been around for a while and are exceptionally cool), but also because it is a very real, very immediate example of innovation in design. Replacing a body part is probably when we are most likely to want to replace something closest to it's original, and yet Kaylene Kau designed a beautiful, and pretty wonderfully functional alternative.
Don't forget to factor in the time change.