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8 years ago
“Nothing stands still. Not the world as a physical entity. Nor the people who inhabit it. Or the students who will eventually lead it”, is the opening line in the mission for the New York Times' Schools for Tomorrow Conference on Bringing Technology Into the Classroom. The dawn of the 21st century and the emergence of Web 2.0 means technology has and continues to play an integral role in how we communicate, share and receive information and learn. With technology becoming an ever stronger presence in our schools, many questions and concerns have risen about how to effectively use technology in...
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8 years ago
I'm working on teaching a course on The History of NASA for the mSchool. The course is geared towards high school students who want to learn about the success of America's expedition to outer space with NASA. I have created a Vialogue as one of the activities for the course and it will be great if everyone can discuss the video with the hope that it will get my target audience more involved in the lesson (and of course promoting Vialogues as w...
8 years ago
It was April 12, 1981 when the Columbia Space Shuttle rocketed out to earth's thermosphere to explore and extend mankind's limits to outer space. Space Transportation System (STS)-1 was the first of 135 mission carried out by five space shuttles (Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour) and a test vehicle (Enterprise). In a span of 30 years, the Space Shuttle Missions, carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), wa...
8 years ago
Cathie Black's appointment as chancellor of New York City's public schools was met with heavy criticism by teacher unions and skepticism by parents and insiders though she was a mother of two children and highly successful businesswoman during her stints as president of US Today and chairman of Hearst Magazine. Her lack of experience in education was the primary criticism but she didn't endear herself to many either as she joked about serious issues such as overcrowded classrooms in the nation's largest public school system. Although it wasn't as media-attentive as the Dominic Strauss-Kahn con...
9 years ago
The widely celebrated St. Valentine's Day is around the corner, which is a Christian holiday celebrating love and affection between couples. Every year on February the 14th, gifts are often exchanged between couples from jewelry to simple cards to show their love and appreciation for each other but the most popular gift on Valentine's Day is the common box of chocolate. But unlike past years, chocolate prices have been soaring, which means this year, chocolate will cost couples a little more than usual. As we all know, chocolate, other than Valentine's Day, is one of the most popular sweets...
9 years ago
As we all know, the freedom of communication and expression through the use of media and published materials, also known as the freedom of the press, has become more controversial as the use of technology by the public has drastically increased. Media sources such as print, broadcast, and the web play a major role in how today's citizens receive their news. This was very evident during the last presidential elections as both candidates use all forms of media on the campaign trail to reach potential voters. But often, some may even say, the rights granted to us by the constitution are constantl...
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9 years ago
Nearly two weeks ago, a high school student in Wisconsin held 23 students and a teacher hostage for five hours before officers decided to bust open the doors after hearing three gunshots. The student, Sam Hengel, shot and wounded himself and was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local medical center. According to news media reports, Hengel “refused to communicate with officials during the standoff and did not make any demands.”This is not the first time most Americans have witness such events in our schoo...
As we all should know, eating healthy and being active are keys to living a healthy lifestyle. It helps us fight against one of the biggest problems our nation is currently facing: obesity. Obesity is more common amongst youth, can reduce the life expectancy for an individual and can increase health problems. According to the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, nearly one in three young people are overweight or obese, which shows that more should be done to create a healthier generation. Such concerns calls for an increase in projects to help fight obesity to raise awareness amongst today's y...
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9 years ago
This past Wednesday, my club team, South Bronx United, was invited to meet the players and staff of Football Club Internazionale Milano, commonly known as Inter Milan at the Nike store on 5th Avenue. Inter were in the city to debut their brand new kits for the upcoming season. If you don't know much about soccer, Inter Milan are one of the top sports teams in the world and are the current holders of the Champions League title. The Champions League is an annual season long tournament featuring most of Europe's t...
9 years ago
History and the geological makeup of our planet ensures us that humans are unable to stop natural disasters. But those disasters that we humans create are the most preventable and as the frequency of such disasters increase, its impact on the environment and others has become greater. Here is an interesting article on the Top Ten Man-Made Disasters of 2007. Of late, I am sure we all have been glued to the events of the Gulf Coast and the oil disaster there. The