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7 years ago
One of the major missions of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is space exploration. The end of the Cold War has led to a decreasing budget for NASA every year. NASA has started working with a Space Transport Company founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk. Why is this STC important? Its company, SpaceX, has developed spacecrafts (Falcon 1, Falcon 9, and Dragon) that can be reused, unlike other space shuttles, which break down when reused because of radiation in space. The first space exploration by use of space technology (rockets) was in the 20th century. This should ...
In my Intro to Psychology class this week, we discussed the effect adolescents' environment has on their lives. We looked at the case of Genie, a feral child who spent 13 years locked in her bedroom. Genie couldn't speak when she was found, as she never developed a language. This became the Genie Case. I found this case really interesting and plan on doing a series concerning the effects of adolescents' surroundings. Genie's case is a rare case of isolation. I plan on focusing more on daily environmental aspects su...
Judge Shira Scheindlin who found the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy unconstitutional was thrown off her case. According to this article, Scheindlin explained her reasoning behind the ruling; judges are not allowed to talk about an open case. Since she is no longer in charge of the case, the Second Court issued a stay on her ruling, so Stop and Frisk can officially resume as a NYPD tactic. In my opinion, I believe Judge Scheindlin was wrong. No judge should explain his or her think...
Explore the summary of this new report from BI Intelligence re: the world's leading social media platforms and their current and potential future growth. (Note: you can create a "free" account to view the full-report, but you can still get interesting data from the summary) Some surprises for me included: -China has a substantial piece of the Facebook user pie... despite the fact that the platform is banned there -Also, 86% of Facebook users are from outside the US (this is less surprising, mor...
7 years ago
I just wanted to remind you that you can still add items to the digital time capsule! There's only one more week to add your items. Check out this pressible post on how to add your work to the world's first digital time capsuel
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While hunting-down today's NewLearningTimes.com High Five leads I came across this new web series from AOL, "The Future Starts Here". It is an interesting example of two things: 1) A single (female) host carrying a series (in this case the founder of the Webby Awards, Tiffany Shlain) 2) The content is available on both AOL's web portal and on YouTube (& in this case, Vialogues!) What are your thoughts on this series? Is there anything we can learn/avoid fo...
November 9, 2013's top stories on learning, carefully selected by the NLT Team 1. Learning, not grades are the point of school. Obviously. Full story from Washington Post 2. The digital learning migration continues. ...
News stories offer many possibilities when it comes to bringing new topics to life in the classroom. For one thing, teaching students about current events allows for a multitude of opportunities to help students understand contemporary culture and gather their thoughts on issues as they unfold. Current events can be used as jumping off points for deeper exploration of controversies, political issues and major events, but teachers are often at a loss for how to make use of the “news” as a topic for classroom discussion and further debate.  Below is a partial list of highly praised web resources...
7 years ago
Have you ever wondered why you sound different when you say the same thing in two different languages? Many multilingual people have showed different personalities when switching languages. Researchers have discovered two reasons that show why people act differently when speaking a different languages: asymmetrical ability and priming. For example, a former Economist reported to “sound ruder in Hebrew than English”. Most times, people's speeches are not influenced ...
Michael Erard has a few suggestions for improve the commenting environment online. The first two, user-driven moderating and sentiment analysis, are things we've discussed quite a bit (the first one being quite ubiquitous on the web), but the latter two, connoisseurship and searchability, are fairly new territories for us. Variations on these ideas could work well in the context of both Vialogues and mSchool.
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