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Professor Natriello's trip to Arizona State University (ASU) next week motivated me to do some research on the institution. Here is a list of some of the more interesting initiatives/activities: A New American University: Specifically, read about their Design Imperatives. The ASU Decision Theater: Watch how the the Dec...
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15 years ago
I just learned from the Colbert Report that it is National Library Week. Watch what he (and Frank McCourt) had to say about it.
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15 years ago
How much would every music fans have to pay in order to access every song ever recorded while maintaining or increasing current music sales? According to Peter Jenner, a Cambridge-educated economist-turned-music-manager (Pink Floyd, The Clash, Ian Dury And The Blockheads, Billy Bragg), $50. Jenner adds that this is unlikely to happen because of the outmoded business models used by record labels. This got me thinking about the publishing industry. Anyone care to es...
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15 years ago
Karen Bryner, Anthony Cocciolo, and I have been working to put together some resources for the Teaching the Levees Project. One of the things we've been looking for is interactive maps and timelines. One that we like so far is from the Times-Picayune. Another that I liked (but unrelated to the Levees Project) was from the BBC that m...
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15 years ago
A team of researchers at the National Institutes of Health are developing an algorithm to better predict the wishes of individuals who are unable to make medical decisions (e.g., people in comas). Would you trust a computer to decide whether you remain on life support or not? It may be more accurate than a surrogate decision maker (i.e., family, loved ones).
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15 years ago
This summer Jeff Frank will be leading an internship program for three NYC public high school students. Participants will propose, design, and undertake their own program of study. I wonder if any of them will be as ambitous as Thiago Olson, a high school senior in Michigan who achieved nuclear fusion in his basement. Robert Bussard, a nuclear physicist, had this to say about Thiago's project: “These kids are studying much more useful physics than what th...
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15 years ago
A recent study of art education in California found that: - 89 percent of the state's 8,000 schools fail to offer the four visual and performing arts classes recommended by the state's own educational standards. - 61 percent of schools don't have a full-time art teacher. - Elementary students get far fewer arts classes than children in other states. - In 2001, 820,000 California students were enrolled in music classes. By 2006, that had fallen to 520,000, a 36 percent drop. These findin...
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15 years ago
Anthony and I were looking at satellite images of New Orleans pre and post-Katrina for the When the Levees Broke website when we came across these computer-generated maps that redraw the globe according to measures such as: 1) house prices, 2) military spending, an...
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15 years ago
I recently saw a program on FOX called "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader". The show tests adults' knowledge of subjects such as art, geography, math, and social studies. The questions are all taken from grade 1-5 textbooks. Here is a sample: - In what state is Mount Rushmore located? - What are the colors of a rainbow? - What are the names of the five Great Lakes? I have to admit that I almost watched the entire program. Although the adults were not in direct competition with the fifth graders, it was entertaining to watch the cont...
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15 years ago
Fujitsu has developed a technology that can encode data onto an image that is invisible to the human eye but can be decoded by a cell phone's camera (This technology is actually based on a 2,500-year-old Greek practice known as steganography). Mike Nelson, at Fujitsu Europe, says, "The concept is to be able to link the printed page into the digital domain." Music Club, a company in Japan, already is using the technology to embed codes into flyers it sends to subscribers. Through a flyer cu...
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