The days until break are getting short and the work is getting long. I can only hope we can get 40 pages in before next Monday. We’ll see. Maybe chilling out today with some cool links will help…
1 – I do believe that we learn more from failure than from success, but it doesn’t mean that I want to see only failure in my classroom or in my own life. But these tips can help you appreciate letting others fail on their own terms sometimes.
2 – Hand-in-hand with letting students fail to learn (different from flat out failure) is listening to them when they don’t understand or feel overworked.
3 – I am not a fan of the former Vice President Al Gore, but I do think that there might be some value in this project he has started with the likes of the Mythbusters and the founder of FIRST Robotics. A discussion of how to make school relevant to students. I think it is one of the two foundational R’s of school – Relationships and Relevancy. Those must come before Rigor or you are setting students up for failure.
There are three more parts to this video, but part 1 is fairly boring – parts 2, 3 & 4 are good.
4 – This graphic is an interesting look into the evolution of the basic typefaces. If you are a type geek like me, then you will like it.
5 – The Newsosaur has a useful post for teaching journalists about the past and about objectivity. He says it never existed and we shouldn’t try anymore, but instead publicize out bias. I like it. I once saw a video of Walter Cronkite sitting in the back seat of a fighter-bomber in Vietnam. He was trilled by the speed, aerobatics and even the bombing run. He was supposed to be an objective observer, not a jingoistic voyeur. Even he admitted it years later.
6 – Students often feel bored in school – some of this goes back to Relevance. Some of it goes to the rote methodology of memorizing facts, working problems and writing pages of text only to be read by the teacher. Real projects that have real world application bring both rigor and relevance. But our current Race To The Bottom has so much mandated boredom, I’m surprised any kid survives.
7 – A Russian software firm claims to have broken Canon’s software to verify photos. I like their photo fakes.
8 – The dPs had a most in-depth post on the Rule of Phi, this is a modification of the old rule of thirds. The rule of thirds works well on a more squarish rectangle, but when you are shooting video for widescreen, the Rule of Phi is better.
9 – True in high school or college.
10 – Tamron Lenses has another in their series of videos for better shooting – sports.
11 – Photofocus has also been running a series – Photography for Newbies – great post on White Balance.
12 – The edublogs are up for voting and I would like to recommend a few for your consideration – please stop by and vote for:
Best Individual Blog – The Principal’s Page
Best Student Blog – Moo
Best Resource Sharing Blog – Free Technology for Teachers
Best Teacher Blog – The Scholastic Scribe
Best Administrators Blog – The Principal’s Page – The Blog
Best Use of Video – Khan Academy
13 – Need a printable monthly or weekly calendar. ReprintMe has it.
14 – Want your students to see what words they use too much? Just copy their text and paste it into wordcounter.com and it will tell them.
15 – Right here in my own city of Houston, one local high school ditched all their books from the library. I don’t know if what they did was cost effective or even effective. It might be brave or foolhardy – only time will tell.
Have a great week, let’s all get to the break in good health and good spirits!