A decision on Net Neutrality is forthcoming from the FCC. How much do you use the internet? How much do you know about this issue? Watch the three-minute video below for a good start in understanding this complicated topic that may just define how you will use the internet in the future.
The Right Stuff is one of the best movies ever made (based on a great book by Tom Wolfe), and definitely one of my favorites. AND we actually have it here in the library. WIRED magazine's Alex French and Howie Kahn recently published an excellent oral history of the making of this awesome movie. Read it HERE.
That's all appropriate because today is NASA's Day of Remembrance:
On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the space shuttle Challenger accident, Kennedy Space Center observed NASA's Day of Remembrance, Jan. 27, with a wreath-laying ceremony at the KSC Visitor Complex Space Mirror Memorial. The Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of exploration and discovery, including the astronaut crews of Apollo 1 and shuttles Challenger and Columbia.
Okay, for all to see, this year I'm going to try and update this blog more than once a . . . semester (smh).
Also, and more importantly, there's LumaCon!!
What's LumaCon!!? Well, it's Petaluma's first annual comic book convention for students and families. If you're an artist, author, or even just someone looking for something to do on Saturday, January 17th, stop on by Herzog Hall and check it out.
You can find more info here: www.lumacon.weebly.com
Or come talk to me, your friendly neighborhood librarian :)
In a guest editorial for CNN, Pasi Sahlberg writes about the elements that make Finland's schools among the best in the world. While arguments can be made about the difference in size and population between Finland and the United States, some of the factors that she writes about seem practical:
There are three things that have positively affected the quality of Finnish schools that are absent in American schools. First, Finland has built a school system that has over time strengthened educational equity. This means early childhood education for all children, funding all schools so they can better serve those with special educational needs, access to health and well-being services for all children in all schools, and a national curriculum that insists that schools focus on the whole child rather than narrow academic achievement.
Read the rest HERE.
Oof, it's been a while since this has been updated. Now that the network is stable I'll get back on it. To start off, Zen Penicils is an incredible project by Gavin Aung Than. The new cartoons come out semi-regularly but are always inspiring and/or thought provoking.
This one is based on a comencement speech by "Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, director and television producer. She is the creator and showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, and executive producer of the new dramaHow To Get Away With Murder."
Click on the photo to read the whole thing!
This is Dale Dougherty, founder, editor and president of Make Magazine - in our own back yard of Sebastopol. From Mr. Nick Wilson, Casa's Mouse Squad leader and member of Casa of Mañana: "This video kind of nails the movement; making, creativity, literacy, collaboration, and repeated failure leading to success."
This school year is the start of "Casa of Mañana", which is really the sapling of a shared vision that several teachers here have for the future of Casa Grande High School. More information will be posted through out the year, but if you are interested in what inspired us, the video below is a good place to start. Please, be a part of Casa of Mañana!
An infographic of the great meme.
Here's the source of the info: http://www.100people.org/statistics_100stats.php?section=statistics
Who would have thought that lecturing is the least effective way of teaching. From the lede:
Are your lectures droning on? Change it up every 10 minutes with more active teaching techniques and more students will succeed, researchers say.
While the study is for post-secondary, that probably means the findings would go doubly for high school students, no?
From the Smithsonian: Lectures aren't just boring, they're innecfective, too, study finds.