Tangible Media

MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,

"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."

Wow…

(via 365daysofmichellesm)

The dynamics of the classroom dramatically changed. Instead of having to keep students quiet, we were spending time interacting with them individually and in small groups. Amazingly, most of our classroom management issues just vaporized. Our goal wasn’t to keep students quiet, but rather to have them engaged in the learning process. The class became noisier — and it was good.

Classroom Management and the Flipped Class | Edutopia (via teachnologies)

"It looks like chaos," I say, "but it’s controlled chaos."

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Any good places to find teaching grants to apply for?

"Why didn’t they teach us this in school?!"

vwalker:

I see this all the time on reblogs containing interesting (usually historical) info and images. 

It angers me. 

A) Schools have 13 years (minus about 4 months each) to give you enough of a foundation in reading, writing, math, sciences, state/US/world history, social studies, economics/finance, art, music, health/phys. ed., technology, and in some cases life skills/home ec/cooking to be a functional adult (who is able to further their own education). 

B) The wealth of information in history and societies and books and sciences is HUGE. However much info you just pictured, times by like 46643823657. HUGE. To use one of my favorite quotes, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.” (Albert Einstein)

C) Assuming you were at a maturity/brain development level to think “Hey, I find this interesting and would like to know more” while you were actually in K-12 school, “finding out more” is then in your court. “They teach us” gives away all responsibility for your own education. Everything will not be spoon fed to you. You have internet and/or library access. Go find out more yourself (and report back to the class if you want/your teacher gives time for that). 

One of the focuses in the Master’s level of education is taking a sliver of a topic and digging to find enough information to write upwards of 30 (well organized and correctly written) pages. There simply isn’t time/resources/brain maturity to do that throughout K-12. 

So if you see or hear something interesting on Tumblr/in class/mentioned in a conversation…AWESOME. Learn how to learn more about it on your own (from reliable sources). Then show off your new knowledge. ;-) 

cartoonpolitics:

The aim of controversial new ‘voter ID laws’ in Republican states is to suppress the Democrat vote under the guise of addressing a non-problem of ‘voter-fraud’. Florida Republican politician Don Yelton said .. "If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks so be it ..  the law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt.”  Mike Turzai,  a leading Republican politician in Pennsylvania, said in 2012 .. “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done,”  ..  (more about the ACLU fight against voter suppression)

Great topic of discussion for every government classroom and US History classroom.  Today’s poll tax is essentially a Voter ID card and voter laws that make if difficult to register.

cartoonpolitics:

The aim of controversial new ‘voter ID laws’ in Republican states is to suppress the Democrat vote under the guise of addressing a non-problem of ‘voter-fraud’. Florida Republican politician Don Yelton said .. "If it hurts a bunch of lazy blacks so be it ..  the law is going to kick the Democrats in the butt.”  Mike Turzai,  a leading Republican politician in Pennsylvania, said in 2012 .. “Voter ID, which is gonna allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done,”  ..  (more about the ACLU fight against voter suppression)

Great topic of discussion for every government classroom and US History classroom.  Today’s poll tax is essentially a Voter ID card and voter laws that make if difficult to register.