Parent teacher conference day.

Parent teacher conference day.

gjmueller:

MIT Offering Free MOOCs on Game Design and Educational Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a new initiative to teach video game design and online education free of charge. Russell Westerholm of University Herald writes that MIT is kicking off the first series of massive open online courses (MOOCs) this week, focusing on educational technology. Next will come game design starting on Oct. 22, and, in the near future, there will be courses on educational gaming and technology.

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gjmueller:

MIT Offering Free MOOCs on Game Design and Educational Technology

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has announced a new initiative to teach video game design and online education free of charge. Russell Westerholm of University Herald writes that MIT is kicking off the first series of massive open online courses (MOOCs) this week, focusing on educational technology. Next will come game design starting on Oct. 22, and, in the near future, there will be courses on educational gaming and technology.

image via flickr:CC | Nietnagel

Part of Spark’s appeal is that it can process data in computer memory, as opposed to just using hard disks, much move at slower speeds. But because the amount of data that can fit in-memory is limited, the tool can process data on disks as well, and that’s what Databricks was trying to highlight as it sought to break’s Yahoo’s record on the Gray Sort, which measures the time it takes to sort 100 terabytes of data, aka 100,000 gigabytes. Yahoo did the sort in 72 minutes with a cluster of 2,100 machines using Hadoop MapReduce last year. Databricks was able to process the same amount of data in 23 minutes using Spark, using only 206 virtual machines running on Amazon’s cloud service. It also sorted a petabtye of data—about 1,000 terabytes — in less than four hours using 190 machines.

yodiscrepo:

Así se hacen las multiplicaciones al estilo maya.

Creaturefy Yourself

kbkonnected:

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Creepy but cool interactive, “Creaturefy Yourself" from Animal Planet. Teens, especially boys, will love this. Just upload a photo and choose facial features from a variety of gruesome characters. Just thinking these could be used to create story characters, a Halloween bulletin board, or maybe a fun Halloween avatar.

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I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine.
Emily Dickinson (via shortstoriesanalyzed)

A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

wincherella:

heyteach:

I waited fourteen years to do something that I should have done my first year of teaching: shadow a student for a day. It was so eye-opening that I wish I could go back to every class of students I ever had right now and change a minimum of ten things – the layout, the lesson plan, the checks for understanding. Most of it!

The author’s key takeaways:

  1. Students sit all day, and sitting is exhausting.
  2. High school students are sitting passively and listening during approximately 90% of their classes.
  3. You feel a little bit like a nuisance all day long.

The whole post is worth reading. She reflects on what she would do differently in the classroom to address her three takeaways.

Interesting. I think I will adopt a few of these ideas.

gjmueller:

Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

First of all, I think we should think of high school as something that goes most of the day and doesn’t stop at 3 p.m. We still run our school calendar and timetable as if we’re an agrarian society in the beginning of the 20th century.
The second thing I would do is to make high school more challenging. Now, for parents in the NPR audience, they’re the ones who have kids in demanding schools. But there are far more high school graduates who need remediation than have ever taken a single AP class.

gjmueller:

Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

First of all, I think we should think of high school as something that goes most of the day and doesn’t stop at 3 p.m. We still run our school calendar and timetable as if we’re an agrarian society in the beginning of the 20th century.

The second thing I would do is to make high school more challenging. Now, for parents in the NPR audience, they’re the ones who have kids in demanding schools. But there are far more high school graduates who need remediation than have ever taken a single AP class.

Social progressivism seems to be having its day in the US. Kerry talks to the world of the Climate Change threat. If only he could rebrand the issue as one of human rights, he might have some better luck getting national and international conversations to steer toward action.

Sometimes

My subconscious just lashes out while I’m sleeping. My dreams last night were so bizarre. Giant hornets. Bisexuality. Farscape. The Wizard of Oz. Church choirs. Edelweiss. Fractions.

petitpoulailler:

not all those who wander are lost -j.r.r. tolkien

petitpoulailler:

not all those who wander are lost -j.r.r. tolkien


Kid gets a banana as a prank gift from his parents on his birthday. Look at his excitement. This kid is my hero. 

Kid gets a banana as a prank gift from his parents on his birthday. Look at his excitement. This kid is my hero. 

loreface:

leseanthomas:

And there you have it. Getting on in the game isn’t the most difficult part. It’s STAYING ON that is. 

Aoi Honoo (Blue Blazes) : Best new original show of 2014 for me. :-)

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