Friday, February 29, 2008
Chris Jordan's "An American Self-portrait: Running the Numbers" visually depicts the statistics we may not otherwise appreciate. 1,000,000 (the number of plastic cups used on U.S. air flights ever 6 hours), 32,000 Barbie dolls (the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries in the U.S. in 2006), the 2,000,000 plastic beverage bottles used in the U.S. every 5 minutes. Wow.
Curiously enough, Chatt and Jordan are both Seattle artists. Hmmmmmm...
Jordan's two million plastic bottles:
David Chatt's "Portable Pink Parts"
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Here's what the new sales page looks like, and please note the next-to-nothing price. Instant gratification has never been cheaper! Enjoy!
Monday, February 25, 2008
I received your e-mail regarding the podcast voting and proceeded to click on your Web site. A strange thing happened: our filtration system blocked it and categorized it as ‘pornography’ - strange - thought you might want to check this out, as others may not be able to visit your site from work. (SL--Sabian Hawks)
My response to him:
Hey, Fil (SABE!),
I'm not surprised that you couldn't see my site. Sigh. many schools and content blockers disallow blogger and blogspot sites, since there is indeed some objectionable material there. I'm firmly in the camp of Wes Fryer about content filters. How are teachers to begin to learn to take advantage of the powerful networking tools of our age when they have their options limited by paranoid beaurocrats? I hope you'll take the time to visit the site from home if you can.
Thanks for the heads-up. Would you mind my quoting your message in a blog post?
Is there any hope for our public schools? I always prefer to hope, but I most seriously hope that our leaders pull their heads up out of their...addiction to 18th century learning models and open up things before it's too late. Clear expectations in the form of rigorously enforced Acceptable Use policies--for students AND faculty AND adminstration--are all that would be needed to step into the 21st century.
Check out Jamie McKenzie's take today on "Breaking the YouTube Blockade" to allow teachers to use some of the very valuable resources YouTube can provide.
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Another video from Kansas State University, via the Best Practices for eLearning Ning, (by way of the Teaching College Math Technology blog)this 10 minute thought-provoker. A gift to you, fellow teacher or learner...
Friday, February 15, 2008
Occasionally I check my followers and add a few of them to my "following" list and thereby enrich the conversation (perhaps our boy Howard will do the same with my contributions one day). If someone's thoughts don't enrich, I simply stop following them. The result is a constant montage of thinking and human activity.
All this is a long way of saying that twitter itself is a clear example of what Rheingold's talking about in the talk hosted at TED Talks, another place I learn.
Everybody knows I am a Web 2.0 junkie. Howard's talk helps explain why. It's about cooperation. The new collaborative technologies, I believe, will enable an age of human development and cooperation that we are only just beginning to envision. I'll join in with @hrheingold to ask you to help get the "Cooperation Project" going. Watch:
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The former is a brief SLutorial about how to work the voting station at the Blogger's Hut on ISTE's ISTE Island in Second Life. I manage the Blogger's Hut and I'm working to make it as interactive as possible. The latter is some footage I took during our school's first Theatrelink IVC with Teacher Artist Joe White from the Manhattan Theatre Club. Pick your poison:
1) SLeducation SL video at ning.com
2) USN and Manhattan Theatre Club Theatrelink Session 1
I also want to call attention to friend Steve Hargadon's new online meetups about Classroom 2.0. Go see the schedule of upcoming meetups (using Talkshoe.com and, soon, Elluminate) and drop in on one soon!
So much to learn!
Monday, February 11, 2008
Just a quick post to let you know that until further notice all income from digital sales of my cd, "Scott Merrick's Songs for Alaska Featuring the Last Frontier Band" will be donated to the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, earmarked expressly for aid to families struggling to recover from the loss and damage created by the recent tornadoes in their communities. Search for the cd title in iTunes and remember to make your purchases digitally. This way 1) you get the music immediately and 2) I can get the income to the CFMT fast. You can also click on the cd image in the toolbar to the right to get to iTunes quick-like-a-bunny. Don't use iTunes? Try one of the other sites that distributes the cd digitally!
SCOTT MERRICK AND THE LAST FRONTIER BAND: Scott Merrick's Songs for Alaska:
- GroupieTunes http://www.groupietunes.com/artists/scottmerrickandthelastfrontierband
- BuyMusic http://www.buy.com/retail/product.asp?sku=200868520
- Nexhit http://www.nexhit.com/album.asp?id=31572
- Bitmunk http://www.bitmunk.com/view/media/6279996
- PayPlay http://payplay.fm/scottmerrick1
- PassAlong http://www.passalong.com/Music/AlbumDetails.aspx?AlbumId=73669
- Tradebit http://www.tradebit.com/filedetail.php/558859
- Emusic http://www.emusic.com/album/10849/10849592.html?fref=700329
If you're in Second Life, tp on over to my little storefront in Mare to get more info (picture above).Read an initial news account of the extensive damage.
Here's a link to the fund, in case you're inclined to simply donate or already have the music!:
Sunday, February 10, 2008
My son Colin and our cat Ruby, along with a (posthumous) guest star who's one of our faves, just concocted a little happy birthday song for me bro'.
Listen hear (sic).
May you have manymanymany more, brother mine!
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
Very groovy. The Jott.com website is full of examples and suggestions for using the service, like shopping at Amazon.com with a voice call to Jott. Here's a list of suggested searches that will email you (not text, thanks be) you the 5 top returns on your amazon.com search:
Helpful Jott to Amazon Tips
The more specific you are with the item, the more accurate your results will be
In the off chance that you do not receive search results in the email from the item you were searching for, please try sending a Jott to Amazon again with more specific terms.
Only say the product name, or item. Starting with “I want” or “I would like to get” will return no search results.
Use key words to direct your search to a certain category. Including:
Saturday, February 02, 2008
"Would those parents and grandparents (our elected officials) want to send their own offspring to schools where recess has been cancelled after second grade, because there is no time for recess amidst the constant environment of test preparation? Do our elected representatives send their own precious children and grandchildren into classrooms where students have been normatively valued predominantly by the test scores which they can or cannot produce for the school’s aggregate statistical rating, rather than for the ideas and unique contributions which they can and want to make to their communities? We are living in an increasingly immoral educational and political culture, and the assumptions which are presented as "facts" by our political leaders regarding a "quality education" should both offend and enrage our population."
(Fanning myself.) That's only part of what Wesley Fryer has to say. Is it that those of us in the discussion fall out into either the affective or the effective camps? The effective being those who seek to quantify what is essentially qualitative? Sheesh, it's all too much for me, but go read Wes's thoughts, and weigh in, at the Moving at the Speed of Creativity blog.