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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3Edjv3rYVk&list=UUe4PLvCyySV5HZNh_Oc7E6g Aloha English is a learning tool for memorizing knowledge about Hawai'i and our planet's environment through playing a unique matching game. First you choose a topic that interests you. Then you study the phrases. When you are ready, you begin the match game by shuffling the 14 phrases. Using your memory and understanding of … Continue reading Aloha English: educational app for Android
Act 1: Tommy's Chosen Reality (4th grade Software Coding Class) In this episode in the educational series, we are introduced to the new federally mandated computer class in the fourth grade of Cheney Elementary School. Principal Laura Cummings; the recently outsourced computer instructor Gerry Shillencamp; the precocious Haruka Kawauchi; and that rascal Tommy -- combine … Continue reading Absurdum Infinitum in 3 acts
Topicmatch: the text phrase matching game about people, places, nature, arts, and science. Choose a topic. Study the paired text phrases. Shuffle the phrases. Then try to match them: Choose a number, read the phrase that appears, and then try to find its match. Download the free version: Topicmatch Free, to give it a spin … Continue reading Topicmatch: Android™ app for contextual learning.
On this morning's broadcast of the same radio program from which the previous post was excerpted, I had another opportunity to ask Noam Chomsky a question. Although I sort of take issue with his estimation that Ivan Illich's observations concerning Energy and Equity take a back seat to the "suicide pact" of capitalism, or "lemmings … Continue reading Chomsky on Energy (and lemmings)
This morning I had the opportunity to talk to Noam Chomsky on the telephone. Professor Chomsky was the guest on Bob McChesney's fine radio program Media Matters on WILL-AM580, located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. I much appreciate the efforts of these two gentlemen regarding their respective observations and calls … Continue reading Noam Chomsky on Education
Why is it that protests on Wall Street and elsewhere -- denouncing corporate greed and perverse distribution of wealth, and the attendant corruption of our institutions -- why don't we recognize energy policies and energy's absolute relevance to inequity? (Indeed, amassing capital essentially correlates to determining energy policy.) But do you really think this is … Continue reading Wall Street and Speed Limit
KMO is a guy who has recorded nearly 300 podcasts called C-Realm Podcast. Of the dozen or so that I've listened to, they have been dialogs both edifying and entertaining, along with consistently grooving music. One can't help but observe that, in these fragmented times, and of corrupted institutions, such discussions are a very healthy … Continue reading Apocalypse. There, I said it.
As a sort of dovetail to my last post which explored why networks might lead to sickness, but more importantly, for anyone concerned about their communities, families -- their children -- and the reasons and possible solutions for a society that has dropped the ball in regards to its present and future wellness; this guy, … Continue reading Dr. Gabor Maté Diagnoses Messed Up Children
Hey Darren! Did you leave anything out in your last rap about networks versus the richness and complexity of real community interaction? I'm glad you asked, because one thing I failed to mention in my last post is that FaceBook, blogs, and other forums that operate in the guise of community interaction are unable to, … Continue reading Digital Personality
Today's post borrows more of John Taylor Gatto's ideas -- in particular his summation of the profound difference between networks and community and how recognition of these differences is pretty important in the efforts at bettering our children's education -- or more broadly: in sensibly developing our community's well-being. The people who have come to … Continue reading Networks, Community, and Early Childhood Education
Bus Stop - David Park Okay. You're on the bandstand. You're slugging out some jazz best you can, all the time trying to avoid what has been termed jazz wank. Sure, you've consulted your fake book many times; the irony is not lost on you as you pluck note after note in your desperate attempt … Continue reading Giant Steps on Small Hands
John Taylor Gatto is a former teacher in the New York city public school system. I don't know his story in great detail but what I do know is that he wrote a book called Dumbing Us Down and in the book he makes some very good observations regarding public education and its hidden curriculum. … Continue reading Education for Non-Dummies
A colleague from where I teach sent me an article written by one of his former colleagues. The article: Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete by Jeffrey M. R. Duncan-Andrade, appears in the summer 2009 edition of the Harvard Educational Review. It opens with this quote from Paulo Freire: "The idea … Continue reading Scatological Hope