1. rheyden

    Science Wednesday

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    Time for science in the time of pandemic

    Of the challenges that face us during this pandemic, balancing a full time job with young children at home has to be right up there on the difficult list. Listening to my friends and colleagues, bravely managing that tight-rope act, I looked …

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    New Ways of Seeing

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    Peeling back the layers on something very old and rendering a very large virtual object in the middle of your living room might, at first, feel like activities without much in common. However, two new online tools designed for those activities do share an important theme: a new way of …

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    What Makes Terry Gross So Darned Good?

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    Terry Gross. Photo from WHYY, Philadelphia.

    No doubt you’re familiar with the NPR podcast series, Fresh Air.  Terry Gross, the host of Fresh Air, has been on the radio with the show since 1975. From rock stars to politicians, artists to economists, the roster of the Fresh-Air-interviewed is long and …

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    Bone Love

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    Until recently, I didn’t give much thought to my forearm. And I’m guessing that you haven’t either. Consider it with me for a moment. Take a minute to appreciate the engineering marvel that is your arm.

    Roll up your sleeve and extend your right arm out straight in front  of …

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    W.I.P. Photos

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    Do you know about Work-In-Progress (WIP) photos? This is, apparently, a widespread phenomenon in the art world. The idea is to capture images of your progress, as you work, and share the photos with other artists. What a simple idea – loaded with insights about how we learn.

    In June …

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    What My Stepmother Has Taught Me About Learning

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    Yup, my 75-year old stepmother.

    In working with teachers and learners of all stripes, I read extensively, listen carefully to experts, and experiment with methods for most effectively coaching the effective use of computer technology, social media, and online interaction in learning.  My goal is to arrive at useful principles …

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    Meet Homo naledi

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    Homo naledi skull replica.

    Sixty biologists in a New Orleans hotel conference room with a paleoanthropologist, a replica of an early hominin skull, and a revised story of our human ancestry?  Does it get any better than that?

    John Hawks at BLC 13

    Last week, Dr. John Hawks (University of …

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    An Online Course in Person

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    Al Filreis and ModPo students at The Center for the Book gathering.

    Something unusual was going on at The Center for Book in San Francisco yesterday. In a museum devoted to the fine art of print book making, a group of 60 people, who’d never met before, gathered over their …

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    Our MOOC Toolbox

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    This post is about tools. As we planned, produced, and then delivered our online course, Making Science and Engineering Pictures, we put an impressive collection of tools through their paces. A MOOC, afterall, is a hurly burly place and you need a robust arsenal to keep track, keep up, and …

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    Weeks 2 and 3: Making Science & Engineering Pictures

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    Week 2: Camera Basics

    The second and third weeks of our course, Making Science and Engineering Pictures (MITx0.111), are the most challenging. It’s here where the students dig into the inner workings of their cameras and grapple with the relationships between aperture, exposure, lighting, and depth of field.…

  11. rheyden

    Weeks 2 and 3: Making Science & Engineering Pictures

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    Week 2: Camera Basics

    The second and third weeks of our course, Making Science and Engineering Pictures (MITx0.111), are the most challenging. It’s here where the students dig into the inner workings of their cameras and grapple with the relationships between aperture, exposure, lighting, and depth of field.…

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    Serial

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    “This is a…global tel-link, prepaid call from…Adnan Syed…an inmate at… a Marilyn correctional facility.  This call will be monitored and recorded…”  

    That’s the opener for the new NPR podcast program, Serial.  One story, told week by week. The series follows a single story, a murder and its aftermath, over an …

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    Our Gender Bias

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    When I first read the NYT headline, “Academic Science Isn’t Sexist” in the Sunday Review this weekend, I thought it was a joke. Or maybe an ironic goad to draw the reader in? But no. The authors, Wendy Williams and Stephen Ceci (both researchers at Boston University and …

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    Where Do You Read?

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    Reading. photo from Flickr Alui0000

    Where do you read most often?  Is it online?  Is it curled up with a paperback book?  Is it sitting at table, highlighter in hand, with a large and heavy tome laid out in front of you, or is it with your arms extended and …

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    A Closer Look at a Caffeine Story

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    Coffea canephora. Bali – Indonesia – July 2007 – Guy Sabattier

    Like many people around the world, I begin my every morning with a rather large cup of coffee. Caffeine – found in coffee, tea, mate, and chocolate – is the most widely consumed psychoactive substance in the world. So …

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    ConnectedCourses

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    Connecting…

    OK, I’m on board.  Alan Levine, Jim Groom, and Howard Rheingold have organized a seven-session (run over four months), distributed course to serve up a curriculum on how to create an open, online, connected courses. It’s called ConnectedCourses. A learn by doing experience, go-at-your-own pace, facilitated by …

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    Retrieval Practice and Ed Tech

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    From July 18,2014 NYT, Sunday Review

    Last month, the NYTimes ran an education article entitled How Tests Make Us Smarter, by Henry Roedigger [July 18, 2014]. The basic idea put forth in the article was that frequent testing begets frequent retrieval of the tested information; the more often we …

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    An Irrigation System Comes with a Teaching/Learning Lesson

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    New garden installation.

    We’ve recently installed a new front garden – a nice bevy of native and drought-tolerant plants, along with a bit of functional hardscape (I’m learning the landscaping terminology) in the form of a meandering pathway to the front door. In addition to improving the patches on all …

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    Learning Feels Different

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    I grew up surrounded by music teachers. My mother was a piano teacher and her father, my grandfather, taught violin, guitar, and piano. They both taught students in their living quarters so my own home and my grandparent-visits were woven through with the sounds and sights of music lessons. The …

  20. rheyden

    Learning Feels Different

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    I grew up surrounded by music teachers. My mother was a piano teacher and her father, my grandfather, taught violin, guitar, and piano. They both taught students in their living quarters so my own home and my grandparent-visits were woven through with the sounds and sights of music lessons. The …

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