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In The Art of Teaching Writing, Lucy McCormick Calkins talks about making poetry anthologies throughout each year with students. They can be organized by a variety of categories, e.g., themes and authors and environments, and they can be reorganized depending on mood, desired adjustments, etc. The idea is that making meaningful collections full of things we love and resonate with builds, or adds layers (or removes), to what is inside of us- the deep rich stuff.

Pinterest is the modern anthology. Today we have access to more in the world through the Internet: it’s our ship to wherever we want to go. We can track our adventures, gather ideas and knowledge, and go over it and filter it and share it through a digital board.

Making Pinterest boards, in some way, with students, would be wonderful. Poetry could be a section, as well as other teacher and student selected categories. Love it.


Thomas Friedman from Discovery Channel looks at outsourcing to India.

Charles Duhigg and Keith Bradsher from the New York Times discussed this issue further in their article this week, “How the U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work.” President Barack Obama asked Steve Jobs why the iphone is built abroad, and not in America, where jobs could be provided for Americans. The problem is quite complex, and in the end, innovation and an ideal labor force is found in other countries.

Immaterials: Light Painting WiFi

Flowing Data catalogs some of the best data designs of the year. I love statistics and art, and when the two are fused a blending of feel-good and the-order-of-the-Universe-beauty-of-math transpires.

“Muybridge: The Man Who Made Pictures Move”
by Neda Ulaby

“His idea was to break down motion so it could be studied by scientists.”

I heard the band Pomplamoose perform on NPR this weekend. They are a d0-it-yourself-band, i.e., not signed by a record label. While some of their songs are covered, many are original and quite good. The two band members play multiple musical instruments and it’s WYSIWYG. “There’s no hidden sounds, there’s no lip-synching, there’s no overdubbing. What you see is what you hear,” Conte says. “Sometimes, there might be two or three Natalys harmonizing with herself, and then you’ll see those three videos juxtaposed together on the screen.'”

“I guess I kinda don’t like how there’s such a pedestal for music culture and especially for band culture,” he says. “It just feels fake; it feels like smoke and mirrors. I feel like music doesn’t have to be like that. It can be something that’s very normal and very accessible.”

“Pomplamoose: Making a Living on YouTube”

Great musicians. Good article.

It’s magic. The tool removes objects from landscapes and expands landscapes- amazing. editing just got easier.

Hypergurl – Tanya Ann explains via flickr how to take macro pictures of water here.

“College Application 2.0: The Video Essay”  by Tovia Smith, NPR. I listened to this piece on NPR this they be used? Are they supplemental or substitutes? This blog concentrates on college application videos, even though there are many other types.

“A video essay, just like a written essay, explores a topic and makes a persuasive point about it. Its style can range from simple or complex as you wish: edited or unedited, with music or voice-over, or without. It can be created on a cell phone, a video camera, a webcam, or any other video device.” Media Awareness Network

“To Impress, Tufts Prospects Turn to Youtube” by Tamar Lewin

” b.) Share a one-minute video that says something about you, upload it to YouTube or another easily accessible website, and give us the URL. What you do or say is totally up to you. (Unfortunately, we are unable to watch videos that come in any form other than a URL link.)” Tufts University, Application Page

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I stumbled across software called Webspiration today. I used it to build a graphic organizer. When I downloaded it to Word, it produced and outline of my work. Pretty cool.

I can definitely see it being used productively in the classroom.