In Ian Gilbert’s ‘Why Do I Need a Teacher when I’ve got Google?‘ we are treated to a highly readable and consistently humorous take on what has seemingly already become an outdated phrase: “21st century education”. Through the hook of a relevant and timely question in the title, Gilbert explores the history and evolving role of education . . . → Read More: Did Einstein ask questions at school? or The power of curiosity.
In the process of writing a review of this book, I started selecting quotes and excerpts to showcase some of author Ian Gilbert’s ideas and wit. However, it soon became apparent that I had too many quotes to include, and it’d be easier to just do a collection of excerpts (teachers are . . . → Read More: Why do I need a teacher when I’ve got Google?
I attended the 2013 ISABC Pro-D Day recently and was extremely impressed by the keynote address from Dr. David Helfand. Helfand is an astronomer and (slightly) unconvential university professor, formerly the chair of the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University, and currently the president of the progressive and experimental Quest University in Squamish, British Columbia, founded . . . → Read More: Dr. David Helfand on how Education has lost its roots
Calvin has never enjoyed much about school: the bullying, the homework, and perhaps his least favourite of all, the tests. He certainly is creative though, and comes up with some gems for answers.
Calvin shows his creativity while writing math tests:
And speaking of trick questions, perhaps he relies on Susie Derkins . . . → Read More: Calvin and Hobbes – How Calvin Writes Exams
Martin Rees—the British cosmologist, astrophysicist, author, Baron of Ludlow, present Astronomer Royal of the United Kingdom and former president of the Royal Society—recently spoke in Vancouver at the Vogue Theater. In a 45 minute talk followed by a 45 minute Q&A period hosted by CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks host Bob McDonald, Rees delighted the audience . . . → Read More: Martin Rees in Vancouver – the Ouroboros, Size and Scale, and Good Sci-Fi
Douglas Hofstadter’s Pullitzer-winning 1979 novel-tangled-up-in-a-science-book is a strange, illuminating and utterly brilliant work of art which also happens to be extremely difficult to read. (Is that a paradox?)
Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid is sprawling, ambitious, and very atypical as far as books go. It tells so many stories, argues in so many . . . → Read More: Godel, Escher, Bach: A strange, Strange Loop of a book
Like many students, Calvin has never been confident with numbers. He’s often forced to ask Susie Derkins for answers in class, and makes full use of his surprisingly math-literate tiger, Hobbes, for homework help. I’ve shown some of these C & H strips before a lesson as a way to try to illustrate the somewhat . . . → Read More: Calvin and Hobbes on Math
I recently picked up a couple of old Calvin and Hobbes books from the newly re-opened Book Warehouse on Broadway, and have since put aside my “grown-up books” to read one of my favourite comic strips of all time. What amazes me about Bill Watterson’s creation is just how timeless it is. Nothing seems dated, . . . → Read More: The Educational Wisdom of Calvin and Hobbes
I recently realized that the ability to download songs from YouTube videos is not as well known as I thought. More than once in the past week, I mentioned to someone that I downloaded a song from YouTube and they had no idea what I was talking about.
So, I thought I’d share this website . . . → Read More: How to rip songs from YouTube videos
While Richard Cavell argues in McLuhan in Space that McLuhan should be re-read as an artist, I contend that an equally plausible (and probably less original) suggestion is to re-read him as an educator. Thanks to Cavell, I have recently picked up one of McLuhan’s last books, City as Classroom: Understanding Language and Media, published . . . → Read More: McLuhan in Space (and the Classroom)