…we would like to call your attention to the complexities of translating the words of the Prophet Isaiah of around 2,800 years ago, as reflected in the different Hebrew variants and subsequent English translations.
The museum’s mission here is to provide you the background information required to reach your own objective perspective when reading this English translation of the biblical text.” —
This is an incredible resource for both biblical scholars as well as historians and those with an interest in the development of the Abrahamic Monotheistic religions
Written between the third and first centuries BCE, the Dead Sea Scrolls include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence. In 68 BCE, they were hidden in 11 caves in the Judean desert on the shores of the Dead Sea to protect them from the approaching Roman armies. They weren’t discovered again until 1947, when a Bedouin shepherd threw a rock in a cave and realized something was inside. Since 1965, the scrolls have been on exhibit at the Shrine of the Book at The Israel Museum, Jerusalem. Among other topics, the scrolls offer critical insights into life and religion in ancient Jerusalem, including the birth of Christianity.
Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Home
Great Isaiah Scroll:
Very Cool - Mrs. Tong’s Hybrid AP Econ Class gets their iPads
(from my G+ post)” —
ames Petersen - Yesterday 11:49 PM (edited) - Public
Students in Mrs. Tong’s Hybrid AP Economics class at Mililani High School were issued their iPad2s. Course textbook is loaded on, classwork and homework as well as research, outside reading, presentations and other projects will be completed on the iPads. The course meets both F2F and online… -
It occurred to me this morning that one of the skills that will be increasingly important for citizens of this century is the ability to communicate effectively for a number of different purposes on the web. These skills should probably be a component of any new course in expository writing.
I then asked myself, “Where will students learn these skills?” The obvious answer would be “At School, of course.”” —
Interesting blog post via Fein Violins dealing with differences in perception. I’d never thought before about how cellists hear the music differently from other string players…
A very compelling argument about why Keynesian measures are not proving terribly effective. (I suppose one could make an analogy of an organism, having contracted a viral infection, acquires a secondary bacterial one. The doctor prescribes antibiotics and some of the symptoms abate but the patient still isn’t getting healthy.)
Mail is much improved and Safari seems a lot snappier. It’s disconcerting though, to scroll in the “wrong” direction. Using the trackpad, most of the gestures seem pretty natural and the results are gratifying.
[cross-posted from Google+]
The Siesta, ca. 1892–94
Paul Gauguin (French, 1848–1903)
Oil on canvas
The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History from the Metropolitan Museum of Art is an absolute treasure chest of information. I’m really surprised more people, particularly teachers, don’t know about it…
Are Educators Ready for Cloud Computing in Schools?
By Patrick Ledesma on May 16, 2011 3:34 PM Thoughtful blog post from Education Week. I haven’t yet decided how we are going to approach “the cloud” at my school. I do however, know that we have to go there. The Google Apps private subdomain was a large first step in that direction…
Here’s a brief video about ‘Cloud Computing in Schools.’ [It’s on Youtube so, of course, it won’t be viewable at many schools.]
We have continued and expanded the use of blogs and wikis as tools for learning. This year also saw the introduction of more interactive whiteboards in classrooms. We brought in a private Google apps subdomain for our school that now has over 500 users registered. One of the biggest changes was the installation of the campus-wide wireless network. As with any very large undertaking, there was a fairly extensive prototyping phase with the wireless network project. As the school year comes to a close, wireless reception is pretty good in most instructional areas. Our next step will be to bring online different tiers of access control. In the H building Digital learning Center, major changes took place. 19 new iMac computers for student learning were acquired and are currently being set up. The capabilities of the Digital learning Center are being significantly expanded.
The latest update came today, Wednesday 5/11. I got a letter from Rep. Marilyn Lee that the Legislature has approved our request for $1 million to completely replace our network infrastructure and fiber-optic backbone. This is huge. It will insure that MHS is ready when the federally funded high-speed access arrives at our doorstep. In short, this will prepare the school for the next decade of the 21st century. Thank you’s to Marilyn Lee, Ryan Yamane, and Michelle Kidani for their support for our school and our students! (cross your fingers that the Gov. signs off)
Honolulu Magazine, in its May edition article about Mililani high school, the number one high school in Hawaii, did a very good job in summarizing some of our near-term goals for 21st-century education.
Not a bad idea, a guide to posting well on Tumblr. I am about to read it.
The Ad-dressing of Cats
by T.S. Eliot
You’ve read of several kinds of Cat,
And my opinion now is that You should need no interpreter
To understand their character.
You now have learned enough to see
That Cats are much like you and me
And other people whom we find
Possessed of various types of mind.
For some are same and some are mad
And some are good and some are bad
And some are better, some are worse—
But all may be described in verse.
You’ve seen them both at work and games,
And learnt about their proper names,
Their habits and their habitat:
But how would you ad-dress a Cat?
I never realized, until almost this moment, that Sartre’s cat was named “Nothing” and Camus’ cat bore the moniker “Etranger.”
A photo-essay of Literary Cats…
The Internet Musical Score Library Project provides thousands of scores for free download. It is based in Canada and follows Canadian Copyright Law which holds that music becomes Public Domain fifty years following the death of the composer.
Sergei Eisentein, Fritz Lang, Jean Renoir, Willem de Kooning, and Woody Woodpecker…
the iPad reminds me of Arthur C Clarke’s remark that ‘any technology sufficiently advanced is indistinguishable from magic’. I mentioned this to Jony and he told me they were thinking exactly that when the iPad was going through the studio.” —
The quote from Arthur C. Clarke is one of my very favorite 21st-century-quotes-said-in-the-20th-century.
This article very nicely says something I’ve thought a lot about; the only technical spec. that really matters is the user’s experience and this is something that Apple gets.
I really like this idea! I wonder what other ways there are to transform civic eyesores into useful spaces?
1) Scout. No old phone booth close by? Don’t worry. A book booth can work just about anywhere. Take over an unused newspaper dispenser or ask a local business for some of their sidewalk space or an old bench. Be sure to find a place where people already linger, meet, or hang out. And keep it tidy. “You wouldn’t really want anyone to leave a box of books on the ground,” says Inouye. ”Then it starts looking messy. It’s like the broken window mindset. You want it to look neat and presentable and inviting so that it maintains a level of usefulness and involvement.”
This suggestion first appeared as part of the Pepsi Refresh Project. While I don’t drink Pepsi anymore, I applaud the idea.
I hadn’t given much thought to the loss of marginal notations in e-media. There are ways to do it. Intriguing idea.
But while it’s not currently terribly practical to take a marker to your iPad, there are efforts under way to restore marginalia from the, uh, margins of online reading. Take this project, for instance, where an interesting discussion has sprung up on the edges of Doris Lessings’ “The Golden Notebook.” Or, the way marginalia is happening in academic settings such as this, mentioned in an O’Reilly Radar blog post on the subject.
A very nice article about the Black Watch Museum. The Museum traces the history of the regiment from 1739 through the present day.
“Of the ten rooms which tell the chronological story of The Black Watch, Scotland’s oldest regiment, it is this room which holds my fascination the most. I think it is the multitude of personal touches which makes the difference.
While you look around at the artefacts, the voice of veteranGilbert Crossland follows you, his stories of life in the trenches bringing to life the silent relics of his dead comrades.
“Just outside the room a life-sized model of a WWI soldier stands in a sandbagged trench, his gun poised and ready to fire. The frozen look of worry on his face and the fine details of his hands around the rifle add a sense of distant sadness to the scene. It is like a postcard for so much human regret.”
This has been a pretty good growing year for the MHS Ministry of Magic. The campus-wide wireless system is moving along. The prototyping phase is lasting longer than I wanted but there’s a good lesson there. Whenever you undertake a major project, anticipate ⅓ to ½ more time than you originally thought it would take. The next step, after adequate coverage is fine-tuned, is to bring the Access Control Server (ACS) online. The ACS will allow for individual accounts and tiered access. Right now, we’re looking at three levels of accounts: Guest, Student, and Staff.
We are in the process of restoring the PDLC in H203. We’ve secured funding to the tune of $50K which will provide for about 20 more current iMacs and a couple of Mac Pros for high-power digital video and audio projects. A new ceiling-mounted projector (when we find the power outlet up in the suspended ceiling) will enable the North end of the center to become a screening venue for student work and collaborative editing.
We also brought the Google Apps and Docs private subdomain to MHS. We now have about 500 students and staff signed up with a school account. Users get a school email account and access to Google Docs and Google Apps. Some teachers are already using this as a collaborative tool for class projects.
I hope to pilot a hybrid (mostly online, some F2F) course for teachers that will focus on helping teacher infuse web 2.0 tools in learning and teaching. Stay tuned. The pilot will work with about 8-15 teachers, one session per week for a quarter. The information gathered from the pilot will be used to fine-tune the course and make it more widely available.
At: The Venue (Chinatown)
time: 9:00 pm” —
I’m glad that we were all able to keep our feet fairly dry. The American Red Cross is helping to coordinate humanitarian aid to the Japanese tsunami victims…” —
Articles on my sententiæ edublog include:
• a fantastic new information aggregator for iPad
• anti-bullying tools for Facebook
• iPads in education
Richard B. Hoover, Ph.D. NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL” —
Ooookay…. Let’s see what Dr. Hoover has to say…
Dr. Hoover has discovered evidence of microfossils similar to Cyanobacteria, in freshly fractured slices of the interior surfaces of the Alais, Ivuna, and Orgueil CI1 carbonaceous meteorites. Based on Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and other measures, Dr. Hoover has concluded they are indigenous to these meteors and are similar to trichomic cyanobacteria and other trichomic prokaryotes such as filamentous sulfur bacteria. He concludes these fossilized bacteria are not Earthly contaminants but are the fossilized remains of living organisms which lived in the parent bodies of these meteors, e.g. comets, moons, and other astral bodies. The implications are that life is everywhere, and that life on Earth may have come from other planets.
Members of the Scientific community were invited to analyze the results and to write critical commentaries or to speculate about the implications. These commentaries will be published on March 7 through March 10, 2011.
Interesting blog post. The uses of social networking tools in teaching and learning are being widely debated. I think I come down more on the side of more; rather than less.
I remember an Italian restaurant in Markt Allersberg in Bavaria. What enchanted me about this place was the way in which the different generations seamlessly interacted. I see that social networks have the potential to provide a similar experience but there are in fact, many things that can go wrong. It seems like a good idea to have some basic ground rules accepted by all parties to govern online interactions.
Intriguing finds from Scientific American’s past” —
I always loved reading the 50 and 100 years ago section of SA…
Consider using an e-book through the University Libraries.
Work with your librarian to identify alternative essays, articles, and learning objects already available in the library or online, including open access textbooks.” —
Now this hits close to home. One of the most common complaints I hear is about professors requiring absurdly over-priced textbooks when lower priced alternatives such as e-books are available. Nice quick guide from Bowling Green State U. on textbook affordability
One of the changes I have been advocating for a long time is to replace our single “one-size-fits-nobody” content-filtering policies with graduated or tiered systems of web protection that reflect the needs of children and adults of differing ages and vulnerabilities. One of the puzzle pieces that would allow more local control over compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act of 1999 (CIPA) and ERate requirements
Education Week today is reporting on a study by Robert Marzano’s research organization. This study, commissioned by the company that produces the Promethean brand of interactive whiteboards, provides fairly convincing data that the use of interactive boards can lead to improved learning at all grade levels. The study does not describe exactly how the boards were used by the teachers. While the data is specific for Promethean boards, we can probably assume similar results for properly used SMARTboards too.
Instead of issuing $100 textbooks that are out of date by the time they arrive at the school, how would it be to have students able to download dynamic digital texts directly and have them always available on their pad devices?
Some very good advice from the Macworld people who were trying to cover Macworld 2011. What they are talking about has application in a number of venues including trying to document a series of events taking place in and around the school. Most people don’t think about things like “workflow” when trying to capture an event…
“With the right equipment and planning, however, you can leave the stress of the event behind, and focus on the show itself. Here are a few tips we’ve found that work (and some that don’t) when shooting video on a show floor—or in any fast-paced crowded environment.Plan ahead
As someone who often falls victim to procrastination, I can’t emphasize this enough. When you’re heading into any kind of high-stress environment, it’s always best to have a plan going in. Without it, you’ll spend more time worrying and delaying your shoot than actually producing content.”
DISTINGUISHED VISITOR EMBARK” —
On January 28, 2011, I had the opportunity to spend the day with nearly 300 of the finest young Americans you could ever hope to meet: the crew of the USS Hopper (DDG70). It was a wonderful day and I came away with a new sense of respect for these young men and women and a list of ways that I can utilize what I saw in my own professional practice.
I was waiting for this. Earlier this year, California invited textbook publishers to make ebook submissions. California and Texas are the two largest state-wide purchasers of textbooks and significantly impact what will be marketed to schools nationwide. This informal study seems to indicate that there may be a positive impact on achievement in Algebra 1 courses that use iPads and the interactive text.
Thought for Friday…
Our students are not necessarily as “tech savvy” as some of us would like to think. Our students are generally literate consumers of digital resources. They readily consume smartphones, Facebook, YouTube, text-messaging, etc., and are very adept.
Unfortunately, what our changing society is demanding at a rapidly increasing pace are digitally adept producers of knowledge and content. This is where the school comes in. Our job is to prepare our students to be successful in the world in which they will live and work. In order to do that, we have to become knowledgeable digital producers too.” —
Here’s my other blogoferring for Friday for those who might be interested and missed the LN link. I discuss two tools for teachers and learners that we have available for free: Zotero and Google Apps Subdomain
Take in five panoramic scenes of the ancient Roman landmark” —
Very neat companion panoramas to go with the Smithsonian article. (right click and select ‘architectural view’