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Cultivating a calling: what made you want to become a teacher and what keeps you motivated?

Started Mar 16, 2013 0 Replies

The discussion title is the assignment for the speakers at the Gates Foundation presentations like this one. …Continue

Advances in Digital Storage has Made Other Changes Possible

Started this discussion. Last reply by John S. Oliver Jul 22, 2011. 2 Replies

Consider this info graphic that presents the Evolution of Storage I recall when one floppy disk seemed like plenty…Continue

What are your reflections on this manifesto?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Hazel Owen Jul 18, 2011. 1 Reply

I bumped into this summary of key concepts in the form of a manifesto It…Continue

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Bean Time-Lapse - 25 days | Soil cross section

Kidney bean time lapse with soil cross section. Showing how roots ant upper part of plant grows. Play speed - 17280x (one shot every 9 minutes 36 seconds pla...
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PNTV: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

More goodness like this: Here are 5 of my favorite Big Ideas from "The Art of Learning" by Josh Waitzkin. Hope you...
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How to Fold Five Incredible Paper Airplanes | WIRED

John Collins, the Paper Airplane Guy, shows how to fold five amazing paper planes. We’ve also posted instructions for four of the planes -- excerpts from Col...
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Shaolan Hsueh: "Chineasy" | Talks at Google

We were joined in London by Shaolan Hsueh who shared the journey behind Chineasy, and taught us some Chinese characters along the way. Shaolan can be found o...
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This Principal Figured Out How To Get Kids Excited For School (HBO)

“Good morning Franklin Square family members,” Principal Terry Patton told her students. “Thank you for coming to school.” Patton starts every morning at Fra...
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Johnny Cash - Cremation of Sam McGee

Written by Robert Service. Album: Personal File (highly recommended) I like this version of poem more than others, due to its darker and more sinister mood.
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Executive Director of innovative online educational nonprofit
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I have been a leader of online education in my circles for years

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Progress Not Perfection

Posted on August 16, 2018 at 6:31 0 Comments

Writing this has been therapeutic for me and I hope it helps you.


I did not make specific prayer requests here but many are implied.



There are many sayings in the 12 step community that have helped me over the years.

The saying that has helped me recently is this, progress and not perfection.


I feel disappointed inside that there is so much I want to do yet it…


Tea Made Me Think

Posted on August 2, 2018 at 3:59 1 Comment

Just now I am brewing tea for kombucha tea.

As I looked at those dry tea leaves I considered what it took to get that product to me.

How many people and processes were involved?

The packaging took talented and smart…


Volvo Ocean Race is the only sport I follow

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 18:42 0 Comments

A few teams of men and women race around the world.

They encounter all kinds of weather and sea conditions.

This year one man went overboard and died.

It is the ultimate test of the individuals, teams, and technology.

This is raw as humans encounter nature intimately 24-7 for…


Amazed at those people with little food yet much human energy required in special circumstances

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 19:56 0 Comments

Men at sea during long voyages on sailing ships that ate hard biscuits that they brought when they began.

Chinese who built the transcontinental railroad eating mostly rice.

Soldiers throughout history who after long marches and battles they yet fought again without much good food or rest. Note that combat before guns was VERY physical.

Those who fight forest fires on the ground for a very long time near the blazes without much rest, water, or…


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At 13:59 on June 23, 2011, Hazel Owen said…

Welcome, John. It is great to have you join the community. Please make yourself at home, and jump into or start conversations, and feel free to share ideas, experiences, and resources.


I enjoyed having a look around your first site too - thanks for sharing the link - although I had problems with the second one not opening. I guess that's technology sometimes :-)



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