How to Have a Year that Matters ~ Why are you here? Do you want this to be another year that flies by, half-hearted, arid, rootless, barely remembered, dull with dim glimpses of what might have been? Or do you want this to be a year that you savor, for the rest of your surprisingly short time on Planet Earth, as the year you started, finally, irreversibly, uncompromisingly, to explosively unfurl a life that felt fully worth living? The choice is yours. And it always has been. via Harvard Business Review, published January 22, 2013.
Study Shows How Classroom Design Affects Student Learning ~ New study shows how color, lighting, and other classroom design choices can have a huge impact on student progress. via FastCoDesign, published January 18, 2013.
Why All High School Courses Should Be Elective ~ Very few of us could pass the subject matter tests we once took, or would agree that being unable to do so significantly handicaps us. How can we ignore the implications of that fact? Marion Brady asks what’s worth teaching and what’s worth learning to rethink student disengagement and institutional inefficiency. via The Washington Post, published January 22, 2012.
Bio Design In The Home: The Beauty of Bacteria ~ “Bio Design” focuses on the growing movement to integrate organic processes in the creation of buildings and household objects so that resources are conserved and waste is limited. via The New York Times, published January 16, 2013.
The Rhythms of Work vs The Rhythms of Creative Labor ~ Work is what we do by the hour. It begins and, if possible, we do it for money. Welding car bodies on an assembly line is work; washing dishes, computing taxes, walking the rounds in a psychiatric ward, picking asparagus–these are work. Labor, on the other hand, sets its own pace. We may get paid for it, but it’s harder to quantify… Writing a poem, raising a child, developing a new calculus, resolving a neurosis, invention in all forms — these are labors. via 99u.
The First Rule of Brainstorming: Suspend Disbelief ~ interview with Kon Leong, co-founder, president and chief executive of ZL Technologies, an e-mail and file archiving company. via The New York Times, published January 19, 2013.
Collaboration Across Borders Through Artist Workshops ~ Triangle is a decentralized global network of artists and arts organizations that recently celebrated its thirty-year anniversary. It was founded by artists and continues to be run largely by them. Its objective from the beginning was to connect artists across borders in order to challenge their regular studio practices, engage them in their processes, and foster an intense dialogue about why they’re doing what they’re all doing in their corners of the world. via Hyperallergic, published January 22, 2013.
Wicker-Covered Car By Ojo Obaniyi ~ ‘I wanted to prove a point that it is not only the educated elite that can make positive changes in society. We, the artisans also have talents to effect change and make a positive impact in the society.’ via Design Boom, published January 18, 2013
Space Blogger: Chris Hadfield’s Photos from the ISS ~ Colonel Chris Hadfield is blogging from perhaps the most exclusive place around: the International Space Station (ISS). Hadfield’s Tumblr and Twitter accounts have been very active lately as he treats us with a large selection of photography from his many orbits around the earth. Often shooting from the space station’s famous cupola, he has been getting fantastically beautiful – almost painterly – images of our precious earth. via Visual News, published January 21, 2013.
Korean Students Speak Their Mind Through Written Signs ~ ‘STOP printing out students as if they’re ROBOTS. Let them be humane’ ~ Korean Students Speak tumblr. via My Modern Met, published January 18, 2013
TEDxTalks Roundup: 4 Fascinating Talks on Education ~ four talks examining advancements in education: Preventing forgetfulness after the test: Jamshed Bharucha at TEDxCooperUnion; Where is the research and development in education? Jim Shelton at TEDxMidAtlantic; The impact of desegregation on learning: Rucker Johnson at TEDxMiamiUniversity; An end to age-grouping in the classroom: Mary Esselman at TEDxSarasota. via TEDx
Printing 3D Buildings: Five tenets of a new kind of architecture / Neri Oxman ~ 1. Growth over Assembly; 2. Integration over Segregation; 3. Heterogeneity over Homogeneity; 4. Difference over Repetition; 5. Material is the New Software. via Archdaily, published January 18, 2013.
Big Hugging ~ Giant Bear Hugging Video Game ~ Big Huggin’ is a game played with a 30 inch custom teddy bear controller. Players complete the game by providing several well-timed hugs. It is an experiment and gesture in alternative interface. Instead of firing toy guns at countless enemies or revving the engines of countless gas guzzling virtual cars, why not give a hug? A hug is simple gesture. It is one of the first physical expressions of affections a child learns. It is a gesture for the familial through the romantic. It is a gesture of mutual benefit. The game is designed to offer reflection on the way we play and cultural benefits of alternative play. via Kickstarter.
This Airplane’s Been Repurposed Into a Classroom ~ Creating a “kindergarten where the children would not want to go home.” via GOOD, published December 5, 2012