Archive for January, 2010

The Official Richard Dawkins YouTube Channel


“An introduction to the current and prospective projects undertaken by The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. ”


Computer Science Education: It’s Not Shop Class


“As I noted in an article Monday, the National Science Foundation wants to reform high school computer science education in America, expanding its reach and updating the curriculum to better prepare students for a 21st-century economy.
The N.S.F. seems to have a sound strategy for elevating computer science education in high schools by collectively raising its sights. Across the board, the approach is less emphasis on the digital equivalent of shop classes — how to use PowerPoint and Excel, or do Java programming. Instead, the goal is to “teach them the magic of computing,” said Janice Cuny, program director of the foundation”
in Computer Science Education: It’s Not Shop Class

Female teachers can transfer fear of math and undermine girls’ math performance


“Female elementary school teachers can pass on their anxiety and stereotypes about math to female students, and girls who adopt this outlook perform worse at math, research at the University of Chicago shows.”
in Female teachers can transfer fear of math and undermine girls’ math performance

No Evidence to Support Use of Learning Style Assessments


“A newly-released review of the literature on learning styles concludes there is no scientific basis for using learning style assessments in education to make decisions about teaching and learning methods.”

in No Evidence to Support Use of Learning Style Assessments

Base reference: Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence.

Picture-driven computing


“When I saw that, I thought, ‘Oh my God, you can do that?’” says Allen Cypher, a researcher at IBM’s Almaden Research Center who specializes in human-computer interactions. “I certainly never thought that you could do anything like that. Not only do they do it; they do it well. It’s already practical. I want to use it right away to do things I couldn’t do before.”
in Picture-driven computing
New research could enable computer programming based on screen shots, not just code

Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show


“Hackers seeking source code from Google, Adobe and dozens of other high-profile companies used unprecedented tactics that combined encryption, stealth programming and an unknown hole in Internet Explorer, according to new details released by the anti-virus firm McAfee.”
in “Google Hack Attack Was Ultra Sophisticated, New Details Show

Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology


Open Learning Initiative


“Using intelligent tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback, the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) builds courses that are intended to enact instruction – or, more precisely, to enact the kind of dynamic, flexible, and responsive instruction that fosters learning.”
in Open Learning Initiative

Memory and the Brain


“In Memory and the Brain, you explore

* the different categories of memory;
* the areas of the brain involved in creating and shaping memories; and
* the ways that our synapses change based on experiences in the world.

Watch this free video lecture and delve into the fascinating science behind how your brain works to create and use memories.”

in “Memory and the Brain

Receita de Ano Novo


Receita de ano novo

Para você ganhar belíssimo Ano Novo
cor do arco-íris, ou da cor da sua paz,
Ano Novo sem comparação com todo o tempo já vivido
(mal vivido talvez ou sem sentido)
para você ganhar um ano
não apenas pintado de novo, remendado às carreiras,
mas novo nas sementinhas do vir-a-ser;
até no coração das coisas menos percebidas
(a começar pelo seu interior)
novo, espontâneo, que de tão perfeito nem se nota,
mas com ele se come, se passeia,
se ama, se compreende, se trabalha,
você não precisa beber champanha ou qualquer outra birita,
não precisa expedir nem receber mensagens
(planta recebe mensagens?
passa telegramas?)

Não precisa
fazer lista de boas intenções
para arquivá-las na gaveta.
Não precisa chorar arrependido
pelas besteiras consumidas
nem parvamente acreditar
que por decreto de esperança
a partir de janeiro as coisas mudem
e seja tudo claridade, recompensa,
justiça entre os homens e as nações,
liberdade com cheiro e gosto de pão matinal,
direitos respeitados, começando
pelo direito augusto de viver.

Para ganhar um Ano Novo
que mereça este nome,
você, meu caro, tem de merecê-lo,
tem de fazê-lo novo, eu sei que não é fácil,
mas tente, experimente, consciente.
É dentro de você que o Ano Novo
cochila e espera desde sempre.