The Ways is a production of the Wisconsin Media Lab. It's about learning through traditions and language. Filmed on location, the segments include the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, the Ho-Chunk Nation, Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican. There's a wide range of topics, very useful for K-12 teachers.
Another article about how cables connect the continents for internet connectivity. Lots of maps (current and historic) and historic background for telephony.
Student discovery sets involving primary source materials on a number of topics--The Constitution, The Dust Bowl, Segregation, Japanese American Internment, etc. Looks like upper elementary, middle and high school.
2 minute video showing the cables that connect the internet. Most are surprisingly vulnerable.
Very long article about adaptive instruction and its possible future in education. Gives background on how textbook companies are moving in this direction. Has anecdotes. Thinks about the implications long-term for people and for education.
Fonts are intellectual property and protected to some extent by law. The article lays out some of the problems and describe how new fonts are developed. Also mentioned some recent IP problems.
Post about the number of types of assessments children take in schools with a list of suggestions and critiques. May be interesting to read in the assessment course or at least the report that is summarized here.
A long-form article about Salman Khan's new school where they are experimenting with various concepts about school and changing them. Very descriptive. Worth have my students read when we think about the future of school as this is very related to technology.
Short and easy-to-understand definitions of common design terms. Might be useful as a resource for some of my classes in the future.
Article explaining some of the problems designing fonts for Arabic. I wonder if similar problems are encountered for fonts for other non-Roman character languages.
Latest ruling in the Google Books vs. the Authors Guild about the scanning project. Various cases have been taken to court over the past 10 years or so with a variety of results. The latest seems a win for Google Books. It's unclear if the case could proceed to the Supreme Court. The article lists the 4 factors for fair use and does a good discussion of the case that appears correct to my limited understanding. Worth bringing up in class.
Article from the BBC about Minecraft and how kids interact with it. It does have some mention of autism and Minecraft that would be relevant to one of my classes. They should be aware of Minecraft and what it looks like.
Good story on Margaret Hamilton and her contributions to the Apollo program. Interesting early details of computers, software and storage.
Good article about accessibility and universal design. How it's more than just having features--it's about service and support. It's about designing with accessibility in mind from the beginning.