3.14159/Pi

Jenny Jenny, you should know better; This is not just another Greek letter. It’s a term that relates two important parameters; If you know the circumference, you can find the diameter. Jenny, you need this number; You should keep it in mind. Jenny, plug in this number: Three point one four one five nine. (Three point one four one five nine.) Three point one four one five nine. (Three point…

Mindset List for the Class of 2009

1. Andy Warhol, Liberace, Jackie Gleason, and Lee Marvin have always been dead. 2. They don’t remember when “cut and paste” involved scissors. –Mindset List for the Class of 2009 (Beloit College) Always worth a read.

Elmo Is an Evildoer

When I watched “Sesame Street” in the ’70s, the human cast and the Muppets were quirky adults who didn’t talk down to me with baby voices. Now the human cast gets almost no airtime, and the show is dominated by Elmo, Baby Bear and, now, Abby Cadabby — preschoolers enamored by their own adorable stupidity. The lesson they teach — in opposition to Oscar, Big Bird, Grover or Bert —…

Games get serious

A euphemism like “decision-based simulation” maybe, but rarely a “game.” To many, video and computer games represent an adolescent diversion, a parental annoyance that thwarts homework, chores, and all things productive. So when FAS and others stump for games as an educational or training tool, they begin by stating the problem: “You oversee a very complex system,” or “You want to reach a new audience.” The notion of a game…

Solar system expands as astronomers redefine planets

Those discovered before 1900 would be called simply “planets” while a new sub-category of “plutons” would be introduced as a compromise between those who want to banish Pluto from the planetary club and those who want its status maintained. The move would result in three new “pluton” planets being created along with Pluto: Pluto’s moon, Charon; Ceres, an asteroid that for several decades after its discovery was described as a…

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Bound for Glory – the future of print

I am a very visual and active learner. I draw circles around words or phrases, highlight pertinent passages, make marginal marks and notes, or draw small doodles so I can visualize a concept. I make arrows that connect similiar ideas, draw stars next to passages that I hope I’ll be able to find again, or stick post-it notes on pages I want to visit again. This method of absorbing information…

Text Games Get Film Treatment

Once upon time, in a galaxy exactly like this one, hard-core gamers spent hours staring at screens of tiny text and laboriously typing commands to move characters to the next level. That era — approximately 1979 to 1985 — marked the golden age of interactive fiction, when games commonly consisted of text adventures tailored to run on personal computers capable of storing only about as much data as contained in…

Comments are Back

Comments are Back (Jerz’s Literacy Weblog) Let the commenting recommence! I had to disable all my comments due to an ongoing attack, which I’m able to manage now, thanks to some expert guidance and unbelievable patience from Will Gayther, my former UWEC student who built this inidie blog software. He designed it in such a way that he can create the heavy-lifting modules that do something brand new, and I can…