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Khan Academy and the Effectiveness of Science Videos – YouTube

Interesting implications for the flipped classroom.  If students think they already understand something, they’ll tune out of a video lecture. Students watched a science video they frequently described as “clear,” but in a post-test it turns out the video had actually confirmed their incorrect assumptions. When students watched a second video that first presented and then corrected common misconceptions, they never described that video as “clear,” and in fact they…

Obituary: Les Banos / Spy against the Nazis, longtime sports photographer

My son and I heard Mr. Banos speak just last week at a Holocaust memorial ceremony. There was one evening a few years ago when someone browsing the television channels could see Les Banos’ face and European accent in two unrelated historical documentaries demonstrating the breadth of an unusual life. In one made by the BBC, the Hungarian-born Mr. Banos was interviewed about the German occupation of his homeland during…

Oh, the Lives That You’ll Save – Tweed – The Chronicle of Higher Education

His real name was Geisel, Theodor (with no “e”). An incredibly generous Author was he. An alum from the class of nineteen twenty-five, They say he gave more than any alive. And for that they’ll remember him and his wife (the woman with whom he spent most of his life). The medical school will carry a plaque (one you might see if you swallowed a tack or got mauled by…

Faculty Advisory Council Memorandum on Journal Pricing § THE HARVARD LIBRARY TRANSITION

Harvard’s annual cost for journals from these providers now approaches $3.75M. In 2010, the comparable amount accounted for more than 20% of all periodical subscription costs and just under 10% of all collection costs for everything the Library acquires. Some journals cost as much as $40,000 per year, others in the tens of thousands. Prices for online content from two providers have increased by about 145% over the past six…