Category Archives: A

Engaging students (c/p w/ Dead Voles)

Worlds colliding.

Attention Surplus

…is not recommended until they’re not your students any more. Haha. So anyway, I might have mentioned that my Dean tapped me along with several colleagues to do a workshop on ‘student engagement’ at this year’s opening faculty meeting. He was interested in me showing off my ’roundtable’ schtick, loosely based on Steve Allen’s old “Meeting of Minds” tv show. But I think of that as more of a gimmick, that only works as engaging pedagogy if it’s embedded in a more comprehensive project of student-centered learning that disposes (at least some of) the students to take it seriously and do justice to their characters. So I couldn’t think of a good way to convey all of that in the 10 minutes I would have had, and my colleagues agreed about the stuff they were doing.

We decided to pool our time, about 50 minutes, and engage the faculty about…

View original post 470 more words


Add your thoughts here… (optional)

Why Evolution Is True

If you did any Googling today, you might have noticed this, and wondered what it was:

It’s the Canadarm! And Canada’s National Post explains:

The 31rst anniversary of the first launch of the Canadarm, the nation’s robotic space exploration tool, is being celebrated with a Google doodle.

The Canadarm had its first mission on Nov. 13, 1981 on the U.S. space shuttle Columbia. The dexterous robotic arm was used to move and retrieve satellites and provide support for astronauts during spacewalks, among other tasks. Although Canada does not have a space program of its own, the Canadarm is the country’s most visible and famous contribution to the U.S. and international space effort. . .

While the Canadarm’s final mission was shuttle Endeavour in June, the more advanced Canadarm2 has a permanent place on the International Space Station.

The Canadarm has a unique place of pride in the Canadian psyche and is often…

View original post 150 more words


Jetpack for WordPress

The past nine releases of Jetpack have started to reveal our vision for next-generation features that will boost WordPress’ incredible success by making it more social, more connected, more mobile, and more customizable.

Over three million downloads later, we’re excited to report that the community has embraced this seemingly impossible vision for combining the best of hosted and non-hosted WordPress. This tenth release brings some of the most-asked-for features into the hands of millions of Jetpackers.

Publicize to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr…

You no longer have to jump through hoops and developer portals to connect your blog to your friends on your favorite social networks. Through Jetpack and your WordPress.com account, you can connect to each network with just a few clicks and broadcast to your audiences and followers across several networks, making WordPress your true digital hub. Activate Publicize from the main Jetpack page in your dashboard, then go…

View original post 470 more words


TechCrunch

Automattic, the company behind the popular WordPress content management and blogging platform, just launched Jetpack 2.0, which brings a number of WordPress.com features to self-hosted WordPress installs. The promise of Jetpack has always been to bring more of the features from the hosted WordPress.com platform to those who want full control over their servers and this new version finally includes some of the most requested features, including post by email, Infinite Scroll and the ability to connect your blog directly to your favorite social networks and have all your posts broadcast to several networks automatically.

One of the most interesting new features in Jetpack 2.0, though, is Jetpack Photon. WordPress.com automatically optimizes photos on its hosted sites depending on the reader’s device, so your high-resolution Retina display doesn’t have to show some fuzzy, low-res image. With Photon, self-hosted WordPress sites now get the same feature. The company says, every…

View original post 143 more words


The Concordia Declaration

(Pour la version français, cliquez ici!)

To endorse this letter, simply click “Leave a Comment” at the bottom, write your name and position in the field below the letter, as well as any comments or words of support you may have. Thank you! 

We, the undersigned, are members of Concordia University’s faculty, research and teaching assistants, associates, and other academic workers.

The current provincial government has proposed an historically unprecedented tuition fee increase of $1,625 over the next five years. Should this increase pass, students in the 2016-2017 academic year will be paying 127% more than students just ten years before them.

Even the government admits that of the $850 million dollars they anticipate to generate through their financing plan, less than a third will even go to teaching, learning, or research in Quebec universities. Historically, we know that tuition fee increases in Quebec have never been used to…

View original post 449 more words


Robert Scoble’s Severed Head, Truthiness, and the Surrender Chicken (via The Quora Review)

Desperately seeking insight into the “Quora phenomenon.” This post is about the closest I’ve seen to that insight.

Robert Scoble's Severed Head, Truthiness, and the Surrender Chicken our new policy on self-promoting "social media experts" is to just kill them all, and let God sort it out. – Quora User (name redacted) I was quite admittedly flattered when I was invited to join the closed Quora Review group on Facebook but confused. Why would the elite from Quora invite me to join? Why do they need a Facebook group? What's the group for? And why couldn't someone have invited me to the Quora party instead? (Sounds way more fun.) … Read More

via The Quora Review


Réponse à des indésirables

Je vous ai répondu par courriel. Vous pouvez être des compatriotes, vous n’en êtes pas plus dignes de confiance.