Common Craft and dotSUB

If you haven't seen these three films from Common Craft, I think they are great introductions for educators, parents, and others who are not familiar with these interactive Web 2.0 technologies:


  • Wikis in Plain English
  • Social Networking in Plain English
  • RSS in Plain English
  • You'll notice that the links are to the dotSUB versions of the videos (thanks, Wesley!). dotSUB is a fantastic new service that uses volunteers to create video subtitles in different languages. I just uploaded Did You Know? 2.0 to the site. Awesome!

    ​There are two kinds of failure – but only one is honorable

    Malcolm Gladwell teaches "Get over yourself and get to work" for Big Think Edge.

    Big Think Edge
    • Learn to recognize failure and know the big difference between panicking and choking.
    • At Big Think Edge, Malcolm Gladwell teaches how to check your inner critic and get clear on what failure is.
    • Subscribe to Big Think Edge before we launch on March 30 to get 20% off monthly and annual memberships.
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    This is the best (and simplest) world map of religions

    Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.

    (c) CLO / Carrie Osgood
    Strange Maps
    • At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
    • See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
    • There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which?
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    New alternative to Trump's wall would create jobs, renewable energy, and increase border security

    A consortium of scientists and engineers have proposed that the U.S. and Mexico build a series of guarded solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border.

    Credit: Purdue University photo/Jorge Castillo Quiñones
    Politics & Current Affairs
    • The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.
    • The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.
    • It's undoubtedly an expensive and complicated proposal, but the team argues that border regions are ideal spots for wind and solar energy, and that they could use the jobs and fresh water the energy park would create.
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    Image source: Topical Press Agency / Getty Images
    Politics & Current Affairs
    • Though we know today that his policies eventually ended the Great Depression, FDR's election was seen as disastrous by some.
    • A group of wealthy bankers decided to take things into their own hands; they plotted a coup against FDR, hoping to install a fascist dictator in its stead.
    • Ultimately, the coup was brought to light by General Smedley Butler and squashed before it could get off the ground.
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