Not so irrelevant 009

My latest roundup of links and tools...

Do buildings matter?

  • Jay Matthews wonders how much we should care about decrepit school buildings.
  • Math matters

    • Daniel de Vise provides an even-handed overview of the math scene.
    • Moving forward in Manassas

      • It's always nice to read about a superintendent who gets it.
      • Extremely handy

        • I use this online stopwatch a lot in my presentations.
        • Sylvia is skeptical

          • A few weeks back, Sylvia Martinez had a great post about Curriki and the like. I wonder what she thinks about my letter last year to U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings (see also my follow-up post)?
          • Follow the numbers

            • I am appreciating Jon Becker's use of large-scale data to ferret out interesting questions and issues. Check out his posts on digital equity and math achievement to see what I mean.
            • Eduwonkette - a.k.a. Jennifer Jennings - is the queen of using data in interesting and provocative ways in her posts. She and Jon are good models for the rest of us who have access to data.
            • Send this to your wife or neighbors and spark a good conversation about your kids

              • If you somehow haven't run across it yet at another blog, be sure to read Clive Thompson's article in the New York Times about the brave new world of digital intimacy. Lots of conversation-provoking stuff in there...
              • LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

                Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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                Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

                No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

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                In a first for humankind, China successfully sprouts a seed on the Moon

                China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.

                Image source: CNSA
                Surprising Science
                • China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
                • In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
                • The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
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                A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

                She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.

                Strange Maps
                • For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
                • These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
                • Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
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                Love in a time of migrants: on rethinking arranged marriages

                Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.

                Culture & Religion

                In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.

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