Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
District Administration unveiled what looks to be a very interesting new resource last Friday.
Like the Ed-Tech Insiders at eSchoolNews and the TechLearning bloggers, The Pulse is an online area where many leading and provocative education thinkers will post their thoughts on various issues and actively encourage interaction and debate. Here's just a few of the folks they have lined up:
There are a bunch of other folks not listed above, so there should be a little something for everybody.
The contributors don't appear to be holding back any. For example, the title of Gary Stager's initial post is BS and the Art of Crap Detection. Of course I was attracted to this post by Linda Polin: Legislate This: Integrating Technology into School Administration!
The Pulse has a RSS feed for those of you using aggregators. See you in the discussion boards!
Here's the science of black holes, from supermassive monsters to ones the size of ping-pong balls.
- Bonus fact: If the Earth became a black hole, it would be crushed to the size of a ping-pong ball.
From time-traveling billiard balls to information-destroying black holes, the world's got plenty of puzzles that are hard to wrap your head around.
- While it's one of the best on Earth, the human brain has a lot of trouble accounting for certain problems.
- We've evolved to think of reality in a very specific way, but there are plenty of paradoxes out there to suggest that reality doesn't work quite the way we think it does.
- Considering these paradoxes is a great way to come to grips with how incomplete our understanding of the universe really is.
- The EAST reactor was able to heat hydrogen to temperatures exceeding 100 million degrees Celsius.
- Nuclear fusion could someday provide the planet with a virtually limitless supply of clean energy.
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