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Archive for March 4th, 2010

My igoogle home page found the link the other day, to the 100 Incredible Lectures from the worlds top scientists.  I spent some time watching a couple videos, including one by Richard Dawkins.  There is some really good stuff here, worth a visit and a bookmark.  I even bookmarked the site and was able to find it again.

[I was asked to remove this link by the host site because it was messing up their Google rankings.  You can find it by googling “100 incredible lectures top scientists.”]

Then I get an email today out of the blue promoting this site.  I thought it was the same site until I went to post it here, then I realized they were different.

My guess is they are competing, if that is the right word for things that are free.  Regardless, two great sites that have done the work for us.  I’m not complaining, in fact, thanks to both of them.

These are YouTube videos, and YouTube is blocked at my school (so are some NASA sites, SciAm, and other controversial dens of ill repute).  To play YouTube videos, I need to go through an easy download process.  On Firefox, I use an add-on app called DownloadHelper.  As any new video appears, just click on the toolbar icon and it is downloaded to a folder on your machine.  The format is comes down in is Flash, it will have the extension .flv.  If you change the name when you download it, you need to add that extension to the name.  Then download something call “VLC Media Player” and install this on all of your computers.  It is a nice small, clean viewer.  When Win Media and others fail, VLC works.  It’s my player of choice.  Now you can watch that naughty science video at school.

What’s New in 2013/2014?

Every year brings a change, this one is no exception.

I will be picking up the sophomore honors Algebra II class to keep them separate from the juniors. This should help accelerate them and put them on a stronger track towards Calculus. Looks like there will be only one section each of Physics and Calculus, but still two of Robotics & Engineering.

Hot topics this year are going to be the Common-Core Standards, Standards-Based Grading (SBG), improving AP Calculus scores, and somehow adding Python, maybe as a club.

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