Klingon - the language of Linguists!
Well OK, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but it's quite interesting.I thought that for the last post of May it would make sense to close the month with something linguistics related given that this semester was all linguistics all the time :-) I was reading this article on Slate called There's No Klingon Word for Hello. I honestly didn't expect it to be so interesting! For instance I did not
Language may be encoded in DNA...
I read this over at Wired a few weeks ago - that culture may be encoded in DNA.Knowledge is passed down directly from generation to generation in the animal kingdom as parents teach their children the things they will need to survive. But a new study has found that, even when the chain is broken, nature sometimes finds a way.I suppose what your definition of culture is. I guess that in this instant
The end of the University as we know it
I know, I know, this is a few weeks late - but better late than never :-)In any case, I was reading this Op-Ed piece on the New York Times. The thesis of this op-ed piece is that:Most graduate programs in American universities produce a product for which there is no market (candidates for teaching positions that do not exist) and develop skills for which there is diminishing demand (research in subfields
Twitter in real life
Since my other blog is out of commission for maintenance and Web 2.0 is the "it" thing for education now-a-days, here's a little Friday humor for all of you - Twitter in real life. I wonder what this guy would sound like if he were a professor...See more funny videos and funny pictures at CollegeHumor.
The future of e-learning is social...
I don't rant often...or rather I hope I don't rant often, however I think this will be a a ranting post. I was reading Jane's e-learning blog, specifically a post on how the future of e-learning is social.ALL learning is social, at least all the learning had in a school, with an instructor and other students in the room. Recently I keep hearing about Web 2.0 and social learning and it amazes me to
No PowerPoint? Simply use Prezi?
For a few weeks now I've been using a piece of Web 2.0 software called Prezi.I read this blog post named Throw Away your PowerPoints, Simply Use Prezi, and I knew that I had to try it.To be honest, I really didn't read the blog entry carefully because now that I have used Prezi for a few weeks I know what this means. Ignatia (blog author) says:Prezi enables anyone to quickly build a multimedia rich
Colleges obsolete by 2020? Really?
Anytime a bozo takes the stage and proclaims something radical it seems to stir up the educational community. In similar vain an article circulated the interwebs a few weeks ago about David Wiley who is getting a ton of publicity over his comments that College will be obsolete by 2020. I suppose in David's case bad press is good press....In any case his idea that colleges will be obsolete by 2020
50 years of Strunk and White
Or...rather...50 years of bad grammar advice!I was reading this article on the Chronicle of Higher Ed a few weeks back and I didn't get an opportunity to fully savor it, so I re-read it.As a typical American undergraduate student Strunk and White was a required book, a style manual that we had to abide by. I remember really disliking my English 101 and 102 classes, but I don't remember why. Perhaps
The finish line
This is it!Today is the day!Spring classes are over. The papers have been written. They've been proof-read and edited many, many, many times, and the projects have been completed.The papers will be handed in today!I suppose that there is that issue of that one final exam that I have to do for next week, but eh...I'll celebrate today :-)
Mediocre U.? Huh?
I was reading this opinion piece on the Chronicle of Higher Education on Careers. The author reports back on a forum discussion where people talk about your first job influencing your career. Essentially should you go get a teaching job right after you get your PhD, or should you publish your heart out and try to get to that R1 institution where fame and fortune lies (or so they say).I quite honestly