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Archive for June, 2008

Taylor Mali-“What Do Teachers Make?”

Friday, June/06/2008

This video captures a  rare, closed performance by Taylor Mali.  In it, he performs his slam-poetry piece, “What Teachers Make.”  Watch it any time you can’t remember why you still bother teaching.

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Time to Help Ourselves

Tuesday, June/06/2008

This video (with English subtitles) is a parody of Helpdesk support back in the middle ages. I’ve included it here because the humor in it helps ease the troubling truth that we need to do a much better job integrating technology into our everyday lives.

American culture is especially guilty of assuming that it is “leading the way” around the world when in reality, that was last true over 40 years ago.  It’s time to re-assume our leadership role by equipping our populous with the real tools we’ll need for the future and stop wasting time teaching kids how to fill in little bubbles with a No. 2 pencil.

Original taken from the show “Øystein og jeg” on Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK)in 2001. With Øystein Backe (helper)and Rune Gokstad (desperate monk). Written by Knut Nærum.

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