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Frank W. Baker's Blog – June 2009 Archive (6)

Media Literacy Embedded in New P21 Curriculum Maps

Media literacy is embedded in the new Science & Geography curriculum maps released today by P21 at NECC. According to the press release: "The 21st Century Skills and Science and Geography Maps demonstrate how the integration of 21st century skills into science and geography classes support teaching and prepare students to become effective and productive citizens."

Note: the press release, surprisingly does not provide links to these documents, and finding them on the P21C website… Continue

Added by Frank W. Baker on June 30, 2009 at 1:43pm — No Comments

The Music Instinct: Science & Song (PBS Special)

National Broadcast day/time: Wednesday June 24, 9-11pm (check your local PBS listings)

Title: The Music Instinct: Science & Song

Description: This documentary provides a groundbreaking exploration into how and why the human organism is moved by music. New work in neuroscience is giving us clues to the mysteries of how and why music penetrates the brain and the emotions. The program follows visionary researchers and accomplished musicians to the crossroads of science and… Continue

Added by Frank W. Baker on June 17, 2009 at 12:51pm — 2 Comments

We Need Music to Survive

“My parents love music, but at the time they were unclear about its value. The confusion is understandable: We put music in the ‘arts and entertainment’ section of the newspaper. But music often has little to do with entertainment. Quite the opposite." Read the remainder of this essay.

Added by Frank W. Baker on June 13, 2009 at 3:16pm — No Comments

How Twitter Will Change The Way We Live (TIME magazine essay)

Excerpt: "Put those three elements together - social networks, live searching and link-sharing - and you have a cocktail that poses what may amount to the most interesting alternative to Google's near monopoly in searching." Read Steven Johnson's essay here.

Added by Frank W. Baker on June 4, 2009 at 10:14am — No Comments

Teaching Copyright: New Resource

“Kids are bombarded with messages that using new technology is illegal,” said Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Richard Esguerra. “Instead of approaching the issues from a position of fear, “Teaching Copyright” encourages inquiry and greater understanding. This is a balanced curriculum, asking students to think about their role in the online world and to make informed choices about their behavior.”

Added by Frank W. Baker on June 2, 2009 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Game Theory: Video Games for Social Change

CGW (Computer Graphics World magazine) carried this piece recently about engaging young people with video games for social causes. Here it is.

Added by Frank W. Baker on June 2, 2009 at 3:46pm — No Comments


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