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|Posted by EnglishCaddy on December 27, 2016 at 5:05 PM||comments (1)|
When a good book is made into a film, the role can make the actor, but when an original story is born in the cinema, it's the actor who makes the role.
In 1977 the world fell in love with Star Wars. The relatively unknown actors who first appeared to the public in the roles of the iconic characters of the Star Wars saga, quickly became fused with their parts and it was difficult for the fans to seperate the actor from the role. For us, Carrie Fisher was Princess Leia, and Princess Leia was Carrie Fisher. So when the woman we first fell in love with as Leia died, our Princess died with her, and it hurt.
Godspeed Carrie and thank you for the joy you brought to so many people.
|Posted by EnglishCaddy on September 17, 2016 at 2:05 PM||comments (0)|
Really Great Facebook Pages for Science Lovers
Facebook isn’t just about Justin Bieber…! Here is a list of some very interesting, informative and active Facebook pages. On these pages you will find information, pictures, facts and discussions about the latest discoveries, research techniques and news in the world of Science.
GENERAL SCIENCE LOVERS
ASTROPHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY LOVERS
GEOLOGY, ECOLOGY AND NATURAL WONDER LOVERS
These pages are a great way to integrate learning into your social media and spice it up with a little science and knowledge. Enjoy!
|Posted by EnglishCaddy on May 11, 2016 at 8:40 AM||comments (0)|
Many students are quite surprised when I list "No TED!" as one of the class rules each semester. Certainly when we teach in language resource center, TED Talks would be a wonderful resource for undergraduate and graduate students learning English.
But here's a few notes on why I disagree.
1) The over vulgarization of Science.
The short videos offered by TED Talks, are just that too short. In attempt to condense the information into bite size, consumer digestible morsels, a lot of the important information is sacrificed. This presents a problem for the viewer because with the simplification and omission of many of the unfortunately tedious details that is Science, the viewer and in many cases the media, simply does not have enough of the facts and details to form an educated opinion or complete understanding of the subject presented. (See video below)
2) The credibility of the information
While I don't believe that all guest speakers for TED are not credible, it seems the motivation of many of the speakers is questionable. Many of the speakers seem to be "selling" and not explaining their studies.
Cases in point:
- Human head transplant. In September of 2015 Dr. Sergio Canvero appeared on TED Talks. Presents that is is possible to transplant a human head, but doesn't disclose the reality that the head would have no control over the host body's functioning. See video here. (https://youtu.be/_EHCHv5u3O4)
- Solar Roadways. In September 2010 TED Talks published a video featuring presenter Scott Brusaw presenting his idea of replacing the nation's traditional roadways with a "glass" based solar capable material. He just need money to do it, and so he created an indiegogo account and raised over $2 million dollars. (See marketing video) However from both an engineering standpoint and scientific standpoint, very little of this project is feasible.
Just a couple of harmless (unless you donated money) examples, but there are many TED Talks where presenters speaking about health issues, are simply using TED to increase their visibility, prolong their funding or seek funding. In these cases the information presented in usually incompletely, poorly gathered, and falsely presented.
3) The misrepresentation and false depiction of science.
In part because of the over simplification practices the videos employ, the presenters/speakers give the impression that we have everything we need to "cure" or "solve" something, we just need to "change our perception" and it will be all better. When in fact, we still have a long way to go, and a lot of research needs to be performed in many of the areas of science. Miracle cures are seldom miracles, and instead behind scientific discoveries are years of research, teams of scientists, hundreds of publications, and pages and pages of peer review and hours and hours of testing. Also a large percentage of topics are merely anecdotal and have endured no science based analysis at all.
Asking students to use TED Talks to learn both English and Science is the same as asking students to use tabloids to learn about news events and the world around them. Is TED all bad, no of course not. For example, TED Ed provides many wonderful informative videos that correspond with what students are learning in schools and help supplement that learning with visuals and detailed explanations, that can watched and rewatched.
As teacher's it is our responisibilty to elevate the students' knowledge and cognitive abilities, and for me tabloids and tabloid science only do the opposite.
Here are some interesting videos on the subject. The first to TED's credit, is a TEDex Presentation by Benjamin Bratton, and the second a parody of TED Talks by John Oliver May 8, 2016. Because there's always a truth in humor. Enjoy!
New Perspective: What's Wrong with TED Talks (San Diego, 2013, Benjamin Bratton.
TODD Talks John Oliver, May 8, 2016 (A spoof/parody)
|Posted by EnglishCaddy on December 26, 2015 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
Recently in our very own galaxy...
A very special film has appeared... A film that has awoken the Force
planted in the soul of a generation of children long ago.
Several films were introduced in an evil attempt to
exploit this seed and make huge amounts of money, but this generation remained
wary... and the Force remained dormant.
Until a new film was released... A new film nurtured and formed
in the very bosom of the generation in which the original seed was planted.
And this time the Force awoke...
|Posted by EnglishCaddy on September 27, 2015 at 5:35 AM||comments (0)|
(repost) A collection of the scariest stories for middle-grade readers. Explore the world of the macabre through these spine tingling tales written by great authors like, Dahl, Poe, Twain, Shelley and Lovecraft.
Have a Happy Hallowe'en!!!!
|Posted by EnglishCaddy on October 30, 2014 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
If you're having a Hallowe'en party this punch will make a great centerpiece for your table!
You will need:
The night before your party, rinse and then fill the gloves with water. Tie each one off and place in the freezer. Make about 12 of these if you have the space.
An hour before your party stir together in your punch bowl:
Remove frozen gloves from the freezer and cut out the ice hand inside.
Place 2 or 3 ice hands in your bowl (depending on the size). You want enough surface so your ice hands float unencumbered in the punch.
Serve and enjoy.
Have a Happy Hallowe'en!
|Posted by EnglishCaddy on October 29, 2014 at 8:20 AM||comments (0)|
Free paper printable from urbanthreads.com.
No need to fear death, when he is as cute as this!
|Posted by EnglishCaddy on October 28, 2014 at 5:50 AM||comments (0)|
|Posted by EnglishCaddy on October 27, 2014 at 9:55 AM||comments (0)|
Here is just a sample of what awaits you...
|Posted by EnglishCaddy on October 26, 2014 at 6:55 AM||comments (0)|
Be afraid, be very afraid!