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Hey You! What Song Are You Listening To?

What song are you listening to?

This is a piece of homework I set my year 11 class last week. It uses two YouTube videos that were uploaded only recently. I liked the idea at once: Tyler Cullen went around New York City, asking people with headphones on, what song they were listening to. Kate [...]

21st Century Learners

21st Century Learners
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Scenes from school life

I made a little video – pretty quickly, in fact, by just uploading photos from my computer. Finding (and taking) those photos had taken a little longer. The pictures come from flickr mainly, with a Creative Commons licence, some were taken by myself.
Picture credits:
Judy Baxter (2005), Sascha Jäggi (2008), Brian Yap (2006), Russell Neches (2006), [...]

Googly: What does it look like?

YouTube’s rich treasures also contain videos about the finer points of cricket – I should have thought of that when I wrote my entry about “googly” yesterday.

So here’s an instructive clip about how to bowl a googly:

And if you want to see what it looks like in a real match, have a look at this:

Abdul [...]

Miracle Workers by TAYLOR MALI

Taylor Mali has made another poem about his (and our) profession: Miracle Workers is about our daily bread, as it were. The final lines give a good impression of the general tone of the poem: “Education’s the miracle, I’m just the worker./But I’m a teacher, /And that’s what we do.” This is a lot less [...]

George Gershwin – Rhapsody In Blue

Got 21 minutes? Do you like Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” and think you know it pretty much by heart?
Then go ahead and listen to this. It’s the “Rhapsody” in a version for Jazz Trio and Symphony Orchestra, played by the M. Roberts Trio and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Seiji Ozawa, on the open [...]

John Updike on Obama

In a conversation with NYT Book Review editor Sam Tanenhaus, John Updike uses an intriguing neologism to describe Obama’s social skills. Updike thinks that the president-elect displays a certain “reaching-outness” (approx. 3:50 in the following video). – How would you spell it, with or without the hyphen? Or put another hyphen in front of “ness”?

The [...]

Great Expectations in Modern Times

Just two things (and one thing more) on the impressive success of Barack Obama:

An Economist article on the importance of being e…lected: Great expectations of Barack Obama.
A video on how Obama used the Internet to gather votes: Barack Obama and the Internet (see below).

Embedded video from CNN Video

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One thing more: Wie wär’s mit einem kleinen [...]

BardBox

The “News on the Rialto” blog, dedicated to all things Shakespearean, has drawn my attention to the BardBox.
BardBox is “an attempt to bring together some of the best and most interesting of original Shakespeare-related videos on YouTube”.
Among other things, there is a page where you can look for videos connected with a particular play, and [...]