2010: April

19  I enjoyed meeting many of you, and having you participate in my workshops,
at the Palmetto Association of Independent Schools Technology Symposium at
Converse College.  Go to the PAIS NING where I have posted my powerpoint.

Media educator David Considine contributes to the current issue of NMSA’s Middle Ground (Teaching 21st Century Skills) with a piece advocating for media literacy in the middle grades. Excerpt: “Teaching students to critically analyze and evaluate advertising provides them with the skills to be competent consumers—a skill they will use for the rest of their lives, whether making decisions about their next bag of potato chips or the next president of the United States.” (Article available to NMSA members)

The main feature in the April 30th issue of Current Science describes the scientific connections between the plants and animals of Pandora—their bold stripes, vivid colors, and night-glowing hues—and the wildlife on Earth. A sidebar to the feature explains how Cameron managed to avoid a dreaded “uncanny valley” and achieve a high level of realism in the movie.