Going through my GMAIL account – links to some good stuff – mostly all from TWITTER

Japan, one week later, in 25 powerful photos http://j.mp/fETyTd

Great little 4 minute video about the world around us. http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2010/10/22/wanderlust/

I want this as my next classroom project http://prototypedesigncamp.com/

Part 1: Going Digital …Ten Points To Consider When Transforming Towards Digital Curriculum

http://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/part-1-going-digital-ten-points-to-consider-when-transforming-towards-digital-curriculum/
 
2 Simple Tools Every Classroom Teacher Should Try http://bit.ly/htAs8T
 
100 Reasons to Mind Map: http://tinyurl.com/ns8jr2

What Bill Gates Could Learn from Chris Rock http://bit.ly/fD8jHo (via @earlyeditionapp) < so true for learning!

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Thought Provoking Links for us to discuss

1. Highlights from day one of #TED 2011 – exclusive speaker quotes, photos and more http://j.mp/gqMagI

2. http://showthemath.org/ – This is a simple site that allows you to show your work when solving equations (no – the computer won’t do anything for you!). Right now we are still in the beta testing stage. Eventually you will be able to “published” your work and then copy it over into a document, post to a web page, or email a link to your published work. We encourage all feedback, so send us an email with your ideas.

3. Changes Schools Should Make to Better Serve Students: A Student’s View

 This student brings up so many valid points that I don’t even know where to start. I would love to sit down and chat with her and pick her brain.

4. The Most Average Human on the Planet – This blows my mind. Are you average?

5. Video: No Child Left Behind and Global Competitiveness – Yong Zhao raises some very valid points. My favorite is about standardized test scores are turning teachers in low level right brain people.

As always I would love to hear from you. Check these out and leave me your thoughts.

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Another Dosage of Great Links to Check Out

1. With the Speed at which social media is causing change in our world, we need a social Network to record it as history.
http://newsrevolutions.wikispaces.com/


2. 50+ EdTech Resources You May Have Missed–Treasure Chest- Feb 13 2011


3. http://www.everloop.com/


4. How To Remember What You Study – http://www.pgcbasketball.com/how-to-remember-what-you-study/


5. FutureMe. My favorite link of the week. You can write to your future self either publicly or in private. Check it out.
6. 18 Supermarket Lies Revealed






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Emails That I Have Sent Myself – Part 1

Okay, so not only do I have a massive pile of magazines to dwindle down(part 5 coming soon), but I have an even more massive list of emails in my gmail account. Of the 1000 plus emails for me to sort through at least 300 are from me. What? Yes, when I read something great online or on Twitter I always email them to myself so I can post about them. Well, I have not done that second part of this and now it is time. Over my holiday break I plan on dwindling my emails down to a single page and rid my inbox of everything that is no longer needed.

Anyways, here is the first part in stuff from my email inbox that I think are worthy of sharing. This is going to be long series.

1. Urban Dictionary’s Words Of The Year – A radio interview where the founder of Urban Dictionary discusses the most popular words/phrases added to the site this year in response to the latest words added to Oxford Dictionary. My favorite is the BP phrase.

2. Problems with labeling of food and drink products – As my Lego Robotic team continues to conduct research on sugar and caffeine I have been so surprised at how sneaky the food industry is when it comes to actually sharing what we are putting in our bodies. This post calls out Coca Cola for their misleading ad. Sure, the smart, healthy person would pick up on this, but with the obesity and overweight issues we have in America it is obvious that what these companies do work when pulling a fast one over us.

3. This seemed like a cool link – to teach yourself how to tell time without a clock. However, I would be screwed at step 1 because I would have no idea how to determine which direction south is. Plus this seems way too complicated for my simple mind. Thank goodness for cell phones and watches. On a side note, it is a lost art for students to be able to tell time on a regular clock that is not digital. I am blown away by the number of kids who don’t know how to read a regular old clock. Signs that I am getting old.

4. Here is a great video. As the caption suggests when go to the link we are all suckers for end of the year lists and memories and all that good stuff. This is a good video. I think the reason we like these types of things is that our lives move too fast and we forget how much actually goes on in a year.

5. The last link for this post is one that just popped in my inbox while creating this post. It is a link to one of my daily newspapers from Twitter. This is a compilation from the Cybil Book Judges that post to Twitter. Check it out. Not sure if I am in there or not.

The cybilsjudges2010 Daily has just been updated, and you can view it at http://paper.li/madiganreads/cybilsjudges2010

Another 5 from my email inbox of over 1000 coming soon!

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Things I learned from my massive pile of magazines – Part 4

Part 4 will continue things I took away from Men’s Health December issue. Go here to read part three

I will start off by stating that after reading the article on Todd Durkin I went on Amazon and bought his IMPACT book. I am such a sucker for books and workout ones in particular. I need something new and fresh and this looks promising. I also picked up 100 push-ups in 7 weeks training book. Between these two I should have plenty to do starting in January.

Buying these items reminds me of the fact that magazines are just monthly catalogs of things to buy with articles to persuade you to buy these items even more. The media giants are smart because they just worked on me.

Another article grabbed my interest in this issue for several reasons
1. The title, How a Fat Nation Can Slim Down – I was interested to read the ideas suggested
2. Some of these topics are ones that could be used in my Lego Robotic team presentation
3. Further motivation to change my eating habits to healthy and normal

What I learned?

  • Brian Wansink, Ph.D conducted a study on larger people vs. regular people and their behavior in eating at restaurants. Crazy stuff was pointed out by seat location, plate sizes, men and their manly image, etc.
  • More than 50% of calories come from carbs
  • Average man watches 3 hours of tv and 24 minutes of exercises – This is sad my friends!!!!
  • 2/3 of Americans are overweight
  • 1/3 of men and 40% of women born this century will be diabetic and die before their time
  • Average American consumes 45 lbs of sugar
  • a single 64 ounce Double Gulp provides the same amount of sugar as what was at one point in time a lifetime supply of sweetener
  • Average American drinks 16 ounces of pop a day and if that were to be replaced by water they would weigh 15 lbs less than what they currently do.

There were some good solutions/ideas presented. Nothing mind blowing or anything new, but awareness of parents and what they feed their kids, schools need to change, companies need to stop targeting people and d more than just tell us to exercises, government should get involved like they did with cavities and tobacco, and just a whole collective battle to change things.

I think it is time. How many of us know of someone who has body aches, problems. illness, disease, etc. that could probably be eradicated with some exercise and change in their diet? We all know these people and it is time we take care of ourselves so we can take care of others.

Enough with Men’s Health. Up next, another Outside magazine and ESPN.

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Things I learned from my massive pile of magazines – Part 3

This post will cover my thoughts of the Men’s Health December issue. This one is in my top 5 favorite magazines. Despite the fact that David Zinczenko has been accused of recycling articles and pictures(quite obvious when you read about it online and also frustrating to a consumer) I still find this magazine to draw me in to everything it shares.

1. Suggestions for top 3 coffee bean picks(yes, I plan on buying them all now, thanks Men’s Health)

  • Best Light Blend they suggest Zoka Tangletown Blend
  • Best Medium Bodied they suggest Verve 1950 Blend
  • Best Deep, Bold blend they suggest Gimmel Coffee Leftist Espresso Blend

Never heard of any of these, but after some posts on Twitter and now this I have some serious coffee coming my way(twitter recommendation I read was Flying Goat Coffee)

2. Pull Out Poster had a great workout. I plan on incorporating this into my first workouts after the holidays to get refocused on my training even though I hate dead lifts with a passion.

3. Some delicious looking meatball recipes. Too bad my family does not like meatballs or else I would make them.

4. Great article titled, From Average Joe to Pro discusses how to train no matter who you are. Todd Durkin, the trainer of the article states that he trains all his clients the same no matter if they are NFL players or a regular guy like myself. Durkin has a book called IMPACT! Body Plan. Never heard of it, but may be worth checking out.

  • Guy in article followed his training and dropped 12 lbs in one month and many body ailments disappeared.
  • Not easy, but in order to change workouts, must change mind(so true with everything in life am I right Coffeechuggians?)
  • Proper warm up makes you sweat. Running on treadmill for 5 minutes and bench press with just bar is USELESS people. I know that and yet how many of us do that? Actually, I just did that today knowing it was a waste of time. Do as I write not as I do!!
  • Dynamic warm up of about 15 exercises in 7-10 minutes. Tough people!
  • Workouts should take 45 minutes and not two hours. Efficient with time
  • Giant sets – 3 exercises or more with no break in between
  • Durkin provides some killer workout ideas. I am going to try out the Death Crawl and the one labeled as one of his favorite drill to end any workouts. They look super nasty, but am up for the challenge. Will keep you posted.

There is much more to share and that will come in part 4.

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Things I learned from my massive pile of magazines – Part 2

Continuing to shuffle through my magazines I will continue with my post from the December issue of Outside magazine.

I read an interview of Conrad Anker (check out his blog). He is a mountain climber and does a variety of other things. What caught my eye was an image of him climbing up what appears to be a frozen waterfall. This article made me remind myself that I can accomplish anything(marathon?) and to not be afraid to take risks. Check his blog above you can see some crazy pictures that make you realize that sometimes we live life too “safely” and need to push ourselves pass what we believe our limits really are.

The other article that grabbed my interest was about training. We need to have both hard training days and recovery days. The recovery days really need to be easy and this emphasis is important to me. I plan on pushing my body to a much better racing time this year and in order for that to happen I need to train harder and more efficiently on my hard training days, but really stick to the plan and have those recovery runs where this year I pushed harder on those days than what I should have. Great article.

Outside is a great magazine and definitely more worthy of my money than Maxim.

Part 3 will be posted tomorrow and will provide you with my insights from Men’s Health magazine December issue. Stay tuned…

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Things I learned from my massive pile of magazines – Part 1

Tonight I began to go through my magazine pile and begin to dwindle down all this reading material. I have not had time to read the 12+ magazines that I subscribe to. I love to read. I love getting mail. Magazines satisfy both of those needs. Here is the first pit stop of magazines

I sifted quickly through the December issue of Maxim. This magazine I receive due to a previous magazine owned by the parent company had gone under so they are filling out the remainder of the subscription with this one. Anyways, I was suffocated by  the cologne and did not find any that I liked and walked away with some crazy races across America that piqued my interest. The Tough Guy Challenge, The Death Race in Vermont, and the Spartan Race were three that would be a tough, but fun challenge for craqzies like me. Probably won’t do any of them, but it helps to get me remotivated to start running again. Lastly, an advertisement for the Ultimate Guys weekend where you have three days of going through the tactical training for special operations. I wonder what the cost is of this event to go and blow things up, shoot at targets, and completely overload the testosterone component to us males. This magazine took all of about 7 minutes to get through. Moving on to better reading material.

Moving on to some better reading I had to read the last two issues of Outside Magazine which came in a package with my National Geographic subscription. The one I read was the December issue. Did you know that the Swiss Army knife was made in 1884? That was a long time ago. I remember receiving my first Swiss army knife in 2nd grade from my dad. He told me it was sharp and to be careful. Being a boy it took no longer than that night while laying in bed to slice my finger and it hurt something bad. You live and learn. They no wmake more than 15 million a year. Crazy stuff.

I came across some other crazy stuff, but you will have to wait until Part 2.

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Why We Can’t Stop Playing Angry Birds

Why We Can’t Stop Playing Angry Birds, Wall St Jrnlhttp://on.wsj.com/f8CBNt

Angry Birds has consumed my life once before. It has not consumed my life ever since I lost all my completions when I had to reformat my iPad. However, Trucks and Skulls which plays exactly like Angry Birds has taken over my life.

What game has consumed you?

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