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Phil Wagner
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Ah Spring Equinox, that time of year where it's easier to balance an egg on its end ;)
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A keynote where Math is the hero? Well worth your time whether you are a educator or parent in search of perplexity for you and yours.

If you can't tell from the video, if you ever get the change to be in a +Dan Meyer pd session, don't miss it!
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For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love - Ephesians 1:4

The matter/energy of every single living thing was present in the singularity at the Big Bang. Love one another, you were once closer than you think :) Happy Monday everyone!
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Because when we say everyone should be able to learn to code we mean EVERYONE :)
 
Making Blockly Universally Accessible
Posted by +Neil Fraser, Chief Interplanetary Liaison

We work hard to make our products accessible to people everywhere, in every culture. Today we’re expanding our outreach efforts to support a traditionally underserved community -- those who call themselves "tlhIngan."

Google's Blockly programming environment is used in K-12 classrooms around the world to teach programming. But the world is not enough. Students on Qo'noS (http://goo.gl/KVpjdy) have had difficulty learning to code because most of the teaching tools aren't available in their native language. Additionally, many existing tools are too fragile for their pedagogical approach. As a result, Klingons have found it challenging to enter computer science. This is reflected in the fact that less than 2% of Google engineers are Klingon.

Today we launch a full translation of Blockly in Klingon. It incorporates Klingon cultural norms to facilitate learning in this unique population:

-Blockly has no syntax errors. This reduces frustration, and reduces the number of computers thrown through bulkheads.

-Variables are untyped. Type errors can too easily be perceived as a challenge to the honor of a student's family (and we’ve seen where that ends).

-Debugging and bug reports have been omitted, our research indicates that in the event of a bug, they prefer the entire program to just blow up.

Get a little keyboard dirt under your fingernails. Learn that although ghargh (http://goo.gl/NlWE7S) is delicious, code structure should not resemble it. And above all, be proud that tlhIngan maH (http://goo.gl/oFchzl). Qapla'!

You can try out the demo below or get involved at http://goo.gl/Qr5Auh.
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Today I was trying for the third time to teach pseudocode to one of my classes. 9th graders in this case. One of my colleagues suggested they didn't have a mental model that allowed transition from one mode to the other and that I might not be doing them a favor.
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You may have already seen this but I enjoy both the message and the style so much I wanted to make sure :)
 
Requests for user information from governments around the world are up 120 percent since 2009: http://goo.gl/11v9LP. Often these requests come in the form of a warrant from a government agency in the U.S.—here’s a video showing how we protect users' information from excessive requests, while also following the law: 
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My wife pointed me to this video. She's right the voice is awesome but the message is even better!
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An artist once told Richard Feynman how he felt science had no place for beauty or meaning. He has an excellent response on the nature of science and how the micro and macro actually provide new opportunities for experiencing beauty.

I felt the same way as I drove home reflecting on Romans 1:20. Having an understanding of Physics and Biology allows me to appreciate God all the more and be amazed.

Contrary to popular belief God loves science and welcomes us to explore His creation (Psalm 1, 8 etc). Have a wonderful weekend!
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I'm not a particularly religious person, but from time to time I've thought the same.  Science doesn't diminish my wonder in the world, it doesn't reduce it to some bland mechanistic understanding, it increases that wonder.  The universe is full of amazing things, and each new discovery expands that.
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The importance of rest and restoring is universally known but our culture seems to pretend this is not true and we pay the price with our exhaustion and how we treat one another. What we've tried to replace Sabbath with has failed to satisfy and it's time we acknowledge that.

There will always be more work to do, more things to buy, etc. Take a minute or an entire day to remember what is important and put your love and energy into it.
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Excellent points +Timothy Niiler thanks for your willingness to share. Absolutely I think people get the impression that Sabbath was something God imposed on us and those who do not believe in God think they are more free because of the removal of things like Blue Laws and Sabbath.

In reality God placed Sabbath in our lives because He knew we needed it. It was an act of kindness towards us not a trivial rule.

Jesus said in Mark 2:27 The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. I think if people realized God places these things in our lives for our good not to hold us back we would take a different view towards God and His laws.
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Noooooooo! I love April Fools but don't tease me with this!

Note to the Internet: if you make this I will buy it.
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For +Ben Rimes
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Some interesting findings from +Philip Guo et al on videos and student engagement. I appreciate the recommendations and believe this applies to trainings and classroom videos as well.

To clarify, it's not that you couldn't have a video longer than 6 minutes but you have an uphill battle with student engagement (just as you would with live instruction as well). Hopefully those who use videos consider how they can intersperse them with activities, feedback, discussion, etc.

If you do have a video longer than a few minutes because it is a narrative or complex topic etc and you absolutely can't think of how to shorten/break it down then apply some of the principles that movie/TV shows do to bring your attention/motivation back. Even changing the camera angle can give a slight nudge. I think +Veritasium is doing an excellent job of building up suspense and challenging misconceptions with relatively short videos and it's worth looking at the ways in which he and others like him do it.
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Instructional Designer, Educator, Speaker, EdTech Consultant, and Maker
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  • Google
    Instructional Designer, 2012 - present
  • Google
    Curriculum Fellow, 2011 - 2012
  • High Tech High Chula Vista
    Math, Science, and Robotics Educator, Speaker, EdTech Consultant, and Maker, 2008 - 2011
  • Beverly Hills High School
    Science and Robotics Educator, 2007 - 2008
  • Daniel C. Oakes High School
    Science Teacher, 2006 - 2007
  • Dunstan Middle School
    Science Teacher, 2006 - 2006
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    Electrician's Mate, 2000 - 2004
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A Christian who is passionate about how we learn.
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Created the Physics Gizmo Android app to help students do science with only a phone.
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    Masters in Education Technology, 2011 - 2013
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