Amanda Palmer – internet darling, rock star, and keynoter at this year’s Muse and the Marketplace literary conference. This video captures her keynote address in it’s entirety, where she drops words of wisdom on pursuing writing, art, and more broadly, work you’re passionate about. Palmer’s delivery is warm and lulling, making it’s 30 minutes float by, dropping nuggets like: “If you’re brave, you can yell down into the marketplace and find your friends in the crowd that will resonate with you, without permission from on high. Because anything you write in any format can change somebody, can change an opinion, can scratch an opening in a scarred up heart.”
Folks who love the texture and weight of a book in your hands, the telling but not too telling artwork, are going to love this short film from Spike Jonze and handbag designer Olympia Le-Tan. The pair took 6 months to write the script, cut 3,000 pieces of felt to create this beautiful stop-motion film set in Paris’ legendary bookstore, Shakespeare and Company.
Want more? Have a look at the Making Of too.
The Next Web recently took a look at the impact of Uruguay’s One Laptop per Child program, which started in 2007 and reached full implementation in 2009. Through Plan Ceibal, Uruguay was the first country in the world to give XO-1 laptops, or “ceibalitas”, to every primary school student in the country. That’s 350,000 laptops for students, and 16,000 for teachers.
The Next Web digs into a couple of new reports published on the project focusing on cost, implementation, teacher development, and impact on Uruguay’s burgeoning tech sector. Since implementation, students are not just using their laptops in school, but also at home and with their families. What stood out to me the most was the lack of teacher development in building curriculum that uses the ceibalitas to their fullest potential. This led to the laptops being underutilized in the classroom.
This post reminds me of Cindy Selfe’s book, Technology and Literacy in the 21st Century, which looked at computer literacy implementation in the United States that eventually led to the US being a leader in technological development and manufacturing. Selfe’s book delves into the social impact of this movement in the US, which is lacking in this post from The Next Web. However, as the OLPC initiative continues to expand there are significant lessons to be learned from its impact in places it’s currently active.
Andrew Van Heuvel, a science teacher from Grand Haven, MI, recently won the contest Google held for a contestant to use the hashtag #ifihadglass with a tweet of what they would do with Google Glass if they had the chance. Google Glass, for those who don’t know, is considered, “the most highly anticipated (and intensely coveted) technology to emerge in years.” It is “essentially a computer you wear over your eye and control with your voice.”
Van Heuvel won and was able to use Google Glass to create up-close and personal videos to teach his online physics classes. He decided to create STEMbite: a series of bite-size videos showing the math and science of everyday life from a unique first-person perspective. He says one of the most exciting possibilities for this to emerge as a new way of teaching and learning is, “augmented reality — that is, an object coming to life when viewed through the device.” There’s so much more to learn from Google Glass that could make it the next wave of online teaching.