Saturday, May 9, 2009

Five Notable Commencement Addresses

My youngest brother is graduating from the University of Connecticut this weekend. I'm not sure who will be delivering the commencement keynote. Thinking about graduation ceremonies gave me the idea for creating this list of five notable commencement addresses.

Steve Jobs gave the commencement keynote at Stanford in 2005. I've watched this video a few times in the last couple of years. Each time I watch it I pick up on something new and gain more appreciation for his message. The video is embedded below.

Bill Cosby gave the commencement keynote at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007. I watched the video for the first time today. In typical Bill Cosby fashion he entertains while congratulating the graduates for "being nerds" and offering advice from his experiences.

Google co-founder Larry Page delivered the commencement keynote at the University of Michigan last weekend. Mr. Page is not quite as dynamic in his delivery as Cosby and Jobs, but his message is a timely one for students graduating into a tough economic climate.

In 2006 Tom Brokaw delivered the commencement keynote at Stanford. What I really appreciated about Brokaw's speech is that he reminds the audience that as impressive as 21st century technology is, "it will do us little good if we wire the world, but short circuit our souls."

Not your typical commencement speaker, but an entertaining one none-the-less, Adam Sandler "crashed" a high school graduation in New Hampshire.

Blogs for Art Teachers

I've written about The Teaching Palette in the past as a good resource for art teachers. This week they shared a list of other good blogs for art teachers. If you're an art teacher or you just have a general interest in art education, make sure you visit this list for some good blogs to add to your RSS reader.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Virtual Tours of the Louvre
Picasso Animated
7 Resources for Creating Cartoons and Comics

Teachers Connecting - Find A Project Partner

There are numerous informal ways for teachers to connect. Three of the more common places to connect are Classroom 2.0, Twitter, and Facebook. The connections made through those forums can be used to create a global, collaborative, classroom project. However, if you're new to those networks or you're just beginning to form a PLN it's not always easy to find a collaboration partner. Fortunately, Teachers Connecting can help you find a partner for a collaborative project.

Teachers Connecting is a professional network where you can find other teachers who would like to connect their classrooms with your's. On Teachers Connecting you can post a project proposal or search for projects proposed by other teachers.

Applications for Education
Teachers Connecting could have your next global collaborative project just waiting for you and your students. If it doesn't, propose one and find a partner for your next project.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
National Council for the Social Studies Ning
Seven Ways to Find Teachers on Twitter
Three Facebook Groups Connecting Teachers