Saturday, April 2, 2011

John Wooden Gives a TED Talk

This afternoon while waiting for the start of the Butler vs. VCU NCAA basketball game CBS aired a segment about legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Wooden's teams won more national championships than any other men's basketball team in history. The segment on CBS featured clips of Wooden (who passed away in December) talking about what he tried to teach and his former players Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul Jabbar sharing the lessons they learned from Wooden.

The CBS segment about Coach John Wooden reminded me of a TED Talk I watched a couple of years ago. In his TED Talk from 2001 Coach Wooden explains the difference between winning and success. If you have 18 minutes, watch and listen to this video. What strikes me most about Coach Wooden's talk is his emphasis on teaching and developing character over winning. One of his three most important rules, "no criticizing of teammates, I'm paid to do that," is a great rule that translates well to the classroom and the workplace.

Watch Eagles and Eaglets Live

In yesterday's month-in-review post I mentioned that a pair of geese had returned to the swamp near my house. It's not just geese that will be rearing their young this spring. As spring arrives in the northern hemisphere baby animals of all kinds are being born. In some cases the Internet makes it possible for us to watch that process happen. Through one of the fly fishing communities I participate in I've learned about two places where you can watch eagles and eaglets in their nests. Raptor Resource has live web feeds from eagle nests, owl nests, and osprey nests. The Biodiversity Research Institute has live web feeds from two different eagle's nests.

I've embedded one of the live streams from Raptor Resource.

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American History Demographic Chart Book

The American History Demographic Chart Book is a website featuring dozens of graphics about US demographics from 1790 through 2010. The site is divided into seventeen chapters each containing multiple dynamic graphics. The chapters are labeled according to demographic categories such as age, marital status, education, and birthplace.

H/T to US History Teachers Blog.

Applications for Education
Examining how demographic data has changed over the course of US History can be a good way for students to  explore the causes of events and eras in US History. The American History Demographic Chart Book puts all of that data in one place for students to explore.