Saturday, February 28, 2009

How a Virus Spreads

Student Assignment: Zack
Watch this NPR video about flu attacks. Then write a brief story about how the flu spreads.

• Include the five W's of a good news story.
• What surprised you most about how the flu spreads?
• What did you think of the graphics in the video and the video itself?
• Include a link to the video
• Embed an image -- perhaps a screen grab -- from the video.
• Remember to include source credits.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Team Nutrition: Blast Off to Healthy Eating


Team Nutrition is a project of the USDA Food and Nutrition Service. Part of its education efforts include the creation of a computer game to teach young people about healthy eating.

Student Assignement: Brendon
What is Team Nutrition and what is the organization trying to do? Write a news story that explains the five W's of Team Nutrition:

• Who
• What
• When
• Where
• Why

Also, review Team Nutrition's new computer game and point readers to this educational page. What do you find most interesting about it? Consider htthe following questions:

• What is the game like to play?
• What ages is it most appropriate for?
• What do you like best about the game?
• What would you change?
• Did you find any bugs (or mistakes in the game)?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Design for Giving Contest: What Could The Herald Do?


Watch this video showing a school in the "Design for Giving" contest. Write one paragraph -- three to five sentences -- about video. Include the five W's and give your impression of it.

Next, come up with three ideas for "giving" that students from The Hillwood Herald could easily do.

Again, remember to answer the five W’s of any good news story:
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why

News Event: Design for Giving Contest



Write a story about the "Design for Giving" contest and interview one of the contests organizers in India. You should research the contest by reading this story from an Indian newspaper and the information on the contest site. You will find several news stories on this page. Remember, as you write your story, to source any publication that you reference.

Remember to answer the five W’s of any good news story:
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why

‘I am What I Learn’




Student Assignment: Everyone
Why is education important to your future?

Last week, we talked about entering the "I am What I Learn" contest. This week, we will need to prepare our ideas for our two-minute video entry.

Watch the above video and then answer the following questions:
  1. Why is education important to your future?
  2. Why is education important to our country?
  3. Why is education important to our world?
  4. How can we make education better?
  5. How are you going to make education better for yourself?
  6. How might you make education better for other people?
Remember, give helpful and instructive ideas for solving the problem.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Current Event: Upper-Grader Trip to the Academy of Sciences

Student Assignment: Jacob, Brandon
Write a brief story—five sentences—about the upper-graders' trip to the Academy of Sciences.

• Who got to go?
• How did you get there?
• What where the three most interesting things you saw?
• What did you think of the museum?

Remember to include the basics -- also known as the five W's -- of a news story:

• Who
• What
• When
• Where
• Why

Upload three images for this assignment and link to the Academy of Sciences website. You may also write about the website.

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Hillwood Herald Style Guide

Is the correct spelling "style guide" or "styleguide"? Should "uppergrades" be one or two word? The staff of The Hillwood Herald will keep an A to Z list of how things ought to be.

Student Assignment: Everyone
Each week, each student will need to bring in one item — a word, an element of punctuation, or a style question – for the class to discuss. Many of these will become entries in The Hillwood Herald Style Guide, which is posted on the Hillwood wiki (password protected).

We'll also identify good online sources to use, such as the Merriam-Webster dictionary website.

News Event: Barack Obama

On Wednesday morning President Barack Obama addressed the United Nations.

Student Assignment: Brigette
You may either read the President's entire speech or merely scan it. You will want to explain the news angle — the president is speaking to the United Nations. You will need to explain what the United Nations is.

Include the following quotation from the President's speech in your story. You will want to relate it to what the United Nations is and what it does for the world. Remember to credit him with the quotation. Here is the quote:
"The United Nations was born of the belief that the people of the world can live their lives, raise their families, and resolve their differences peacefully. And yet we know that in too many parts of the world, this ideal remains an abstraction -- a distant dream. We can either accept that outcome as inevitable, and tolerate constant and crippling conflict, or we can recognize that the yearning for peace is universal, and reassert our resolve to end conflicts around the world."
Consider answering the following questions, in addition to the five W’s of news reporting:
  • Who
  • What
  • Why did the President speak at the United Nations?
  • Where
  • When
  • What is the United Nations?
  • Where and when did it start?
Upload one or two images related to the event. Remember to credit the photo source.

Photo credit: The New York Times

Infographic: How Do People Spend Their Days

How do Americans spend their time? This infographic shows you.

• The word infographic is slang
for "informational graphic"; any map, chart, or diagram used to analyze an event, object or place.

• This infographic is made with a computer program called Flash. Flash is program for creating interactive features for websites.

Student Assignment:
Samantha, Rachel

Roll over and click onto this graphic. Spend several minutes clicking around and reading the information that pops up. Take notes as you do this.

Write a brief story -- five sentences -- about this infographic. What do you find most surprising and interesting about how people are spending their time?

Link to the website of The New York Times and include a screen grab or image of the infographic. Ms. Moorhead can show you how to do make a screen grap.

Remember to include the basics -- also known as the five W's -- of a news story:

• Who
• What
• When
• Where
• Why


Current Event: Baby T-Rex Found?

Paleontologists at the University of Chicago find a miniature t-rex. What's the story behind their find and why does it matter?

Student Assignment: Zack O.
Spend several minutes reading this news article from The New York Times and be sure to watch the video clip on the lower left-hand side of the page or here. Also read the information on this page and consider linking to the video clip on this page.

Write a brief story about this news event. Link to the website of the University of Chicago, and any sources that cite (say, The New York Times).

Remember to include the basics -- also known as the five W's -- of a news story:

• Who
• What
• When
• Where
• Why

Upload at least image for this assignment and thank Irene for coming up with this idea as suggested story.

If you finish this assignment, you may make a photo essay using only related photos from the University of Chicago website.

Remember to pick appropriate music for your video. Remember your audience — your parents, friends, and teachers.

Go to http://animoto.com/

Click on the "Sign In" button in the upper-right-hand corner.
Email: laura_moorhead@mindspring.com
Password: Hillwood

Scientists Find More Exoplanet

Assignment: Zack
Has learning the planets just gotten harder? Scientists announce that they've found more planets. Astronomers say there are 32 new planets outside our Solar System, taking the number of known exoplanets to more than 400.

Write a news story about this event. You can use this BBC News story as your source.

Remember to use the five W's of a good news story. Also, explain what an exoplanet is. Use a photo from this page.

Create a Photo Essay About What Inpsires You to Learn

Assignment: Jacob, Brandon, Samanth
Create an Animoto slideshow about what inspires you to learn. Use photos from this page or from a photo marked Hillwood on your computers desktop. You may also use photos or images from Animoto.

On the desktop of Ms. Moorhead's laptops, there is a folder marked "Hillwood Photos." Use photos from this folder.

Remember to pick appropriate music for your video. Remember your audience — your parents, friends, and teachers.

Go to http://animoto.com/

Click on the "Sign In" button in the upper-right-hand corner.
Email: laura_moorhead@mindspring.com
Password: Hillwood

You both will need to pace yourselves with this assignment — do not spend too much time listening to music or selecting images. There will be time to play with the program later.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Video from September 18th

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Brick Artist



Art and music made out of Legos? What do you think? And who is the artist behind all the little, colorful squares?

Student Assignment: Rubina, Anya
Spend several minutes reading about Nathan Sawaya on his website. Look through his website, and check out some of his artwork.

Write a brief -- about ten sentences -- about what Nathan does. What do you think? Which of his creations do you like best? Capture three to five images of his work. Remember to credit his website as a source for these images (see example below; you can but and paste the text.

Remember to include the basics -- also known as the five W's -- of a news story:

• Who
• What
• When
• Where
• Why

Photo credit: Brick Artist

Design for Giving Contest



Student Assignment: Everyone
Turning garbage into art. Helping families understand the importance of keeping the environment clean. Raising money for an orphanage. Improving the living conditions of construction workers. Putting a smile on the faces of the elderly.

The Design for Giving Contest is motivating schools across India to reimagine the act of giving. Taking place from August 15th to Oct 15th, the contest involves more than 30,000 schools across India. School children will design and implement solutions to help people in need. The goal of this movement is to help children realize that they can "be the change" they want to see in the world.

Read this note from Zara, aka Words, our contact in India.

Watch the above video and then answer the following two sets of questions:
  1. What bothers you in San Francisco?
  2. What are you going to do about it?

  3. What bothers you in the United States?
  4. What are you going to do about it? (Watch this video for inspiration.)
Remember, give helpful and instructive ideas for solving the problem.

This is the first part of our package about the "Design for Giving Contest." Students will interview someone from the program (a recent high school graduate), and the organization would like to post our video on their website. So, let's do a great job!

We will also do several other "related stories," including a news story, a Wordle, a photo essay, a look into what could The Herald do? How can we make things better?

Friday, February 20, 2009

Masterpiece Comics

Assignment: Lance
What would happen if Garfield the Cat met Christopher Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus? Or if Beavis and Butt-head were left waiting for Godot? It's hard to imagine. Fortunately, comic-book artist R. Sikoryak has mashed up classical works of literature with comic strips. He writes Masterpiece Comics, but there are other artists and writers who have done this.

In this assignment, consider some past work through this link or this one from the magazine Time Out! New York. Remember to credit whatever source you use (NPR or Time Out! New York) and link to both pages (this page one and this one). Also, do a screen grab of one of the images -- whichever one you like best. You can find more images on Sikoryak's web page, as well as his bio.

In “Dostoyevsky Comics,” Sikoryak has made loner vigilante Bruce Wayne Crime and Punishment’s Raskol (instead of the bat signal, he gets an ax). There's also “Good Ol’ Gregor Brown,” lovable loser Charlie Brown wakes up a cockroach à la Kafka’s The Metamorphosis (Snoopy is the maid).

Link to the Wikipedia page that talks about the real classic for each book. You may use the links ALREADY included on this page to save time.

A Photo Essay About Our City Hall Trip

Student Assignment: Brigette
Create an Animoto slideshow about the upper-grader trip to City Hall. Use photos from this page or from a photo marked Hillwood on your computers desktop.

You will need to quickly pick photos from the page and then drag and drop them onto your computer. Remember to add a photo credit.

Write an introduction -- at least ten sentences -- to your photo essay.

Remember to pick appropriate music for your video. Remember your audience — your parents, friends, and teachers.

Go to http://animoto.com/

Click on the "Sign In" button in the upper-right-hand corner.
Email: laura_moorhead@mindspring.com
Password: Hillwood

You both will need to pace yourselves with this assignment — do not spend too much time listening to music or selecting images. There will be time to play with the program later.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

A Report on the City Hall Field Trip

Student Assignment: Irene

Write a report about the upper-graders' trip to both City Hall and the Exploratorium.

For the City Hall portion, link to the appropriate video and images.

For the Exploratorium story, link to the photos from the art project. Explain how you made these images.

If you have time, let's post your Wikipedia entry about Hillwood.

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Theater Event: ‘Hamlet’ in Noe Valley

Student assignment: Rubina

Write a news story announcing this upcoming play. Write about how students can attend the show and what Hamlet is about. Remember to include the five W's of a good news story.

HAMLET at the Noe Valley Library, 451 Jersey Street, San Francisco, on
November 21st ~ Show at 2:00 pm / Q&A with the cast at 3:00 pm
No ticket or reservation needed — just come and enjoy the show!
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This ghostly tale of a prince whose royal family is disrupted by revenge and corruption is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s finest commentaries on morality and the human condition. Set in the medieval court of Denmark, the show features Shakespeare’s most famous soliloquy, ‘to be or not to be’ and other familiar language that will be readily recognized!

The set (hand-painted by award-winning scenic designer Serina Serjama whose work with Santa Barbara and San Jose Opera Companies has been widely acclaimed) and period costumes conjure up Elsinore, the medieval Danish castle in which Hamlet is set. The performance also features a professionally choreographed sword fight! This production is directed by Rebecca J. Ennals, who staged last year’s tour of Romeo & Juliet that played nearly 200 times all over the state.

The White House Bird

Student Assignment: Anya
Write about the history of the White House bird. Include images for each president. Use this link for your images and information. Remember to identify your source.

Also, include how the turkey became such a central part of this holiday. Use Wikipedia as your source.

Turkey Cartoon


Create a cartoon about Thanksgiving using this Flash application. Then create a fun story using this application.

Pop Quiz: Turkeys!

Student Assignment: Zack

Take the Turkey quiz, and write about the experience.

Also, write about this pie recipe.

If you have time, create an Animoto photo essay highlighting the upper graders' most recent field trip.

Use photos from this page or from a photo marked Hillwood on your computers desktop. You may also use photos or images from Animoto.

You will need to quickly pick photos from the Exploratium's page and then drag and drop them onto your computer. Remember to add a photo credit.

Write an introduction -- at least five sentences -- to your photo essay.

Remember to pick appropriate music for your video. Remember your audience — your parents, friends, and teachers.

Go to http://animoto.com/

Click on the "Sign In" button in the upper-right-hand corner.
Email: laura_moorhead@mindspring.com
Password: Hillwood

You both will need to pace yourselves with this assignment — do not spend too much time listening to music or selecting images. There will be time to play with the program later.

Do you have a story or request for The Hillwood Herald to post about? If so, you can use the form below to complete the outlines of the story.

Who: ____________________________________________________________
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What: ____________________________________________________________
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When: ____________________________________________________________
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Where: ____________________________________________________________
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Why: ______________________________________________________________
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Thank You!


The Hillwood Herald Team

Hillwood Students Sing and Dance on Stage at the Randall Museum



In February, five Hillwood kids helped out Ms. Gayle Schmitt and her Toodala Ramblers — Tom Drohan (standup bass), Ted Silverman (mandolin), Betsy Maudlin (fiddle), and Craig Fletcher (banjo) at the Randall Museum. (Click through to the Randall Museum’s website and you’ll see a young Darien! An eighth-grader, Darien will be going to high school in the fall.)

Samantha and Rubina from the middle grades performed during both shows — they both sang and danced. Kasama and Oliver performed from the lower grades, and the older girls helped them on stage. More than 100 people were at each show. Jay and Joe Joe were in the crowd to provide support and extra clapping.

You can listen to some of the band’s music at Ms. Schmitt’s website. You can also hear some of the songs that we play and sing in class at Hillwood.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Photo Illustrations

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http://www.photofunia.com

‘I am What I Learn’ Contest Finalists

Student Assignement: Zack, Julien, Julian, Lance

The finalists of the "I am What I Learn" contest are out. We didn't make the list, but let's look at the ones that made the final cut.

Watch the videos, and then cast your vote. Each of you should review at least three videos. Why do you think each video made the finalist list? Remember to be nice, appropriate, and interesting. Write at least five sentence about each video.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Anglo-Saxen Treasure Found



Assignment: Lance
As you requested, you get to write about the recent treasure find. Read this article on The New York Times and write a 10-sentence report.

Remember to include photos and embed the video from above. Include your sources at the end.

As usual, don't forget to answer the five W's of a news story:
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why

Upper-Grader Field Trip

Assignment: Rachel & Brandon

Report on the upper graders' field trip last week. Remember to answer the five W's of a news story:
Also, consider the following:
  • How did everyone get to the theater?
  • What did you think of the performance?
  • Would you recommend the performance to the readers of The Hillwood Herald?
  • What were the highlights?
  • What was surprising or unexpected from the trip?
Include photos from the Herbst Theater, which you can find here. Remember to credit the photo source in your article.

The 60th Anniversary Pary

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Assignment: Rubina, Anya

Please report on the Hillwood 60th Anniversary party in Muir Woods. If Mr. Grantz is around, you will want to interview him about the history of the event.

Link to Ms. Gayle's website, along with video from this page.

Remember to include the basic five W's of a good news story:
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why


Once you have written your brief story, create an Animoto slideshow about the picnic. Use photos from this page or from a photo marked Hillwood on your computers desktop.

On the desktop of Ms. Moorhead's laptops, there is a folder marked "Animoto Photos." Use photos from this folder.

Remember to pick appropriate music for your video. Remember your audience — your parents, friends, and teachers.

Go to http://animoto.com/

Click on the "Sign In" button in the upper-right-hand corner.
Email: laura_moorhead@mindspring.com
Password: Hillwood

You both will need to pace yourselves with this assignment — do not spend too much time listening to music or selecting images. There will be time to play with the program later.

From India to the US, Anime Rules

Assignment: Bridgette
One of the nicest threads that came out of our talk with Zara was the anime connection.
Write a brief story about how The Herald staff interviewed Zara. After you introduce the situation, write about Zara's feelings toward anime and how you two, in particular, discussed the artform.

You will also need to explain to the reader what anime is. In doing this, you may also want to explain what manga is and how the two are different.

Use this image or one similar to it to show the different anime styles. (Remember to credit your source.)

Also, do you have an anime drawing that you've done with you today? If so, I would like to scan it in as part of your story. If you don't, could you bring one in on Monday and send it home with Oliver?

Photo credit: Wikipedia anime entry.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Wordle: Word Collages

Assignment:
Jacob, Samantha, Brandon

This week, you each will make a Wordle. Samantha, you go first, as you waited last week.

Go to World.net and look at the current Hillwood creation. Click on the word "Create" at the top of the page. You should see the following at the top of the page:

Samantha, type in ten or so words to describe what it's like to be an upper grader. Once you are done, ask Ms. Moorhead to show you how to capture your Wordle image for The Herald.

Jacob, once Samantha is done, create your Wordle, and pick ten or so word describing Hillwood. Once you are done, ask Ms. Moorhead to show you how to capture your Wordle image for The Herald.


Brandon, you will be picking ten or so words about the fall. What does this season mean to you?

Event: Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors



Student Assignment: Zack O.

Write a news story about the San Francisco's Shakespeare Festival's upcoming free performances. Highlight the two performances set to happen this weekend in the Presidio.

Use the Shakespeare Festival's website to collect information for your story.

You should also read the San Francisco Chronicle's review of the play. If you use any information from the story, remember to cite the information and link to the story.

Because this is a preview to a play, include the basic plot to this play. You should also consider whether this is play showing Shakespeare in the traditional sense or not.

Work in the following quotation from the Festival's website: "Only a Scrooge could fail to enjoy this light-hearted entertainment, which kept multi-generational family groups happily attentive for several hours," wrote Sue Steinberg, in the Pleasanton Independent.

Remember to answer the five 5 W's of a good news story.
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why
Include a link to the Festival's video (also shown on this post).

Include an image (remember to credit the source). You could use this image.

Photo credit: SFGate.com.
Video credit: SFShakes.org.

Crowdsourcing In B-Flat

In Bb 2.0 is a fun, inspiring collaborative music and spoken-word project organized by Darren Solomon. This is a form of "crowdsourcing" developed with contributions from a lot of volunteers.

Assignment: Julien G.
Read the FAQ (frequently asked questions), and then write a news story. Remember to answer the five W's of a news story (who, what, when, where, and why). Also, consider the following:

  • How did the person who made this come up with the idea?
  • Did he play any of the instruments?
  • What is crowdsourcing?
  • How could The Hillwood Herald do this (again, look to the FAQ for help)?
Now watch the following: How do you think they did this? It, too, is an example of crowdsourcing. Why?



The Music of Birds

Birds on the Wires from Jarbas Agnelli on Vimeo.


Student Assignment:
Brigette W.

Jarbas Angelli, a Brazilian musician, saw a picture of birds sitting on electrical wires, taken by Paul Pinto, in a local newspaper. He cut the photograph out, and set about matching the birds to appropriate notes. Angelli’s short clip features his own arrangements, but he is careful to give credit where credit is due—to the birds themselves.

Read Agnelli's own blog post about his work.

Brigette, as a musician what do you think about his his effort? Would this be easy or difficulty to do? With your special talent as a violinist, consider what other music-related information might be helpful to your readers.

When writing the story, remember to answer the five W's of a good news story.
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why
Embed the music video from Vimeo in your blog post.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Write a Video Caption

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A Look at the President's Mail

Student Assignment:
Lance Y.

In a five-minute-plus video created by the White House press department, we get to see the behind-the-scenes process of choosing the 10 pieces of mail from the public President Obama reads every day, a practice he started within his first week of office. This is not as easy as it may sound, as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue receives 65,000 letters a week, not to mention 100,000 emails and thousands of phone calls per day.

For your assignment, tell people about the video in at least five sentences. Remember to answer the five W's in doing this.
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why
Other questions to consider:
  • Do you think the president is getting a lot more mail because of his address to students?
  • What would you like to write to the President?
Embed the Presidential video in your blog post.

RadioLab: Parasites


Student Assignments: Rubina

New York City's RadioLab does an hour-long segment about parasites. Read this blog entry by RadioLab. Watch the different videos, and embedd several onto you page. Also, read and link to this article by Dan Zimmer, the king of parasite.

Write a news story about parasite. What are they and why aren't they all bad.

Also, link to the orignal RadioLab audio podcast.

The Upper Graders Visit City Hall

Student Assignment: Irene
Your assignment is two part: this week you write about the upcoming upper-grader trip to City Hall and next week you report on what actually happened. (You will want to take pictures for your article. You may even use the Flip camera to interview your subject if that it all right with Ms. Woods.)

As part of your preview this week, tell readers what City Hall is, a bit about its history, what happens in it, and who of note works in it. Also, who will you be meeting with and why?

Use images and information about the site from the following websites. Remember to credit any sources that you use.

• Look at City Hall's official website
• Look at the Wikipedia entry


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Assignments: November 13

Computer 1 [Ms. Moorhead's Mac 1]
Student Teacher: Julien G.

Computer 2 [Ms. Moorhead's Mac 2]
Upper-grader visit to City Hall: Irene X.
Hillwood's Wikipedia entry + newstory about the open house: Irene X.
Write a caption to your video.

Computer 3 [The Hillwood PC]
The Historic Fall of the Berlin Wall: Brigette W.

Computer 4 [Zack's Mac]
Building the Wall: Zack O.

Computer 5 [Ms. Moorhead's Mac 3]
Berlin Wall Photo Essay: Julian F.
Write a caption to your video.

Computer 6 [Anya's PC]
Friday the 13th: Anya
(If you have time, create a World about Friday the 13th.)
Write a caption to your video.

Computer 7 [Anya's PC]

Why Parasites Rule: Rubina
Write a caption to your video.
(If you have time, create a World.)

Computer 8 [Mr. Grantz's PC]
Healthy Food Game: Brandon W.

Computer 9 [Lance's PC]
Write a caption to your video.
Berlin Wall Photo Essay: Lance Y.
(If you have time, create a new front-door survey and then a Wordle.)

Student Teacher

Babar Ali is a 16-year-old headmaster in West Bengal, and according to the BBC, a news service in Britain, he spends his mornings at school then devotes his afternoons to teaching others. His school -- relying on ten other volunteer teachers -- are helping roughly 800 students. Watch the BBC interview with him.

Now, watch an interview with Ali by British students.

Student Assignment: Julian F.

What do you think about the work Babar Ali is doing? You're 13 or 14; can you imagine yourself taking on this responsibility?

As you write this news story, remember to answer the five w's:

• Who
• What
• When
• Where
• Why



Best Science Visualizations of 2009

For the less scientifically inclined among us, reading about nuclear reactors or 3-D modeling might seem daunting. So how about watching such topics instead? Wired has put together a collection of short clips, titled Best Science Visualization Videos of 2009, that makes it easy and fun to dip into the sciencey side of life.

This video assembly highlights the year’s best computer models, which are helping scientists understand such phenomena as how waves break, how a supernova explodes and how carbon monoxide builds and abates over the course of a year. Our favorite is the first video of the series, which demonstrates how a high-magnitude earthquake along the San Andreas Fault would impact Southern California. (Hint: It’s not good.) But the others are all mesmerizing in their own way, full of color bursts and movement that will both educate and entertain you, for a few minutes at least.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Elements of Style

Nearly all journalists or English language writers know and use The Elements of Style. It is a short but impactful book. Even high-school newspaper students rely on it. It is the handbook to the basics of good writing.
Student Assignment: Darien
Write a review of the classic Elements of Style. Reference the book, and feel free to listen to the audio file of the book, which is on your travel drive.

First, read the entire assignment — you may want to break this one assignment into several posts: 1) a straightforward book review, 2) rules to remember from the book, and 3) Maira Kalman’s illustration of the book. Or, simply do one assignment how you see fit. (Remember, you are the reporter — consider your audience and your information, write what you think is most relevant, interesting, and meaningful.)

As usual, explain the five W’s of news reporting for any story:
  • Who
  • What
  • When
  • Where
  • Why
The following links provide some background information (remember to source and information you use):

For the reader, point out that there are many versions of this book, which was first printed in 1918. Some of these versions are online and searchable. Google Books has a copy, as well as Bartleby.
  • What do you consider the three to five most-helpful rules in the book?
For the most part, the words in the book have stayed the change. However, the formatting has changed. Consider Maira Kalman’s paintings published alongside the how-to-style text:
  • What do you think she was trying to achieve with her images?
  • How do her images relate to the text?
  • What do you like about the style or sense of humor of her artwork?
  • Which of her children’s books look most interesting?
  • What do you think of her video clip “Elements of Style”? Again, what do you think she was trying to accomplish?
Include some of image or screen grab with your story. Remember to include a photo credit. (On a Macintosh, you simply select the Command key, the Shift key, and the “4” key at the same time and they select the desired image. The image will be save to the computers desktop. On a PC, follow these instructions.)

Images from Maira Kalman’s website.