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Taking Old Town Road to School

Little Nas X’ Old Town Road holds the record for most weeks on the Billboard chart. Children know the song, can sing it and dance to it. It has morphed into multiple music videos, gathering guest artists along the way. Why not find a way for the juggernaut to support …

Having Fun With Book Culture

I attended the American Library Association conference in Washington, DC and had an opportunity to visit the expansive—REALLY expansive—exhibits. You might expect most exhibitors to be promoting books, and most of them were. What interested me was add-ons, or ways that people were extending the pleasures of book culture. This …

Unhealthy Metaphors

by Neil Andersen In Metaphors We Live By, cognitive linguist George Lakoff explains that most of our language is metaphorical. This is especially true when we are discussing abstract ideas rather than concrete ideas. Concretely, we can say that someone is shovelling manure when in a barn, but abstractly, we …

Things to Know About Rulers

by Neil Andersen, Diana Maliszewski and Nina Silver In an early episode of The Crown, a young Queen Elizabeth is frustrated because she feels that she is not being taken seriously, both for being young and a woman. She is counselled to upbraid her Prime Minister, Winston Churchill—to admonish him …

Production Rubrics

Many thanks for Nina Silver for sharing the following assessment/evaluation tools. Dracula PSA Audacity Sound Production Rubric 2DL Media News Story Evaluation Photo Essay Evaluation Package Design Evaluation Website Design Evaluation Social Issues Documentary Rubric Evaluating a Magazine Cover Creating Radio Commercials EVALUATION Still Camera work Evaluation Audacity SOUND Production …

Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History

Malcolm Gladwell has a podcast called Revisionist History. It’s smart, fun, and feels like listening to a chapter of one of his books.   I especially enjoyed the Hallelujah episode,  which examines art and creativity. I think it also connects to the artistic experience, which for me involves feeling aesthetically …