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Google Cultural Institute - YouTube

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"The Google Cultural Institute helps preserve and promote culture online.

 

With a team of dedicated engineers, Google is building tools that make it simple to tell the stories of our diverse cultural heritage and make them accessible worldwide."

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Cultural Institute – Google

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"Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world’s cultural treasures online.


With a team of dedicated Googlers, we are building tools that allow the cultural sector to display more of its diverse heritage online, making it accessible to all.

 

Here you can find artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe."

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61 Amazing Manhole Covers from Japan

61 Amazing Manhole Covers from Japan | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Manhole covers are a ubitquitous part of the urban fabric, and they are typically drab and purely utilitarian.  In Japan, municipalities take pride in the this ordinary piece of the landscape and convert them into extraordinary works of art that reflect the local people, place and culture. 


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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, April 14, 2014 6:00 PM

This is a great take on art and the ways of celebrating Japan with touches of personal findings and ideas. These manhole covers are cheery and reflect a piece of Japan that not only tell stories, but embrace history.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 2014 3:17 PM

While many would consider it silly to turn something as ordinary as manhole covers into pieces of art, I believe that it is an amazing way to represent the culture of a place. Different townships and neighborhoods in Japan have distinct designs that relate to that place. This acts as an artistic expression of the characteristics of that place, since the designs are often chosen and designed by the people of that place. Some covers show historical events, animals, and even religious symbolism. I would love to flip through the book and try to imagine why each place chose each design. 

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EARTH Masterpieces

The natural landscapes shown as captured by satellite imagery is as beautiful as anything artists have ever created.  Some of the colors shown in the video may seem otherworldy.  Most of those color anomalies are due to the fact that remotely sensed images have more information in them than just what we see in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.  Some of these images are processed to show different bands so we can visually interpret data such as what is in the near infra-red band, skewing the color palette.


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Byron Northmore's curator insight, November 29, 2013 9:09 AM

CD 1: The different types of landscapes and their distinctive landform features.

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STEM to STEAM – Recognizing the Value of Creative Skills in the Competitive Debate | Steam Not Stem

"When American education is in crisis, policy makers and thought leaders roll out the STEM argument, that the science, technology, engineering and math curriculum needs to be emphasized as the cornerstone of American competitiveness in a world where Chinese students do lightening drills on the periodic table of the elements at age 4 (lol).

There is certainly no question that STEM education and STEM skills are a vital part of this country’s edge, but many educators would argue that STEM is missing a key set of creativity-related components that are equally critical to fostering a competitive and innovative workforce, and those skills are summarized under the letter “A” for Arts.

Two years ago, the Conference Board and Americans for the Arts, in association with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), conducted a survey of executives and school superintendents. The study, called Ready to Innovate, demonstrated that more and more companies are looking for skill sets in their new employees that are much more arts/creativity-related than science/math-related. Companies want workers who can brainstorm, problem-solve, collaborate creatively and contribute/communicate new ideas.

And, interestingly, the study shows that managers are finding a dearth of creative workers trained in these “A” skills. So why is this not part of the overall national debate?

STEM should be amended to STEAM, an idea that has been kicking around with many people in the creative industries for a few years now, and became a key discussion point of the Americans for the Arts 2007 National Policy Roundtable where the Ready to Innovate study was first unveiled."
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Best iPad Apps for Art Education, 2012 | ArtSite Blog

Best iPad Apps for Art Education, 2012 | ArtSite Blog | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"The new school year is about to begin so it’s time to take a look at what’s available in the app store for art teachers and students. Here are my top picks from the current crop:"


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MmeHawtree's curator insight, June 29, 2013 11:07 PM

Arts and technology do go together. Here is a collection of iPad apps to check out.

Jennifer McCarthy's curator insight, July 16, 2013 1:10 PM

Great additions for my classroom!

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Earliest music instruments found

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"Researchers have identified what they say are the oldest-known musical instruments in the world.

 

The flutes, made from bird bone and mammoth ivory, come from a cave in southern Germany which contains early evidence for the occupation of Europe by modern humans - Homo sapiens.

 

Scientists used carbon dating to show that the flutes were between 42,000 and 43,000 years old."

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Michael Tilson Thomas: Music And Emotion Through Time

"In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix."
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Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo | Video on TED.com

Abigail Washburn: Building US-China relations ... by banjo | Video on TED.com | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
TED Fellow Abigail Washburn wanted to be a lawyer improving US-China relations -- until she picked up a banjo. She tells a moving story of the remarkable connections she's formed touring across the United States and China while playing that banjo and singing in Chinese.

Abigail Washburn pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, creating results that feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody's ever heard before. Full bio »

'I see the power of music to connect cultures. I see it when I stand on a stage at a bluegrass festival … and I bust out into a song in Chinese, and everybody's eyes just pop wide open.' (Abigail Washburn)"
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Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

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In her work with UCLA's Graduate School of Education, Rebecca Alber assists teachers and schools in meeting students' academic needs through best practices. Alber also instructs online teacher-education courses for Stanford University.

"Twenty Tips for Creating a Safe Learning Environment

I visit a lot of classrooms. And I'm always fascinated by the variety of ways teachers launch the new school year and also with how they "run their rooms" on a daily basis. From these visits and my own experiences as an instructor, I'd like to offer my top 20 suggestions for keeping your classroom a safe, open, and inviting place to learn."
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Google Doodle Honors Jim Henson and Friendly Monsters

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Saturday marks what would have been the 75th birthday of Jim Henson. In his honor, today's Google Doodle is an interactive puppet show, designed by Google and the Jim Henson Company.
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"The Google Cultural Institute helps preserve and promote culture online.

 

With a team of dedicated engineers, Google is building tools that make it simple to tell the stories of our diverse cultural heritage and make them accessible worldwide.

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Sherwood Anderson on Art and Life: A Letter of Advice to His Teenage Son, 1927

Sherwood Anderson on Art and Life: A Letter of Advice to His Teenage Son, 1927 | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

"'The object of art is not to make salable pictures. It is to save yourself.'"

 

"The quest to find one’s purpose and live the creative life boldly is neither simple nor easy, especially for a young person trying to make sense of the world and his place in it.

In the spring of 1926, Sherwood Anderson sent his seventeen-year-old son John a beautiful addition to history’smost moving and timeless letters of fatherly advice. Found in Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children (UK; public library), the missive offers insight on everything from knowing whose advice not to take to thefalse allure of money to the joy of making things with your hands:

 

'The best thing, I dare say, is first to learn something well so you can always make a living. Bob seems to be catching on at the newspaper business and has had another raise. He is getting a good training by working in a smaller city. As for the scientific fields, any of them require a long schooling and intense application. If you are made for it nothing could be better. In the long run you will have to come to your own conclusion.'

 

'The arts, which probably offer a man more satisfaction, are uncertain. It is difficult to make a living.'

 

'If I had my own life to lead over I presume I would still be a writer but I am sure I would give my first attention to learning how to do things directly with my hands. Nothing gives quite the satisfaction that doing things brings.'"

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The 25 Secrets To Design Every Teacher Should Know

The 25 Secrets To Design Every Teacher Should Know | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it

Good design is everywhere: on websites, in objects you use in your home, the car you drive every day. But often, design is missing from the modern classroom, and we think that’s a big mistake.

 

Educators have a lot to learn from the principles of design, bringing strategic thought and creativity to today’s classrooms. Well-designed classrooms and educational plans can have a positive impact on educational outcomes, and it all starts with educators.

 

Read on to find out about the 25 design principles that we think are important for educators to use and understand.

 

Gust MEES: a MUST READ!

 

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http://edudemic.com/2012/08/the-25-secrets-to-design-every-teacher-should-know/

 


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Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, 'Duquesne Whistle'

Song Premiere: Bob Dylan, 'Duquesne Whistle' | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Hear the first song from Bob Dylan's 35th studio album, Tempest."

"'Duquesne Whistle,' begins in the middle of a scene, like the fade-in in a classic Western. It's the first song we get to hear from Bob Dylan's Tempest, the album he will release on September 11, 50 years and six months after the commencement of his recoding career. The music starts faintly, as if in a vintage pleasure palace, with the band — the stalwarts who've played with Dylan for a while and join him on the Never-Ending Tour — playing rock and roll ragtime off in the corner. The electric guitars sound almost like clarinets. Everybody's swinging! But what's that in the distance? Dylan himself unleashes the rubbery guitar chord change that repeats for the rest of the song, sounding just like a locomotive blast. Is he hopping that thing? Is somebody he loves on it? Both are possible."
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Victor Wooten: Music as a Language

Music is a powerful communication tool--it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Bassist and five-time Grammy winner, Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language--by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible.
Lesson by Victor Wooten, produced by TED-Ed.

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Online Art Games - LiveBinder

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This binder contains lots of interactive art games for kids!

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Terry Doherty's curator insight, February 15, 2014 8:03 PM

Interesting idea that art is an "interactive game."

 

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Maya Artwork Uncovered In A Guatemalan Forest

Maya Artwork Uncovered In A Guatemalan Forest | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"Archaeologists working in one of the most impenetrable rain forests in Guatemala have stumbled on a remarkable discovery: a room full of wall paintings and numerical calculations.

The buried room apparently was a workshop used by scribes or astronomers working for a Mayan king. The paintings depict the king and members of his court. The numbers mark important periods in the Maya calendar.

The room is about the size of a walk-in closet. It's part of the buried Maya city of Xultun. There are painted murals on three walls, depicting a resplendent king wearing a feather and four other figures. Maya paintings this old — the site dates to the ninth century — are very rare; tropical weather usually destroys them."
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15 May 2012: This Project is Capturing the World in Photographs in One Day

15 May 2012: This Project is Capturing the World in Photographs in One Day | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
In 9 days time, people all over the world will be coming together with one single aim - to photograph their lives - as part of the global ADay.org project.

As part of an initiative ...
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Arts Involvement Narrows Student Achievement Gap

Arts Involvement Narrows Student Achievement Gap | Learning, Teaching & Leading Today | Scoop.it
"A new NEA study finds disadvantaged students do better academically if they are intensely involved in the arts.

Students from the lower end of the socioeconomic ladder tend to do less well in school than those from more upscale families. But newly published research identifies one sub-group of these youngsters who tend to exceed expectations: those who participate heavily in the arts.

'At-risk teenagers or young adults with a history of intensive arts experiences show achievement levels closer to, and in some cases exceeding, the levels shown by the general population studied,' a team of scholars writes in a new National Endowment for the Arts Research Report. 'These findings suggest that in-school or extracurricular programs offering deep arts involvement may help to narrow the gap in achievement levels among youth.',
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Kenton students learn Ky. history through arts

INDEPENDENCE, KENTUCKY - Eighth-graders in the Kenton County School District's gifted and talented program are getting an extra history lesson this week - and they're learning it through the arts.

Students from all four of the district's middle schools in Project ASCENT (Accepting Stimulating Challenges Experiencing New Techniques) and ASCENT Arts are attending a new, interactive workshop, "Early American Journey to Kentucky."
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