Channeling Socrates

I was fortunate enough to interview the great philosopher, Socrates. I conducted the interview to provide an example of a constructivist lesson for my Lesley University students. After studying an event or individual in history, students could produce a video that combined historical information, video production techniques, and creative interpretation.

Thank you to William Arrigoni for his acting talent and sense of humor.

Ode to Pluto (You’ll Always be a Planet to Me)

My classmates and I used to change the words to popular songs to help us memorize facts for our history and science classes.  To the tune of La Bamba, we sang “I am an amoeba, I am an amoeba, I got pods, pseudo pods, Aren’t you jealous of me, ba”  We knew that the familiar melodies would prompt our new lyrics, and help us during tests.  We just had to be careful not to hum too loudly during exams.

Mark Burrows, a former choir teacher, has repurposed jazz, country and western, rock and roll, and other genres, to honor the memory of great scientists and artists in a delightful collection of songs that will add a new dimension to a lesson.

Ode to Pluto (You’ll Always be a Planet To Me)

Steve Jobs Remembered

I still have the t-shirt handed out at the unveiling of Apple’s Macintosh on January 30, 1984.  It was the monthly meeting of the Boston Computer Society.  The stage at the John Hancock Hall was empty except for a small table with a piece of cloth over an item about the size of an upright toaster oven.  The theme from Flashdance blasted from two large speakers, and the audience began to clap.  We stood on our chairs, singing along, and, as the music stopped, and Steve Jobs appeared, we cheered.

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