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Ellen Pham's Blog (61)

Only in humbleness, our elders have told and told and told us...

I'm a day late and a dollar short, but there was one column commemorating the anniversary of 9/11 that caught me, and I thought I'd share it. Seemed to speak to me of life. It's written by a long-time columnist for The Asian Reporter, a Portland, Oregon weekly newspaper. His name is Polo, the name of the column is Talking Story in Asian America.

 

Here's an excerpt, see the full column by clicking on the image below:

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My Romantic Boy

Tim, my youngest, went back to University last week for his final year. He sent me this poem today, that he wrote for his poetry class. He told me it's a Shakespearean sonnet (4 quatrains and a couplet at the end). Good thing he mentioned that, as I wouldn't have known :)

 

"Words I Never Said"



Staring through this window pane,

in a corner of the room.

In this scheduled monotony of life,

all I see is you.



that sleek hourglass body,

from…

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Wanna Play Scrabble?

I created a FB account a few years ago, but never got into it. My daughter bugged me to get back on so we could play scrabble. I like to play scrabble with Adele in person, but boy, is it slow online! After about three turns she told me, so the idea mom is to get several games going, so when you get online you always have a turn to play. Ohhhh.

 

It's fun, low commitment, and I just put my scrabble game on my toolbar so I don't really have to sign into FB to take my…

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Protest Art

Protest art has had a profound effect on me since I was little. I don't know why, but it seems important. Maybe it's the one thing left when everything else is failing.





Does anyone know how to make a flickr slideshow autoplay? That would be great.



Oh, this is part of a Greenpeace project. You can create and submit your own BP logo at Behind the… Continue

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It'll break your heart...

LIVE FEED of Deep Horizon Gulf Oil Spill

BP has repositioned the live cam to show the robotic arm working to cut through pipe.





Video stream of oil spilling out of underwater pipe, May 5, 2010, before insertion. I've set the video to loop, as the spill is continuous and ongoing, and a live feed showing the spill isn't always available.…



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Any Artists Looking for Paying Work?

I received this email from Kevin Honeycutt today, creator of Art Snacks and all-around great guy- It's illustrating ESL workbooks, just up our alley!



Art Snacks
A creative learning community since July 2007








A message to all members of Art…

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A World of 100



Interesting interactive designed like Lego land, in either Korean or English- fun to click around! A word of warning, these "facts" are not exact, and get passed around the internet.



For example, the money one doesn't quite make sense, and it seems the numbers have been transposed from the original 100 people, but it does make clear the reality that wealth is in the hands of a few.



In fact, I wouldn't use that card. I think some of the data has… Continue

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Ground Zero 1945 - A Schoolboy's Story



Full Screen Version



The slideshow is reassembled from a flash presentation found at Visualizing Cultures, an MIT "image driven scholarship" project on Japan in the modern world. MIT got the images and story from the… Continue

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Escher and Tessellations

Dear Friends,



I confirmed something I suspected but hoped wasn't true... any file hosted on ning is blocked by Portland Public Schools. Images, videos, audio... even if I have put it in a separate object code, if the url of the file is hosted by ning, it's blocked.



This changes my work flow a bit. Instead of creating posts on ning and transferring the posts from here, I need to create posts on weebly, where I host my site for students (… Continue

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Young at Heart Concert

Young at Heart Chorus, avg age 80 years. Enjoy : ))



Road to Nowhere





I Wanna Be Sedated…

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Whale Songs - Wavelet Art

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The songs used in the slide show are from the correct species of whale, but are not the exact recordings that were used to create the wavelets. This was the best I could do with the materials I could find! What is interesting to me is that every recording will produce a different picture... I wonder what a wavelet of my voice would look like?



Here are some more nice whale resources:



National… Continue

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This year, I will...

Cute New Year's Resolution generator : )





Is anyone making New Year resolutions with their class?



Resolution…

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Photo Club, anyone?

I'm sure like many people, I collect interesting photos as I search the internet. Some seem like they would be especially useful in the classroom, and I stick them in said folder.



I am terrible about recording attribution, but I am trying to improve. Anyway, I've been wondering for awhile if anyone else is interested in sharing photos of this type... maybe start a group? Or a category in the Sharing forum?



Here is what I found today. I put them in a swf file... I'll upload… Continue

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Operation Butterfly

This story is kindly given by Kevin Honeycutt, EFL member and creator of Art Snacks. Thank you, Kevin!



OPERATION BUTTERFLY



Years ago when I was a new teacher and given to doing crazy things to excite the learners in my classroom, I did a terrible thing and I knew I would have to work hard to get my students to forgive me. I was teaching art to grades one through twelve and each day was a dead run from class to… Continue

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Don't Give Up!

To participate in this blog post, play in the Sandbox for a few minutes.



Click your mouse to start the sand flowing.

Type "c" to change colors.

Click on the small gray square for more directions, if desired.





Fun, yes? But kind of hard to really make something.



Now click through the slideshow below. I took one of the sand artists from the This is Sand site, Kolibri, and… Continue

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Telling Our Stories

Determined Divas



I came across this link on Larry Ferlazzo's blog. I thought I'd capture it and repost here. I'm thinking it would be good if we had a category for these stories... a way to catalog them. 6 Billion Others, Journey to the End of Coal,… Continue

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Beauty Surrounds Us/ American Indian Art

Beauty Surrounds Us



Kwakwaka'wakw dancers in British Columbia wear special masks that demonstrate their ancestors' ability to transform from human form to animal spirit. Worn during potlatches, feasts, ceremonies, and social gatherings, transformation masks are elaborately created with hinges and strings that enable the masked dancer to emerge as one being and… Continue

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This is your brain....

I'm working on a brain unit, and thought I'd share some of my 'messing around' here.



I dissected a very nice interactive from the Alzheimer's Association to get this one...





That last pic leaves me with a new appreciation for brain surgery! What a tangle! And you can't just cut willy-nilly through that gray/white matter, either!





Bill Moorier got an MRI brain scan and… Continue

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Cave Paintings at Lascaux

In honor of the holiday, here is a wonderful virtual tour of the cave paintings at Lascaux, France. A fast internet connection will make this more enjoyable. Click on the image for tour...





Want more? There is a companion site, The Cave of Lascaux... also good if your… Continue

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