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Dr Pete's Blog – March 2010 Archive (8)

Step One: Watch where you poop.

Water filtration systems are great, but they require a lot of money, and they'll take a lot of time. There are steps short of distributing water filters to everyone or building water treatment plants everywhere which we can start with-- the money and the time for these other things will come later.


I decided that the favorite water security program I saw was the World Bank Scaling Up Sanitation Project.…
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Added by Dr Pete on March 31, 2010 at 10:14pm — No Comments

How well do games motivate you?

Alright, so... many of us (myself included) came here after watching Jane McGonigal's TED Talk, or something similar. About the same time, I saw Jesse Schell's DICE 2010 "Design outside the Box" talk.


I'm…
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Added by Dr Pete on March 31, 2010 at 6:46pm — 5 Comments

Lighting Africa

The problem: large sections of the world are without access to the grid. In many countries, people rely on kerosene lamps to light their homes. The kerosene is expensive, costing a huge fraction of some family budgets, and somewhat dangerous-- it can cause burns and fires, and constantly inhaling the smoke can cause respiratory problems.


There are a number of…
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Added by Dr Pete on March 30, 2010 at 11:26pm — No Comments

Bodega Down Bronx

I found a terrific little doc**entary about how bodegas work, and why they stock what they do, as a follow-up on my post about Obesity and Poverty. Check it out!

Added by Dr Pete on March 30, 2010 at 9:54pm — No Comments

Obesity and Poverty

The biggest food security issue I identified in New York City is a cycle of poverty which leads to malnutrition and obesity.


While searching for information about this, I stumbled upon this somewhat venomous (if only frustrated) blog, which I hold up in the interest of the rule "listen to the right people", because it provides a first person account of the problem. Simply stated, it's hard to…
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Added by Dr Pete on March 30, 2010 at 4:33am — 9 Comments

The future's so bright

Ten years from now, I see myself as a proud father and inspiring teacher. I hope to be surrounded by students eager to tackle big problems and stretch their minds and ambitions beyond what they thought was possible.


I currently coach the Science Olympiad team at my school, which runs in the fall/early winter, and run a Physics club. I discovered Urgent Evoke after it had started this year, but the program, and the research it's inspired me to do has got me thinking about…
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Added by Dr Pete on March 30, 2010 at 1:40am — No Comments

The Khan Academy

I set out on this mission to find someone doing something significant in the area of education. I found a number of fascinating blogs, discussing integration of Web 2.0, Flat Classroom paradigms, and it sparked a number of ideas for my own teaching experience. I also finally set up a blog reader to subscribe to a number of blogs I've discovered!


The entrepreneur I decided to highlight for this post is Salman Khan, of the Khan Academy. The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit…
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Added by Dr Pete on March 29, 2010 at 1:34am — No Comments

Listening to the Right People

As a scientist who has gotten interested in science education, it's amazed me to learn about the people who actively study the way that students learn science, and how poorly this meshes with the way we tend to teach science. The standard way of teaching it-- a lecture series, some lab activities-- the effectiveness of this has been intensely studied, and it's been found that the vast majority of students learn and retain very little of the material. Researchers have also looked at alternatives… Continue

Added by Dr Pete on March 24, 2010 at 10:19pm — 4 Comments

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