Friday, December 6, 2013

197 "Educational Channels" on YouTube

I like lists, video and education. Here's a nice - though not necessarily complete - list of edu resources on YouTube from TeacherswithApps


    1. YouTube EDU: Launched in 2009, Youtube EDU centralizes content from over 100 universities and colleges, providing access to lectures, research, and campus tours. Think of it as an enormous global video classroom within the YouTube framework, divided into three sub-categories: Primary & Secondary Education, University and Lifelong Learning. You can even build your own global classroom by uploading videos to your YouTube channel.
    2. Teaching Channel: A video showcase of inspiring and effective teaching practices.
    3. TED-Ed: With over 400,000 subscribers, this channel offers an extensive library of original videos meant to inform and inspire. A new lesson is posted every day, Monday-Friday, and relevant TED Talks are highlighted on weekends.
    4. TED & TEDx: As of 2011, TED Talks were the #1 non-profit channel subscribed to on Youtube. These ideas worth spreading have reached over 60 million viewers worldwide.
    5. Edutopia: Run by the George Lucas Foundation, Edutopia focuses on K-12 education but offers a plethora of evidence-based teaching strategies for all levels and disciplines.
    6. BIEPBL: Videos from the Buck Institute of Education, dedicated to improving 21st Century teaching and learning by creating and disseminating products, practices, and knowledge for effective Project Based Learning.
    7. ASCD: Profiles in education, annual conferences, tutorials, and more.
    8. Learning to Teach Online: This multi-award-winning free professional development channel is designed to help teachers from any discipline, whether experienced in online teaching or not, gain a working understanding of successful online teaching pedagogies that they can apply in their own unique teaching situations
Click here to see the remaining 189 "channels".

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Why "Mother's" and "Father's Day" are so important; "Honor"

As a father and son Father's Day remains a date I always look forward to. I love my Dad and only wish I could spend more time with him. I love my children and certainly wish I could also spend more time with them too. The Ten Commandments (below) are among the most famous of scriptures in the Bible but it just dawned on me that #5 below is both the first that deals with how we relate to each other and the first to include a promise.

Exodus 20

New International Version (NIV)

The Ten Commandments

20 And God spoke all these words:
1. 3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

2. “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

3. “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

4. “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

5. 12 Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

6. 13 “You shall not murder.

7. 14 “You shall not commit adultery.

8. 15 “You shall not steal.

9. 16. You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10. 17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”...


Notice it doesn't say "like" or even "love" but it says "honor". So what does the word honor mean? We have Honor Rolls in school, Honorable Mentions and National Medals of Honor. Merriam Webster offers the following


 noun \ˈä-nər\

Definition of HONOR

a : good name or public esteem : reputation
b : a showing of usually merited respect : recognition honor
 to our founder>
: privilege honor
 of joining the captain for dinner>
: a person of superior standing —now used especially as a title for a holder of high office Honor
: one whose worth brings respect or fame : credit honor
to the profession>
: the center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon
: an evidence or symbol of distinction: as
a : an exalted title or rank
(1) : badgedecoration 
(2) : a ceremonial rite orobservance honor
c : an award in a contest or field of competition
d archaic : a gesture of deference : bow
e plural 
(1) : an academic distinction conferred on a superior student (2) : a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course
: chastitypurity honor
 and her life — Barton Black>
a : a keen sense of ethical conduct : integrity honor
b : one's word given as a guarantee of performance honor, I will be there>
plural : social courtesies or civilities extended by a hosthonor
(1) : an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of thetrump suit in bridge (2) : the scoring value of honors held in bridge —usually used in plural
b : the privilege of playing first from the tee in golf

Examples of HONOR

  1. These people deserve to be treated with honor.
  2. The team brought honor to the school.
  3. The building was named in honor of the city's founder.
  4. He was prepared to fight to defend his family's honor.
  5. She has a keen sense of honor.
  6. He would not do it as a matter of honor.
  7. He's a man of honor.
  8. It was an honor to be invited.

Here's what really matters in measuring the success of any business, especially a start up.

A nice piece of writing (here) from by Jim Dougherty in HBR on what really matters when evaluating a business, especially a start up. Hint; it's all about the cash. That is to understand whether a business will succeed or fail often the key can be found by looking at just important items; a) compensation package for employees and b) the pricing plan for customers. 

  1. Are they in sync? 
  2. Are they crystal clear and easy to understand?
  3. Do they work together or against each other? 
  4. Do they incentivize new growth or in helping management make their goal?

To often firms sacrifice success for a dogmatic business model or approach that is devoid of reality. Remember the two most important tasks of every business are in this order:

1. Keep the customers you have
2. Find new customers

Bravo to Jim Dougherty for cutting through all the baloney.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Detroit's problem explained with one (1) image (chart)

The population, which peaked at 1.85 million in 1950, has declined to about 700,000, according to U.S. Census data.
Manufacturing jobs have fallen from about 296,000 in 1950 to fewer than 27,000 in 2011.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Jefferson's prayer for our Nation...from 212+ years ago

Thomas Jefferson 
A Prayer for the Nation
Almighty God, Who has given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech Thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of Thy favor and glad to do Thy will. Bless our land with honorable ministry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion, from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people, the multitude brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endow with Thy spirit of wisdom those whom in Thy name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that through obedience to Thy law, we may show forth Thy praise among the nations of the earth. In time of prosperity fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in Thee to fail; all of which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
--Washington D.C., March 4, 1801

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Who are you?

Who are you (am I)? is not just the title of two (2) contemporary songs but also one of the most existential questions each of us may think about upon reflection. The Bible has a very clear and concise answer to who you are and in his blog James McDonald does a nice job summarizing (below)

Who God Says You Are
James MacDonald - Senior Pastor - Harvest Bible Chapel
But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.”
—Isaiah 43:1
Isaiah 43:1 tells us God is personal. I love that word formed (v.1) because it’s so intimate. God may have spoken the universe into existence, but He formed you and me. Formed is the same word used in Jeremiah 18 to describe God as the potter with His hands on the clay, personally shaping you. He did not just make your life and bring you into existence, He is forming the kind of person you are becoming day by day. God is making you into who He wants you to be.
So when it comes to your identity, the critical issue is not what you think about yourself—because you can’t be trusted! As Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Ultimately, the only thing that matters is what God thinks about you.
Tune in to the biblical message of who God says you are, and allow His thoughts about you to shape your identity. You will discover a remarkably different thought pattern developing: “I’m not who my parents or my spouse say I am. I’m not who my boss says I am. I'm not what my performance says I am. I'm not what my appearance says I am. None of these! I am who God says I am!” If you begin to let your mind be renewed with His Word, God’s truth—He formed you!—will download into your identity and your attitude. You won’t even have to worry about your actions. They will begin to naturally flow out of who you know yourself to be in the Lord.
The process involves accepting truths about God which affect your identity—and result in an attitude that naturally leads to God-honoring actions. The truth that He is personal, is just one of them.
Isaiah 43:1 also tells us God not only formed us personally, He has“redeemed you and calls you His own.” God paid the redemption price of His Son’s life, so He could have a relationship with those who turn from their sin and trust in Christ alone for forgiveness. Does that describe you? Have you done that?
If you have, God not only knows you by name, He says, “you are mine.” That is who God says you are—and what He says is the only thing that will ultimately matter! Let His truth form your identity, for His glory, today

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Scandals in pictures (how would you sort this list?)


Watergate: The mother of all White House scandals. It had everything but sex: A burglary, spying on political opponents, secret tapes, an enemies list, obstruction of justice, campaign finance shenanigans, ominous-sounding acronyms (CREEP), memorable denials ("I am not a crook"), congressional investigations, crusading journalists, articles of impeachment, and the first resignation of a sitting president. Beat that, Benghazi.
Spiro Agnew: Before Richard Nixon stepped down, he was preceded by his alliteration-prone vice president, who had been charged with taking bribes and evading taxes. Agnew insisted until the very end that the"hopeless, hysterical hypochondriacs of history" had gotten it all wrong. 
Iran-Contra: High-ranking officials in the Reagan Administration made an end-run around federal law by secretly selling missiles to Iran in order to help free American hostages in Lebanon and fund the Nicaraguancontra rebels. What could go wrong?
Missing Iraqi WMD: President George W. Bush and top members of his cabinet insist that Saddam Hussein is definitely almost nearly developing and or amassing weapons of mass destruction which he might probably absolutely use against us. The United States launches a preemptive invasion of Iraq. Ten years, tens of thousands of deaths, and billions of dollars later, the search for the elusive WMD continues.
Plamegate: After former ambassador Joe Wilson blew the whistle on the Bush White House's claims of Saddam's pursuit of nuclear materials, his wife, Valerie Plame, was outed as a CIA agent. The subsequent investigation leads to the conviction (and pardon) of Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, "Scooter" Libby.
Abu Ghraib, torture memos: Prisoner abuse at American military prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan and the CIA's extradition and torture program were authorized by Bush and top administration officials. But that's allbehind us now.
NSA spying on US citizens: After 9/11, Bush authorized the National Security Agency to covertly surveil Americans' email and phone calls—inviolation of federal law.
Pentagon Papers: secret Pentagon history of the Vietnam War leaked by whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg revealed that the Johnson administration had been lying about the true scope and of the war. The Nixon White House tried to prevent their publication.
Teapot Dome: Before Watergate, there was Teapot Dome, the early 1920s scandal that led to President Warren G. Harding's secretary of the interior being convicted for accepting bribes from oil companies to lease Navy petroleum reserves in Teapot Dome, Wyoming.
DNC campaign finance scandals:  In 1996, Vice President Al Gore attended an event at a California Buddhist temple that illegally funneled $65,000 to the Democratic National Committee. Eventually, the party had to return nearly $3 million in forbidden gifts, some from foreign donors such as James Riady, an Indonesian businessman who was fined $8.6 million.
Johnson impeachment: Disputes between President Andrew Johnson and Radical Republicans in Congress spun into a constitutional crisiswhen the House voted to impeach him in 1868. He survived in the Senate—by one vote.
Teddy Roosevelt's corporate cash: After winning election as a trust-buster in 1904, Roosevelt and the Republican Party are revealed to havequietly courted big corporate donors. 
The Grant administration: President Ulysses S. Grant's terms were marred by a succession of high-level scandals, including the Whiskey Ring, Belknap affair, the Delano Affair, the salary grab, and the Cattelism scandal. The administration's endemic corruption became known as "Grantism."
LBJ's mystery money: In 1963, Life magazine was preparing a bombshell exposé on how Vice President Lyndon Johnson had amassed a fortune through his connections to Texas oil barons. The article, whichbiographer Robert Caro says would have linked LBJ to the Bobby Baker Scandal, was set to drop in late November. Kennedy's assassination killed the story and a planned Senate investigation.
XYZ Affair: A diplomatic kerfuffle led to an undeclared "Quasi War" between the United States and France in the late 1790s. Back home, it led to passage of the draconian Alien and Sedition Acts and fueled the growing split between President John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
Hamilton's affair and insider trading: In 1797, former treasury secretary Alexander Hamilton revealed that he had carried on an affair with a married woman—while bribing her husband to let it to continue. He also defended himself against accusations of having used his position to engage in insider trading.
US attorney firings: In 2007, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned amid an investigation into whether the firing of nine US attorneys in 2006 was politically motivated.   
Pardongate: As he left the White House in January, 2001, President Bill Clinton hastily pardoned Susan McDougal (for contempt of court during the Whitewater case), his brother Roger (for old drug charges), and Marc Rich, a fugitive tax cheat whose wife had been a major Clinton donor.
Lincoln Bedroom: The Clinton White House provided perks to big donors including stays in the Lincoln Bedroom as well as coffees, golf outings, or morning jogs with the president.
Whitewater: Failed Arkansas land deals involving Bill and Hilary Clinton spawns a wide-ranging investigation into several -gates: Filegate, Travelgate, and Troopergate (and eventually Ken Starr's probe of the Clinton-Lewinsky affair).
"Ma, ma, where's my pa?": "Gone to the White House, ha ha ha!" This catchy slogan followed Grover Cleveland after he won election in spite of reports that he had fathered an illegitimate child.
Clinton-Lewinksy affair and impeachment: "I did not have sexual relations with that woman," the hug, the blue dress, Ken Starr, "it depends on what the meaning of 'is' is." Good times.
Fast and Furious: A botched ATF operation birthed a conspiracy theory that the Obama administration was coming for Americans' guns.
Jefferson-Hemings affair: Thomas Jefferson was dogged by rumors that he had fathered children with a slave who served as his "concubine." Jefferson never addressed the allegations, but it is now known that Sally Hemings had six of Jefferson's children.

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Petticoat Affair, a.k.a. the Eaton Affair: Ridiculous by modern standards, this scandal rocked Washington when Andrew Jackson's secretary of war married a widow too soon after the death of her husband. It led to the resignation of most of the cabinet and was immortalized in the 1936 film, The Gorgeous Hussy, starring Joan Crawford.
Skeetgate: After President Obama says that "at Camp David, we do skeet shooting all the time," skeptics demand proof. A photo of the president shooting is produced; the skeptics insist it's faked.
Andrew Jackson adultery scandal: Forty years after he wed his wife Rachel, presidential candidate Jackson was attacked for marrying her before her divorce from her first husband was finalized, making Old Hickory an adulterer and the first lady a bigamist. He blamed the smear campaign for causing her death shortly after he took office.
Solyndra: The federal government gave more than $500 million to a solar firm that went belly up. Even congressional inquisitor Rep. Darryl Issa (R-Calif.) eventually had to concede there was no there there.

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Billygate: President Jimmy Carter took major heat when it was revealed that his ne'er-do-well brother Billy had received payments from the Libyan government.
Mary Todd Lincoln's price "flub-dubs": When Abraham Lincoln assumed the presidency, the first lady set about remodeling the White House, but went over budget by $7,000. As complaints of her profligacy spread,the president wrote, "It would stink in the nostrils of the American people to have it said that the President of the United States had approved a bill overrunning an appropriation of $20,000 for flub-dubs for this damned old house when the soldiers cannot have blankets."
Original link (here) to article in MotherJones.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Keeping it simple; what really matters.

It's the only "thing" that will matter to you 100 years from now; thank goodness it's easy to understand. From one of my fav reads each day (here).


James Madison, fourth president of the United States, was instrumental in the drafting of the US constitution. He warned against creating laws “so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood.” Based on some of the complicated government forms I’ve read, that’s advice that still needs to be heeded a little more often!  Sometimes when sharing the gospel, we make it more complicated than it needs to be.

We can be glad that the Bible presents the good news of salvation in clear, easily understood language. Jesus said to Nicodemus, an educated Pharisee, that “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). He later said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (14:6). The apostle Paul said it in straightforward language to the jailor in Philippi who asked how to be saved: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).  God’s precious love story is simple. He sent His Son to rescue us from sin and death. Wonderful news that even children can understand.  Tell me the story of Jesus, Write on my heart every word; Tell me the story most precious, Sweetest that ever was heard. —Crosby Through faith in Christ, we receive God’s pardon and escape sin’s penalty. Bible in a year: 1 Samuel 15-16; Luke 10:25-42

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My friend Matt White died this week.

My good friend Matt White died while trying to get help for his wife. It is a shockingly sad and tragic story that is still unfolding and will be doing so for years to come. Story here

Matt was a most loyal and trusted friend, and we were teammates on Penn's hoops team in the late 70s, and I will miss him very much. On the court he was a cross between "Mr Spoke" and "The Terminator" and everywhere else he was the most gracious yet invigorating person you'd ever meet. There was no topic of conversation for which he didn't have an opinion. He taught me a lot especially about perseverance and loyalty. I pray for strength, peace and guidance for his wonderful children and for the recovery of his wife. There is so much more I can say and in due time I will. 

Below is a copy of his obituary.

Matthew Preston White

Matthew Preston WhiteMatthew Preston White died Feb. 11, 2013 suddenly at home. Mr. White was born in New York City to Howard J. and Elizabeth (nee Wangler) White, Jr. He was raised primarily in Carderock Springs, Bethesda, MD. He graduated from Choate, The University of Pennsylvania and Wharton Business School with his MBA. He was the center for Penn in their Final Four appearance in the 1979 NCAA tournament. He had a 12 year professional basketball career playing primarily in Spain. After basketball, he was a technical writer for a software company. He enjoying gardening and botany, played guitar and piano, loved canoeing, playing basketball with friends, enjoyed the beach, crossword puzzles, cycling and barbequeing at his home. He was still involved with Penn Athletics by attending countless games and periodically helping to coach. He was beloved by his family and friends.
Mr. White is survived by his wife of over 25 years Maria Reyes Garcia Pellon of Media, his children Matthew A. White of Philadelphia and Ana E. White, Lafayette College, his sister Sally (Richard) Bub of Kinnear, WY, his brother Michael H. (Nancy) White of Poolesville, MD and numerous nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Memorial Service on Monday, March 4 at 11:00 AM in Trinity Episcopal Church Chester Rd. and College Ave., Swarthmore, PA.
In lieu of flowers contributions to Maria Reyes Defense Fund c/o Vicki Herr, Esq. 14
South Orange St. Media, PA 19063 would be appreciated.

A great way to spend 2 mins of your time...

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Why Big companies can't innovate

Growth through innovation always sounds like a great strategy but the truth is that big companies cannot innovate because they are not designed to do so. Max Wessell offered up a great read on this topic in a HBR blog and below is what I believe the central issue for all big companies.

"For executives who want to secure growth through innovation, the answer lies in recognizing the limits of their organization and empowering groups to function with very different goals and operational metrics. To allow teams the freedom to create Odwalla Smoothies as opposed to forcing them through a mold that outputs Gerber Singles." read the whole blog (here)