Learningz, September 4

September 4, 2013: This past weekend a woman named Diane Nyad did an astounding thing. She became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without any aid. Oh, and she’s 64. And she’s tried this feat four times before. Now, on her fifth try, she achieved her goal. Her accomplishment is beyond amazing […]

Love, no matter what

A recently post TED talk by author/journalist Andrew Solomon. Wow. “…many people were astonished and said, ‘but how can you decide to have children in the midst of studying everything that can go wrong?’ and I said, ‘I’m not studying everything that can go wrong, what I’m studying is how much love there can be […]

Zirtual LearningZ, May 9

Time for a Thursday TEDTalk? This one’s good & short, I promise! Angela Lee Duckworth was a schoolteacher. She wanted to do some learning of her own and set out to find out what made certain people successful. The answer was one word. Grit Grit, it turns out, she found was the secret to success […]

How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries

One of the best learning experiences I’ve had in 7.5 minutes — both for its rundown of history and in the idea that we can frame difficult scientific quandaries in basic ways and still come to some understanding. These men just happened to come to magnificent understandings. Mythbuster’s Adam Savage leads this wonderful Ted-Ed talk…. It reminds […]