A week in review, 2020-W21


  1. Loop 1 (close): school opening dashboard (2020-05-18).
  2. Loop 2 (open): remote education for younger students with no resources (2020-05-18).
  3. A dope quality engineer, an insight into how work processes could be (2020-05-21).


  1. Phil Salvador, When SimCity got serious: the story of Maxis Business Simulations and SimRefinery, The Obscuritory (2020-05-19). (notes) Destroying a simulation can be an educational experience too, and this is how SimRefinery was meant to be played. John Hiles said that most of the trainers at Chevron wanted to use it as a conventional training tool, “but some of the more astute teachers said, ‘Let’s just get you started here by seeing if you can wreck the oil refinery, if you can abuse the inputs and the settings and essentially get fired,'” he remembered.
  2. Lee Shiu Hung, The SARS epidemic in Hong Kong: what lessons have we learned?, Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine (2003-08-01). (notes) When no further cases were reported, the outbreak seemed to have been brought under control. However, in mid-May there were further cases. In view of the evidence that more than one generation of cases had occurred, the WHO restored Toronto to the list of infected areas. By 14 June over 90 probable cases had been reported in this resurgence. This Canadian experience highlights the importance of continuing vigilance even when cases begin to decline.
  3. Chelsea Wald, What Do Animals See in a Mirror?, Nautilus (2017-04-13). (notes) “It’s not the ability to recognize yourself in a mirror that is important,” he would come to believe. “It’s what that says about your ability to conceive of yourself in the first place.”
  4. Peter Boumgarden and Abram Van Engen, In Praise of Classrooms, Avidly (2020-05-19). (notes) In the end, what has struck us most about online learning—with all the high-tech tools it has developed—is how little technology is actually required to teach. A classroom does not need much to do a great deal. It can be loaded with screens and plugs, as ours was, or it can be little more than a storage of desks set in the right direction. Either way, it draws us together. It creates a community. It tells students, by its very structure, that we have gathered together in this place to respond to the calling of learning. It makes room for education by being a space devoted to that activity in particular.
  5. Wendy Hanamura, By Retraining Staff, We Uncover Rare Gems, Internet Archive Blogs (2020-05-17). “It can take you down some great rabbit holes,” Mandy said. “This is the stuff I’ve been interested in my adult life. Digging in and finding information that is not readily available and sharing it. Universal Access to to Knowledge. That’s important to me because it helps so many people.”


  1. St. Louis NASA Engineer Uses Hip-Hop to Get People Interested in Math and Science, St. Louis on the Air (2020-05-15). (notes) [2:33] My math teacher asked us to write a song about the quadratic formula as one of our assignments. I came back with this rap song that everybody loved, but I noticed that I didn't have to just stick with that assignment, I could apply this to some of my other topics. And they didn't all come out like a full song, like the quadratic formula did. It would just be little things, if I needed to remember a word, I would sing it in a certain way so that when I'm in a test I think of that jingle, and boom, I have the answer. I found a way to help my mind remember things that I couldn't 'cos we were overloaded with information.
  2. Teaching Remotely During Covid-19 with Prof. Justin Reich, Chalk Radio (2020-05-13). (notes) [2:28] So I would encourage people to keep it simple. That's one principle. A second principle is to really think about how you can partner with students and in K12 with their families. So the coronavirus feels like it's something being done to us. It feels like something that we have very little control over. But our response to the coronavirus can be something that we build together. So I would encourage education leaders at every level from college provosts to elementary school teachers to school principals, superintendents -- whatever it is-- asking and partnering with everybody in the system is a really important part of responding to remote learning. What most emergency remote learning should look like is kind of a package of asynchronous materials that's coupled with lots of frequent check-ins.
  3. Will the Pandemic Cause Food Shortages?, Knowledge@Wharton (2020-05-19). (notes)


蒜的一生,实在想不出有创意的名字了!下次你们帮我想!The life of garlic~, 李子柒 Liziqi (2020-04-13).



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