Don't forget PI Day that coming up! That's a perfect time for "What PI Sounds Like" and the VI Hart Channel on YouTube!
Below you will find a number of documentaries I show in various orders each year. I usually start the year with some Filks by Tom Lehrer and a few documentaries about Admiral Grace Murray Hopper. Then I start showing NOVA and National Geographic documentaries. At this point, I'll show a different documentary in Math class as opposed to CompSci class. Above is a new documentary I'm showing this month about a laptop someone lost in the Mediterranean some 2000 years ago? This TED Talk below I think talks about the inventer of this laptop!
We started one of my favorite YouTube Wednesday features. In the name of AP Computer Science review of Computer History and Computer Literacy, I played the only National Geographic Special not about warm, fuzzy animals! It's called "Miniature Miracle: The Computer Chip" and it's all about the history of electronic computing. I remember seeing this live on NBC around 1983 listening to Alexander Scourby's iconic voice and Elmer Bernstein's phenomenal musical theme!
I used to have this on online, but YouTube made me take it down. I copied it from my VHS version to a DVD. I then uploaded it to YouTube as MP4 files. So, I still have these files to play with VLC, unfortunately I can't show them to you online. You can get your own VHS copy on EBay or Amazon if you like! Here's a little review from 1985 in The New York Times!
February & March YouTube Wednesdays!
We haven't had a lot of time of late for YouTube Wednesdays what with all the Snow Days and February Break. We did manage to start a NOVA called "Ancient Computer" about a lump of bronze found off the coast of Greece. It was found with several lost works of art dated circa 70 BC. However, noone thought anything of this lump of bronze until someone decided to X-ray it!
I'm showing this episode of NOVA for 10 minutes each Wednesday through the end of March. BTW, this used to be on YouTube. Unfortunately, the Nova YouTube Channel was converted to show only 2-3 minute previews, so you have to go to PBS.org to view full episodes. I used the PBS app on my Kindle Fire HD 8.9 over WiFi. I also used an HDMI cable to attach the Kindle to the SmartBoard in HDMI mode.
Midterm Week: Ingite, TED and Filk!
Recently, I tried out an Ignite Thursday. The Ignite Show used to be on the BBC. It was great in that the speaker had exactly 5 minutes to speak. Also, the speaker had 20 slides to talk about that auto-advanced every 15 seconds. Needless to say, this make for a very quick, if informative, presentation.
I found a nice Ignite by a curator at the Walters Museum, William Noel. His talk was about how he discovered long lost texts by Archimedes buried inside a medieval palimpsest. What's amazing about this discovery is that the text shows Archimedes doing advanced Combinatorics and Calculus circa 200BC!
That Ignite video led us to a TED Tuesday also by William Noel! Now I think I have to show a documentary about the Antikythera Device! There's a nice NOVA about Ancient Computers and here's a related youtube.
Don't forget VI Hart!
December YouTube Wednesdays!
September YouTube Wednesdays!
Base 8 Arithmetic!
Periodic Table of Elements!
Well, that's all folks!