Flip it! A new way to teach with video from TED-Ed

TED just debuted TED-Ed and already they’ve added features. From the TED Blog:

Announcing a new way to use video to create customized lessons: the “Flip This Lesson” feature from TED-Ed, now in beta at ed.ted.com.

With this feature, educators can use, tweak, or completely redo any video lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch based on a TEDTalk or any video from YouTube. How? Just plug the video in and start writing questions, comments, even quizzes — then save the lesson as a private link and share with your students. The site allows you to see who’s completed the lessons and track individual progress. It’s still in beta, but we’re so excited about this feature we had to share.

Watch the short video to learn how it works.

“Flip This Lesson” is an open platform — you can create a lesson from any video, whether from the TED-Ed library, from more than 1,000 TEDTalks, or from any video on YouTube. Read Chris Anderson’s blog post about why we built TED-Ed as an open platform. Read the full press announcement here. And explore a sample lesson Chris made as a proof-of-concept, based on a great new TED-Ed talk.

Then — go forth and write lessons of your own!

SSPP Policy Debate: Creating the Future We Want

On June 22, 2012, delegates from around the world will converge in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for a global conference on sustainable development, twenty years after the first Rio conference—the 1992 “Earth Summit”. In anticipation of Rio+20, a diverse group of U.S. thought leaders has published an article titled “Creating the Future We Want” in the upcoming summer issue of Sustainability Science, Practice, & Policy. Pointing to emerging concepts such as “green economy” and “shared value”, the authors claim that global sustainability can be realized through effective collaborations, progressive business strategies, enlightened regulations and policies, and public support and understanding.

The article, part of SSPP’s Policy Debate series, inlcudes

  • an introductionfrom SSPP Journal Editor, Maurie J. Cohen;
  • the article, “Creating the future we want” by Alan D. Hecht, Joseph Fiksel, Scott C. Fulton, Terry F. Yosie, Neil C. Hawkins, Heinz Leuenberger, Jay S. Golden, & Thomas E. Lovejoy;
  • a responsefrom John Stutz of the Tellus Institute;
  • and a rejoinder from the authors

For more information about Sustainability: Science, Practice, & Policy, please access http://sspp.proquest.com.

Webinar archive: Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries

A recording of yesterday’s webinar, “Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries”, is now available. This webinar is the second in ALA’s four-part Sustainability in Libraries series. From the webinar flier:

There are different types of sustainability practices in libraries (e.g. buildings, collection development, instruction, events, collaboration) and many of us are working, educating, and practicing in these areas.This webinar will consist of lightning talks by librarians engaged in different types of sustainability efforts. They will share their experiences and provide time for questions.  Academic, public and school libraries will be represented. The session will be recorded so you can view it later.


Sustainability Lessons

Read the full story in Sustainable Industries.

It’s exciting to see colleges and universities in all regions of the United States pursuing sustainability. They are doing this to become more future-relevant and desirable, in addition to being more operationally efficient. They are funding projects and making progress in several areas, especially in energy/buildings, waste/recycling, academics, purchasing and community engagement. We have learned that schools that tie together multiple areas of sustainability into a comprehensive, holistic plan or roadmap tend to be more successful — at getting buy-in, funding initiatives, and achieving results. They also tend to enjoy more of the full benefits of “going green.”

Sustainability’s Digital Infrastructure

Download the case stude from Sustainable Industries.

The University of California at San Diego (UCSD) has a long history of self-reliance when it comes to energy. Opened in 1960, the university came of age in an era of energy awareness, and its founders sought to position the campus as a home for leading-edge science and technology research.

Today, by embracing clean energy technologies in its operations and by collecting data to build an ambitious long-term sustainability plan, UCSD offers a glimpse into the future. While academics and research are at the core of UCSD’s energy initiatives, the university has also worked to integrate advanced energy technology into its campus. An on-site cogeneration plant, completed in the 1990s, produces more than 87% of electricity consumed. But beginning in 2006, the campus challenged itself to go further and develop an energy-independent microgrid.

Today, the campus produces 92% of its own energy. It’s striving to go further with a combination of new clean energy resources, additional on-site generation and storage, and innovative demand-reduction strategies. The cornerstone of this effort is the OSIsoft PI System, which gathers data from hundreds of sensors, serves as a universal translator that synchronizes and coordinates operations of the campus’ complex energy assets, and supports UCSD’s efforts to create a sustainable environment for learning and innovation.

Please note: Sustainable Industries is hosting a live webinar on this Case Study on May 10, 2012, at 1pm PST. Click here for more information.