Video Break: The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dance

Dear Jimmy Fallon:


Thank you for making my Tuesday morning so much brighter.  Really.  Heart you and Will.


*hums Tom Jones….*



Education Revolution SideCar: Health Care! Get your Health Care Here!

John Green is my hero. ¬†You know him from my blog reviewing he and his brother’s educational video series: Crash Course. ¬†However, here…he stole my heart even more. ¬†See having been without health insurance here in the good old U.S.of A. I have some opinions about health care, the state of health care, the mindset of health care providers, and the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare — yes folks it really has a name that isn’t a pejorative take on the President it was signed and approved by the Supreme Court under). ¬†I’ll get to my opinions later — but for now here’s John Green’s fact filled take on the state of American Health Care vs. Single-Payer Health Care in other Nations. ¬†Spend seven minutes watching this, and if you think he’s lying spend a few more minutes looking at the links to his facts that he happily provides — then come back and give me your thoughts:



— Ash




Education Media Revolution: Smarter Every Day

Continuing on our journey through some of my favorite YouTube educational videos we have discussed Thug Notes, C.P.G. Grey, and Crash Course brothers John and Hank Green. ¬†Today we’ll talk about Smarter Every Day.

Smarter Every Day:

Smarter Every Day is a science based YouTube channel that features a dad who explores super interesting science based questions like how does a cat always land on his/her feet (physics) and the slow motion action of a AK-47 underwater. ¬†He states that he took the money he would have saved for his kids college fund to make science videos that would educate the world; hoping that eventually his videos may make back the funds he spent (you can use a link to donate to his children’s college fund if you like after watching his videos). ¬†I think he does a fantastic job of explaining science in a way that is interesting and practical for students and adults alike — he takes the science and SHOWS you how it works. ¬†His videos are family friendly as well, so no fear of showing these videos to your little ones!

Here is the Cat Drop video

(NO CAT was harmed in the making of that video, they used a stunt cat — I mean landing on their feet is what cats DO thanks to physics!):

Here is the AK-47 videos:


Education Media Revolution: Thug Notes

So as you all know I am a PhD student, and having taught adult undergraduate courses ¬†— I am ALWAYS looking for ways to allow my students to learn in a fun way. ¬†Even non-traditional college students may not be in the class for the love of learning. ¬†So sometimes you just have to find a way to capture their attention in a way that works. ¬†I’ve found my savior in YouTube. ¬†Over the next few Monday’s ¬†I’ll be reviewing a few of my favorite YouTube channels for education. ¬†They manage to make education informational, correct, but fun.

Thug Notes:

One of my new FAVORITES just on a personal level is Thug Notes. ¬†This is a swag filled take off of the old school Cliff Notes. ¬†Thug Notes reviews critical pieces of literature, utilizing current urban language and slang. ¬†In all honesty they are totally legit, totally complete reviews in a way that some teens and young adults may actually identify. ¬†The language could be iffy for some high school teachers, but for college I say go right ahead. ¬† Here is his review of Jane Austin’s Pride & Prejudice:

Thug Notes currently has reviewed:

  • Jane Eyre
  • Catcher in the Rye
  • 1984
  • Pride & Prejudice
  • Great Expectations
  • Lord of the Flies
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • The Great Gatsby
  • Crime and Punishment

Overall I very much enjoy the idea and premise of Thug Notes — and I hope some of you all will too. ¬†So click that little subscribe button for Thug Notes and keep up with his innovative reviews!