Sail's Pedagogy

Sail's posts about her class, classes she is taking, and education.

Surviving as an Introvert in an Extroverted World

Tips for introverts on getting along with the world. This is the first time that I have heard someone else say that it “drains their energy” when involved with social interaction.

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Next step in Education Revolution

“There are two things wrong with the education system. 1. What we teach.  2. How we teach it.”

This is a lecture in a virtual world so you can just listen to this. 

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The “what-the-hell” effect

Can’t wait till this class start — A Beginner’s Guide to Irrational Behavior at

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Danny Hillis: The Internet could crash. We need a Plan B


“In the 1970s and 1980s, a generous spirit suffused the internet, whose users were few and far between. But today, the net is ubiquitous, connecting billions of people, machines and essential pieces of infrastructure — leaving us vulnerable to cyber-attack or meltdown. Internet pioneer Danny Hillis argues that the Internet wasn’t designed for this kind of scale, and sounds a clarion call for us to develop a Plan B: a parallel system to fall back on should — or when — the Internet crashes.”

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I held a brain…

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I love neuroscience and this was an unexpected experience while I was on the Duke Photo Walk. I did not take this photo, but my black shirt was the perfect background.

I take all of the brain courses at It was a surprise to find out that a class I am taking at the end of the month called “Medical Neuroscience” will be given by Dr. Leonard E. White who was our instructor for this event.

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Ron Finley: A guerilla gardener in South Central LA


The art of gardening…



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I am a proud alumni of Rheingold University.  This community has continued and we all learn from one another.

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Amanda Palmer: The art of asking

A great talk on trust. Amanda Palmer raised 1.2 million on Kickstarter.

“Amanda Palmer commands attention. The singer-songwriter-blogger-provocateur, known for pushing boundaries in both her art and her lifestyle, made international headlines this year when she raised nearly $1.2 million via Kickstarter (she’d asked for $100k) from nearly 25,000 fans who pre-ordered her new album, Theatre Is Evil.

But the former street performer, then Dresden Dolls frontwoman, now solo artist hit a bump the week her world tour kicked off. She revealed plans to crowdsource additional local backup musicians in each tour stop, offering to pay them in hugs, merchandise and beer per her custom. Bitter and angry criticism ensued (she eventually promised to pay her local collaborators in cash). And it’s interesting to consider why. As Laurie Coots suggests: “The idea was heckled because we didn’t understand the value exchange — the whole idea of asking the crowd for what you need when you need it and not asking for more or less.”

Summing up her business model, in which she views her recorded music as the digital equivalent of street performing, she says: “I firmly believe in music being as free as possible. Unlocked. Shared and spread. In order for artists to survive and create, their audiences need to step up and directly support them.””

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