Sail's Pedagogy

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

Gardening and teaching.. for a better community

“Kids should not have to leave their community to live, learn and earn in a better one.”

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Trees Communicate With One Another, Connected by Fungi (Video)

“trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected with the largest, oldest ‘mother trees’ serving as hubs”

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How does Coffee effect you – For Cocoa Cinnamon

Cocoa Cinnamon is a coffee/tea/chocolate/spice shop opening up near me. They got funded by Kickstarter and the whole community has helped them to create their dream. I have already learned much about coffee and spices from Leon and Areli.

But here is a lesson on what coffee is doing to us— not that it is all bad, nor am I going to stop drinking coffee.

The bad.. “Too much caffeine and you can get a racing heartbeat, nerves, and a certain amount of palm sweat, not to mention problems when you try to sleep at night.”

Coffee effects the way we perceive others – “Smith et al. “Storm in a coffee cup: caffeine modifies brain activation to social signals of threat” SCAN, 2011.”

Caffeine blocks adenosine – a neurotransmitter like dopamine or norepinephrine. But adenosine is associated with sleep – high levels and you are “wired” – low levels and you are tired. Caffeine can also effect anxiety disorders and fear processing.

So, according to the study, do not make angry faces at people drinking coffee…..

More about Cocoa Cinnamon

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The Story of Change

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Learn Google Search Tips – a MOOC

Power Searching with Google is a free online, community-based course showcasing search techniques and how to use them to solve real, everyday problems. It features:

Six 50-minute classes.
Interactive activities to practice new skills.
Opportunities to connect with others using Google Groups, Google+, and Hangouts on Air.
Upon passing the post-course assessment, a printable Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

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Texting, Data and Saving Lives

“The parents in the room know that texting is actually the best way to communicate with your kids. It might be the only way to communicate with your kids.”

When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking — they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she’s setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected.

Nancy Lublin is CEO and Chief Old Person at, where she harnesses the extraordinary energy of teens and focuses it on issues they care passionately about.

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Sharon Salzberg – Mediation – Transform your Mind, Change the World

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Motherboard TV: Douglas Rushkoff in Real Life | Motherboard

“For someone who likes to talk about the virtues of disconnecting, the media critic Douglas Rushkoff seems surprisingly always on.”

Alex Pasternack has written a great article about Douglas Rushkoff. He talked to our Howard Rhiengold alumni group a few months ago and he is well worth listening to.

Motherboard TV: Douglas Rushkoff in Real Life | Motherboard.

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Jeff Pulver – Being Vulnerable In the Era of the Real-Time Web

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Brian Greene: Why is our universe fine-tuned for life?

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