Saturday, December 22, 2007

Kho na jayen yeh, taare zamein par

It is rare to see a movie that treats an off-mainstream topic with such lucidity, that does it justice without going overboard. With brilliant acting (particularly from Darsheel Safary), impressive direction and a moving sound score (shankar mahadevan almost does an SPB in some areas), this is a movie that deserves much kudos.

Dyslexia is a topic that is increasingly gaining attention across the country. By giving it cinemascope focus, one hopes the movie would bring about a much needed change in attitudes - at least with some of the troubled teachers and parents who see it.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

How open courses are revolutionalizing education...

At 71, Physics Professor Is a Web Star - from the New York Times:

Professor Lewin’s videotaped physics lectures, free online on the OpenCourseWare of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, have won him devotees across the country and beyond who stuff his e-mail in-box with praise.

Professor Lewin delivers his lectures with the panache of Julia Child bringing French cooking to amateurs and the zany theatricality of YouTube’s greatest hits. He is part of a new generation of academic stars who hold forth in cyberspace on their college Web sites and even, without charge, on iTunes U, which went up in May on Apple’s iTunes Store.

He was No. 1 on the most downloaded list at iTunes U for a while, but that lineup constantly evolves. The stars this week included Hubert Dreyfus, a philosophy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Leonard Susskind, a professor of quantum mechanics at Stanford.

Ah, the emergence of the open education era. Imagine what this and the XO together can do.