1. Calendar of Cool: the Apollo Theater Opens

    Today is the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Apollo Theater on the January 26, 1934. The most famous club for African-American performers and popular music in the U.S. is the Apollo Theater, a continuing legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. From the beginning, the Apollo offered amateur nights each evening, where many famous artists, such as […]

  2. Fun Fact Friday: Bubble Wrap

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    Would you believe that bubble wrap, everyone’s favorite popping packing material, was originally marketed as wallpaper? It’s true! While bubble wrapping is now equally famous both for being fun to pop, and for having excellent cushioning qualities, its inventors had something very different in mind. According to Wikipedia:  “Bubble wrap was invented in 1957 by […]

  3. Tech Brief w Justin- Google Cardboard

    Hello! Happy belated new year! For the first post of the new near, I wanted to jump into a lesser known (and surprisingly simple) technology developed by Google.  Google Cardboard was created to show the relative simplicity (and accessibility) of creating your very own virtual reality experience. Now I know what you may be thinking…cardboard? […]

  4. Fun Fact Friday: The Fax Machine

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    Did you know that the fax machine was originally invented in 1843? It’s true! Scottish inventor Alexander Bain received a patent for the concept in 1843. Only three short years later, he turned that concept into reality, when his Electric Printing Telegraph successfully reproduced graphics in laboratory experiments. According to Wikipedia: “He used a clock […]

  5. Fun Fact Friday: Nat King Cole

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    Everybody knows Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song” (aka Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire), and some folks may know that he released three albums in Spanish, but did you know that he recorded one song sung entirely in Japanese? It’s true! Cole’s “Kareha” (commonly known in English as “Autumn Leaves”) was recorded, but never released, […]

  6. Tech Brief : Coding

    Today’s topic touches on the scary….well maybe not so scary world of coding. I’ve been contemplating this topic for awhile and wanted to share a few resources that can help you get started. The Obama administration has taken some serious strides to promote STEM learning throughout all US schools. Part of this new focus involves […]

  7. Calendar of Cool: Basketball Invented

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    On December 1, 1891, Dr. James B. Naismith invented basketball, making today the 123rd birthday of the sport! Dr. Naismith was a Canadian-American doctor and physical education teacher. While working at the YMCA in Springfield, Massachusetts, Naismith was asked to come up with a sport that could be played indoors in winter, and came up with […]

  8. Fun Fact Friday: the Inverted Jenny Postage Stamp

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    Did you know that one of the most notable and sought after postage stamps  is actually a misprint, featuring an upside down plane? It’s true! An “Inverted Jenny”, as it’s known (because it features a Curtiss JN-4 aircraft) sold for nearly a million dollars in 2007. Its unintentionally humorous upside down biplane image is known […]

  9. Fun Fact Friday: Northern Leopard Frog

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    Did you know that the northern leopard frog uses its eyes to help with swallowing food? It’s true! The frog, also known as Rana pipiens, retracts its eyes and uses them to help push food down its throat. According to The Journal of Experimental Biology: “Eye retraction can occur bilaterally or unilaterally, and both swallowing […]

  10. Tech Brief with Justin

    Welcome back to tech brief! Within our vast network of schools utilizing our service, many users access Discovery Education using a protocol known as Single Sign On. Single Sign On was originally created to alleviate a term known as password fatigue, or too many passwords! To many of you, this may sound all too familiar. […]

  11. Calendar of Cool: John Philip Sousa Born

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    On November 6, 1854, famed American musician John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. This patriotic birthplace is fitting, since Sousa’s best-known works are marches that are commonly played during parades or at other celebrations of American holidays. Sousa is best known as a brass-band trailblazer, but the first instrument he learned to play […]

  12. Fun Fact Friday: Origin of Pumpkin Carving

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    Did you know that the Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving originated with completely a different vegetable? It’s true? The tradition reportedly began in Ireland, where they would actually carve faces into turnips, to represent spirits or goblins. According to Wikipedia, folklorist Jabez Allies described his recollection of the tradition as follows: “In my juvenile days […]

  13. Calendar of Cool: Teddy Roosevelt Born

    On this day in 1858 Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, the United States’ 26th President, was born. Theodore Roosevelt was born into a wealthy family, and suffered from severe asthma. Despite this, he was determined to lead an adventurous life, becoming a marksman, horseback rider, boxer, and the leader of the Rough Riders, who became famous for their […]