heasulli's daily diigo bookmarks 12/10/2008

  • tags: edtech

    • This is really neat. I’m doing this as a test for Vicki Davis. I hope this is what she is asking for. – post by loonyhiker
    • Hi, Mrs. Davis’ class. Great project! – post by emilyvickery
    • A digital citizenship project for teenagers.
  • tags: edtech

    • With its cutting-edge buildings, the Willow School in Gladstone takes green to a new level—platinum—and a new concept: regeneration.
    • When the Schoolhouse opened in 2003, it became the first private-school building in the country (and second overall)  to earn a gold certification on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. The Barn, which opened last September after a $3.1 million conversion, contains classrooms, science and performing arts centers, and a cafeteria. The Barn has received the highest possible LEED rating—platinum—the first building of any kind in New Jersey to earn the distinction.
    • Top Ten Ways Willow School Went Green

      Roof (85 percent recycled stainless steel) shunts rainwater to a 57,000-gallon tank (100 percent recycled plastic) beneath the parking lot. The water is used to flush the low-flow toilets.

      *  The Barn’s solar panels, along with other energy efficiencies, make Willow  70 percent cheaper to run than with conventional power.

      Walls are insulated with material made from recycled cotton such as blue jeans, which takes less energy to produce than fiberglass insulation. Recycled sneaker soles improve floor cushioning.

      *  Paints, stains, and finishes have low or zero volatile organic compounds to enhance indoor air quality.

      A computer in the front hallway monitors maintenance systems and displays energy usage in real time.

      Recycled materials include stone foundations from three demolished barns. Trees that had to be removed to make way for the school were turned into the buildings’ furniture.

      *  The Schoolhouse is set east-west to avoid hot western sun. Classrooms with floor-to-ceiling windows face north to gather soft daylight ideal for reading.

      *  Willow planted 70,000 species of native grasses, perennials, shrubs, and ground cover—all drought tolerant and needing no irrigation, fertilizer, or pesticides.

      *  A constructed wetland of hydroponic plants cleans waste water, removing suspended solids, phosphorus, and nitrogen. The water is then filtered and returned to the ground.

      * Paving is kept to a minimum, reducing “heat island effect” that can drive up air conditioning costs. Access roads are as narrow as possible. Water that runs off paved surfaces is caught in vegetated drainage swales, helping retain ground water.

  • tags: edtech

    • Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor
  • tags: edtech

    • Online network for solar research


      Clean Energy Project screen shot

      Distributed computing is a valuable tool for scientists with data to analyse


      A joint project between IBM and Harvard University is tapping into thousands of computers, in an attempt to discover new solar and energy storage materials.

      The Clean Energy Project uses distributed computing to number-crunch molecular equations.

      Users volunteer the processing power of their computers, with a grid server assigning tasks.

  • tags: edtech

    • Microsoft Office to debut online
    • In 2009 web versions of Word, Excel and other programs in the Microsoft Office suite plus Exchange and Sharepoint will go online.
  • tags: edtech

    • Ed tech central to Obama’s recovery plan
      School modernization, broadband access are keys to Obama’s plan to provide 2.5 million jobs

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