Thursday, November 12, 2015

Veterans Wounded Warriors Band.

The Wounded Warriors Band consists of men and women who have injuries from defending our country. The band is part of a project for recovery, to give them something to live for. Each band member has a story to tell about how their experiences have led them to where they are at today. The Wounded Warriors Band have performed at many famous venues and with many famous singers over the years.

Tim Donley, the lead vocalist, has two prosthetic legs and has lost use of his right arm. He obtained his injuries in Afghanistan from a roadside bomb. Juan Dominguez was in Afghanistan when he lost both legs and an arm. Before he joined the military, Juan played a guitar in a metal band. He was severely disappointed when he found out he wouldn't play the guitar again. Now, in the WWB, he plays the drums, with a special attachment for the second drumstick. Josh Cawthorn, who plays the guitar in the band, lost both his best friend and his right eye when in service. He has a Purple Heart, and proudly wears a fake eyeball to show people that he is different.

Music is the best medicine for the guys in this band. It gives them something to focus on, something to strive for. "It's everything," said Cawthorn. "Emotional therapy, physical, whatever you can think of. It's the best." And as multiple members of the band have said, they haven't looked back.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Nobel Peace Prize

Some notable winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are Mother Teresa and Theodore Roosevelt.
Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. She was awarded the prize for the various amounts of humanitarian work she had done over the years. Her birth-name was Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu. She is most well-known for being the leader of Missionaries of Charity, Calcutta.
Theodore Roosevelt won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906. He is most well-known for being the 26th President of the United States. However, this not the reason why he won the award. He received the award in 1906 for negotiating a peace treat in the Russo-Japanese war in 1904-05. He also resolved a dispute with Mexico by resulting to arbitration. He also was the first statesman to receive the award, which caused some controversy.
Jimmy Carter was my chosen winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. He was born on October 1, 1924, in Plains, Georgia, U.S.A. After a military career, in 1953, he took over care of his parent's farm. Soon after that, he got into politics, and was elected Governor of Georgia. In, 1976, he won the election for the Democrats as the 39th President of the United States. He achieved the award for negotiating treaties between multiple countries several times. Even after his presidential term ended, he continued to be a voice of human rights.

Monday, October 26, 2015

College Search

Test Scores and Selectivity - American Academy of Dramatic Arts: West

Type of School: Abilene Christian University

Location: Alfred University

Campus and Housing: Cumberland University

Majors and Learning Environment: Ferris State University

Sports and Activities: American University: Washington D.C.

Academic Credit: Baylor University

Paying: Adelphi University

Support Services: Adams State University

Diversity: Alcorn State University

Friday, October 23, 2015

Cartography of Learning blog

I was with my family on Mt. Crested Butte, and the half day of skiing was almost over. I remember the sun was slanting off the snow right. into my eyes. It was also cloudy, so my curious 9-year old mind asked the question, "Why do we need goggles/glasses if it isn't windy or cloudy?" Since, we were sitting on a lift, my dad had time to answer the question. He asked me if I saw the sun glinting off the snow. He then said that even though it had already hit the snow, the light is still going into your eyes, and could blind you. I have never forgotten that lesson.

Something I have always wanted to do is go to New York and see a Broadway show, especially one that I know all the lyrics to. That would be great. Seeing it in person would maybe overload my senses. I would jam out, and it would be amazing! I'd love to know how the sound is. The best part is, I know that I'm going before Thanksgiving this year.

My Past layer has a marker on Washington D.C. This marker reminds me of the time I skinned my legs on a treadmill. My Future layer has a marker on Machu Pichu, because I would like to see the ruins. My Colleges has a marker on UT. Since both of my parents went there, I felt obliged to put it on my map. This was a fun project.

Cole Thompson

Monday, October 19, 2015

15 Learning Events

1. Hunt, Texas-River Inn: River Property Rights
2. 3935 Fossil Creek- San Antonio, Texas: Bunch of mythology from Nicholas Flamel books
3. Washington D.C.: take certain precautions when on treadmills
4. Ottawa, Canada: the science behind canals and locks
5. Mt. Crested Butte, Colorado: Reflected light off snow can damage your sight
1. New York City: BROADWAY!!!!
2. Alaska: to experience actual cold, and beautiful landscapes
3. England: to see professional soccer matches
4. England: because i feel left out
5. Machu Pichu: to see the ruins and landscape
1. Anywhere: to skydive
2. New York City: Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon
3. New York City: Live from New York, it's Saturday night!
4. Germany: to learn about the culture
5. Colorado: learned about different kinds of precipitation

Friday, October 9, 2015

Coding with Cole

                                                            Donkey Kong on Scratch
Mitch Resnick is the director of the Lifelong Kindergarten program and LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at MIT Media Lab. He wonders why the same encouraged creativity of kindergarten doesn't continue on. He has dedicated himself to keeping this exploration going, allowing kids to continue to experiment with new technology. Mr. Resnick is most well known for making Scratch and the Computer Clubhouse.

In this TED talk, Mitch Resnick talks about today's generation being 'fluent' in new technology. As he says, "All of us have heard young people referred to as 'digital natives'. But actually, I'm sort of skeptical about this term." He says this because he views being fluent in new technology as being able to code. Now, when people say code, most people think of the simple 1s and 0s. As Mr. Resnick says, "If this is what coding is like, it will be only a narrow sub-community of people with special mathematical skills and technological background that can code. He goes on to point out that 'coding' is a much looser term than people believe.

Personally, I agree that today's generation should have some know-how of coding, as most of us are so very attached to technology. Our generation should be have a BASIC understanding of what we spend so much time with. We should be able to understand and make our own programs. I'm not saying that our entire generation should become computer programmers. Simply, I think that if you can read new technologies, you should be able to write them as well.