A few years ago, the Grade 6s watched a video with Mr. Weber that had been created by Microsoft. The people who created this were trying to predict how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go. At the time, in 2011, this was a vision of what they thought the world might be like in 5-10 years. However, that was already 3 years ago; do you think this video still seems very futuristic? Or do we already have some of this technology in use today?
Some of the boys in 2DP watched this video today as part of their investigation of technology. Have a look yourself – which technologies are already in use? Which do you think we might see in the near future?
Microsoft also created a similar video in 2009. If you watch this one, it almost looks like normal daily life in 2014! I see things that resemble iPads, smart boards, FaceTime/Skype, Siri, fingerprint verification systems (like in the iPhone 5S), green roofs, and Google Glass.
Catching Fire Coming Soon
The Hunger Games is one of the all-time most popular series of books in our library. Last year, the first movie in the series was a smash at the boxoffice, and made more than $150 million(!) on its first weekend alone.
The second movie in the series, Catching Fire, is slated to come out in theatres on November 22. However, you can buy advanced tickets starting today – yay! From the look of the trailers (check them out below) this movie looks like it might even be BETTER than the book!
What do you think? Are you excited to see Catching Fire brought to life?
Alistair, in Grade 4, alerted us to the cool robotics system called VEX. Check out this video about the 2013-14 VEX IQ Challenge. Is this something that you think we could acccomplish?
Ender’s Game: This is Not a Game
One of the most popular novels in our library (and one of Mr. Weber’s favourites), Ender’s Game, is finally coming to the big screen! In this amazing military science-fiction story, the Earth is under attack . . . again. Alien “buggers” are poised for a final assault. The survival of the human species depends on a miliary genious who can defeat them. But who? Ender Wiggin. Brilliant. Ruthless. Cunning. A tactical and strategic master. And a child.
What do you think of the trailers? If you’ve already read the book, does the movie version look like what you imagined it would? If you haven’t read the book yet, we just ordered some new copies – check it out!
Ender’s Game (the movie) is set to be released in cinemas on November 1.
The 40th British Columbia general election will take place on May 14, 2013 – the province will elect a new Legislative Assembly; the leader of the party who wins the most seats will become the Premier.
Each party puts forth a platform, which is a list of the actions which they support. By doing this, the party hopes to appeal to the general public for the purpose of having their candidates voted into office. Each of the major parties in British Columbia has posted their party platform on their websites, which can be found by clicking on the banners seen below. Sometimes it is really, really difficult to decipher what each party is saying, as the platform documents are often long, confusing, vague, and not necessarily matching up with the platforms of the other parties.
TED is Visiting Vancouver!
Really, really exciting news was announced yesterday . . . the main TED Talks annual conference will be moving to Vancouver (from Long Beach, California) until at least 2015!
Many of you have probably watched a TED Talk before on their website, especially because Mr. Weber is pretty fond of showing them to students. As reported in yesterday’s Globe and Mail, “TED – which stands for technology, entertainment and design and brings together innovators of assorted stripes – saw Vancouver as a city whose ethos matched that of the TED Talks: future-focused, green, and creative.” Experts of all kinds give an (up to) 18-minute-long speech on just about anything – it could focus on the moons of Saturn, innovative school programs, or how to tie your shoes better.
If you’re interested in this, and you’d like to know more about the details of this conference coming to Vancouver, click here to read The Globe & Mail’s article TED Talks Choose Vancouver as Host.
We’ll leave you with one of Mr. Weber’s all-time favourite TED Talks – Dan Gilbert speaking about the surprising science of happiness:
30 Human Library Books Ready for Lending!
On January 26th, 2013 the doors of 24 Human Library events in 15 cities across Canada will invite readers to take part in the very first “Human Library Day” in Canada. Human books are people just like you and me – yet they have an interesting perspectives, have had facinating experiences, and they are people with whom you might not normally find yourself having a conversation. Over the last few months, we’ve welcomed several human books to the library at St. George’s Junior School: a blind person, a video game programmer from Microsoft, former students from the Convent of the Sacred Heart School, an Olympian, and a member of Canada’s Armed Forces.
The upcoming Vancouver event, which will take place at the Central Branch of the VPL, is pretty special – the human library books will be available for not just one day, but 9 days! January 18-20, 25-27 + Feb 1-3, 2013 from 12:00PM – 4:00PM, enter the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and head up to the third floor where a special PuSh Festival circulation desk will register you with your own Human Library card and offer to lend you one of thirty possible human books. Many of the books that will be available for “lending” have been, for different reasons, subjected to stereotyping and prejudices. Some of the books that will be available include a Female Heavy Equipment Mechanic, a person living with Asperger’s Syndrome, and someone who is brain injured. Click here, or on the picture below for more information about this event.
Human Library is FREE and open to the public, and books are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the performance. Each conversation will last between 20-30 minutes. Also remember – there is no such thing as a dumb question! This is an opportunity to borrow another person for a given time, and ask them what you want to know.
Also, stay tuned for who we will welcome for the January edition of our own St. George’s version of the Human Library. Details coming soon . . .