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LIZ Teams Up With Pharrell Williams For “That’s My Man”

Originally posted on TIME:

One summer blockbuster deserves another. Soon-to-be chart topper LIZ has teamed up with Pharrell Williams for “That’s My Man,” her contribution to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack — and it’s a firecracker deserves to be in heavy rotation this summer.

Pharrell produced the track, and it’s as funk-focused as his mega-hit “Happy” while drawing on many of the same influences heard in his G I R L album. The funky vibe pairs well with LIZ’s shimmery vocals and sweetly sultry voice; the power pop duo seem to bring out the best in each other.

“Pharrell just oozes cool and is so incredibly supportive and down for me,” LIZ told BuzzFeed. “He and I plan on doing more work together very soon.” And that is good news for everybody.

Pharrell has been keeping himself busy with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. Not only did he work with Alicia Keys on the…

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Meet AltSchool, The Startup That Is Going To Reinvent Primary Education

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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Education is one of the last industries that is still going through massive change and disruption with the introduction of technology. In particular, we’ve seen the rise of iPads,  the introduction of learning technologies and educational games enter the classroom, but we haven’t actually seen the physical classroom change for children. AltSchool, a new startup aiming to transform K-8 education and schools, is hoping to change that.

Founded by Max Ventilla, AltSchool is a new school that focuses on child-centered education supported by a technology platform. The school is also predicated on the belief that most students vary in skill level in subjects like math, reading, science, art, physical education and social studies, and “grades” are confining. Enter highly customized “playlists” that serve as a personalized curriculum for each child.

As you can see from the video above, AltSchool’s first classroom is in the Dogpatch neighborhood of…

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Protests & Parades Held In Celebration Of May Day

Originally posted on CBS Miami:

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Today is May Day, which meant a big celebration in many parts of the world–but it turned violent in others.

The biggest labor celebration in the world, International Labor Day, usually means marching bands and parades. That was the case in Moscow, where 100,000 people marched to Red Square.

In Paris, thousands turned out under dark skies to celebrate May Day, including a man doing his best Che Guevara impersonation, the Latin American revolutionary hero who is often pictured on T-shirts and jackets.

In other parts of Europe, May Day was not peaceful.

In Istanbul, riot police used water cannons and tear gas to keep demonstrators away from a square where May Day demonstrations were banned. Close to 100 people, including 19 police officers were injured in the clashes.

One of the biggest May Day celebrations was in Cuba, where thousands turned out on the streets of…

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#ThrowbackThursday #TBT – “Spiderwebs” by No Doubt

This music video transformed all that I knew about rock music and female lead singers. I was 14 going on 15, a Freshman in high school, when I saw this video on MTV (when the “M” meant MUSIC). It blew me away! Gwen’s vocals, the music video treatment, the ska sound – it all came together into this amazing revelation for me. I knew I wanted to be Gwen Stefani, a powerful lead singer with the unique voice and maverick wardrobe. Hopefully, I will . . .

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#ThrowbackThursday #TBT – Top 30 Things You Should Know About This Blogger

Originally posted on The Student Becomes The Teacher:

So I realized something about this amazing blog and equally extraordinary audience – if you are new to my blog, you probably don’t a great deal about me. And I further realized that my life has been a testimony to chapters of extraordinarily interesting and fascinating life experiences (yes, I just got a little wordy but it’s for a point). Here is an ironic list numbering 30 items that offer some more insight into who I am as a person, more than just an educator.

#30:I love Christmas music during the holidays!

#29:I love Eggnog! No one in my fam likes it but I get it every year! Then I know it’s Xmas!
#28:I have a special reverence for The Nutcracker – I was a toy soldier and rat (not in the same production) in my dance school’s production when I was a kid. Yes, I was a ballet dancer…

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#ThrowbackThursday #TBT – I Want To Be Carrie Bradshaw – Minus the Expensive Shoe Obsession (Because I CAN’T AFFORD It!)

Originally posted on The Student Becomes The Teacher:

So after my epiphany blog post the other day, I have felt a lot more at ease. It’s hard to explain. I just feel lighter, freer, calmer.

Work seems a little easier – grading is less painful (because I do it immediately after getting it from my students), I’m more creative with my course material (I’m actually going to use my older posts from last year), and I’m more friendly (thanks to my wonderful MP3 player on my smart phone that I listen to while I’m doing that grading and being creative).

During my downtime, I am an avid watcher of all things “Sex and the City” – the book, series, films. I have my own SATC store in my bedroom. The more I watch, the more I realize how much I covet Carrie’s life. Okay, clearly not the financial debt due to her expensive shoe obsession (but I do…

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