Tag Archives: Studying

Our session project: the shooting of a short video on a student’s day in the French preps

23 Feb

TO LINDA: please send an email to karine.gantin@gmail.com so that I can connect you to your classmates, as they have decided to discuss the project via email.

I’ll be around for the next hours to read your comments, check your own links which you think may be of interest to us, as well as any idea you wish to submit, – all you have to do is use the comment button below. I’m excited to hear from you.


Al Pacino in “Scent of a woman”: Charlie’s trial scene

23 Feb

A movie’s scene we saw yesterday:

You can also reach out to this wonderful article published by the New Yorker and to some more material below that I sorted out for you so as to let you further expand on your comments of yesterday (esp. the debate about rudeness Vs. aggressivity, and the ways to combat bullying):

The New Yorker striking, clever, both political and sociological article about niceness and fairness as contraries is to be found by clicking on the link, – I highly recommend this reading.

Besides, a recent blog article caught my attention as it addresses human resources practitioners who turn themselves into victims of bullying just like other employees (according to surveys, up to 30% of them!). I wish to share here their accurate, well-informed analysis as well as their advice about what to do – which useful skills should be specifically trained in such circumstances for example.

Please have a look also at this CNN easy-to-understand report featuring a collective, educational response to bullying (=harcèlement):


There is a school program called Sociable Kidz that several schools are beginning to embrace.  This program, designed by two teachers, will focus on the child who is the victim of bullying and teach that child skills to improve his or her confidence and self-esteem.  It also gives them techniques to respond to the bully when a situation arises.  While all this sounds good, what was missing for me in the CNN story was what the schools are doing to address the child who IS the bully.  Are they offering skills training for them?  Do they just punish without correcting the behavior?  Do they get rid of the child by expulsion?” (out of a critical comment on CNN’s report by Blogger Trish on Hrringleader.com).

What Should Students Be Studying Now To Prepare For 10 Years From Now?

22 Feb

“Our economy’s in dire straits and college students have become increasingly panicked, wondering whether or not they’ll actually find a job post graduation. When applying for schools and choosing their major, they’ve started to think twice. Do they follow their passion, or do they go where the money is? And where is the money? What careers are even sustainable today?”

You’ll find a list of interesting answers to this question by clicking on the link below (same document as distributed yesterday, this time in its online version). Please have a read and prepare to engage in conversation on this topic.


J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement

22 Feb

Yesterday, we could listen to the first half of this famous address to Harvard students by Harry Potter’s famous author J.K. Rowlings on the occasion of the 2008 Commencement ceremony at this University. You may wish to have a watch at the whole speech, there it is, as posted by Harvard Magazine on its Youtube Channel:

In addition, Harvard Magazine published Rowling’s address in written form on its own website. So here is the ready-made transcript.

Harvard Magazine’s Youtube Channel may be worthy a watch in itself. However, I wish to use this opportunity to draw your attention to another Youtube Academic Channel set up by another University, one that is as famous as Harvard and is located close to it, I mean of course the MIT. For those of you who study maths and physics as well as those who miss their maths classes from high school, this a wonderful resource platform that I highly recommend.

Making a lipdub

21 Feb


According to Wikipedia’s article featuring the District of Vellore in the Tamil Nadu State on the South-Eastern Coast of India, the Vellore Institute of Technology (popularly known as VIT) has been ranked as the best private engineering university in India by the magazine India Today. VIT be also the last Indian University to be accredited by the prestigious Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) in London and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) in the USA. In Vellore, Tamil is the official and most widely spoken language. Most of the people in Vellore can anyway converse in English and in Hindi. The VIT college has around 15000 students from all over India and from over 25 countries studying in its campus.

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) offers more than 200 majors, degrees, and credentials, and is a “very high activity” research university. Its official website proclaims that the University has provided 5 Nobel Prize winners. And according to Wikipedia (once again, sorry), UCSB is a politically active campus : “For the 2008 presidential election, UCSB won a national college competition for student voter registration by registering 10857 voters, or 51.5% of the student population.The UCSB Campus Democrats are one of the most active organizations on campus. Over the years, other political parties and organizations have also been known to be active on campus, such as the Environmental Affairs Board, Green Party, Libertarians, NORML (National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws), and the Queer Student Union.”

by Canadian Peel Schools – from kindergarten to grade 12 // Peel is one of the four regions surrounding the City of Toronto and belonging to the “GTA” (Greater Toronto Area).

One website with many university lipdubs to be watched is here.


Have a look what was happening behind the scene during the making of the amazing Grand Rapids Lipdub. Also, enjoy the final brilliant, unique tracking shot the lipdub is composed of.