Five for Friday- New Links and Ideas

A couple of articles on the recent international test scores. There have been a ton of analysis on this results, but I thought that these two articles stood out.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703766704576008692493038646.html

http://nasspblogs.org/principaldifference/2010/12/pisa_its_poverty_not_stupid_1.html

This was quite interesting to me

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/01/the-benefit-of-ugly-fonts/

I can't get this TED talk out of my head. It is about consumption, community, collaboration, and I think that this sort of work will find its reach into education in the near term.

http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/rachel_botsman_the_case_for_collaborative_consumption.html

It takes some tweaking to get your computer ready for the Google Body app, but it is incredible for health, science, and a variety of other uses.

http://bodybrowser.googlelabs.com/body.html

I'm really loving these sites that add layers to other great services. This link allows you to use Google Street View which is already incredible, and cross it was historical photos that have been uploaded about this location.

http://www.historypin.com/