Historic Storage Building

Prior to the desegregation of the Alabama school system, this building was a school for African-American children.  Students from multiple counties would travel to this school, since there only a few available in North Alabama.

Researching the history of this school and the building was not easy.  There is very little information about it on the internet and most of what I learned came from the local people.

The building is now being used as a storage facility and is not being maintained well.
That seems like such a waste to me.  Here we have a building with great historical significance, just wasting away in obscurity.

If I could purchase the property, I would turn it into a civil rights museum.  That seems to be a better way of honoring the history of this site.

Nicholas “Nick” Davis was a Busy Man

Nick Davis was born 23 April 1781, in Virginia.  He was a busy man during his life and managed to wear a wide variety of hats.

  • He was a US Marshall.
  • He was a Captain in the War of 1812.
  • He owned several hundred acres of land in Limestone County, Alabama.
  • He raced horses.
  • He was admired by others as a country gentlemen.
  • He was one of the framers of Alabama’s first constitution.
  • He was president of the Alabama Senate.

Nick Davis died 29 September 1856 in Alabama.  A major road running through Limestone and Madison Country is named after him.  I can see why, Nick Davis had a lot going on and he was a busy man.

 

 

Floating Flag Football

Astronauts spend large amounts of time in space.  I wonder what they do for fun.  I would recommend floating flag football.

I can see it now.  An astronaut is sailing toward the guy with the ball, but just before he grabs the flag the guy with the ball starts spinning and rolls out of the way.

This not only sounds like a fun game to play, it also sounds like a fun game to watch.  NASA could use floating flag football to teach people about the space program and capture the interest of children all over the world.

Wonder Works Museum

Wonder Works Museum is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.  The building looks like an upside-down house, which makes the museum a bit unique.

Wonder Works is filled with interactive exhibits for children and adults to enjoy.  It also has rides and games that are fun, educational, and challenging.

My favorite thing at the museum was the flight simulator.  I am sad to say that I crashed my spaceship while trying to land.  Oh well, it was till fun.

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Age of Enlightenment

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I enjoyed reading this book.  It is well written, easy to read, and interesting.

Here are a few of the main points:

  • Enlightenment was born of the idea that all human beings share the same basic needs and as such should enjoy the same rights and privileges.
  • Enlightenment began around the 1680s and lasted until the early 1800s.
  • Enlightenment was the direct result of the Renaissance and the Reformation.
  • The Scientific Revolution would never have taken place had it not been for the philosophical groundwork of the Enlightenment.
  • Enlightenment was simply an idea; the idea that a better understanding of our world and the people who occupy it, could lead to the progression of our species and the betterment of the human condition on earth.
  • While the leading figures of the Enlightenment were considered philosophers rather than scientist, many of these figures had backgrounds in science.  Scientific advancement is only possible through empirical processes and rational thought, as such became strongly associated with the reason-based philosophies of Enlightenment thinkers.

Accessibility of eLearning

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This book has two main points:

  • The needs of disabled students have to be taken into account when considering how to deliver and support distance teaching.
  • A design that incorporates the requirements for disabled students is likely to be more accessible and useful for non-disabled students than a design without such consideration.

What makes this book unique are the links to websites that allow the reader to simulate taking a class with a disability.  I highly recommend this book, because it was eye opening and educational.