Showing posts with label interactive. Show all posts
Showing posts with label interactive. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

The Living New Deal Map is a good entry point

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905.

A new resource on the New Deal program from the 1930's collects information on the impact of the program as it helped the USA recover from the Great Depression. 

The interactive map is a good way to dig into the information. I took a look at Franklin and Pawtucket, RI (where I grew up) to see what was available. 

The key result for was "The historic post office in Franklin, Massachusetts was constructed with federal Treasury Department funds. The building is still in service."

I recall seeing information about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) which had a camp here in Franklin at the time, yet the map didn't reveal that result.

Alan Earls did a presentation on the development of the Franklin State Forest by the CCC camp ->

Pawtucket has a number of projects listed. I recall walking downtown sidewalks and seeing bronze plaques acknowledging the Works Progress Administration (WPA) embedded into the concrete. 

The Wrentham School is one of our neighboring sites listed. "Multiple New Deal agencies carried out improvement, development, and/or construction work at what was then Wrentham State School (now Wrentham Developmental Center)"

Explore the map and the resources available
The home page ->

Sunday, November 28, 2021

MA city/town COVID-19 daily new cases - Nov 27, 2021

This Flourish view of COVID-19 data for the CommonWealth of MA is interactive so you can select and compare one or more communities to the State or each other. I set up a comparison of Franklin to the State level shown in the photo capture shown here.

This is not a good turn to the data. Let's be careful...

Thanks to Nathan Ahlgren for this tool ->

Updated in response to some questions via Facebook

A chart with the age group distribution for each week's reports since Sep 2021 (.jpg shown, PDF linked)

age group distribution

MA city/town COVID-19 daily new cases
MA city/town COVID-19 daily new cases

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

In Heat vs. Humidity debate, humidity wins

Good timing for this article given the heat wave baking the area. It is nicely done and interactive so spend a few minutes to review and understand. It doesn't matter whether you accept climate change or not, dealing with humidity is a requirement to remain healthy.

"When it comes to heat, the human body is remarkably resilient — it’s the humidity that makes it harder to cool down. And humidity, driven in part by climate change, is increasing.

A measurement of the combination of heat and humidity is called a “wet-bulb temperature,” which is determined by wrapping a completely wet wick around the bulb of a thermometer. Scientists are using this metric to figure out which regions of the world may become too dangerous for humans.

A term we rarely hear about, the wet-bulb temperature reflects not only heat, but also how much water is in the air. The higher that number is, the harder it is for sweat to evaporate and for bodies to cool down."
Continue reading the article online (subscription maybe required)

For those working outside or participating in athletic activities, tips to stay healthy

In Heat vs. Humidity debate, humidity wins
In Heat vs. Humidity debate, humidity wins

Sunday, January 24, 2021

Tri-County RVTHS Offers Freshman Interactive Career Exploration Gaming Experience

This year, first-year students have an exciting opportunity to participate in an interactive career-based game designed by our Library Media Specialist, Ariel Dagan, in collaboration with guidance. This “game” empowers the Freshmen to navigate a career quest that draws upon their personal experiences and preferences to illustrate how they relate to their future career goals.

Through the interactive online game quests and challenges, the student will assemble a story about themselves to help determine a career path that reflects their personality and interests. They will earn a better understanding of their strengths and character and who they would like to become in the future.

“The year 2020, of all years, was perfect timing to roll out this game! It allowed students to combine their career interests and skills into a fun activity that students completed at
home. Student reflections revealed their unique personalities by the way they responded to the questions. In addition, I found that the remote camera setting was a tool utilized that helped boost confidence by giving them space to be themselves,” says Karen Kennedy, 9th Grade Guidance Counselor.

The interactive game ran for six weeks, and students accessed the program online at home. The game incorporates several tools, including Naviance, Careers In, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Naviance is a college planning and career assessment tool that helps identify students’ strengths, needs, and interests, giving them a better understanding of which career may suit their desires. Careers In (Salem Press) is a series that provides real-world information such as a day in the life, networking, earnings and advancement, work environment, and areas with high levels of employment. Through gameplay, the students will complete tasks using these online services to delve deeper into their interests and discover possible career paths.

The game includes over 40 engagement opportunities where students will compete in a boss battle, solve puzzles, and answer open-ended questions through a video or written journal. Since launch, over 80% of students have played the game and spent an average of xx hours engaging with the game. Students noted how the game helped solidify the path they were on or helped them discover different opportunities that excite them. This online game allows students to think introspectively and answer questions honestly as the answers are not publicized.

“The Tri-County Guidance Department strives to motivate every student to develop a well thought-out post-secondary goal, and progress in reaching those goals, prior to graduation. Our guidance team has a long history of success of implementing a goal-oriented career plan starting at day-1. This ‘Career-Focused Game’ developed by Mr. Dagan in collaboration with Ms. Kennedy and Mr. Casey gave the grade 9 students a fantastic start. It truly is the icing on the cake!” Scott O’Brien, Head of Guidance.

This career exploratory game concluded on January 4th, 2021 to allow students to decide their top three programs offered at Tri-County.


Freshman Interactive Career Exploration Gaming Experience
Freshman Interactive Career Exploration Gaming Experience