Infectious Disease Videos

Please watch the three short videos below and answer the questions on the worksheet (if you weren’t in class, I can email it to you). Also, please write something about one of the videos in the comments. For example: Which video did you like the best and why? What was most interesting? What was something you didn’t understand? Do you get a flu shot every year? etc…




And if you’re interested, you can see the trailer for the movie “Contagion” HERE.


Bill Gates vs. Malaria

Please watch Bill Gates’ TED presentation HERE and fill out the worksheet (email me if you need one). You only need to watch the video from 1:26 to 8:00. In the comments, please write your reaction to or opinion of his talk.

Infectious Diseases

Our next topic is going to be about infectious disease! Hooray!! Sounds like fun, right? To get ready for the next class, please choose your “favorite” disease from below, look it up in Wikipedia and WRITE DOWN THIS INFORMATION: what causes it, what  the symptoms are, and how it can be cured. In the blog comments please just tell us which disease you chose so we can all get different ones (I’ll do the disease no one chooses).
1. HIV
2. Tuberculosis
3. Chicken pox
4. Small pox
5. Whooping cough
6. Bronchitis
8. West Nile virus
9. Malaria
10. Measles
11. Tetanus
12. Meningitis
13. Hepatitis B
14. Bubonic plague (“Black Death”)
15. Rabies

I forgot to do the homework for the blog!!!! Sorry guys…. I promise I won’t forget next time.

Where Ideas Come From

Steven Johnson is an American science writer. He made a short video summarizing his new book “Where Good Ideas Come From.”
Watch the video HERE and WRITE DOWN all of the answers and BRING THEM TO CLASS. But answer just one in the comments.
1. What’s the difference between a “breakthrough idea” and a “hunch”?
2. Who invented the Internet and how long did it take him to get the idea?
3. Why did so many ideas come from coffee houses and salons?
4. What kinds of things is the Internet doing to our brains?
5. What is the great driver of technological and scientific innovation?
6. What does this mean: “Chance favors the connected mind”?

For the next few weeks we will be talking about innovation, new ideas and inventions. Read all the questions below, choose ONE and write your answer in the comments.
1. What do these quotes mean to you?: “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” – Steve Jobs
“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative” – Woody Allen
2. Think of one invention or new idea (for example: paper, the Internet, democracy, the guitar, aspirin, bubblegum, etc) and explain why you think it was invented how you think it affects our lives today.
3. Why do you think innovations tend to appear in certain times and/or places? For example, why is Apple such an innovative company today? Why was England innovative in science and technology during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign (1558–1603) and innovative in music from about 1960-2000, but isn’t very innovative today?
4. Do you think Japan has an innovative atmosphere at the moment? Why or why not?

English Cafe Summer Party!!

Even if you’ve never been to the English Cafe, you and your friends are welcome to come to the summer party on July 24th. Please look at the English Cafe blog for details!