Thursday, November 22, 2018

Fwd: CC Summit registration is now open!

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From: Creative Commons

Hello friends.
Great news! We're writing to let you know that registration for the 2019 Creative Commons Global Summit is now open.

The Creative Commons Global Summit will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, 9-11 May 2019.

Join us for three days of dynamic programming at Museu do Oriente, with a special keynote evening event held at the historic Cineteatro Capitolio.
We've grown the CC Global Summit every year as hundreds of leading activists, advocates, librarians, educators, lawyers, technologists, and more have joined us for discussion and debate, workshops and planning, talks and community building. Whether you're new to the community or a long-time contributor, the CC Global Summit is a can't-miss event for anyone interested in the global movement for the commons.
Your Participant Pass includes: 
  • Access to all conference programming including workshops, talks, and keynotes (full schedule to be announced in early 2019)
  • Breakfast, lunch, and snacks served onsite every day
  • Evening events showcasing local Lisbon artists
Please be sure to read the event's Code of Conduct. All attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers at our conference are expected to cooperate to help ensure a safe environment for everyone.

Submit a proposal for the CC Global Summit program!

As always, the summit's programming is built out of ideas from you. Are you an activist, artist, educator, creator, partner, community member, lawyer, journalist, or CC enthusiast? Submit a proposal for a summit session. We're accepting proposals through December 10, 2018.
A huge thanks to the CC Portugal team for their ongoing support in co-hosting the event. We're excited to see you in Lisbon in May!
Yours Sincerely,
The Creative Commons Team
Photo in graphic by Aurélien Maillet (aka sharkgraphic), used under CC0. Thanks, Aurélien!

Fwd: LEARN: winter is coming...

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From: The Raspberry Pi Foundation

Raspberry Pi LEARN



Raspberry Jam Big Birthday Weekend 2019
Raspberry Pi turns seven years old in February, and to celebrate, we're coordinating Raspberry Jams all over the world on the same weekend! The Raspberry Jam Big Birthday Weekend takes place on 2–3 March 2019.

Find out more
New Raspberry Pi 3A+ available now!
You can now get the 1.4GHz clock speed, 5GHz wireless networking, and improved thermals of Raspberry Pi 3B+ in a smaller form factor and at a lower price of $25.

Find out more
Last chance to complete the Certified Educator annual survey

Have you taken part in Picademy? Our survey of Raspberry Pi Certified Educators is about to close and we would love to hear about you and how you teach. There are vouchers and kit to win!

Find out more
Exciting additions to the latest Raspbian update

Find out about all the latest updates including a media player, updated Thonny, a new slimmed-down image, and more.

Find out more
UK National Centre for Computing Education
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is part of a consortium that has secured over £78 million in government funding to make sure every child in every school in England has access to a world-leading computing education.

Working with our partners, STEM Learning and the British Computer Society, we will establish a new National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE) and deliver a comprehensive programme of support for computing teachers in primary and secondary schools. This will include resources, training, research, certification, and more.

Head to the Raspberry Pi blog for more details, and follow the NCCE's Twitter account to stay updated.


"My motivation for taking the Foundation's online training courses was to improve my subject knowledge and to find out how to use the Raspberry Pi with Python in a classroom situation. I had a basic knowledge of most of the subject areas covered before I started, but I was by no means an expert programmer!"

"I've taken four courses in total and have progressed towards improving my skills with Python. I am now at the stage where I am confident enough to apply what I've learned with the students I teach."

"A good example of this is from the Teaching Physical Computing with Raspberry Pi and Python course: I've been using Python with my students to control simple input and output devices in the real world such as LEDs, buzzers, buttons, and so on. I've even progressed the students on to programming LED arrays like the Pi Stop."

"If I was going to do it all again, I would probably take a more structured approach to my learning — it's quite easy to lose focus on a course when you are working by yourself and haven't got someone physically teaching you face-to-face. Having said that, the peer-to-peer learning system in FutureLearn is good and allows for plenty of interactions between the user and other course-takers and course facilitators."

Martin Caddy is a teacher and Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. Connect with him on Twitter to start a conversation.


Learn how to package your Python modules so others can use them, with our Packaging your Python code resource.
Learn how to code a website about bird conservation, with our Beginner HTML & CSS for social innovation resource.
Create an animated sunrise using CSS, with our Sunrise resource.
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412 298 3432 = cell

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fwd: DIA Newsletter November 2018 Issue

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From: Diversity In Aquatics

DIA Newsletter November 2018 Issue
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Greetings Aquatic and Community Leaders!   

We are excited that the holidays are approaching and that we will be counting down to the year 2019 very soon! You all know that means our favorite event will be here before we know it!

We invite you to join us this year at our 2019 Diversity in Aquatics Convention, April 12-14, 2019 held at the beautiful Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay Hotel.  The Diversity In Aquatics Convention (DIA) is our annual flagship program aimed to bring together one of the most extensive
collection of diverse and passionate aquatic experts, professionals, athletes, and enthusiasts in the nation/world. The focus of Diversity In Aquatics is on empowering communities through education and involvement in aquatic physical activities, water safety awareness and drowning prevention efforts in traditionally underrepresented communities and vulnerable populations.  The 2019 Diversity In Aquatics Convention in Miami, Florida provides the opportunity for participants to serve as a think tank on progress in addressing "Drowning" as a "Neglected Public Health Threat" as outlined in the World Health Organization's (2018) Global Report on Drowning.

This year marks the 11th year of the establishment of Diversity In Aquatics and our 7th Convention where we will continue to build and grow our mission of saving lives. The 2019 DIA Convention theme, "Unite In Action", reflects the challenges in addressing the burden of drowning in traditionally underrepresented communities while developing solutions and action plans to make a difference, focusing on the following areas:

Increasing Knowledge and Awareness
○ History of aquatics in underrepresented communities
○ Research symposium and presentations on best practices and culturally relevant education

Broadening Prevention Education and Aquatic Programming
○ Expanding water safety education and drowning prevention
Sport specific focused efforts of the Aquatic Councils

Creating Partnerships and Community Collaborations
○ A national leadership summit with the American Red Cross
○ Think tank with a body of experts providing advice and ideas on aquatics

We hope you will be a part of our growing number of aquatic ambassadors who are gaining insights into best practices that can increase diverse participation and decrease the drowning
statistics, while working with nationally recognized organizations and governing bodies of aquatic sports under the United States Olympic Committee.  
In addition to our member-centered workshops, research sessions, and implementation of cutting-edge aquatic programs and strategies, Diversity in Aquatics has partnered with the American Red Cross to create a National Diversity Leadership Summit. The summit will bring together diverse organizations as well aquatic professionals focused on working to create solutions towards both the organization's missions of increasing water safety education and safe participation in aquatic physical activities.

Lastly, don't forget to bring your aquatic gear, as it is a tradition of ours, for attendees to get in the water and experience for themselves new aquatics skills and disciplines (scuba demo, open water swimming, deep water running, triathlon/multi-sport training, rowing, etc.).  

To register for the: Diversity In Aquatics Convention 2019 "Unite in Action" - Miami, FL.


Click Here For Hotel Registration at a special $169.00/night 
See you in Miami, FL in 2019!

Diversity In Aquatics 
Featured Highlights
  • April 12-14, 2019 7th Diversity In Aquatics Convention
  • Happy Holidays!!
  • Diversity in Aquatics Award Nominations!!
  • Apply for Scholarship to attend DIA 2019 Convention Today!
  • Upcoming Aquatic Events
  • DIA Member Highlights
  • The Coaching Corner & Training Tips
  • Water Safety Tips 
  • What's On Our Shelf!
Diversity in Aquatics 2019 Awards
Each year Diversity In Aquatics honors those individuals who help to further the mission of curving the drowning statistics, increasing swimming competency among undeserved and underrepresented communities by increasing aquatic sports participation, for fitness, recreation, health, competition, and professions, for youth and adults. Nominations are due by December 5, 2018.
Click HERE to submit your nominations!

Apply for the Scholarship to attend the DIA 2019 Convention!
This year, we have the opportunity to offer scholarships to attend convention. The scholarship will cover the registration fee, convention meals, and attendance for the gala for the attendee. There are a limited number of scholarships available. The application deadline is December 1, 2018. Decisions will be made by December 10, 2018.
Click HERE to complete the application!

Aquatics Training School for Pre-Convention
Diversity in Aquatics will be offering and Aquatics Training School as a Pre-Convention 3-day Event, April 10-12, 2019. 
Pre-Convention: DIA Aquatics Training School  (3 days)
Day 1: Wednesday, April 10th (1:00 pm -5:00 pm)
Day 2: Thursday, April 11th (8:00 am - 8:00 pm)
Day 3: Friday, April 12th (8:00 am - 2:00 pm)
  Click HERE to register for the Pre-Convention. We will have the following course offerings:
  • Water Safety Instructor (WSI) 
  • Lifeguard Class 
  • Lifeguard Instructor Class 
  • Lifeguard Instructor Review

DIA Member Highlights

Mr. Virgil Chancy was apart diverse group of Potomac Valley Swimming (PVS) Officials giving of their time at the Annual Black History Month Swim Meet that was held at the Takoma Park Aquatic Center. They were featured in the Mr. Chauncy and the other PVS Officials were featured in the PVS October newsletter! This is an example of the importance of diversity and representation at all levels in aquatics.

Click the link to HERE view the newsletter! 
Aquatic Upcoming Events
The Coaching Corner

USA Swimming Regional Coach Clinics

USA Swimming National Team &
Bill Requiring Prompt Abuse Reporting Passes

Training Tip
Rowing Training: Check out the Sports Fitness Advisor website. Sports Fitness is providing a guide that is even more detailed, updated and comprehensive - it is a multi-page guide on rowing training that is packed with practical tips and advice. Check out their site today! 
This is our Official Diversity in Aquatics T-Shirt!! Order your shirt today and support the Diversity in Aquatics mission to increase knowledge and awareness, aquatic programming, and sustainability in water safety and drowning prevention efforts.

Click HERE to purchase a DIA T-shirt!

Help Diversity In Aquatics Programs every time you shop on

You will not be charged extra for your purchases.
Water Safety Tips
  1. Adult Supervision – Never turn your back on your child around water. It takes just seconds for him/her to be in serious trouble. Assign a Water Watcher so there are never questions about which adult is responsible for watching the child and be aware of the distractions unique to the winter months: holiday parties, house guests, etc.
  2. Educate Others – When traveling to relatives' and friends' homes they may not understand the importance of keeping gates closed, doors locked, closing toilet seats, emptying buckets, etc. Visiting family, holiday parties and celebrations can lead to breakdowns in routine supervision and effective barriers to the water. If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first.
  3. Decoration Hazards – Decorations and lights can pose problems with young children around the house and water. Watch for lights and electrical cords around water, make sure no outside decorations provide a means for a child to climb over a fence or open a locked gate.
  4. Maintain Pools in the Winter
    – Keep pools well maintained with clear water even if it is too cold to swim. If someone falls in, they can be   seen and be helped faster.
    – Pool covers need to be drained of accumulated rain water and free of debris.
    – Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you       do not know.
  5. Hot Tubs – Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa. Supervision must be one adult per child due to the high temperatures and turbulence of the water in a hot tub. When young children are in the hot tub, keep the temperature below 90 degrees Fahrenheit and limit exposure to less than ten minutes.
  6. Fencing – Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  7. Survival Swimming Lessons – The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states, "lessons may actually reduce the risk in drowning for children ages 1-4 years old." Infant Swimming Resource goes beyond traditional swimming instruction, by teaching children aquatic survival skills designed to help them survive should they reach the water alone.
What's On Our Shelf
Sea Together Magazine
2019, 1st Issue: 001

Sea Together is an annual, creative print publication featuring the stories, opinions, and creativity of women surfers around the world.

2018 is the first year that Sea Together Magazine is publishing a magazine, highlighting the experiences of diverse women who enjoy the aquatic activity and sport of surfing. Ms. Nique Miller is gracing the cover of the first issue of this magazine, showing that black women are making waves in sport of surfing!


Mark Rauterkus
Swimming and Water Polo Coach, Schenley High School, Pittsburgh, PA
412 298 3432 = cell