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November 17, 1994

CES info on the web

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 3:34 pm

For those of you who are interested in the Coalition of Essential Schools
and/or the work of Theodore Sizer at Brown University, The CPB EdWeb now has a
new section dedicated to CES. Though it is still in its development stage, the
Edweb CES page offers a solid introduction to the CES philosophy, as well as
the various programs and research sponsored by the Coalition.
To access the CES page on EdWeb, you need access to the world wide web with
mosaic, lynx, netscape or a similar program (sorry, ftp won’t work). The
address is

November 16, 1994

Grandpa’s Latke Recipe

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 3:36 pm

Since Hanukkah falls only a few days after Thanksgiving this year, it’s about
time to start a string or two on some good Jewish recipes. I’ll start off with
my grandfather’s Lithuanian latke (potato pancakes) recipe.
Latkes (serves a lot)
12 large baking potatoes
1 large onion
two eggs
matza meal (or flour)
salt and pepper
Begin by grating the potatoes (peeled or unpeeled, they both turn out well)
into a sieve. After every two potatoes or so, press down on the sieve to
squeeze out as much starch as possible (homebrewers can set the starch aside
to make vodka, but that’s a different recipe).
After all potatoes have been shredded and strained, incorporate two eggs into
the mix (or 4 egg whites for the health conscious). Blend well with a wooden
spoon, and then grate the large onion into the mix. Add one teaspoon of salt
and pepper each.
In order to get the right consistency, you need to add the matza meal or flour
no more than a tablespoon at a time. There is no proper amount, for the right
consistency will depend on how well you strained the potatoes. In general,
though, the mix should be neither soupy or dry (ie you’ll know it when you get
Heat up a skillet on medium heat and add enough oil to coat the bottom. With a
large spoon, scoop up a rounded lump of mix and toss it on the skillet. Cook
until nicely browned on both sides, and place on paper towels to drain the
oil. Taste it to see how much salt and pepper you’d like to add, and continue
to cook and sample individual latkes until satisfied. Then you can begin to
make multiple batches. They’ll keep in the fridge for ages, assuming they last
that long.
some interesting twists:
more onion
a dash of corn meal (not very Jewish, but damn tasty)
cayenne pepper
etc, etc, etc…
enjoy! -ac

November 14, 1994

edweb and accidental hibernation

Filed under: Edtech — Andy Carvin @ 8:43 pm

My apologies to those who attempted to access EdWeb last night
( My email was inundated with users worried that they had
either done something wrong or I had posted the wrong web address. Actually, we
had a network shutdown at work for 12 hours and I didn’t know about it until I
came in this morning. Sorry for the inconvenience.

November 9, 1994

EdWeb art contest!

Filed under: Edtech — Andy Carvin @ 8:40 pm

For all of you who have used EdWeb ( and also happen to
teach budding young artists, EdWeb is looking for kids to design art which
will be featured throughout the web site. Here’s the info I’m including within
EdWeb itself:
As you may have noticed by now, EdWeb is devoid of all graphics, great and
small. We’d like to change that, but our resources are somewhat limited.
Therefore, we invite you and your students to enter the EdWeb Artwork Contest.
We’re looking for anything neat and exciting from kids all over the world -
people with art skills above the crayon level need not apply!
The best overall picture will become the official logo of the EdWeb Home Page.
Other pictures will be eligible for other pages as appropriate (for example,
the Information Highway home page, the resource guide page, the story page,
etc). Pictures will be judged for their creativity, humor and vitality. All
artists will be given full credit for their work with their own home page.
No purchase necessary- just send in your pictures postmarked by December 1,
1994. Mail them to:
Andy Carvin
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
901 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20004-2037
(202) 879-9824
The winners will be announced by December 15, 1994. Sorry, all artwork will be
Have fun!

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