Jessica Wolfrom

Tech in schools

SFUSD is slowly but steadily working to bring more technology into the classrooms

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Therese Dudro, a junior at Lowell High School, is somewhat of an anomaly; she's 17 years old and she's computer savvy, but she doesn't own a smartphone.

Nearly half of all high school students in the United States now own smartphones or tablets, according to the 2012 survey released by Project Tomorrow (demographics suggest that percentage is even higher in San Francisco) and almost all bring these devices with them to class — a 400 percent increase since 2007.Read more »

New designers show their stuff at this weekend's Asian Heritage Street Celebration

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The annual Asian Heritage Street Celebration and fashion fever may not be automatically associated in the brains of Bay Areans. But then, most Bay Areans probably are unacquainted with the work of Runway Couturier -- the group behind this year's festival finale, featuring local designers from all across the SF fashion world, on Sat/18.

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Girls-only hackerspace teaches critical thinking through crafts

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Get out your glue sticks girls, it’s time to get crafty. Turns out, all that glitters really is gold for summer campers who will wind up at the girls-only craft camps that Curious Jane is hosting in Marin County this summer. Young women aged six to 12 will glean a wealth of knowledge from DIY-centered classes aimed towards not just inspiring creativity, but cultivating critical thinking skills through projects -- costume design, storyboarding graphic novels, toy design, and more.Read more »

Yuh look good

Guardian photogs capture spring's street style

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STREETS Only our deep-seated disinclination against street harassment prevented us from hollering at these sterling examples of the Bay's blazing style sense. We respectfully snapped their pics instead: the trio of gents in town for their 50th high school reunion sporting pencil mustaches and monochrome, Agathe Guttuhaugen's surreal ombre locks and coordinated cap brim, Amber Asaly's midriff. All good excuses to take to the sidewalk this season in search of fashion stimulation.

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Food for thought: 18 Reasons' class series encourages the slow chew

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Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. The axiom certainly sounds nice rolling off the tongue, but curative qualities aside, you'll never stick to healthy if it doesn't taste good. Luckily here in the Bay Area we have Carley Hauck of Intuitive Wellness, who proves in her "Mindful Eating and Cooking" series at community food hub 18 Reasons that comestibles can indeed be medicinal, and that medicine can taste amazing.

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The new Exploratorium opens -- are the piers as good as the Palace?

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As someone who was practically bottle-fed on the old Exploratorium space, I was hesitant approaching the science museum's opening day at its new home on Pier 15 and 17. Like many other SF natives, I was attached to the old world charm and neo-classical elegance of the Palace of Fine Arts location, opened in 1969 by physics professor Frank Oppenheimer.

But consider me a convert. Where the Palace of Fine Arts' physical layout seemed to dictate the content of the old museum, the new building, extensively rehabbed to house the famously hands-on exhibits, allows them to exist more organically. The new site now houses the largest pod of solar panels in the city, holds a magnificently vista-ed observatory, and harnesses as a heating source the Bay waters it sits above on 1800 wood and concrete pilings built around a century ago.

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CAREERS AND ED: Top 10 careers

Your best bets for making money and getting a job

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CAREERS AND ED "Looking into the future is difficult" says Larry Bliss, the director of academic advising and career education at California State University's East Bay campus. "Ten years ago, would we have been very supportive of a student who said that she wanted to make a career out of designing web pages for businesses? I think not. But today, that's a pretty handsomely paid job."

The best advice Bliss tells the Guardian he can offer to college students is to pick a major they like and think about the transferable skills that each course of study will impart.Read more »

Can't stop fashion: Style, as always, at Oakland's First Friday

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We're stoked on next week's Oakland First Fridays, where the style is weird, wild, and exactly what you would expect to see any time Bay Area folks, art, and mingling collide. In March, despite the previous month’s tragedy, looks were lively as ever. Attendees and vendors alike seemed to have all received the same memo: throw on some sort of headwear and layer up in as many different patterns as possible.

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Light-up wonders, deep sea explorers, jelly apps: Marine biology at the Bone Room

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You don't have to travel far to enter foreign waters. Just a few miles off San Francisco shores lies a world more alien to us than anything dreamed up by the likes of Ridley Scott or James Cameron. And as Doctor Steve Haddock of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute told us in his lecture, entitled "No Bones About It: The Diversity of Gelatinous Invertebrates in the Deep Sea" at Berkeley's Bone Room last Thursday night, this world -- otherwise known as Monterey Bay -- holds 4,000 meters of uncharted underwater territory , miles of yet-to-be-discovered ecosystems, organisms, and almost unimaginable possibilities of new life.

Monterey Bay is one of the most biologically diverse bodies of waters in the world due to the massive sub-oceanic Monterey Canyon, one of the deepest of its kind off the coast of the United States. It stretches about 4,000 meters in depth, surpassing the depth of the Grand Canyon. 

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