Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Big Brother

Those of you who pay a little more attention may have noticed that my video links seemed to have changed on the side of my blog -- they have. I've linked them to the higher-res Vimeo versions instead of the youtube versions.

You may have also noticed that my film from senior year of college is finally up in it's entirety for anyone who cares to watch. You can also view it here:

Big Brother from Matthew Chao on Vimeo.

Monday, September 19, 2011

What Kids Do In Front Of Cameras

Me: “You know, every time I see a shot of one of these dumb kids grabbing his crotch and staring at the camera, I’m always tempted to just take it and stick it on the internet.”

Boss: “Yea, do it. We have a release.”

Picturing America

Near the first summer after I started interning at WNET, I worked for the *Emmy Award Winning Series American Masters -- a department I'm back in as of now. It is here that I met Gail Levin, a producer that was working on a for web series of short documentary segments funded by the NEH called Picturing America.

At any rate, they're all up now and you can watch them all at the provided link above. Go watch it and learn a little bit about America's history through art.

Elementary Educators and History teachers, you may want to check this out to see if any of this is of any use to you.

*Sorry, had to do that.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Monday, September 12, 2011


Apparently this is what I broke my foot for back in June.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 Years Later

For the longest time, I used to leave an annual 9/11 memorial on my Xanga. I stopped some time in college -- i believe it was either 07 or 08 -- mostly because it started feeling cheap. 9/11 is a topic that has, in many ways, been talked to death. It is a tragedy that has been decorated with fluffy, poetic, eloquent words for the past 10 years, but none of those words can really encapsulate what happened or what we should be feeling. Ultimately everyone feels something different on the giant emotion spectrum, as they should do and as anyone would when facing tragedy. I remember, after another tragedy that was a bit closer to home, speaking with a friend and he said something that I'll always remember: "There's nothing to say,".

There's a reason why memorial services always include a moment of silence -- because sometimes silence will say more than any number of words ever will.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Teaching Channel: Education Update Pt. 3

Here's Elementary School -- because who doesn't like seeing groups of cute little kids yell out answers to math problems?

The rest are actually uploaded to my Vimeo site as well, which you can go to to see all of my work, but I also made an album just for them.

I'll continue posting them up here one by one.

Education Update: Elementary School from Matthew Chao on Vimeo.

Links to all the videos on Teaching Channel

Common Core State Standards for Math
Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy
Common Core State Standards for Elementary School
Common Core State Standards for Middle School
Common Core State Standards for High School