In an effort to recognize the importance of teaching, the Rossier School of Education partnered with 2tor, Inc — a company that provides online education along with universities — to create an innovative platform to show appreciation for teachers, using new media.The website, “My Teacher, My Hero,” was launched in conjunction with the Rossier’s new Masters of Arts in Teaching online course, MAT@USC. The website allows people to upload videos of themselves thanking their teachers and emphasizing the importance of the profession.“[It] shows people who are considering becoming teachers how important and impactful the profession is,” said Margo Pensavalle, associate professor of clinical education.The purpose of My Teacher, My Hero is two-fold, said Jeremy Johnson, 2tor chief technology officer. The site is run by MAT@USC and 2tor and is a vehicle to promote the new program and show interested applicants how to receive more information.The site hopes to “help raise the status of teachers in our society” by hosting numerous videos from “leaders in film, entertainment, and politics that are speaking about how their teachers impacted their lives,” Johnson said.Contributors who have already uploaded video to the site include Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, musician Sean Paul, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and president of HBO Entertainment Sue Naegle.The creators of My Teacher, My Hero are hoping to get site visits from students, teachers and young children alike. The site will recognize teachers and show that people appreciate what they contribute. Johnson also wants parents and young children who visit the site to see the incredible impact teachers have on society.They want to “show people that being a teacher is a rich [and] rewarding profession” and prospective teachers “should not feel as though others will not respect them,” Johnson said.2tor chose to use video as a mechanism to recognize teachers because “video allows you to touch and feel something a little more acutely and be a little more involved,” according to Johnson.The video submission process is user friendly, and social media tools make it simpler to share video. 2tor set up links to Facebook, Twitter and an email form to “make [uploading a video] easiest as possible.”The onus is on the video submitter to share the video with the public and email it to their teacher, if they so choose, Johnson said.USC students recognized the value of demonstrating appreciation for great teaching, but there were mixed opinions on whether they would actually upload videos.“I’ve had good teachers, but not enough to put a video online,” said Jayson Kellogg, a sophomore majoring in philosophy.Freshman Ann Jankowski, however, said she would upload a video for her favorite teacher in high school that wasn’t liked by many other students.“I adored her and I want to show her that people care and she deserves to be acknowledged,” Jankowski, a theatre major, said.
March 10 UPDATE: Boeser will be back for Vancouver in Tuesday night’s game against the Islanders. The team made the announcement on Twitter earlier in the day.”I’m in tonight.” – @BBoeser16 pic.twitter.com/SkAuD1xzmg— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 10, 2020It’s been a remarkably quick recovery for Boeser, who is returning almost a month ahead of schedule. His return will be a huge boost for the Canucks, who have been slipping down the standings in the Western Conference. It remains to be seen whether the forward will be limited in any way during tonight’s game. The Vancouver Canucks are expected to be without their best winger for the remainder of the regular season and possibly the postseason; however, Brock Boeser has returned to the ice as a full participant in morning skates.It was a key step as general manager Jim Benning originally announced back in February that Boeser’s rib cartilage fracture would keep him out of the lineup for at least eight weeks. Injury Update from #Canucks GM Jim Benning: pic.twitter.com/y4BxbxPk4B— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) February 18, 2020Boeser has been sidelined since sustaining the injury in the Feb. 8 loss to the Calgary Flames.To help ease the absence of Boeser, the Canucks acquired Tyler Toffoli from the Los Angeles Kings before the trade deadline. Still, the Canucks — who have lost five of their last six games since the deadline— miss his presence in the lineup as he was tied for fourth in points (45) on the team when injured.TRADE GRADE: Toffoli comes with hefty priceHow long will Brock Boeser be out?Benning initially said on the evening of Feb. 10 that Boeser would be re-evaluated in three weeks; however, his status was updated less than 24 hours later when the Canucks GM announced he will miss at least eight weeks.“It looks like it’s going to be more severe than what we originally thought,” Benning told reporters, adding that he won’t need surgery and is seeing a specialist.According to Radiopaedia.com, rib cartilage fractures are fractures in the cartilage that connect the ribs to the sternum or breast bone. It usually occurs when there is blunt force trauma, in this case, a check, or fall landing directly on the chest.Brock Boeser injury timelineBoeser left the game Feb. 8 against the Calgary Flames with two minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the third period.On Feb. 9, head coach Travis Green said he would miss two games and then be re-evaluated.General manager Jim Benning released an update on Monday, Feb. 17 saying he suffered a rib cartilage fracture and will be re-evaluated in three weeks.The next morning, he announced the winger would miss at least eight weeks, which includes the remainder of the 2019-20 NHL season.March 8 UPDATE: Despite Benning’s estimated timeline of eight weeks, Boeser returned to Canucks practice on Sunday, just one month after his injury. He was pictured taking part in the team’s morning skate.Boeser taking part in #Canucks morning skate. pic.twitter.com/EYAQAX0L3S— Vancouver #Canucks (@Canucks) March 8, 2020It’s unexpected news given that Boeser had previously been ruled out for the rest of the regular season and possibly the postseason. He reportedly won’t play in Vancouver’s game against Columbus on Sunday night, but he was wearing a full-contact jersey in practice and didn’t appear limited, so his return could come within a matter of games.“It’s always exciting to skate with the guys,” Boeser said via the team’s Twitter. “It feels good to be out there. I felt pretty good out there so hopefully I’ll be back soon.”The Canucks haven’t provided an update on his status since Benning’s announcement in mid-February.