How Facebook Is Affecting School Reunions
An interesting article on school reunions and alumni, Time presents a brief view on how Facebook has changed the organization, attendance, and companies related to school reunions. Now thanks to Facebook, students leave their educational institutions with their Facebook network in-place, and alumni associations are no longer the gatekeeper to their information… Source: Time Image
Visual Twittersphere Buzz
Want to know what the buzz is in the twittersphere without signing up for an account? You can use Twitscoop to visually see what the buzz is all about… Go to hot trends and press play on the tag cloud to watch the conversation change! Source: Image
This is very cool, big thanks to Mr. Loucks for passing this gem along… GE has an online whiteboard called Imagination Cubed! Using this web-based whiteboard you can: create your drawing send it to others invite them to collaborate or draw with you and replay your drawingVery useful for those using SMART technologies! Even if you’re not, it’s a new way to present...
Stop Motion: TXT Island
Follow a squad of letters in the adventure TXT Island, a beautiful stop-motion video made with plastic peg-board letters. Source: Neatorama
Barbara Liskov wins Turing Award
Barbara Liskov, mentioned in my Geek Girls post as the first US woman to earn a PhD in Computer Science, has won the Turing Award! Source: MIT
Server Outage: Tonight
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The New York Times recently published an interactive map of major crimes documented by the New York Police Department. Our own local Milwaukee Police Department also provides an interactive crime map, COMPASS, which allows you to zoom in on local neighborhoods and select information such as foreclosures, safe places, firehouses and police stations, census and health data as well as documented...
Color Photography from 1909 (seriously!)
This is an amazing story: Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky, a Russian photographer, recorded Russia in color in the early 20th century! He used a camera that would take 3 pictures; each one was monochrome but using a different color filter. When the pictures were projected in the right color, the original image could be reconstructed. Because this took time, you can see blurred movements...
Infographic: US Bailout vs Big Historical Events
It’s hard for humans to wrap their heads around how much money is being spent on government bailouts; how do you conceptualize trillions? The Big Picture has put together a fabulous infographic to help show you how much has been spent in the last 206 years versus the past 1 year. Source/Image: The Big Picture
Follow Tweets of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing
The Nature Publishing Group will be tweeting the Apollo moon landing as it happened! Follow the Apollo 11 mission. Source: UniverseToday image:NASA
June 16: Bloomsday
Happy Bloomsday! To celebrate, you can listen to James Joyce read Ulysses. Source: boingboing, image: wikimedia
Does Dell Know What Women Want?
Dell released a new website geared towards women, called Della. Do you think it’s a good way to approach gender-specific marketing or is it condescending to women consumers? Click Here for PollOnline Survey | Website Polls | Email Marketing | Crowdsourcing View MicroPoll Source: slashdot.org
World Digital Library
The United Nations’ education agency is working with national libraries around the world to put some of the earliest written works online in their World Digital Library. Some highlights are: A map of the entire world from 1507 first book published in the Philippines, in Spanish and Tagalog earliest Chinese writings on oracle bone (pieces of bone or tortoise shell heated and cracked and...
Learn your Aurebesh ABCs
I’m an unapologetic Star Wars fangirl, and wanted to share an adorable flickrset of images of the Star Wars Aurebesh alphabet. In art courses you study typography (especially in Photoshop lessons), and this is a cute example of that type of project. Source: io9
I Was Wondering...
I Was Wondering is an online resource provided by the National Academy of Sciences to help students form scientific questions, expand on existing questions, or pose answers to other student questions. You can vote for which questions you want to see answered by a field expert. Source: eSchool News April 2009
Faculty: If you were stranded on a desert...
An interesting poll from Tech & Learning asked readers, If stranded on a desert island with nothing but a power outlet, Internet access and 25 bored digital islanders, what one tool would you need to teach?49% Interactive whiteboard 33% Digital projector 7% Document camera 5% Handheld response system 6% None of the above What would you need? Source: techlearning.com poll of the week...
A senior project for a student (Bang-yao Liu) at the Savannah College of Art and Design cleverly illustrates through stop-motion post-its what facing a Deadline can be like… Source: Neatorama
More Than You Wanted to Know About HTTPS
If you’re a nerd like me you might be interested in this great post by Jeff Moser on The First Few Milliseconds of an HTTPS Connection. He shows step-by-step what happens when clicking on the Proceed to Checkout button on Amazon. These are nice practical examples of TLS, RC4, RSA and SHA.
Presidents in Waiting
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery is presenting Presidents in Waiting, an exhibition of the 14 US vice presidents who later became president. The exhibit’s viewpoint is from the importance of the office of the Vice President, focusing on achievements and early events that helped lead them to nomination or succession to the presidency.
Two Great Tastes: Chocolate-covered Bacon
If you’re planning to go to Wisconsin State Fair this year, the Machine Shed kiosk will be selling chocolate-covered bacon. Can’t wait? Here’s the recipe! Source: JSOnline
Search Flickr's Creative Commons Images by Color
Really neat (and quick) tool to search Flickr’s Creative Commons images by color! Choose up to 10 colors at a time for multicolor searches. Idee Multicolr Search Lab Flickr Set
Students: Ditch the Books!
From Tech & Learning, a survey released in march shows 29% of middle and high-school students state they are using an online textbook as a part of their regular schoolwork. And, they want more! Here’s the Speak Up survey student wish list for digital textbooks: 63% want the ability to personalize their books with digital highlights and notes 62% quizzes for self-evaluation 57% games...
World Map of Social Networks
Check out this neat interactive map that displays the most popular social networks in the world. No surprise, Facebook is popular around the world, but the largest social network QQ can be found in China (over 300 million active users!).