Saturday, 29 March 2014


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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration | Edutopia

Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in maths -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula. Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration | Edutopia

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Virgin StartUp Entrepreneur: Sophie Frost, Yucoco

Discover how - helped Sophie Frost start her chocolate business with access to support, mentoring and government back Start Up Loans.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Monday, 24 March 2014

Creative coding MOOC - FutureLearn and Monash University

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Creative coding

This course introduces computer programming as a creative discipline to generate sounds, images, animation and more.



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Learning to program is no longer just for computer specialists and software developers. People from many different backgrounds now want to understand the basics of programming, because it’s both fun and an increasingly valuable skill. One of the most exciting ways to learn programming is through authoring your own creative programs. Known as “creative coding”, this growing field uses computer software as a medium to develop original creative expression. So if you’re an artist, designer, architect or musician who’s interested in how you can expand your creative skills, or even a computer programmer looking to work in creative applications, you will find this course extremely useful.
Throughout the course we’ll help you develop practical programming concepts and skills by exploring creative ideas and challenges. We’ll be looking at the history and philosophy behind artistic uses of technology, so you can gain a greater understanding of how best to express your own creative vision using the software you write. The aim is to teach you “algorithmic thinking” – ways to conceptualise and model the world so you can express creative ideas using computer programs. A background in programming is not assumed or necessary.
Each week we will start with a simple creative idea and guide you through turning that idea into a working computer program. We’ll be exploring programs that can generate images, animations and sound and you’ll learn how you can interact with them to change their behaviour. As you’ll discover, this opens a world of possibilities, because as you expand and modify your program new creative possibilities emerge. Starting with simple processes we will look at how to create increasingly complex and nuanced visual and sonic artworks using generative programming techniques. Assignments will give you the opportunity to explore your own creative ideas and share your achievements with fellow students.
We will also look at how a number of leading professional artists and designers work creatively with computers, technology and robotics, examining their creative process and the ideas that inspire them.
The course is very different from technical courses on programming. We will place creative programming in context through discussion about some of the most interesting questions raised by computer-generated art, such as:
  • Can a computer be independently creative?
  • Who is the author of a work of computer art: the programmer or the program?
  • How is our understanding of art and creativity changed by technology?
  • Does the computer bring anything that is really new to art?
If you’ve ever wondered about these questions or wanted to learn how to program a computer for creative purposes, then this course is for you.

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Thursday, 20 March 2014

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Google Science Fair

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This coming Field Trip Friday, join a Galactic Hangout to learn: How do we get to space?
Why do we joke about how difficult rocket science is? Because it really is hard getting to space! How do satellites and astronauts make it into space safely? What are the key technologies and systems that have been used over the years? What will be different about the missions of the first commercial spaceline?

Come meet three amazing people from the Virgin Galactic team. You’ll hear about Michael ‘’Sooch’’ Masucci’s exploits test-piloting SpaceShipTwo; Kimberly Betker’s work in the liquid propulsion team (how cool is that?); and Kyle Stephens will tell you what a Payload Integration Engineer does.

Sign up to attend, post your questions using the Q&A app, then come hear your questions answered live!

“Field Trip Friday,” March 21, 10AM PT / 1PM ET / 1700 GMT

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Friday, 14 March 2014


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Thursday, 13 March 2014

Educating and innovating - 25 years of the World Wide Web - Innovate My School

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Story of the web #web25

Story of the web
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The World Wide Web has gone from “never heard of it” to “can’t live without it” in 25 years. It took off because of its instant user appeal, but also because it’s open and free. From HTML to hacktivism, the W3C to MP3s, lolcats to LulzSec, from one website to over 180 million, here are its defining moments.


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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Stanford bioengineer develops a 50-cent paper microscope | Scope Blog

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When Manu Prakash, PhD, wants to impress lab visitors with the durability of his Origami-based paper microscope, he throws it off a three-story balcony, stomps on it with his foot and dunks it into a water-filled beaker. Miraculously, it still works.

Even more amazing is that this microscope — a bookmark-sized piece of layered cardstock with a micro-lens — only costs about 50 cents in materials to make.
In the video below, you can see his “Foldscope” being built in just a few minutes, then used to project giant images of plant tissue on the wall of a dark room.
Prakash’s dream is that this ultra-low-cost microscope will someday be distributed widely to detect dangerous blood-borne diseases like malaria, African sleeping sickness, schistosomiasis and Chagas.
The Foldscope is a fully functional microscope that can be laser- or die-cut out of paper for around 50 cents. 

This bookmark-sized microscope can be assembled in minutes, includes no mechanical moving parts, packs in a flat configuration, is extremely rugged and can be incinerated after to safely dispose of infectious biological samples. With minor optics modifications, the microscope can be designed for brightfield, multi-flourescence or projection microscopy, or specialized to identify specific pathogens.

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Viver no espaço: o sonho de qualquer astronauta Falar Global - CMTV

Magnificent Monday: A Motley of Social Posters for Lifelong Learners

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Magnificent Monday: A Motley of Social Posters for Lifelong Learners

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Remixing Shakespeare: 20+ Ideas and Student iPad Projects

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20 collaborative Google Apps activities for schools

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10 Good iPad Book Creator Apps to Use with Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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700 iPad Lessons Pinned HERE!!!

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Saturday, 8 March 2014

Celebrating Women Entrepreneurship With Julia Hartz and Daphne Koller | Heather Hummel

"This post is coauthored with Charu Sharma (@charu1603), startup entrepreneur and author of a forthcoming book on women entrepreneurship.
In light of Women's Day (March 8,2014), we chatted with Julia Hartz of Eventbriteand Daphne Koller of Coursera, two of today's leading women entrepreneurs who kindly shared their wisdom, trials, and triumphs with us."

-Photo Courtesy of Eventbrite               - Photo Credit: Hector Garcia-Molina

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Revisiting if Educational Technology Is Worth the Hype | Edutopia

Edutopia blogger Bob Lenz asks his students how they view the use of technology in education. 

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Bob Lenz CEO and Co-Founder, Envision Schools, San Francisco, CA
Each January, I have the opportunity to facilitate a course in Leading and Managing Technology for the Educational Leadership Program at the Kalmanovitz School of Education at Saint Mary's College of California. We organize our learning by exploring the question, "Is educational technology worth the hype?" Together we read Michael Fullens' book Stratosphere, interview school leaders, explore educational technology tools and follow and comment on education blogs.

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

EdX Announces New Membership Structure; Expands | edX

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Handwriting Arrives in Evernote for Android

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Primeira biblioteca sem... livros Falar Global - CMTV

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How Much Does it Cost to Build the World's Hottest Startups?

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Getty Images makes 35 million images free in fight against copyright infringement » British Journal of Photography

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Edutopia: Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship

Five-Minute Film Festival: Teaching Digital Citizenship

"Digital citizenship" is an umbrella term that covers a whole host of important issues. Broadly, it's the guidelines for responsible, appropriate behavior when one is using technology. But specifically, it can cover anything from "netiquette" to cyberbullying; technology access and the digital divide; online safety and privacy; copyright, plagiarism, and digital law, and more. In fact, some programs that teach digital citizenship have outlined no less than nine elements that intersect to inform a well-equipped digital citizen. It's an overwhelming array of skills to be taught and topics to explore.
But while there is much talk about the importance of teaching digital citizenship in this information society, not many are sure what that really looks like. What tools are out there for teaching it? And how in the world can teachers make time in an already overcrowded curriculum? This playlist is intended to offer tools to make the case that it's critical to teach this, and then launchpad videos to seed classroom discussions once you've carved out that precious time.
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The Future of Search: Search IS The Future - YouMoz - Moz

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The Future of Search: Search IS The Future

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As the release of several major search algorithm updates has marked the world of digital marketing there has been growing interest for the evolution of search capabilities and their impact on search engine optimization and search marketing in general. From “basic” keyword recognition to natural language processing, search engines have made huge leaps in their ability to understand both online content and what users want and look for. I believe that understanding where search is going is fundamental if you are going to stay ahead of it.
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Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Edutopia: Social Media can be a teacher's best friend

Social Media can be a teacher’s best friend. Download this school-friendly guidebook to get started:

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Secret History of Silicon Valley

Today, Silicon Valley is known around the world as a fount of technology innovation and development fueled by private venture capital and peopled by fabled entrepreneurs. But it wasn't always so. Unbeknownst to even seasoned inhabitants, today's Silicon Valley had its start in government secrecy and wartime urgency.

In this lecture, renowned serial entrepreneur Steve Blank presents how the roots of Silicon Valley sprang not from the later development of the silicon semiconductor but instead from the earlier technology duel over the skies of Germany and secret efforts around (and over) the Soviet Union. World War II, the Cold War and one Stanford professor set the stage for the creation and explosive growth of entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley. The world was forever changed when the Defense Department, CIA and the National Security Agency acted like today's venture capitalists funding this first wave of entrepreneurship. Steve Blank shows how these groundbreaking early advances lead up to the high-octane, venture capital fueled Silicon Valley we know today.