Four Great Online Resources For All Learners These free websites have tools and information for every learner: 1. For Younger Kids. What the news media can learn from librarians Photo by Rich Grundy We can all agree it’s been a rough season for the news media. Hostile political crowds, accusations of slander, and struggles with what Guardian editor Katharine Viner has called the “waning power of evidence” and “diminishing status of truth.” Today more than ever, the news media’s role as a mediator and gatekeeper of civic discourse is being questioned. Jeffrey Rutenbeck, American University’s Dean of the School of Communication, voiced what many are feeling when he observed in a recent Knight Foundation report, “Journalism has had the luxury of not having to ask itself the existential question of why anyone should pay any attention to us at all.”
Getting Real Here are the 16 chapters and 91 essays that make up the book. Introduction chapter 1 What is Getting Real?A smaller, faster, better way to build software About 37signalsOur small team creates simple, focused software Caveats, disclaimers, and other preemptive strikesResponses to some complaints we hear The Starting Line chapter 2 How to Migrate WordPress website? There are times when there is a need to move blogs from one WordPress site to another. One common reason is when changing website hosts. However, keep in mind that you need to keep the slugs to those blogs as close as you can to the originals.
How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading School librarian Mary Ann Scheuer remembers a second grader who couldn’t keep up with the class during reading time. The child was a grade-level behind in reading, and while the rest of the class could sit quietly for 30 minutes, engrossed in Horrible Harry, this child began to act out after ten frustrating minutes with the book. On Scheuer’s recommendation, the teacher introduced the student to the same story via an audiobook; he listened to the story, and then sat alone with the book to read on his own. The best Apps to teach kids Coding [@CoderFactory Blog] Learning computer programming can help kids develop problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. It also encourages them to be not only the consumers of technology, but also the creators. "In fifteen years, we will be teaching programming just like reading and writing... and wondering why we didn't do it sooner" - Mark Zuckerberg, Founder and CEO at Facebook Why Should adults have all the fun?
Digital literacy Digital literacy is the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate and create information using a range of digital technologies. It requires one "to recognize and use that power, to manipulate and transform digital media, to distribute pervasively, and to easily adapt them to new forms". Digital literacy does not replace traditional forms of literacy. It builds upon the foundation of traditional forms of literacy. Digital literacy is the marrying of the two terms digital and literacy; however, it is much more than a combination of the two terms. Digital information is a symbolic representation of data, and literacy refers to the ability to read for knowledge, write coherently, and think critically about the written word. Digital literacy researchers explore a wide variety of topics, including how people find, use, summarize, evaluate, create, and communicate information while using digital technologies.
5 Tips To Transition From A Free To A Paid Service Editor’s Note: This post is written by Dave Schappell, Founder and CEO of TeachStreet. In it, he talks about his company’s transition from a free to a paid service, and shares five tips that may help other startups make the leap as well. Over the course of the last two-plus years, I’ve worked with a team that has lived the web service transition from free to paid, as TeachStreet has evolved from a place to find local classes in Seattle, to a global supplier of online and local classes (I’ve included a high-level timeline of our full 2-year transition, at the bottom of this post). The discussions around freemium and the like are numerous — I won’t bore you with additional words on those topics. I’ll assume that:
10 open source software tools for developing IoT applications The Internet of Things is turning into something of a nebulous concept, as more and more devices enjoy connected status it’s become more difficult to draw a line in the sand between what does and does not constitute as an IoT device. Smart homes and connected cars can include so many different IoT devices it’s easy to see that this multi-faceted market shows no sign of slowing, and development continues marching towards progress. According to Gartner, six billion IoT devices were installed in 2016 giving the IoT market a valuation of over $1 trillion. Similarly, HPE Aruba found 57% of companies have adopted IoT technologies, with that number set to increase to a huge 85% by 2019. Initially one of the main driving forces behind this IoT revolution was the open source community whose constant experimentation, combined with accelerating technological possibilities, created many new and interesting applications.
New University Libraries Encourage a More Social Experience by Hattie James on October 27, 2016 Universities across the country are changing the landscapes of their libraries. Three years ago, when I began the MBA program at my undergrad alma mater, Northwest Nazarene University, it opened its remodeled library. I was flabbergasted by the changes. Creating cool games is fast, easy and free with new coding kits from Microsoft Imagine Looking forward to the holiday break? All that free time off from school presents the perfect opportunity to do something super fun – teach yourself to code! Check out the latest additions to our free and short (about 30 min) coding kits from Microsoft Imagine. Learning to code through a game is really effective because it can help remove the intimidation often associated with programming. Plus, you’ll have so much fun, you may not even realize you are learning.
Why the Global Brain needs a Therapist « Utopia or Dystopia The idea that the world itself could be considered an overarching form of mind can trace its roots deep into the religious longings of pantheism- the idea that the universe itself is God, or the closest thing we will ever find to our conception of God. In large part, I find pantheists to be a noble group. Any club that might count as its members a philosophical giant like Spinoza, a paradigm shattering genius such as Einstein, or a songbird like Whitman I would be honored to belong to myself. But alas, I have my doubts about pantheism- at least in particular its contemporary manifestation in the form of our telecommunications and computer networks being granted the status of an embryonic “global brain”.