The Amazon Rainforest is one of the world’s fascinating places. Its lush greenness is unlike anywhere else on Earth and for centuries, it has drawn travelers looking for adventure to it. Rainforests are associated with a feeling of calmness, and “Rainforest Sounds” CDs are bestsellers for anyone wanting relaxation music. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s an oasis of tranquility and peacefulness.
Say goodbye to Google: 14 alternative search engines
Well it’s been a big week for search, I think we can all agree. If you’re a regular Google user (65% of you globally) then you’ll have noticed some changes, both good and bad. I won’t debate the merits of these improvements, we’ve done that already here: Google kills Right Hand Side Ads and here: Google launches Accelerated Mobile Pages, but there’s a definite feeling of vexation that appears to be coming to a head. Deep breath… As the paid search space increases in ‘top-heaviness’, as organic results get pushed further off the first SERP, as the Knowledge Graph scrapes more and more publisher content and continues to make it pointless to click through to a website, and as our longstanding feelings of unfairness over Google’s monopoly and tax balance become more acute, now more than ever we feel there should be another, viable search engine alternative. There was a point not that long ago when you could easily divide people between those that used Google, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and AltaVista.
20 Places to Find Free Books Online - Northern Cheapskate
The following is a guest post by Bailey Harris. There are many different sites offer free books online. Within minutes, you could find enough reading material in the form of e-books and audio books to keep you and your family entertained for months, if not years. The following sites provide free books that can be enjoyed online, downloaded to your computer, or transferred to an e-reader or MP3 player. E-books
16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know
Open Educational Resources | Feature 16 OER Sites Every Educator Should Know By Dian Schaffhauser07/02/14 Open educational resources not only save students from triple-digit (or more!) textbook costs, but they also allow instructors to mix-and-match content for a more personalized, engaging learning experience. Here are 16 resources that offer a wide range of content and tools to help implement OER in just about any course.
- Maker Space In Education Series: 10 Sites To Start Making In The Classroom
0 Comments August 13, 2014 By: Michael Gorman Aug 10 Written by: 8/10/2014 6:38 PM ShareThis Welcome back and I sure hope you enjoyed the last article of 20 Reasons for Maker Space in Education.
How to Start a Novel Right: 5 Great Tips
It’s said that in life, there are two types of people: those who look at the glass as half empty, and those who see it as half full. But for those of us who’ve set the goal of starting a novel, I think it really comes down to how we view the blank page: those of us who find it exciting—full of possibility, hope, even adventure—and those who see it as intimidating—capable of inducing guilt, anxiety, even dread. If we’re being honest, we can probably all admit to having shifted between the two camps from time to time. It’s just too easy to become overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task.
Top 6 Underground Search Engines You Never Knew About
Advertisement I love Google, Bing and Yahoo just as much as the next Internet user, but sometimes you really want to dig down into a particular subject. In order to do that, you really need access to those underground search engines that may not be quite as well known, but they dig much more deeply into specialized areas of the Internet than the general search engines are capable of. In many cases, these search engines are tapped into what is currently termed the “invisible web,” which is the information available on the Internet that standard search engines don’t have access to, because they are buried behind query forms or directory requests. The following 6 underground search engines that I chose are not porn sites, illegal piracy sites or anything else that could get you in trouble with the law, or with your significant other.
Western Esoteric Texts
Sacred-texts home Neopaganism GrimoiresBuy CD-ROM Buy Esoteric and Occult Books This page indexes resources at this site in the Western Esoteric tradition. There is much more related to this topic at this site, listed below. The Divine Pymander of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, translated by John Everard  The Virgin of the World of Hermes Mercurius Trismegistus, translated by Anna Kingsford and Edward Maitland 
Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online
Abstract Many ideas and events led to the development of the TEC-VARIETY framework and the 100+ activities for motivating and retaining online learners described in this book. Much of it has its roots in the mid-1980s, long before most educators had ever heard of fully online or blended learning. At the same time, the activities take advantage of the recently emerging technologies as well as innovative pedagogical practices of the twenty-first century. Chapters on learning relevance, engagement, collaboration, and interactivity as well as ones on learner autonomy, curiosity, product generation, and so form the centerpiece of this book. In addition, there is a chapter on how to support and motivate more hesitant or novice online instructors.
12 Emerging Educational Uses of Technology That Are Most Exciting Right Now
Well, it's that time of year again … the start of a new school year. With it often comes the irresistible urge to make another list, or even better … many lists! Lists help us to plan, and they can also help us reflect and assess.
200 Words Instead of 'Said' - WritersBeat.com
Not that anyone is asking me (but that has never stopped me before and it won't stop me now), but I do try to avoid using 'said' too much. It gets a tad tedious, I find. On the other hand, using a substitute simply for the sake of - well, using a substitute - can be ineffective. I thought your list was interesting, Somesh (beware whenever anyone says something is interesting
How to Find Anything Online: Become an Internet Research Expert
Einstein once said, “The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.” The same could be said of intelligence. What they don’t tell you is that the “smart” people of the world are, in most cases, just better at researching and learning things than everyone else. But researching is a learned skill, not something you’re born with.
How to Be In The Moment Consciously vs. Mentally
We hear a lot about ‘being in the moment’ and enjoying the NOW, but what does this actually mean? It seems as though there is a difference between understanding any given concept at the mind level versus truly putting it into practice at the level of being. So I thought why not simplify it all and run through some tips on how to achieve this?
6 Tips for Using Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources | Feature 6 Tips for Using Open Educational Resources By Dian Schaffhauser08/27/14 1) If you're new to OER, start small, advised Erik Christensen, chair of the Natural Science Department for South Florida State College. Add a supplement, create a new activity, substitute a chapter or a homework set.