So I recently quit my job and started my own school with the support of a local media company, the second largest school district in Iowa, and a groundswell of community interest. Our philosophy boils down to a fairly liberal project-based learning environment. As I began the marketing push to enroll students, I uncovered some frankly stunning assumptions that many students have about learning: The word "project" is not a happy word. When I say project-based learning, most students grimace as they imagine prescribed PowerPoints.If a teacher doesn't plan it, it's not learning.If there isn't a test, it wasn't real.Their personal interests cannot inform their learning. I'm not complaining -- in fact, these assumptions are the reason that I struck out on my own in the first place -- but I was flat-out surprised by their ubiquity. Let’s break each assumption down. 1. In short, we seem to have students who believe that projects are for assessment purposes only. 2. 3. 4.
Tree of Life Web ProjectThe Tree of Life Web Project (ToL) is a collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. On more than 10,000 World Wide Web pages, the project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history (phylogeny). Each page contains information about a particular group, e.g., salamanders, segmented worms, phlox flowers, tyrannosaurs, euglenids, Heliconius butterflies, club fungi, or the vampire squid. ToL pages are linked one to another hierarchically, in the form of the evolutionary tree of life.
TiddlyWiki in Action - A showcase of TiddlyWikis used creatively around the worldMonster Set of FREE Resources for Game DesignI’ve been around the game development arena for so many years now that it actually hurts if i try to think back too far , it’s always been as a hobbyist working on a string budget (and sometimes I couldn’t afford the string) so I always had to make best use of what I had and everything else, well, lets just say it’s been fun. One thing that has piled up over the years is my massive collection of links to FREE (or nearly free) resources to help out those building games, some are assets, others are the best samples of free tutorials to either build your own or craft simple items in to much much more. **Note – in the land of hunting for FREE do not think because it uses the word “free” that it has no restrictions, check the license (most just want attribution or mention). So without much todo and very little formatting here’s the first drop (so many links, takes time to go through them), all work (Checked as of 22 August 2013). Enjoy for now
10 Great Tools to Integrate with your Google DocsSince Google officially changed Google Docs name to Google Drive and a number of updates have been introduced to improve its overall performance. One very recent update is an increase of cloud storage capacity to 15GB usable across Gmail, Drive, and Google Plus. It is quite obvious that Google is trying to outsmart its immediate competitor Dropbox and I think Google is successful in its strategy so far. To make Google Drive stand out from the crowd, Google opened it to apps developers and allowed users to select from a wide variety of web apps to integrate into their Google Drive accounts. With the integration of these apps, users can now handle their files and documents ways not affordable by any other cloud storage tool out there. I have curated for you some interesting apps that are integrated into Google Drive and which you can install right from your Google Drive interface. Here is a list of some great apps to use with your Google Drive : 1- WeVideo 2- PicMonkey 3- Google Forms app
The Evernote Business EssentialsIf you’re an Evernote Business user, consider this essential list of the best apps that will help you automate tasks, communicate more efficiently, and have effective meetings. Take a look at our Evernote Business Essentials list and see what these apps can do for your work. Feedly With Feedly you can organize, read and save articles from your favorite sites into Evernote.Available on: Android, Android Tablet, iPad, iPhone, and Web UberConference The ultimate, free visual phone conferencing system that is designed to let you share Evernote notes during calls.Available on: Web Zapier Auto-magically connect hundreds of web services with Evernote to help automate and streamline your workflow.Available on: Web CloudMagic Creating a note from your email only takes a single tap with CloudMagic, the email app that connects to your Evernote account.Available on: Android, Android Tablet, iPad, iPhone MohioMap Visualize, navigate, and explore your Evernote content.Available on: Web
My New Favorite Evernote HackI love Evernote, but I’m usually so busy using it that I haven’t had any time learning how to properly use it. ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Fortunately, some of Evernote’s features are so simple that even I have time to pick them up. Basically, I want a feature that I can immediately put to use in solving a problem or saving me time, and one of my biggest problems is keeping track of the writing projects I’m working on. Currently, my Evernote contains three or four of my books, all of my ChurchMag blog posts, my personal blog posts, all of my class scheduling for church, and a whole host of other notes. In all of that “productivity,” it’s easy for my “working items” to get lost. (This particularly tip evolved from a separate suggested that came to me via my friend Jason, who learned it from Michael Hyatt, someone whom you might want to permanently associate with Evernote.) The Working Items List—What & Why Before we get into the “how,” let’s look at what I’m talking about and why. Happy Evernoting!
3-D scanning, with your smartphoneTraditionally, 3-D scanning has required expensive laser scanner equipment, complicated software, and technological expertise. But MIT spinout Viztu Technologies helped change that: Back in 2011, Viztu released software, free online, that essentially replaced expensive scanning hardware with personal cameras. This innovation led to a rapidly rising commercial enterprise that concluded with Viztu’s sale to a tech giant, which is now bringing the technology to the public worldwide. Viztu’s flagship web service, Hypr3D, could rapidly generate digital 3-D models of an object (human or inanimate) or scene from a series of user-uploaded 2-D digital photos or videos, usually captured by digital cameras, smartphones, or webcams. “We gave people the easiest scanner available: the cameras they already owned,” says Thomas Milnes PhD ’13, Viztu’s chief technology officer, who developed the software behind Hypr3D as part of his MIT dissertation. A simple pipeline All this was automated for the user.
Work Abroad | Flashpacker HQThese resource pages are ongoing and come from many sources including online searches, word of mouth recommendations, books, pamphlets, brochures, and my own travel experiences. If you have anything to add, would like something removed, or something isn’t working correctly, please let me know. The flags below are meant to give you an idea of which nationalities the link is for or where the company is located. Common sense should tell you if you’re able to use a given link from another country.
Sell Your Crap, Pay Off Your Debt, And Do What You Love! This Makes It All Possible!There’s something strange happening around the globe… but it’s awesome! Lifestyles and needs are changing, and consequently, our houses are shrinking. The tiny house movement has blown up in the past few years, shifting the traditional North American housing models towards a more practical, finance-friendly blueprint. The typical American home is around 2,600 square feet, while the typical small or tiny house is around 100-400 square feet. “A tiny house is any house in which all the space is being used well,” he says. This means that if two people lived in a 300 square foot pad and could call it a tiny house, then 8 people living in a 2,000 square foot house could boast the same title. Let’s face it, who wants to spend the majority of their youthful years paying off such massive debt? Another great perk to the tiny house movement comes with one of its sticky prerequisites: You have to get rid of everything. A tiny house can cost between $15,000 and $80,000. minimhomes.com References: