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Adorable Photobooth Portraits Help Shelter Dogs Find Permanent Homes Cats are undeniable kings and queens of both cute and internet, so they have easier time when it comes to adoption. But dogs need a little help – sometimes from photographer Guinnevere Shuster. Previously having helped black dogs get adopted (Hound of the Baskervilles has done a lot of damage for their image), she now helps the Humane Society of Utah with other mutts. Their aim is to get as many doggies as possible new homes, and they’re doing it through whimsical photobooth portraits. These canine portraits are a good way to show off the hounds as the owners would see them at home: inquisitive, happy, catching snacks, and so on. Squirrel chasing, however, is firmly out of the bounds of the genre.

Report: Requiring kindergartners to read — as Common Core does — may harm some Brian Peyes-Mendez participates in a test with Kendra Sarris as kindergarten teachers assess students with new tests, on Oct. 30 in Accokeek, Md. (Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post) The Common Core State Standards call for kindergartners to learn how to read, but a new report by early childhood experts says that forcing some kids to read before they are ready could be harmful. Two organizations that advocate for early childhood education — Defending the Early Years and Alliance for Childhood — issued the report titled “Reading in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose.” It says there is no evidence to support a widespread belief in the United States that children must read in prekindergarten or kindergarten to become strong readers and achieve academic success. The authors — Nancy Carlsson-Paige, Geralyn Bywater McLaughlin and Joan Wolfsheimer Almon — found that:

“Tim and Eric” directed this lightbulb ad for GE, starring Jeff Goldblum, and it's awesome This commercial for GE Link Light Bulbs starring Jeff Goldblum was directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, bizarro-discomfort comedy performers and directors best known for the Cartoon Network Adult Swim programs “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!,” “Check it Out With Dr. Steve Brule,” and “Tom Goes to the Mayor.” Tim and Eric and Dr. Artist Creates Lovely Surreal Photos Of Shelter Dogs To Help Them Find Homes Kind-hearted Hungarian photographer Sarolta Ban thought of a unique idea to help find new owners for homeless dogs. She created a project called “Helping Dogs with Images” where people can submit photos of shelter animals that she then creates surreal photo portraits for. The artist believes that a good picture can help them gain more recognition and let the dogs find new homes more easily.

10 Things in School That Should Be Obsolete Flickr: Corey Leopold By Greg Stack So much about how and where kids learn has changed over the years, but the physical structure of schools has not. Looking around most school facilities — even those that aren’t old and crumbling — it’s obvious that so much of it is obsolete today, and yet still in wide use. How journalists use Twitter I've tweeted three times in the last 12 days. Three. Yet I'm on Twitter constantly. I have 15 active columns on TweetDeck. At any time I have a dozen Twitter app alerts on my phone.

Hilarious Expressions Of Hungry Dogs As They Try To Catch A Treat Nobody tosses us food to catch with our mouths, otherwise we’d look no more graceful than these dogs. Photographer Christian Vieler loves taking portraits of hounds trying to catch airborne snacks. All those bits of kibble and dog food missing yearning jaws just by an inch or two. Christian Vieler, who comes from Waltrop, Germany, found an interest in portraits after he bought a camera in 2012. Removing Barriers and Educational Technology I was recently asked to share my thoughts on the current state of educational technology and the connection it has to education in British Columbia (for a BC website). Here are some of the questions that came my way with my responses below. What are you currently obsessed with at work right now? One of my big focus areas is on how we give both teachers and students a voice in their learning.

Introducing the newest member of our family, the YouTube Kids app Like most parents, I love helping my kids learn more about something they're interested in. For example, right now, I spend a lot of time on YouTube with my 3-year-old son, who loves watching videos of car washes, Super Simple Songs, and about the universe. We’re not the only ones: Families worldwide are watching millions of videos on YouTube. And lately, those of us at YouTube have been working on a new way for our kids—and yours—to discover and explore videos on every topic in, well, the universe.

Photographer Captures Hungry Dogs’ Hilarious Expressions When They Catch Treats Christian Vieler from Waltrop, Germany takes hilarious photos of dogs trying to catch food. The photographer aims to capture the many faces of doggies depicting such emotions as excitement, sadness or confusion. “Every shoot I am looking for that specific moment when the dog is looking as cute or funny as they can be,” said Vieler. “That cannot be seen without the power of freezing motion – dog’s faces with magnificent lineaments, telling us stories of panic, desire and joy.” Vieler, 45, is a journalist and became interested in photography in 2012 with a purchase of a new camera.

International Down Syndrome Coalition- IDSC: IDSC 2013 World Down Syndrome Day Video Release We are so excited to share with you the 2013 IDSC World Down Syndrome Day video. Individuals with Down syndrome are more than their diagnosis. This year's video introduces you to many people, and invites you to find out who they are! If after watching the video, you find you are interested in purchasing it, it is available in our new IDSC Store for $9.99, or you can buy 3 for $21, by purchasing it at our 3 for 21 special rate! Without further adieu we give you the 2013 IDSC World Down Syndrome Video. A special thank you to Sarah Conant for allowing us to use her song Who I Am for this year's Who I Am campaign. beyonce CHIME FOR CHANGE and Global Citizen are proud to announce a long-term partnership to build a global campaign that will create change for girls and women around the world. Global Citizen’s community of people wants to learn about the critical issues facing women, and to take action in support of them. Gender equality is fundamental to Global Citizen’s long-term objective of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Women account for half of the world’s population, but three-fifths of those in extreme poverty.

Illustrator: How to Make Custom Swooshes, Swirls, and Curls Illustrator Quick Tip: How to Make Custom Swooshes, Swirls, and Curls I’ve gotten a lot of responses to this post about how I made the intricate designs in those headers. Swirls, and swooshes, or whatever you want to call them, are pretty hard to come by as a freebie (except here on BittBox), and they are even more rare in vector format. Part of the reason is that most people, even avid Illustrator users, don’t realize how easy it is to create these shapes. All it takes is a few simple, yet not highly utilized Illustrator tips. 6 Reasons Why You Should Do a “Blog Study” cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by carlos.a.martinez Talking with good friends Tom and Leah Whitford, we were discussing moving staff forward and some of the conversations that drive our thinking. As I started to think about how many leaders do “book studies”, and have been moving those conversation back and forth from and online and offline setting, I thought about the notion of having a “blog study”.

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