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Featured Fellows applications are now open! We’re now accepting applications for the fellowship program for the academic year 2014-15. This year, we are looking for restless experts in the fields of K12 education and health care. Ideal candidates will be mid-career professionals and entrepreneurs with the potential to drive systems-level change. If you’re dedicated to improving either of these areas, read on!

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Evaluation Within Project-Based Learning Last year I took a group of students to Cuba to produce documentaries about the island nation's culture and history. The main objective was learning how to produce documentaries, but one of my students learned a much more powerful lesson through the process. After completing her project, she posted it publicly to YouTube and received critical comments from someone living in Cuba. DIY Smart Home Automation using Android Home automation can allow you to make the things that you need and do in your home easier to accomplish. Perhaps you want to control your security system? Or, perhaps you want to voice automate the lights in your home so that you can get into bed and then turn the lights out. Or, perhaps you want to be able to control your sound system from any place in your home. No matter what it is you are looking to accomplish, home automation products are probably available to help you to make it happen.

Nabokov on Inspiration and the Six Short Stories Everyone Should Read by Maria Popova “A prefatory glow, not unlike some benign variety of the aura before an epileptic attack, is something the artist learns to perceive very early in life.” “Show up, show up, show up,” Isabel Allende advised, “and after a while the muse shows up, too.” “Inspiration is for amateurs,” Chuck Close famously proclaimed, “the rest of us just show up and get to work.” 20 Best Augmented Reality Apps - Play. Enjoy. Learn Virtual Reality vs Augmented Reality Virtual reality, or VR, has a reputation for being for hardcore gamers. You know: the serious tech heads who don’t think it’s at all strange to sit in a room with a giant set of black goggles over their eyes and interact with people, places, and things that don’t actually exist. For the rest of us, there’s probably a healthy curiosity about VR, but it’s not to the point where we’re willing to spend a few hundred pounds on a serious piece of equipment.

Samsung's Smart Home system smartphone app turns off lights and home appliances A command of ‘going out’ will turn off devices and the lightsSamsung's Smart Home system has been unveiled by Samsung at the US Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las VegasUsers will be able to access the company's system via its Galaxy Gear smartwatch, TV remote control, smartphones or a computer app By Sean Poulter, Consumer Affairs Editor Published: 18:09 GMT, 6 January 2014 | Updated: 00:51 GMT, 7 January 2014 There is someone in every household who always forgets to turn off the lights or television before bed. But rather than squabbling over it, families will soon have a simple solution.

Why I Let My Students Cheat On Their Exam by Peter Nonacs| On test day for my Behavioral Ecology class at UCLA, I walked into the classroom bearing an impossibly difficult exam. Rather than being neatly arranged in alternate rows with pen or pencil in hand, my students sat in one tight group, with notes and books and laptops open and available. Best of British: Fashion Designers The first ever couturier was British. Granted, Charles Frederick Worth worked in Paris, but he was born in Bourne, England in 1825 before heading to the French capital to become the favoured designer of Napoleon III’s court, where he drew upon the history of costume to create elaborate, lavish gowns. Over the past 150 years fashion has moved way beyond Worth’s spangled silk tulle and corsets, and some of the most progressive style movements have been down to British designers. They were responsible for the Swinging Sixties and Punk after all. So as we celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee, we thought we’d also take a look at some of the most influential fashion designers her United Kingdom has produced…

Dragino LoRa Shield - support 868M frequency The Dragino LoRa Shield is a long range transceiver on a Arduino shield form factor and based on Open source library.The LoRa Shield allows the user to send data and reach extremely long ranges at low data-rates.It provides ultra-long range spread spectrum communication and high interference immunity whilst minimising current consumption. The LoRa Shield based on RFM95W targets professional wireless sensor network applications such as irrigation systems, smart metering, smart cities, smartphone detection, building automation, and so on. Using Hope RF’s patented LoRa™ modulation technique the LoRa Shield can achieve a sensitivity of over -148dBm using a low cost crystal and bill of materials. The high sensitivity combined with the integrated +20 dBm power amplifier yields industry leading link budget making it optimal for any application requiring range or robustness. These devices also support high performance (G)FSK modes for systems including WMBus, IEEE802.15.4g.

Catalyzing Creativity: 7 Playful Activity Books for Grown-Ups by Maria Popova Greenlighting mess-making, 101 ways to astonish yourself, and how to flowchart your way to happiness. The intersection of childhood and adulthood is a frequent area of curiosity around here, from beloved children’s books with timeless philosophy for adults to quirky coloring books for the eternal kid. Design thinking Design thinking refers to design-specific cognitive activities that designers apply during the process of designing.[1] Origins of the term[edit] For more details on the history of the term, see § History. The notion of design as a "way of thinking" in the sciences can be traced to Herbert A. Simon's 1969 book The Sciences of the Artificial,[2] and in design engineering to Robert McKim's 1973 book Experiences in Visual Thinking.[3] Peter Rowe's 1987 book Design Thinking, which described methods and approaches used by architects and urban planners, was a significant early usage of the term in the design research literature.[4] Rolf Faste expanded on McKim's work at Stanford University in the 1980s and 1990s,[5][6] teaching "design thinking as a method of creative action.

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