links for 2010-11-13

  • QR Code Awareness | Austin
    Mobile devices have changed the way consumers access the Internet as well as the way marketers are trying to reach customers. Although QR codes and mobile barcodes have been around for several years, the explosion of the smartphone market allowed barcode scanning to grow 700 percent from January 2010 to July 2010.

  • Teacher Magazine: Mr. Administrator, Tear Down This Firewall!
    Hoping to move the debate along, members of the Teacher Leaders Network recently had a very frank discussion of the topic in our 24/7/365 private chat room. Here’s a sample of what we had to say. (To honor our TLN confidentiality agreement, I’ve only used first names here.)

  • Ford Social Media Guidelines
    Ford Motor Company’s Digital Participation Guidelines – We have advised our personnel to observe these guidelines when participating in an online conversation regarding Ford or the automotive industry.

  • A Stop Motion Animation History of Stop Motion Animation
    A Stop Motion Animation History of Stop Motion Animation

  • Tools to Boost Your Social Media Productivity »
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Aural Happiness

There are a couple of things that come together with the iPad application Aweditorium that I have found so compelling as I’ve enjoyed this application over the past little while.

First of all, I really enjoy listening to new music.  It’s one thing to dig into iTunes and listen to your own collection or to listen to streaming radio.  After a while, it does get to be a little tedious.  Aweditorium provides a publishing platform for acts that I’ve never heard before, from a wide variety of genres.  For all of these new (to me at least) artists, access is as simple as loading the Aweditorium application and picking one of the dim thumbnails that are displayed on the landscape presentation.

From there, it’s a quick zoom to a quality image of the artist(s) and the song attached begins to play.  The application does recommend headphones so that you can enjoy the music.  As you would expect that you could do with music, you can control the play, share it with others, favourite it, and so much more.  I love the little popups that provide more specific details about the act as well.  This method of browsing the unknown is addictive.  You’ll find yourself picking and choosing artists or swiping your way through the grid in no time.  It’s like a magical, musical puzzle with more interesting content at each step along the way.

The other thing that I find intriguing about this and so many other iPad applications is how they use the technology to do different things.  With a keyboard and/or a mouse, you’re pretty much limited as to how you can navigate an applications.  Aweditorium takes interesting liberties with things like pinching and tapping to navigate through the application.

If you’re looking for something new and completely different, you’ve got to give this free application a try.  If you like random music from very creative sources without a predictable pattern, be prepared to become quickly addicted.

links for 2010-11-12

  • Skype Education
    A free directory that connects teachers and helps them use Skype to enrich students’ educational experience.
  • Firefox 4 beta 7 – Fast, but Chrome and Opera are faster | ZDNet

    Mozilla have managed to up the horsepower of the new Firefox 4 beta 7 JavaScript engine, but it still has a way to go before it can catch up with Chrome and Opera.
  • Check Out The Technology Inside The Google Self-Driving Car

    You’ve probably heard that Google has these cool cars that can drive themselves. Below is a video of one of them driving down Freeway 280 that I shot almost a year ago (I had no idea I was driving next to a car that was capable of driving itself.
  • Teach | Redu: Rethink / Reform / Rebuild Education

    According to the US Dept. of Education, even in the toughest economic times, we hire between 80,000 and 120,000 new teachers every year. In addition to needing more applicants from minority communities, school districts are also experiencing a shortage of applicants for teachers of math, science, special education, and English as a second language.
  • 21stcenturylearning – home

    The 21st Century Collaborative wiki is a dynamic and evergrowing collection of my adventures and interests.
    Please feel free to utilize these resources as you work toward transforming education
    in your sphere of influence and in your own personal learning pursuits.

  • Facebook Games: 10 Eye-Opening Statistics [Infographic] | pamorama

    Facebook is one of the stickiest Web sites in the world, and the popularity of Facebook games is part of the reason why. Whether you love them or loathe them, games have become an integral part of the Facebook experience. All Facebook compiled some interesting stats about Facebook games and created a nice infographic to illustrate the data.
  • Make stories –

    Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories.
    You collect the best photos, video, tweets and more to publish them as simple, beautiful stories that can be embedded anywhere.

  • What Is…every file format in the world – A through E

    Almost Every file format in the world!
  • Out of this world – a Prezi | Bright ideas

    The following Prezi has been created to support the Year 9 English unit on Science Fiction. The boys study The giver in this unit and are also required to read a sci-fi novel of their choice

  • JFK: Unpublished, Never-Seen Photos – Photo Gallery – LIFE

    Here, on the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s victory, presents never-seen, unpublished photographs of an enigmatic, intensely ambitious man making history, and ushering in the poignantly brief American era known ever after as “Camelot.” Above: A previously unpublished photo of JFK on the campaign trail in the summer of 1960.