I think I was like many people today when we read about the demise of the printed version of Encyclopaedia Britannica.
It’s not like I supported them by buying the home edition but I think every school I ever attended or taught at had at least one copy. It was just one of those things that you take for granted. It’s a cornerstone. But, now a cornerstone that will be going away.
Then, this evening, I read this story.
Now, other than trying it, I wasn’t a big AIM user. But I know a lot who were. Granted, they had moved on to other platforms and they were part of this problem.
So, what now? What do you do if you were big users of these products?
If you’re a one trick pony, you’ve got a big problem. If you’re an institution that is putting all of your eggs into one basket and that basket goes away, you’ve got a big problem multiplied by the number of users you’re leading.
But, if you’re a contemporary technology user, you know that you have options. In fact, you may have been exercising them before today. At the very least, you know someone who knows where to turn next. You’re flexible and you’re moving with the flow.
It’s a sad day when you think of Britannica and AIM going away. I don’t think anyone like to see things fail but the true test will be in the recovery.
Fixing Windows 8
Touchscreen + Windows 8: Great! Keyboard/mouse + Windows 8: Hate!
ROE Library – Images
Use images for your projects that are not copyright-protected. (You should take your own photos or create your own original drawings and diagrams too). Sites below are sources of Creative Commons and public domain images. Be sure to cite all images! See the Citation Machine for guidelines.
Creative Commons Kaleidoscope | Scoop.it
Creative Commons Kaleidoscope
“About the evolution and understanding of Creative Commons and Fair Use”
The 50+ Best Ways to Curate and Share Your Favorite Social Media and News Content | DailyTekk
There’s so much information online just begging to be curated: news, social media, images, video, websites… the list goes on. Reading great content from my favorite blogs and websites is one of my favorite down-time activities.
Best of MACUL 2012 | Scoop.it
Best of MACUL 2012
“Great resources shared at MACUL 2012”
103 Resources For Becoming a Pinterest Expert
Forget Linsanity, there’s now Pinsanity on the internet. Astounding growth has led to wide media coverage and tons of articles, blogs and videos about this new social network (or social web). Some say that it’s tapped into what other social networks have done so well: getting people to share and communicate, while also helping them discover, instead of search. Techies call it a Delicious for photos. Whatever you want to call it, it’s been on the rise quickly.
[Infographic] How Many Pre-Teens Are on Facebook?
If you have children of a certain age, they either have their own Facebook accounts or have asked you when they will be old enough to have their own. Parenting used to be a lot easier: back when my daughter was a teen, we just had to worry about AIM and inappropriate websites. Well, those bad sites are still with us, but now we have to contend with social networks.
Five Quick Classroom Management Tips for Novice Teachers | Edutopia
I made a good number of blunders my first year teaching that still make me cringe. I learned though. And it’s fair to say, when it comes to managing a classroom, most of what we learn as new teachers is trial by fire. It’s also smart to heed the advice of those who have walked — and stumbled — before you. If you are struggling with discipline, here are five tips that you can start using right away:
Response: What Principals Look For In A Prospective Teacher – Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo – Education Week Teacher
Response: What Principals Look For In A Prospective Teacher
A Dad’s Plea To Developers Of iPad Apps For Children | Smashing UX Design
I spend a lot of time buying and testing iPad apps for kids. To be more specific, I lovingly do this for a certain two-year-old girl who is currently on a very successful #OccupyiPad mission in my house. Through extensive observational research, I’ve discovered what works and doesn’t work for my daughter, so I’m going to shamelessly generalize my findings to all children and propose four essential guidelines for developers who work on iPad apps for children.
Microsoft Universal Translator: Star Trek Gets Real – Technabob
Microsoft’s Universal Translator software was created by Frank Soong. It’s software that’s basically able to speak in the user’s own voice, smoothly in sentences. Right now, Microsoft’s UT speaks 26 languages but there are more to come. All you need to do is speak English into it and it will convert it into different languages, from Spanish to Mandarin. All told, it takes about an hour to train the system with your voice.
Critical Windows bug could make worm meat of millions of high-value machines
Microsoft has plugged a critical hole in all supported versions of Windows that allows attackers to hit high-value computers with self-replicating attacks that install malicious code with no user interaction required.
Microsoft Interview Riddle Questions | Pixelstech.net
Every year, many people will send their resume to Microsoft and Google. So how do these IT companies hire people? What kind of interview questions will they ask. Let’s see what Microsoft asked before in this article. These questions are more focusing on how you are reasoning, not necessary your technical skills.
Bro-mance at Its Finest: How to Use SocialBro to Help Your Twitter Efforts | Social Media Today
While the last few years have brought us tons of new social networks—Google+, Foursquare, and most recently Pinterest—these next few years will surely bring tools to help us enhance our social media experiences. It can be tough to really analyze so many different social networks, and when you try and have a social media presence for both yourself as well as your company it can get extremely overwhelming. Many services such as TweekDeck and Buffer have worked to help ease the pain, but there is one tool that hasn’t gotten quite the praise it deservers—SocialBro.
Curate.me Mines The Web To Fill Your Inbox With Personalized News
Curate.me, formerly known as XYDO Brief, is making its public debut today after a 6-month invitation-only beta period which attracted some 20,000 users. Essentially, the service delivers personalized news to your email inbox based on your interests and data mined from your favorite social networks and news sources.
[Infographic] How Many Pre-Teens Are on Facebook?
Facebook’s policy is to allow 13 and up to have access, but I know plenty of underage kids that have their own logins. Surveys from last fall show many 10, 11, and 12-year olds have accounts. And whether you agree or disagree with the age limit, you might want to take a look at this survey from SodaHead that was done last week. Not surprisingly, adults and kids differ on what is the most appropriate age of Facebook consent.
Lesson Plans, Teaching Guides, Learning Resources (LessonIndex.com)
Lesson Plans, Teaching Guides, & more
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