At least sort of…
I’ve been wanting for a while to play around with the new features of Visual.ly. Visual.ly is trying to build a set of tools to help you build infographics. These are the hottest things around and help you build and display messages and content. I’ve been poking around; there is a nice collection of templates built around the Twitter and Facebook services.
I wanted to have fun but I didn’t want to get to the point of embarrassment of anyone so I tried and tossed out a number of different trials. In itself, I think that’s impressive. If I was designing and building an infographic manually, I certainly wouldn’t be able to make so many tries this easily.
What I ended up with is a tribute to two of the best Ontario educational minds. Both of these individuals push my thinking each time that we get together and between times online. They are both acknowledged leaders in the province and have contributed so much through their work with the Educational Computing Organization of Ontario, the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and, of course, Minds on Media.
I’m talking about Brenda Sherry and Peter Skillen. And, there’s a smackdown for that on Visual.ly. It’s just a matter of providing a couple of Twitter names and let Visual.ly build the infographic. Here we go!
If you have ever had the pleasure to meet these terrific people, you’ll know that it should come as no surprise that you’ve got to call this smackdown a draw.
Check out Visual.ly yourself for a little fun and also the Ontario Educators on Twitter list for some raw data to fuel your fun. If you’re an Ontario Educator and not on the list, you can fill out the form here and you will be added.
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Microsoft readying Windows 8 for “resolutionary” tablets
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The Innovative Educator: Great Tool to Create Infographics in a Snap
I just learned today from 12 Most writer Becky Gaylord McDonald that Visual.ly has been coming up with some really cool tools to let you graphically represent selected data using Facebook or Twitter hashtags. This can be a wonderful tool for learning. For instance, you can create a hashtag for a class research project and make an infographic when you are done. You can explore a topic you’re interested in by creating an infographic of the hashtag for that topic.
Merge info from Google Forms to PDF Document and Send via Email « TJ Houston.com
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How Educators Use Pinterest for Curation | MindShift
The phenomenal growth of Pinterest has sparked interest among millions of users.
It’s also spread to journalism educators, who are increasingly experimenting with it in the classroom.
Sneak Peek: The ultimate Microsoft machine is a car – GeekWire
Microsoft has been working for months with West Coast Customs, the legendary car remodeling company, to build what might just be the most over-the-top Windows machine ever created.
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In an apparent attempt to attract iPad developers, Microsoft has posted a case study comparing iPad app development to Windows 8 Metro-style tablet development.
Between the By-Road and the Main Road: Children’s Books Focusing on Special/Exceptional Needs
Children’s Books Focusing on Special/Exceptional Need
Educational Technology Guy: StudyBlue – create and share flashcards, quizzes, and study guides
StudyBlue lets students create and share flashcards, quizzes and study guides to help them learn. Students can access their materials online anywhere and there are mobile apps for iPhone and Android available. They can create quizzes from their flashcards to test their knowledge.
Forget the Ultrabook — Go With the New Commodore! – Lauren Goode – Product News – AllThingsD
Commodore USA, the Florida-based start-up company that has been producing replicas of the popular Commodore computers of the 1980s, has introduced a new Commodore Amiga Mini, a 7.5-inch by 3-inch computer with an Intel i7 quad-core processor. Unlike the much, much earlier Amiga models, this one features two Wi-Fi antennae and Bluetooth capabilities.
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