Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 12/25/2011
Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 5 Fantastic Things to Do Over Winter Break
Blogged: #education 5 Fantastic Things to Do Over Winter Break http://t.co/urPRT9u7
The Tevatron's enduring computing legacy | iSGTW
A fascinating article on the mind blowing influence the Tevatron particle accelerator has had (and will have) on technology and the world we know it. This will be required reading for my computer science students when we return in January.
How Smartphones Are Changing Photography: The Numbers Are In | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
27% of photos taken this year were taken on smartphones.
I am not sure why schools are banning cell phones and buying cameras.
Pudding vending machine tells kids to scram
No undoing for you! Face scanning uses the measurements between your eyes and a few other dimensions to determine if a person is old enough to buy something out of the machine. But the fact that it is put on a jello pudding machine is pretty funny to me. Guess junior will need an older sibling tonget that jello for him. Humor aside, there could be use for this in areas served by kids and adults although kids do get around obstacles when they want to.
Facebook and iPhone Lead Way on Klout's Top Topics of 2011 Lists [INFOGRAPHIC]
This infographic from Kliut depicts the most popular conversations and people on Twitter. No doubt,MIT is a hub for pop culture. But there are great microconversations happening in education using this site so don't let the trivial steer you away.
How to Recalibrate Your iPhone’s Home Button to Make it More Responsive
So, you want your iPhone home button to behave like it did when you got it. This very simple tip is spreading like wildfire through the iPhone networks and just involves a simple recalibration with the power off switch. Try it if you are having trougble or if you have had your iPhone or iPod touch for a while. Very cool.
Kinect Educators - Computer Science Teacher - Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
As some of you experience Microsoft's super cool Kinect system for the first time, you'll be thrilled to know this tool is being used in school as well. Here, my go to Microsoft blogger And dear friend Alfred Thompson gives an overview of Kinect in education.
Paul Stacey writes an excellent overview of Open Education (hat tip Stephen Downes edcurator extraordinaire) that is a great read for those trying to keep their finger on the pulse of the very rapidly changing landscape of education.
Esther Wojcicki: Give Yourself A Free University Education at University of the People
University of the people, a site offering free degrees in business administration and computer science continues to gain momentum as leading the effort to "democratize education." Things are underfoot that will radically change the expensive landscape known as higher Ed. The bottom line is that universities without solid online platforms won't be ready for the changes they will need to made. Their greatest commodity will be excellent teachers who can now be beamed from one end of the planet to the other. This crazy upheaval in education is only beginning and the competition is no longer limited by geography.
Zoo tool is a new bookmarking tool that is more visual. I am a huge Diigo fan but this tool is worth a mention.