Category: Education & Pedogogy
Need a handy folktale with a lesson? Try the ATU
The Multilingual Folk Tale Database This is a good story about the ATU database, with some very nice illustrations. What a helpful index. It allows you to look for the specific lessons to impart to your children or grandchildren.
Thinking is a skill that can be taught – and should be taught
Educators today are talking a lot about the need to equip students with 21st century skills. In a democratic society, reasoned discourse should be one of them, if citizens are to participate in shaping the future of the society they live in. A culture that supports discourse is certainly needed, but so is each…
KIK and new tools, in general
(via The Mobile World) If I was teaching this semester, I’d have students do a project using KIK. If you are currently a teacher, you need to be thinking about how the generation coming up behind your current students is going to communicate. If no one reads/uses/views your news, is it even news?
XKCD Riffs on Minard Map and Political TV Bloviators
Source: xkcd.com via Barbara on Pinterest
5 Online Learning Portals Which Lets Anyone Become A Web Developer
While a step into the unknown world of code or HTML may be daunting, it’s a great time to start, as multiple intuitive, interactive, user friendly and low-cost learning sites begin to crop up. In general, students won’t be designing e-commerce sites, or developing web apps within a week, but what you will get is…
Google Correlate. Political Operatives Find it Useful.
Morning Edition had a neat tech story about Google Correlate that you can listen to and get the quick summary. You can find the information you need about Google Correlate Compare US states Compare weekly time series Compare monthly time series Documentation Comic Book FAQ Tutorial Whitepaper Correlate Labs Search by Drawing
Systematic work processing ideas save us time and effort: Dropbox tips for authors
It’s a free service that puts a magic folder on your computer desktop. Anything you put into it magically appears in an identical folder on all your other computers. That simple concept offers a wealth of possibilities. You can work on a project at the office, then go home and pick right up from where…
A Long Read on The Google Art Project
From the Google Art Project. Image by dalbera via Flickr Google Art Project has enabled museums to put high res images and video on line, that complement the actual art objects themselves, rather than try to replace them. This is a long read, but interesting from the perspective of a curator, about whether Google is…
Info Wrangling: Getting Organized, Being Productive
Image via Wikipedia ifttt.com is a new app that takes other apps, and let’s a non-programmer make useful mashups. It works simply enough. You choose a “trigger” which can be an kind of Internet unit – person, place, event, etc. Then you refine it, with hashtags and other filters,and then you choose an action that…
Chicago Way May Come to Have Enlighted Meaning
Image via Wikipedia At the OpenGov Chicago meetings, there is energy and excitement. Carlson, Tolva, and Goldstein have all attended. As a journalist teacher, I find encouragement to get involved with the data. And that’s what I’ll be doing this semester. there’s something new going on in the Windy City that’s worth sharing with the…