Some extremely simple, and others that contain hardly any white space, each of these business cards are unique in what they do and who they present. With the cards ranging from Albert Einstein to Steve Martin, you’re bound to find some design aspect you like. Check it out, use it to help create your business card. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next Steve Jobs!
I think it’s safe to say that nobody really sits down with just a book, paper, and pen to study anymore. You walk into the library and see hundreds of computers, phones, tablets, etc. So how does a student study in this modern age? StudyBlue recently did a survey of 500 students to find the answer to this question.
As many times as you see people working in groups in the library, a shocking 70% of the students said that they like to study alone, and 42% said they would rather study in their bedroom, while only 21% said they like to go to the library.
In the age of the Mac and iPhone, it’s not surprising that the number one hardware reported was a laptop, and that 93% of students use study apps.
Why is it important to know the modern study habits? For both students and teachers alike, these results can change the way information is transferred. Knowing that students use these tools to study, teachers can enhance their courses in the same way, therefore increasing interaction and learning from their students.
How do you study? Take a look at the infographic below to see more results from the study.
When you sit back to read a book, do you pick up your e-reader? Or would you rather pick up the old print paperback?
This seems to be the common question since the emergence of the Nook, Kindle, and other various tablets used for reading. As the answer to this question carries importance for publishers, Random House’s Research and Analytics Team compiled statistics on the US eBook consumer. Results relating to age, gender, education, book genre, and more reflect that eReaders are on the rise. Just one interesting statistic dealt with the price paid for books. 38% of eBook readers said they spent less than five dollars on their last read, while only 18% of print readers could say the same. Check out the rest of the statistics in the following infographic.
So you just had a job interview. Now what? Well, you know you should follow up with a thank you, but how? Should you send a quick email? Write out a note? And what exactly do you write?
Lifehacker brings an easy answer to all these questions and tells us how to write a post interview thank you that can increase your chances of getting the job. Career strategist Hannah Morgan suggests a short, succinct 3 paragraph format sent 24-48 hours after the interview. This thank you is a way to express your gratitude, maybe touch on some weaknesses from the interview, and establish your follow up. Check out the article, and learn how to rock that post interview thank you note!
Most would agree that a reading space contributes a lot to how you read or study. A library is usually the perfect place to sit back and relax with a good novel, or to grab a history book and study for that upcoming exam. What about the libraries that are becoming more modern with the times? Libraries now have computers and other electronic devices to use DVDs, eBooks, or audio books. But these libraries are also focused on the modern in more than just their content.
Love These Pics posted 6 Marvelously Modern Libraries, where you can find libraries from all over the world that utilize modern architecture. Some are overwhelmingly beautiful and others stay simple and stark, focusing on the books, like Stuttgart City Library in Germany (pictured here).
As a book enthusiast, it’s safe to say I would love the opportunity to visit each and every one of these libraries. Check them out!
Coding isn’t something that only happens when building a website. It can also be used to put video content on a 120-foot-wide film wall, create clothing, or for data visualizations. Programming has expanded into helping create art.
Code designers working with Processing, the open source programming platform, say of creative coders: “They’re not setting out to solve a problem; they’re setting out to express themselves.” It’s about building art with different tools–or in this case, programs–using a new language: coding.
“There isn’t this need for formal computer science rigor, where you have to understand how every bit of line of code works. It’s fine to just try to learn about how things work through doing.” Creative coding is just as much about learning from the process as it is about the final product. Learn more in the video below about the innovative ways coding is being used.
“I’ve never seen technology moving faster than mobile learning,” said Dede, who teaches at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Between developing applications and having answers at the touch of a finger through the internet, kids are learning in a faster-paced environment than ever before. Teaching pedagogies need to adapt with this shift as well; for example, they discuss how using flash cards, staples of older lesson plans, for an iPad is a waste.
“We are not exploiting the affordances of the new technology to give kids new kinds of learn-by-doing activities,” says Soloway. Using tools like tablets in the classroom are viewed as something kids can do when they’re done with their actual class work. Shelly Pasnik, director of the Center for Children and Technology counteracts this idea.
“When it’s really integrated into a sequence of activities, kids are moving between screens given what’s developmentally appropriate, they’re playing games. Some experiences use screens, then manipulatives or other materials, they’re engaged in conversations with peers and adults in the room. That’s where it works,” says Pasnik.
Resources like iPads, tablets, and laptops have the ability to make learning a multimedia, engaging, and interactive experience, but only if they are integrated into a new teaching style.
Recently, Neil Gaiman announced that he was starting a collaborative project. He stated that writing can be very “lonely, it’s just you and the story in your head.” For years, he’s been trying to figure out the best way to have his readers be involved more in his work, and the project that has developed is A Calendar of Tales.
He has teamed up with BlackBerry to create a platform that allows for more interaction between him and his readers. Gaiman will write 12 stories as his part of the project, but each one will be inspired and illustrated by you. As the calendar develops with his ideas and your images, he will continue appearing in this series of episodes.
What is especially interesting about this project is that it creates a union between two things that are starting to be more consistently grouped together: sharing writing through technology. Between applications on phones, the latest tablets, or websites that allow the audience to give feedback, writing has taken on a new front that has increased the amount of collaboration that goes into a piece.
Gaiman states at the beginning of the video, “Good fiction unites us as humans, because it gives us empathy, because it makes us look at the world through other people’s eyes.” After reading about A Calendar of Tales, it seems like we could also say that technology unites us, because it allows us to work with, and learn from, people that we probably would not have had the chance to before.