In this modern world, education and technology are combining in an innovative and wonderful way. Technology can help students learn, and help teachers teach. But what if you don’t know how to best use the technology at hand? What if you don’t know how to talk about what it is you’re trying to teach?
Whether you are a teacher or a student, this article from Ed Tech Magazine will help you identify and learn 24 “buzzwords” that deal with the combination of education and technology. This list has every term from adaptive learning (software that adapts its content and pacing to the current knowledge level of the user) to gamification (using game design and mechanics to drive motivation and increase engagement in learning) to virtual learning environment (an educational system online that mimics real world education).
Are you familiar with all the important buzzwords on this list? Test yourself, test your colleagues, test your students. Any way you can, use this list to teach, learn, and communicate to the best of your ability.
Calling all designers, fashionistas and other color lovers! The Color of 2013 is here! Brought to us by Neatorama, The Pantone Color Institute has announced that the color of 2013 is…
Emerald is sophisticated, luxurious, and a symbol of growth and healing. How do you feel about the color emerald? Are there other colors that deserve the “color of the year” title? No matter your personal opinion of the color, knowing the color of the year could help you in designing, marketing, and other aspects of your professional life.
Image Source: Neatorama
Have you ever wondered what your favorite authors reading room looked like? How about their whole house? Maybe they have certain furniture aspects that help inspire them, or maybe their house looks surprisingly similar to yours. Open Culture brings us a way to see all of this. With a virtual tour of authors’ homes, Writers’ Houses allows you to browse by authors, and even gives you a weekly guide. Check it out, and see if your favorite author’s house looks anything like you imagined!
With the announcement of “gif” being dubbed Oxford English Dictionary’s Word of the Year, the internet has expanded on this news with several meme-based, gif websites that are drawing more attention than ever before. Animator Sean Pecknold and Legs Media recently created a two-minute short film titled, A Short History of the GIF, informing audiences of “the GIF image format and its popularity throughout the years.”
Source: Laughing Squid
Ever thought about which books you are thankful for? Galleycat and Media Bistro recently created a giant flowchart of the 50 Free Ebooks provided by Project Gutenberg, asking their readers, “What books are you thankful for this year?” Both fiction and non-fiction, the books range from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to The Art of War by Sun Tzu. Check them out and maybe some of the books you’re thankful for made the list.
In an age of e-mail and text messages, we sometimes forget that throughout the majority of history prior to the New Millenium, people corresponded via postal service or snail mail. In a recent article published on Neatorama (originally published in the October 2012 Mental Floss magazine), Miss Cellania gives five examples of letters that may have helped in changing history. From Charles Schultz’s unpopular female version of Charlie Brown, Charlotte Braun, to Annie Oakley trying to enlist as a sharp shooter in the Spanish-American War of 1899 and WWI, to a James Bond fan writing author Ian Fleming about his poor gun choice for the famous 007 Agent, these letters have “changed the world (or at least tried).”
Recently, Intelligent Life magazine published a typographic map of the United States created from “more than 200 novelists, poets and cartoonists” and their hometown state. The map was created by British bookseller “with a sideline in cartography,” Geoff Sawers. Many famous, well-known Americans made the map, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Charles Schultz, and Maya Angelou. Some authors, Sawers explained in an interview in Intelligent Life, didn’t make it on the map.
“Sawer’s literary map is part of a vibrant artistic genre,” the article states, and with the ability nowadays to create any kind of digital mash up through any technological medium, there is something every book lover can appreciate from this visually appealing cartographic map. Sawers, a native of Great Britain, also created a typographic author map of The United Kingdom. Both these maps can be purchased in print through The Literary Gift Company.
Smithsonian Mag recently unveiled a letter (first published by Anorak, a UK news blog), written to Winston Churchill in 1917 from Lord Fischer, an admiral and naval innovator from WWI, using the “now-ubiquitous OMG!”
The line from the letter states, “I hear that a new order of Knighthood is on the tapis –O.M.G. (Oh! My God!) –Shower it on the Admiralty!!” We can only imagine what Lord Churchill would think of how we communicate with each other now…LOL.