From My Modern Met: A How-To Guide for Navigating NYC in Gif Form

My Modern Met recently released an article showcasing a gif set created by artist Nathan Pyle with the goal of enlightening newcomers of tips and etiquette for navigating New York City. Pyle, originally from Dayton, OH, understands that the adjustment from a small-ish city to a larger city can be a little tricky sometimes.

“Making a simple GIF is one of the best ways to get information out on the Internet,” Pyle told The Huffington Post, which has also featured several of his witty gifs. Ultimately, Pyle would like to create an entire etiquette book, but for now we can enjoy the new gifs he creates.

From Smashing Magazine: Making the Most of White Space in HTML and CSS

Wondering how to make the most of your white space on your web page? Smashing Magazine released an article with tips on reducing the amount of white space in your HTML and/or CSS code and using it to your advantage on your web page. One key point to remember is indenting.

“[W]henever something is nested, you indent, so that it’s clear where everything is in the markup’s hierarchy. With simple HTML nesting, the content in the <head> section is often neglected, but keeping the nesting consistent here, too, is good practice.” Read other helpful tips for making HTML and CSS easier and more manageable.

From Edutopia: “Do Your Students Read Critically?”

Ben Johnson, a high school principal and contributor to Edutopia, asks, “How do you tell if someone is reading a book critically?” Johnson identifies marginalia as evidence of critical reading – dog-ears, written notes, tabs, post-its, etc. These are moments when students are having conversations with the text, the author, their instructor, peers, and even themselves. Johnson writes, “As educators, the best thing we can do is to help students develop the skills for critical reading and establish critical reading as a “habit of mind.”” And with critical reading comes the critical thinking we aim to encourage in our writing students.

Source: Edutopia

From Mind/Shift: “Higher Ed Trends: MOOCs, Tablets, Gamification, and Wearable Tech”

In this post on Mind/Shift, Katrina Schwartz highlights the findings of a report from the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative. The higher ed trends identified in the report focuses on MOOCs as a significant transformation in college education. Even WRAC has been exploring MOOCs in our recent webinar series. The report also notes that students’ “digital footprint” is an important guide for the future of higher ed. Read the post over on Mind/Shift to see what the report has to say about tablets, games, 3D printing, DIY culture, and wearable tech.