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Three Amazing Resources For History Teachers That Students Will Love

Three Amazing Resources For History Teachers That Students Will Love | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
In this post Kirsten shares three great resources for history teachers they can use in the classroom to immerse their students in ancient cultures and WWI.

 

«in this article I’d like to point you to some projects and websites to use in class, either to prepare for a trip abroad or to have the possibility of exploring when going abroad is not possible. So I took a closer look at some of the sources the New York Times mentioned in its article about digital humanities»


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The Frog - Fine Art Bodypainting by Johannes Stötter

Masterpiece created by Johannes Stötter:
a tropical frog consisting of five people.

 

Fine Art Bodypainting | Johannes Stötter:
http://www.johannesstoetterart.com/

 

video editing by Daniel Stötter
http://www.daniel-stoetter.com/

 

music:
The Forest Spirit by SaReGaMa and january 18th by Polytheist

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Nationalist MP launches brutal attack against TV executive

Nationalist MP launches brutal attack against TV executive | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

A violent attack by a nationalist member of parliament against the head of one of Ukraine’s leading TV channels yesterday must be urgently investigated, and those responsible brought to justice, said Amnesty International.
Oleksandr Panteleymonov, head of the First National TV Channel, was visited in his offices by Igor Miroshnichenko from the Svoboda (Freedom) Party and at least five thugs who beat him and forced him to write a resignation letter.

 

Igor Miroshnichenko is a member of the parliamentary Committee on freedom of speech.

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Acompanhamento da aplicação do Acordo Ortográfico em Portugal

O Grupo de Trabalho deverá ter por mandato efectuar um relatório objectivo e factual com o ponto de situação da aplicação do Acordo Ortográfico de 1990 nos diferentes Estados que o subscreveram.

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Street Art: Interesni Kazki

Street Art: Interesni Kazki | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
These are works by Interesni Kazki  with locales in Poland, Mexico, U.S., and Spain. His use of color to create these magical, whimsical, and surreal results in something quite mesmerizing.    pb...

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God Help the Girl - "Come Monday Night" (official video)

"Come Monday Night" is the first music video from God Help The Girl, a story set to music by Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian. 

Please visit http://www.godhelpthegirl.com/subscri... to purchase the album and sign up for a God Help the Girl subscription featuring exclusive music and video content! 

Directed by Blair Young and Stuart Murdoch

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Why Storytelling Will Be the Biggest Business Skill of the Next 5 Years

Why Storytelling Will Be the Biggest Business Skill of the Next 5 Years | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

In 2012, a pale woman with crazy eyebrows and a keytar strapped to her back made a video of herself, wearing a kimono and holding up hand-Sharpied signs on a street in Melbourne. One by one, the signs flipped, explaining that the woman had spent the last 4 years writing songs. She was a musician, and had parted ways with her record label, which had said the cost of her next album would be a whopping $500,000. She and her band mates were very happy to no longer be with the label, and had worked hard to create some great new music and art. But they couldn’t finish producing the record on their own. She needed people’s help to get it off the ground and to make what was now her business — independent music — work.

 

“This is the future of music,” one of her signs read. Another, “I love you.”

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Piano Companion: Today’s free app of the day for Android

Piano Companion: chords, scales, chord progression, circle of 5ths

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Piano Companion is a flexible chord/scale dictionary with user libraries and reverse mode. Piano Companion allows you to find a chord or scale by its name. If you don't remember what's the name of a chord/scale, it helps you to find it by keys. Piano Companion shows chord/scale notes, degrees, fingering for both hands in major and minor scales. You can listen how a scale or chord sounds. You can see the list of compatible chords in the selected scale. The great advantage of Piano Companion is the fact that it's a growing application, so we will be glad to consider any new features which helps you to increase usability.

 

Key features:


✓ 1500+ piano chords, up to 6th inversions
✓ 500+ scales
✓ 12 root keys
✓ Chord Progression (chord sequencer), Patterns & Custom Patterns
✓ Circle of Fifths
✓ List of available chords in Circle of Fifths
✓ Key notations: English, Italian, Japanese, Russian, etc.
✓ Reverse chord & scale lookup
✓ Ability to display chord on the staff
✓ Plays chords
✓ Plays scales
✓ Plays arpeggiated chords
✓ Audio support
✓ Relative scale suggestions
✓ Compatible scale chords
✓ Scale lookup with major & minor scale fingering
✓ Flexible chord & scale search using keyboard
✓ User libraries
✓ Ability to create custom chords for a user library

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10 Things That Will Happen When You Start Pursuing Your Dreams

10 Things That Will Happen When You Start Pursuing Your Dreams | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

So you took the leap. You’re pursuing your passions and it’s a relatively new reality for you. Or perhaps you're entertaining the idea, and your ball of nerves and upset stomach have held you back from jumping of the cliff and into uncertainty.

 

Let’s just get real and honest about a few things you can expect when you take the big risk to pursue your dreams.


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Internet-connected cars will give drivers "superhuman powers"

Internet-connected cars will give drivers "superhuman powers" | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Internet-connected cars will soon be harvesting data on the weather, road conditions and traffic flow and selling it to the grid, according to panelists at the Internet of Cars session at the SXSW festival.

 

The data could then be used by meteorologists and highways agencies to help them improve their services, with drivers receiving a small payment.

 

Other innovations in the near future will include heads-up displays on windshields that allow you drive through thick fog, and music systems that automatically pick tracks to match your driving.


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Epidemiological modeling of online social network dynamics - predicts a rapid decline in Facebook activity in the next few years

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The last decade has seen the rise of immense online social networks (OSNs) such as MySpace and Facebook. In this paper we use epidemiological models to explain user adoption and abandonment of OSNs, where adoption is analogous to infection and abandonment is analogous to recovery. We modify the traditional SIR model of disease spread by incorporating infectious recovery dynamics such that contact between a recovered and infected member of the population is required for recovery. The proposed infectious recovery SIR model (irSIR model) is validated using publicly available Google search query data for “MySpace” as a case study of an OSN that has exhibited both adoption and abandonment phases. The irSIR model is then applied to search query data for “Facebook,” which is just beginning to show the onset of an abandonment phase. Extrapolating the best fit model into the future predicts a rapid decline in Facebook activity in the next few years.

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Don't Write With Your Windows Open

Don't Write With Your Windows Open | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
In the interests of discovering the effect of technology on creativity and concentration (“If You Pay For Auto Insurance You Better Read This”), I am doing today’s column in an entirely new way (“Want To Publish Your Book?”) by permitting my screens and various forms of social media to remain open (“Laura Rossi tagged you on Facebook”) and available as I write.
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Learning analytics now a key feature of school software

Learning analytics now a key feature of school software | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

School software programs are getting more sophisticated in using data analytics to help educators target their instruction more effectively and personalize learning for students.

 

Learning and instructional management systems now include increasingly powerful “data dashboards” that show teachers and administrators what interventions their students need—and how best to deliver these.

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Russian companies withdraw billions from west, say Moscow bankers

Russian companies withdraw billions from west, say Moscow bankers | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

 

Russian companies are pulling billions out of western banks, fearful that any US sanctions over the Crimean crisis could lead to an asset freeze, according to bankers in Moscow.

 

Sberbank and VTB, Russia’s giant partly state-owned banks, as well as industrial companies, such as energy group Lukoil, are among those repatriating cash from western lenders with operations in the US. VTB has also cancelled a planned US investor summit next month, according to bankers.

 

The flight comes as last-ditch diplomatic talks between Russia’s foreign minister and the US secretary of state to resolve the tensions in Ukraine ended without an agreement.

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Story Time for Grown-Ups: "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton

Story Time for Grown-Ups: "The Lady or the Tiger?" by Frank R. Stockton | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Long ago in a semi-barbaric country, guilt or innocence was decided when the accused chose one of two unmarked doors. Behind one door was a beautiful lady (life) and behind the other a vicious tiger (death).

 

This story has become a basic text for English classes in American schools because it poses an unresolved moral dilemma. Author Frank Richard Stockton (1834 - 1902) was born in Philadelphia, Pa. He is best known for a series of children's fairy tales popular in the last decades of the 19th century.

 

“The Lady, or the Tiger?” was first published in Century Magazine in November 1882. Although Stockton was flooded with letters requesting the answer to the question posed in the title, he never satisfied their curiosity, perhaps because he realized that the story's success lay in the ambiguity of its ending.

 

Stockton wrote a sequel to the story, "The Discourager of Hesitancy." The full text of both stories is available online:

 

“The Lady, or the Tiger?” Gutenberg, HathiTrust

 

“The Discourager of Hesitancy” WikiSource, HathiTrust

 

Stockton's story was also adapted into a motion picture, The Lady, or the Tiger?, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1942.

 

Want to listen to more stories? Attend a live short story reading by joining me at Story Time for Grown-Ups at Mid-Manhattan Library.

 

Download: Audio (9.6 MB MP3, 20 min 05 sec)

Read by Lois Moore

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Lego Cubestormer robot solves Rubik's Cube in less time than it takes to read this headline

The world record for fastest time in solving a Rubik's Cube was 5.27 seconds, which was set in the fall of 2011 by a Lego robot named Cubestormer 2. Thanks to the machine's successor (aptly named Cubestormer 3), the time to beat is now 3.253 seconds.
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Civilisation 'Doomed' Warns Nasa-Funded Study

Civilisation 'Doomed' Warns Nasa-Funded Study | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Civilisation is almost inevitably doomed, a Nasa-funded study has found.

Human society is founded on a level of economic and environmental stability which almost certainly cannot be sustained, it said.

 

The study used simplified models of civilisation designed to experiment with the balance of resources and climate that creates stability - or not - in our world.

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How to open a book

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Here's a lovely old advisory from William Matthews Bookseller, explaining how to open a book for the first time, which was a major operation in the age of hand-sewn hardcover bindings.

Via Constantine Andoniou, Suvi Salo, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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A poster advising of how to deal with new technology in a certain age. :)

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Unlocking the transformative potential of storytelling

Unlocking the transformative potential of storytelling | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

When people connect to political issues through personal stories, they see them in a different way. They don’t just see democracy in the abstract, they see ‘my democracy.’ The transformative potential of storytelling is written into the fabric of our lives.

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Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem

Silicon Valley’s Youth Problem | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

In start-up land, the young barely talk to the old (and vice versa). That makes for a lot of cool apps. But great technology? Not so much.

 

What’s cool? Who can be trusted? Why does one start-up go public, while another, which seems to do the same thing, fizzles? What logic, if any, pertains to where the money flows? These are the anxious questions that pervade Silicon Valley now, I think, more than ever — the vague sense of a frenzied bubble of app-making and an even vaguer dread that what we are making might not be that meaningful.

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4 Popular Classroom Creation Tools (And Why They Matter)

4 Popular Classroom Creation Tools (And Why They Matter) | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
When students are creating, they’re not just seeing and memorizing material, they’re seeing it, internalizing it, and using it to create something. Applying the knowledge you’re gaining is one of the best ways to retain it and better understand it, so creating as a part of education is becoming a common theme. Makerspaces (or hackerspaces) are becoming more common, and many teachers are integrating that concept into their classrooms. There are a lot of different resources out there to give students a much more “hands-on” experience. Take a look at a few of our favorites below!
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Gadgets to Boost Bike Safety

Gadgets to Boost Bike Safety | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

In a widely viewed YouTube video, a cyclist named Casey Neistat, deliberately takes tumble after tumble while trying to navigate obstructed bike lanes in New York City. The video is funny — it even includes a crash into a parked police car — but it also has struck a chord with bike commuters around the country facing a seemingly endless array of road hazards.

 

In urban areas, many riders have reason to be nervous, and that in itself is part of a vicious cycle.

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Under The Hood Of Mozilla's New Multi-Core Browser And The Open Source Language That Powers It

Under The Hood Of Mozilla's New Multi-Core Browser And The Open Source Language That Powers It | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

Everyone knows Mozilla is a force for open source. But a lesser known story is their advancements in a revolutionary new open source language called Rust, which is what enables Mozilla's futuristic new browser to take advantage of computers with multi-core processors and machines with more than one processor.

 

The Rust language will power Mozilla's new browser, Servo, and its big selling point is efficiency. Because C++ crashes when it runs into memory allocation issues, it weakens any browser that uses the language. Mozilla designed Rust to be superior to C++ this way, more easily isolating tasks and promote a process known as "work stealing," which is when tasks from an overloaded processor are shifted over to another one.

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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill?

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China Internet giant Tencent building audacious new headquarters

China Internet giant Tencent building audacious new headquarters | ciberpocket | Scoop.it

In Silicon Valley, companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google are building big, sprawling campuses. Despite being in what feels like an overbuilt region, the companies continue to find open spaces to extend their footprint.

 

But in Shenzhen, China, Internet goliath Tencent finds itself in even tighter quarters. So when it decided to build a new headquarters, it needed to go up, rather than out.

 

The company hired architectural firm NBBJ, which is also designing Amazon's distinct biodome campus in downtown Seattle. The firm's idea: Try to take the concept of a big, open campus and turn it on its side in the form a tower.

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Why Leaders Are Poor Communicators

Why Leaders Are Poor Communicators | ciberpocket | Scoop.it
If you know a bad leader, chances are he or she is also a poor communicator. Here are the reasons why our leaders don't improve in communications -- even though we all know it's a critical part of the role.
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