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What is the "right" age for youngsters to begin texting and using social media? As the Mom of two elementary school-aged daughters and an educator on girl bullying, I field this question from parents all of the time. Truly, there is great debate on the subject among professionals, along with a whole lot of hand-wringing by parents. As adults, we are all-too-aware of dangers online -- both from anonymous predators and familiar "frenemies" who use the internet as a weapon. Indeed, social media sites are ripe for cyberbullying, when kids (and adults!) feel liberated to post cruel messages and taunts online without the discomfort of having to say something to a peer's face.
13 Little-Known Punctuation Marks We Should Be UsingBecause sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces, and ellipses won\'t do.
Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Welcome to the Cultura Community Site. It is intended for you all: visitors, teachers or researchers - whether you just heard about this project and want to learn more about it, whether you want to set up your own exchange, or whether you just want to access the archives.
If you have just heard about this project and want to find out more, we suggest you start with: Learn about Cultura and read What is Cultura? and Methodology, then check the FAQ, the Teachers’ Guide and the model site (in French) as well as published articles on the project.
If you are interested in setting up your own exchange, see: Create your own exchange and register for the Cultura Exchange Tool. It will allow you to design your own questionnaires, make them accessible to your students, publish them and generate on-line discussion forums.
To know which Cultura exchanges are currently taking place, see: Current Exchanges. If you want to access past Cultura exchanges, see: Archived Exchanges. Our new search tool will enable you to search all archived questionnaires and forums.
Note: the language of this site is English (the language that is most common to all of us), but if you want to write in another language in the forums, please feel free to do so.
To reach the authors directly, email : Gilberte Furstenberg (email@example.com), Sabine Levet (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Shoggy Waryn (email@example.com)
Teacher's Guide: Introduction ☛ http://cultura.mit.edu/community/index/cid/15
Here’s a question you may not hear at all in 2017: “Did you get my fax?”
LinkedIn surveyed more than 7,000 global professionals about which tools and trends will disappear from offices in the next five years and which will become even more common. Nearly three quarters of those surveyed said they expected fax machines to disappear, making it the second most likely office technology to go extinct behind tape recorders.
Other once common office tools like the Rolodex, desk phones and even desktop computers ranked high on the list of items likely to become obsolete in the workplace. Meanwhile, more than half of professionals surveyed (55%) believe that tablets will become increasingly common in the office, the most of any technology on the list. Laptops also ranked high, with 34% of those surveyed predicting it would become more common.
The survey is just the latest example that workplaces are gradually abandoning analog technologies for digital. Those in the workforce will need to adapt to these changes or else risk having technological skills that are obsolete as well.
While it’s unlikely many workers will mourn the loss of the fax machine, some may be more nostalgic for other vanishing fixtures of office life like the Rolodex or business cards (which ranked 12th on the list.)
Here are the top 10 office tools and trends that professionals think will vanish in the next five years:1. Tape recorders (79 percent) 2. Fax machines (71 percent) 3. The Rolodex (58 percent) 4. Standard working hours (57 percent) 5. Desk phones (35 percent) 6. Desktop computers (34 percent) 7. Formal business attire like suits, ties, pantyhose, etc. (27 percent) 8. The corner office for managers/executives (21 percent) 9. Cubicles (19 percent) 10. USB thumb drives (17 percent)
Creative collaboration spaces based in libraries! Makerspaces with an Arts focus - another of the faces of the library of the future
The Project highlights the ways that libraries and artists can work together, and works to strengthen these partnerships. At a time in which both libraries and arts organizations are often having to do more with less, it makes sense for these two parts of our culture to support each other. The Library as Incubator Project calls attention to one of the many reasons libraries are important to our communities and our culture, and provides a dynamic online forum for sharing ideas.
Scan QR codes from screen or image files directly onto your desktop. Download this free QR code desktop decoder – no registration or time limited trials. Check it out and use for free!
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Your standard mouse cursor will change into a cross to help you make a selection on your screen. Simply select an area with a QR Code and the program will automatically scan it.
Now you can simply copy decoded text to clipboard or save it to a file.
You can also select an image file that contains a QR Code and the program will locate it automatically and decode it. To do that, simply click From file on the top menu of the program and select a desired image from your hard drive.
Via Frédéric DEBAILLEUL, Rui Guimarães Lima
The Public Domain Review showcases a growing collection of films (no total number available is listed), mainly from the Internet Archive, which are now, because of time, in the public domain (free of copyright). Categories include : Clips · Shorts · Silent Features · Talkie Features Animation · Comedy · Drama · Thriller/Noir · Horror · Fantasy/Adventure · Documentary · Ephemeral. the films can be also be filtered by decade/period ( from pre-1900 - 1960s). Each film is supported by useful notes and comments which will be helpful for further research.
I would suggest if you are remixing video this would be an excellent source from which to draw content. It also features a very early remix - Charles A. Ridley's Nazi Style Lambeth Walk.
This is an interesting collection of historical films, many of which can be downloaded from the website. Very useful for film and media studies courses and possibly some other topics as well (e.g. musical composition for film).
Two suggestions: (1) that the film thumbnails have a note showing the time duration of the movie or video clip - I always like to know how long an item is before I build a learning activity around it. (2) that the website has 'total films available' information somewhere (e.g. in the 'about' page).
Thanks to theo kuechel for curating this resource.
My rating: 8.5/10
Via theo kuechel
Robin Good: By leveraging the Google Translator Toolkit, YouTube has made it now extremely easy for anyone to generate caption text for any video and to then translate it in any of the 300 world languages supported by YouTube.
Here's how to do it: "You’ll first need a caption track for your video, so if you don’t yet have one you can learn how to make one here. Select “Request translation” in the YouTube Video Manager, choose the languages you’d like to translate into, and click “Next.”
We’ll create caption translation documents that you can now invite anyone to help translate, or you can translate yourself. To translate the captions yourself, select the language, and it’ll open up the caption translation document in the Google Translator Toolkit editor to help your translate faster."
"For several languages we’ll provide first draft of the translation using Google’s machine translation technology. We’ll also provide preview of what the translated caption looks like on the video so you can make sure the translated captions fit.
Click “Publish to YouTube” when you’re finished, and we’ll publish the translated caption back to your YouTube video. If you’re not the video owner, we’ll notify the owner via email that there’s a pending translation waiting to be approved and published."
Check this short video: http://youtu.be/z4tj423M7b0
Via Robin Good, Maria Margarida Correia
Word2cleanhtml cleans up HTML pasted from Word documents. It applies filters to fix various things that Microsoft Office puts in its HTML and gives you a well formatted result that you can paste directly into a web page or content editing system.
Is it private?
The only exception to this is if you file a bug report and choose to include a copy of your document – then your document will be emailed to me along with the bug report.
Help! Where have my fonts/colours/effects gone?
Is there a desktop/offline version?
How does it work?
The site is open to any educator or business in the Bay Area.
Teachers, schools and local businesses are encouraged to log onto www.educycle.com and donate their new or gently used materials so that a another classroom in the Bay Area can use them. The service is free to use, and most businesses that donate can get a formal letter acknowledging their donation for tax purposes.
Teaching the “leaders of tomorrow” is a tough job and, as the saying goes, “It takes a village.” Educycle hopes to help you become a part of that village.
"The emotionally charged story recounted at the beginning Dr. Paul Zak's film—of a terminally ill two-year-old named Ben and his father—offers a simple yet remarkable case study in how the human brain responds to effective storytelling."
Want to know how a dramatic story structure affects our brain chemistry and leads us to make donations? Then watch this very engaging and informative 5 minute video!
The video explains several neuroscience research projects that were conducted (don't worry - the video is NOT boring) about the effects a short dramatic story had on people's brains and behavior.
And it explains how to structure a story to make the biggest impact. I wish all scientist could do such a great job in explaining their work and its meaning. Enjoy!
This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it ;
Via Karen Dietz
The Atlantic covers news and analysis on politics, business, culture, technology, national, international and life on the official site of The Atlantic Magazine.
Are we becoming blank-eyed cyberzombies, thanks to the internet and all the tech tools we obsess about every day? Instead of asking whether the Web is making us stupid, Howard Rheingold turns that lens around and asks how digital media could actually improve our intelligence. In his new TED Book, Mind Amplifier: Can Our Digital Tools Make Us Smarter?, he examines the origins of digital mind-extending tools, and lays out the foundations for a smarter future.
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