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How Do Our Brains Process Music?

How Do Our Brains Process Music? | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his new book, David Byrne explains why sometimes, he prefers hearing nothing...

 

In 1969, Unesco passed a resolution outlining a human right that doesn’t get talked about much—the right to silence."

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Office Online heads to the Chrome Web Store - CNET

Microsoft is making the Web versions of its Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote apps available to users through the Chrome Web Store.
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This is an interesting development for tablet users.

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The Magic of Objects | Ploughshares

The Magic of Objects | Ploughshares | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
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A few thoughts about objects as part of spatial narratives and the culture-making impulse of the archon.

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Digital Directions in Learning

Digital Directions in Learning | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
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Smithsonian discussions on "Digital Directions in Learning."

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A New App That Lets You Take Apart Websites and Rebuild Them At Will

A New App That Lets You Take Apart Websites and Rebuild Them At Will | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
With Kimono, you can recombine existing web apps to create your own in about five minutes--no coding skills required.
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If you do websites, blogs, apps, or any dynamic digital composition - you might want to check this out.

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How a Phone Call Works: Then and Now [Infographic] | World Science Festival

How a Phone Call Works: Then and Now [Infographic] | World Science Festival | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
138 years ago today—on March 10, 1876—Alexander Graham Bell spoke the first words into a “tele-phone,” as it was called, to his assistant Thomas Watson, positioned at a receiver in another...
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The Evolution of Phone!

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Inside the Music Video That Photoshopped a Singer in Real Time | Raw File | Wired.com

Inside the Music Video That Photoshopped a Singer in Real Time | Raw File | Wired.com | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
Directing duo Nándor Lőrincz and Bálint Nagy Photoshopped Hungarian singer Boggie in real time during her video for the single, "Nouveau Parfum."
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Digital Media, Cultural Constructs and Realities - a video provocation for discussion.

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Rhetoric Soup: Beauty is in the (infected) Eye of the Beholder

Rhetoric Soup: Beauty is in the (infected) Eye of the Beholder | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it

Bob's eyes have their own Twitter account, and now, a parody song about them - but there are also a few teachable moments regarding communications and rhetoric to be mined from the situation.

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The Bob Costas' eye infection can prompt some interesting questions regarding rhetoric and media.

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5 Presentation Predictions for 2014

5 Presentation Predictions for 2014 | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
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A good, albeit skeletal, list of ideas that can inspire some brainstorming about presentations in the digital age.

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Super Cocooning | Faith Popcorn's

Super Cocooning | Faith Popcorn's | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
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Is modern tech shaping the dystopic future we see in "The Machine Stops?"

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The Big Internet Museum

The Big Internet Museum | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
Explore The Big Internet Museum and its ever-growing collection. It's a museum like any other - with curators, a permanent collection, temporary exhibitions by guest curators, seven different wings, and more.
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Interesting look at online history ... uh,... online.
(Virtual version of the Limestone College Smartphone Museum?)

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British Airways takes the award for most awesome billboard

British Airways takes the award for most awesome billboard | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
We've all seen them -- littering highways, buildings and a myriad of other places as we navigate daily life. Billboards are just an accepted part of m...

Via Matthew Hall
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Yep - a pretty awesome Billboard!

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Real Time Search - Social Mention

Social Mention is a social media search engine that searches user-generated content such as blogs, comments, bookmarks, events, news, videos, and microblogging services.
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The easiest tool to check out a topic's "buzz" on social media. Just enter the name of the topic (your business, school, team, band, etc.) and search!

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Rhetoric Soup: History is Not Kind, Doesn't Rewind: Blockbuster's Gone

Rhetoric Soup: History is Not Kind, Doesn't Rewind: Blockbuster's Gone | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it

Every major media outlet ran the headlines we all knew were inevitable:

Blockbuster stores are closing. All of them. Forever.
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My thoughts on the passing of an institution that kept the 80's close to our hearts....

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Best print advertising

Best print advertising | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
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A perpetual source of illustrations, artifacts and objects for discussing design, digital literacy, rhetoric, communication and new & old media.

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Engaging virtual field trip apps, resources | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Virtual field trips are more accessible than ever, and we've compiled a number of virtual field trip options for your schools.
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Class field trips, without leaving the room? Not only as a substitute for, but also as "pre-trips," virtual tours could be useful additions to pedagogy and research.

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Story as Architecture / Architecture as Story | Ploughshares

Story as Architecture / Architecture as Story | Ploughshares | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
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Spatial Narrative as guide to writing - and vice versa.

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Wes Anderson's Immaculate Composition, Illustrated, In This Short Video

Wes Anderson's Immaculate Composition, Illustrated, In This Short Video | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
As the aesthete director's latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, rolls out in theaters, a new video reveals one of the key ingredients of his visual...
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"In your face, rule of thirds!"
Wes Anderson loves center alignment.

#visualcomposition

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KIDS REACT TO ROTARY PHONES - YouTube

A must for inclusion in the next iteration of the Smartphone Museum!
http://youtu.be/XkuirEweZvM

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Techne:

We make what we are - and we are what we make.
We are what we make - and we make what we are.

Rinse.

Repeat.

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The Construction of a Twitter Aesthetic

The Construction of a Twitter Aesthetic | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
A struggling academic’s Twitter account led to work for two newspapers and a potential book deal.
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Adorno, Twitter, Asesthtic, Writing - what's not to like?

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10 Big, Recent Changes To Twitter, Facebook, And Linkedin You Should Know About

10 Big, Recent Changes To Twitter, Facebook, And Linkedin You Should Know About | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
In search of a better social media strategy? Listen up: these changes will change the way you share.
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The ever-changing social media landscape is, uh, you know... changing.

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Teachers

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Explore Masterpiece free tools and resources to support teachers, including teacher's guides, an archive of book discussion guides, learning links and more.
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Some interesting tool to help students engage film "literacy" - could be used as a precursor for discussions of remediating old media literacies towards developing new media literacies.

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Rhetoric Soup: A Few of My Favorite (Digital) Things

Rhetoric Soup: A Few of My Favorite (Digital) Things | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it

These are a few of my favorite (digital) things this year.

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Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling--Visualized

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling--Visualized | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
See the rules that make up the Pixar playbook as image macros.
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Good ideas for Digital or Spatial Narrative exercises - and for writing, too!

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StoryhackVT | Digital Storytelling in Vermont | Main Event

On October 19th, 2013 fifteen eager teams came together to create digital stories at the first annual StoryhackVT. The event, organized by Nate Herzog and He...
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Interesting ideas from this project - inspiration for digital narratives acorss media.

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See History In A Whole New Light With Classic Black And White Photos, Now In Living Color

See History In A Whole New Light With Classic Black And White Photos, Now In Living Color | From Chalkboards to Smartphones | Scoop.it
Colorizing historic black-and-white imagery is a thriving artform now. Image specialist Jordan J. Lloyd explains how to do so in a way that pays...
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"You should have seen it in color." Well now you sorta can...

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