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Ask Wildby!

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Endless questions from your child? The world's largest fun, talking and listening encyclopedia for kids... in your pocket! Wildby answers your kid's never ending questions!


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JPEGmini - Your photos on a diet!

JPEGmini - Your photos on a diet! | Homeschool Mom | Scoop.it
Your photos on a diet! Reduce the file size of your photos by up to 5x, while keeping their original quality and JPEG format!

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Yola - Make a free website with our free website builder

Yola - Make a free website with our free website builder | Homeschool Mom | Scoop.it
Create a free website with Yola. Make a free website in minutes with no technical skills.

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Create Your Own Virtual Learning Environment Using SymbalooEDU

Create Your Own Virtual Learning Environment Using SymbalooEDU | Homeschool Mom | Scoop.it
The Internet is dubbed as the largest library in the world.

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Studyladder, online english literacy & mathematics. Kids activity games, worksheets and lesson plans.

Used by over 70,000 teachers & 1 million students at home and school. Studyladder is an online english literacy & mathematics learning tool.

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100 Best Reference Sites for Science Students | Online Universities

100 Best Reference Sites for Science Students | Online Universities | Homeschool Mom | Scoop.it
These 100 reference sites will come in handy, letting you look up everything from the basics of the periodic table to the intricacies of human DNA.

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Smore - Design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly

Smore - Design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly | Homeschool Mom | Scoop.it

Create amazing pages with the content of your presentation and share them online.


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Seven Things Human Editors Do that Algorithms Don't (Yet) - Eli Pariser - Harvard Business Review

While personalized feeds are taking off, they still fall short of good human editors in some important ways. Here are seven of them:

Anticipation. As it turns out, algorithms at sites like Technorati and MediaGazer are quite good at figuring out what the Internet is buzzing about right now, but they're quite bad at predicting what's going to be news tomorrow. Artificial intelligence simply isn't good enough yet to know that while there are only a few info-drips about "Obama middle east speech" on Tuesday, by Thursday it's all anyone will be able to talk about.Risk-taking. Chris Dixon, the co-founder of personalization site Hunch, calls this "the Chipotle problem." As it turns out, if you are designing a where-to-eat recommendation algorithm, it's hard to avoid sending most people to Chipotle most of the time. People like Chipotle, there are lots of them around, and while it never blows anyone's mind, it's a consistent three-to-four-star experience. Because of the way many personalization and recommendation algorithms are designed, they'll tend to be conservative in this way — those five-star experiences are harder to predict, and they sometimes end up ones. Yet, of course, they're the experiences we remember.

The whole picture. A newspaper front-page does a lot of informational heavy lifting. Not only do the headlines have to engage readers and sell copies, but most great front pages have a sense of representativeness — a sampling of "all the news that's fit to print" for that day. The front page is a map of the news world. That sense of the zoomed-out big picture is often missing from algorithmically tailored feeds: you get the pieces that are of most interest to you, but not how they all fit together.

Pairing. As any restaurateur worth his sea salt knows, it's not just the ingredients, it's how you blend them together. Great media does the same thing, bringing together complementing and contrasting pieces into a whole that's greater than its parts (think of great issues of your favorite magazine, or your favorite album). Even those of us with a wicked sweet tooth can't survive on dessert alone. Algorithms are pretty clumsy about this — they lack a sense of which flavors pair well together.

Social importance. A recent study found that stories about Apple got more play on Google News than stories about Afghanistan. Few of us would argue that Steve Jobs' latest health gossip is as important as the war we have soldiers fighting on our behalf, but that's a hard signal for algorithms to pick up on — after all, people click on the stories about Apple more. Maybe it's time for a Facebook "Important" button to go next to the "Like" button.

Mind-blowingness. While we're adding buttons to Facebook, what about a "it was a hard slog at first, but then it changed my life" button? So many of the media experiences that change our lives, that we remember 5 or 10 years later — the things that keep us coming back to our favorite periodicals and websites — are hardly the most clickable. They may not even be that share-able — James Joyce's Ulysses wouldn't fare very well if it had to compete for attention on Facebook with cat photos and celebrity gossip. Great human editors can see beyond the clicks; they sometimes pick pieces that may not be the most accessible but stay with the readers who take the journey.

Trust. Even if we can't put our finger on it, most of us can feel when the preceeding qualities are lacking. And it means that we don't trust these algorithms very much: sure, we'll glance at what Netflix recommends, but it's only as good as its current recommendations. That trust is critical because it's what allows editorial institutions to push us out of our comfort zones — "you might not think you'd be interested in this fashion industry kingpin/new cooking fad/small country in southeast Asia, but trust me, you will be." And that's how new interests are born.

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BrainGenie

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BrainGenie is a supercharged interactive textbook. Students can watch video lessons and practice online. Teachers can customize printable worksheets and track progress.
Our K-8 math curriculum spans from the basics to challenging brainteasers. With video lessons and virtually unlimited practice on over 1,500 skills, BrainGenie has the most extensive K-8 math curriculum on the web.


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disposableWebPage.com | Home

Disposable Web Page is now here! You can create a disposable web page with as little effort as a few key strokes and start right away at filling up the page with the content you want. Disposable web page offers you the convenience and freedom of getting information out there on the internet with as little hassle as can be. Why is it call disposableWebPage?
Each disposable webpage has a count down clock. You can set this clock to count down anywhere from 90 days to 0 days from the time the page is created. When the remaining time reaches 00:00:00:00, the page is automatically set for disposal and will exist for 2 more weeks before it gets incinerated.


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I fail to see the point of disposable webpages.
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Smore - Design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly

Smore - Design beautiful online flyers and publish instantly | Homeschool Mom | Scoop.it
The days of posting a flyer around the neighborhood are over. Smore helps you create amazing pages that you’d be proud to share.

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15 Awesome Interactive Virtual Field Trips

15 Awesome Interactive Virtual Field Trips | Homeschool Mom | Scoop.it

When you just can’t scrape together enough cash for the bus and kids won’t bring back their permission slips.


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Stykz • Home

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Completely Free - No Strings Attached
Stykz is freeware, meaning it's completely free to download and use to create animations that you can show off to others or import into other applications. No hidden costs, license or permission are required to use Stykz to its fullest.


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7 ways to start learning how to code right now for free

7 ways to start learning how to code right now for free | Homeschool Mom | Scoop.it
Learning to code is one of the most powerful and satisfying things you can ever do. If you're a designer, learning to code can help you understand what you're creating for, and if ...

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Conjugation English Verbs

Conjugation English Verbs | Homeschool Mom | Scoop.it

This is a very easy to use tool for conjugating verbs. Just type in the base form of the verb and click to see the verb in all its various forms. It also works with a range of other languages.


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