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Disney invents touchscreen that lets you feel textures

Disney invents touchscreen that lets you feel textures | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
It paves the way for phones and tablets that transmit not only audio and visual information, but touch signals, as well.

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What's next? Taste and smell through a screen?

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Diana Petschauer's curator insight, November 1, 2013 11:37 AM

"The technology is called “tactile rendering of 3D features,” and an early version of a rendering algorithm has already been developed by engineers at Disney Research in Pittsburgh. The process behind it is, predictably, both technical and confusing, but the basic premise is that small, electronic pulses can trick your fingers into perceiving bumps and texture, even if the surface is actually flat."

 

This research and technology is going to be phenomenal for offering further access to those who are blind/ low vision and others who benefit from the tactile feedback.

Rebecca Durante McMillan's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:11 PM

Love this!  How cool is that!

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My Favorite Teachers Use Social Media: A Student Perspective

My Favorite Teachers Use Social Media: A Student Perspective | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
High school freshman Katie Benmar writes that teachers who enhance learning with technology hold students' attention.

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How to hold the attention of anyone, including students? Use social media! 

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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 23, 7:51 PM

Worth a read.

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Scaling Education to the Community: How Libraries Can Leverage MOOCs - MOOC Report

Scaling Education to the Community: How Libraries Can Leverage MOOCs - MOOC Report | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
Public libraries can utilize MOOCs to help bring new resources to the community, while also helping with social engagement with MOOCs.

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The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom

The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it

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Martin Debattista's curator insight, April 24, 2:35 AM

iPads or any kind of tablet for that matter.

Justin Henriks's curator insight, April 26, 7:36 PM

Some really good thoughts! We certainly do need to change the way we use software/apps and allow students to have greater power in deciding which apps to use and how they use them. As teachers, we are not always the expert on how to use apps!

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58 Free March Webinars for Library Staff

58 Free March Webinars for Library Staff | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
Read on for 58 great free webinars being offered for library staff and non-profits in the month of March.

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liblist4u's curator insight, March 9, 3:37 PM

Free webinars on a wide variety of topics

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Would Apple really stick a USB port on an iPad?

Would Apple really stick a USB port on an iPad? | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
Yesterday’s Bloomberg report on big iPad delays seems to have gotten a few people in Apple’s supply chain talking. On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal and Digitimes both followed up with their own stories on the rumored “iPad Pro” with a 12.9-inch screen. However, some of the details in the WSJ report are bewildering. For instance: Apple is…

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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
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Every thing we create information about contains within itself every bit of information we wish to communicate about it. 

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Great Creative Animation iPad App...smash end results in to other apps for great projects!

Great Creative Animation iPad App...smash end results in to other apps for great projects! | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
I still like the app as an introduction to movie creation with animated narrators using only the free version. I would not recommend a school district splurge for the paid version.

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Intro to movie creation app. Think of it as movie maker 101

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How Online Journals Increase Student Communication Skills

How Online Journals Increase Student Communication Skills | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
For students who have difficult writing, we recommend online journals to help build reading, writing, and communication skills.
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Most kids who say they hate to write actually mean they hate to struggle. Help them build their writing muscles.  

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15 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to Beyond Facebook

15 Sites and Apps Kids Are Heading to Beyond Facebook | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Next-generation apps that let users text, video-chat, shop, and share their pics and videos are attracting teens like catnip.
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6 Essential Tips to Create Your 2015 Social Media Strategy | White Chalk Road

6 Essential Tips to Create Your 2015 Social Media Strategy | White Chalk Road | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it

There really is no getting away from it, these days Social Media is no longer just an option for your business marketing, it is now an absolute necessary function - and not just for excellent customer service and content management.

 

Last year we featured your Recipe to Social Media Success and have given a lot of great tips for managing your social media presence . However, without proper planning, a lot of time can be lost to the Social Media function. It is therefore very good practice to spend the time creating a robust Social Media Strategy. In this article, we look at some tips that will assist you in doing just that - and what perfect timing for the New Year too!...


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Momentum Factor's curator insight, February 11, 11:39 AM

Social Media is now an absolute necessary function for your business marketing. 

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Social media has become a essential part of business as many people gain information from social media and they decide whether to trust or choose a certain market. In my opinion, social media generally brings positive impact to business as buyers can get as much information to buy a product which is reliable which promotes more people to buy things and markets can also advertise their product to people more since more and more people are using social media. It is also more convenient for buyers to check whether the market is reliable or not as people can check and compare to other sources more accessibly in social media. 

Sally Gunn's curator insight, February 16, 11:39 PM

Perfect template approach to follow regarding strategy development and best of all visually appealing.....I love a good visual

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LJA online course - Getting Started with Digital Image Collections

LJA online course - Getting Started with Digital Image Collections | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it

This course is primarily aimed at librarians who are new to managing special image collections and who wish to learn more about beginning a digitization program. Through readings, individual exercises, and class discussions, students will develop an understanding of the following key components of digitization project planning: evaluation and preparation of resources, building sustainable workflows and storage environments, and usability assessment. 


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liblist4u's curator insight, December 13, 2014 10:20 PM

Month-long online course Jan.5-30,2015. $175

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The *Official AndreasCY*: Touch screen technology : How it works

The *Official AndreasCY*: Touch screen technology : How it works | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it

The three most common touch screen technologies include resistive, capacitive and SAW (surface acoustic wave). Each technology offers its own unique advantages and disadvantages as described below. Resistive and capacitive touch screen technologies are the most popular for industrial applications. They are both very reliable.
If the application requires that operators can wear gloves when using the touch screen, then resistive is the recommended technology as capacitive doesn't support gloves. If operation with gloves is not required, then capacitive technology is the preferred choice due to better optical characteristics.

Resistive :

A resistive touch screen typically uses a display overlay consisting of layers, each with a conductive coating on the inner surface. The conductive inner layers are separated by special separator dots, evenly distributed across the active area. Pressure causes internal electrical contact at the point of touch, supplying the electronic interface (touch screen controller) with vertical and horizontal analog voltages for digitization. For CRT applications, resistive touch screens are generally spherical (curved) to match the CRT and minimize parallax. The nature of the material used for curved (spherical) applications limits light throughput such that two options are offered: Polished (clear) or antiglare.
The polished choice offers clarity but includes some glare. The antiglare choice will minimize glare, but will also slightly diffuse the light throughput (image). Either choice will demonstrate either more glare (polished) or more light diffusion (antiglare) than associated with typical non-touch screen displays. Despite the tradeoffs, the resistive touch screen technology remains a popular choice, often because it can be operated while wearing gloves (unlike capacitive technology). Note that resistive touch screen materials used for flat panel touch screens are different and demonstrate much better optical clarity (even with antiglare). The resistive technology is far more common for flat panel applications.
A capacitive touch screen includes an overlay made of glass with a coating of capacitive (charge storing) material deposited electrically over its surface. Oscillator circuits located at corners of the glass overlay will each measure the capacitance of a person touching the overlay. Each oscillator will vary in frequency according to where a person touches the overlay. A touch screen controller measures the frequency changes to determine the X and Y coordinates of the touch. Because the capacitive coating is even harder than the glass it is applied to, it is very resistant to scratches from (SIC) sharp objects. It can even resist damage from sparks. A capacitive touch screen cannot be activated while wearing most types of gloves (non-conductive).

Capacitive :

A SAW touch screen uses a solid glass display overlay for the touch sensor. Two surface acoustic (sound) waves, inaudible to the human ear, are transmitted across the surface of the glass sensor, one for vertical detection and one for horizontal detection. Each wave is spread across the screen by bouncing off reflector arrays along the edges of the overlay. Two receivers detect the waves, one for each axis. Since the velocity of the acoustic wave through glass is known and the size of the overlay is fixed, the arrival time of the waves at the respective receivers is known. When the user touches the glass surface, the water content of the user's finger absorbs some of the energy of the acoustic wave, weakening it.

Saw :

The controller circuitry measures the time at which the received amplitude dips to determine the X and Y coordinates of the touch location. In addition to the X and Y coordinates, SAW technology can also provide Z axis (depth) information. The harder the user presses against the screen, the more energy the finger will absorb, and the greater will be the dip in signal strength. The signal strength is then measured by the controller to provide the Z axis information. Today, few software applications are designed to make use of this feature.
Most manufacturers offer two controller configurations--ISA Bus and Serial-RS232. ISA bus controllers are contained on a standard printed circuit plug-in board and can only be used on ISA or EISA PCs. Depending on the manufacturer they may be interrupt driven, polled or be configured as another serial port. Serial controllers are contained on a small printed circuit board and are usually mounted in the video monitor cabinet. They are then cabled to a standard RS232 serial port on the host computer.
Most touch screen manufacturers offer some level of software support which include mouse emulators, software drivers, screen generators and development tools for Windows, OS/2, Macintosh and DOS. Most of the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) software packages now available contain support for one or more touch technologies.


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Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Blended Learning

Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Blended Learning | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
When a computer runs a classroom, is it more efficient? Do kids learn more? A middle school in New York is finding out.

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Is Blended Learning the best option? 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 9, 6:26 PM

There is always a need to find a balance in the classroom. That is why having a teacher, a human one, is important. It does not mean things remain the same, but that there is wisdom and prudence only a human can provide in changing how things unfold in the classroom.

 

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Online Degrees Show 'Net Positive' Campus Impact -- Campus Technology

Online Degrees Show 'Net Positive' Campus Impact -- Campus Technology | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
Online education is good for the planet and good for the student, according to a new study by sustainability scientists at Arizona State University and Dell.

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MOOCs and Meetups Together Make for Better Learning

MOOCs and Meetups Together Make for Better Learning | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it

"Everyday, thousands of students around the world perch themselves in front of computer screens in homes, libraries, coffee shops, and Internet cafes to take a ma..."


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Chris Carter's curator insight, April 22, 8:36 PM

Right! It is within the interpersonal relationships that most of us find the motivation to complete a long, challenging task.

Christa Meenan's curator insight, April 23, 9:14 AM

While highlighting the obvious benefits of MOOCs for self-motivated individuals, this aricle does a nice job of also explaining the importance of face-to-face interaction with the instructor for many students to succeed.  Blending MOOCs with other forms of delivery may be a way for MOOCs to move forward with lower dropout rates.

Susanna Sancassani's curator insight, April 28, 2:59 AM

Il MOOC si fa blended...

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How To Use Augmented Reality In Education | Edudemic

How To Use Augmented Reality In Education | Edudemic | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
Augmented reality is not something limited to just Hollywood blockbusters though. There are a bunch of ways people are using augmented reality in education.
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Hacker Finds a Simple Way to Fool IRIS Biometric Security Systems

Hacker Finds a Simple Way to Fool IRIS Biometric Security Systems | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
Chaos Computer Club Hacker Jan Krissler Finds a Simple Way to Fool IRIS Biometric Security Systems to bypass IRIS Scanners

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Good news! Biometric hackers no longer have to gouge out your eyeballs to hack your iris scan! Wait, What?! 

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3 Data Visualization Tools for Students - Syracuse U

3 Data Visualization Tools for Students - Syracuse U | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it

Data visualization "is about telling stories through numbers presented through graphics that can be seen and interacted with by a viewer."


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liblist4u's curator insight, February 2, 12:22 PM

Create infographics, fusion tables and interactive maps with these 3 data visualization tools: Infogr.am, Google Fusion Tables, CartoDB.

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The best tools for digital illustrators | Illustration | Creative Bloq

The best tools for digital illustrators | Illustration | Creative Bloq | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
There are plenty of tools to help you work digitally without sacrificing that hands-on feel. Christopher Phin explains your options...

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some of these amazing illustration apps are also great for brainstorming! 

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What MOOCs Have and Haven’t Done for Education

What MOOCs Have and Haven’t Done for Education | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
When I began writing about MOOCs a couple of years ago, much of the furor revolved around the imminent demise of classroom education. That hasn’t happened. For example, they are a valid, complementary...

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45 Best Blog Sites for Kids

45 Best Blog Sites for Kids | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
Blogging for kids is by far one of the more efficient ways of encouraging a child to excel as an individual.
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Blogging for kids is by far one of the more efficient ways of encouraging a child to excel as an individual.
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Precognition: Science Shows How Our Body Reacts To Events Up To 10 Seconds Before They Happen

Precognition: Science Shows How Our Body Reacts To Events Up To 10 Seconds Before They Happen | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it

Over the past few decades a significant and noteworthy amount of scientific research has emerged contributing to the notion that human precognition could very well be real, and that we all might possess this potential -amongst various other extended human capacities. 


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"Research has emerged contributing to the notion that human precognition could very well be real."

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Marijuana Affects Intellect in Multiple Sclerosis Patients

Marijuana Affects Intellect in Multiple Sclerosis Patients | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it
Any pain relief provided by marijuana to MS patients may be outweighed by the drug's effect on intellect.
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When the marijuana debate comes up, here's your evidence that dope makes you a dope. 

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METRO class - Evaluating Digital Projects

"This special half-day class will specifically look at designing and implementing an evaluation process for digital projects, both grant-funded and institutionally-funded. Participants will learn how to apply Outcome-Based Evaluation techniques to digital projects, will see examples of successful digital project  evaluation activities, and will draft language on an evaluation process for a future digitization grant project for their own institutions."


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METRO class Mar.24, 2015 NYC. Members $75; non-members $250

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Subaltern Digital Archives: Collecting and Curating Native American Literature on the Web | In Media Res

Subaltern Digital Archives: Collecting and Curating Native American Literature on the Web | In Media Res | Libraries, Learning, and Technology | Scoop.it

'This week the Digital Public Library of America is holding its “DPLAFest” in Boston. It’s a heady moment, with libraries and archives across the country racing to digitize their collections, in the spirit of democratizing access to materials that may have been previously available only to specialists, or languishing on dusty shelves.

 

For indigenous communities, digitization presents at least two challenges. On the one hand, not all information actually “wants to be free.” This is an argument powerfully made by anthropologist Kimberly Christen, who—with a team of tribal elders, legal scholars, and web experts—has developed a special content management system for indigenous digital archives. Mukurtu offers a system of “traditional knowledge licenses” and flexible cultural protocols to let elders and communities determine who gets access to texts or images that may be culturally sensitive or sacred. Like Omeka, the public-history platform developed out of George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media, it is built to empower communities to make their own archives, on their own terms....'


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'This week the Digital Public Library of America is holding its “DPLAFest” in Boston. It’s a heady moment, with libraries and archives across the country racing to digitize their collections, in the spirit of democratizing access to materials that may have been previously available only to specialists, or languishing on dusty shelves.

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