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Lettrs – Take Time To Write

Lettrs – Take Time To Write | technology and leadership | Scoop.it

lettrs is the cloud and mobile platform for powering the world’s meaningful communications. Featured in TIME, Wall Street Journal, and NPR, lettrs has become known as “the correspondence cloud” for reinventing a new digital to postal system of letter writing


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Yael BOUBLIL's curator insight, September 18, 2013 3:59 AM

Ce logiciel transforme votre prose électronique en une lettre postée, manuscrite si vous le souhaitez...

Un charmant petit air de "c'était mieux avant" non ?

Krysta Hammond's curator insight, September 19, 2013 4:40 PM

Definitely an element which seems to be missing in modern technical communication. Love the personal element - teaching students to take the time and the patience to write an actual letter - instead of the quick often emotionless text.

Jorge Leal's curator insight, November 27, 2013 2:47 PM

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Free Stock Market Game, Create Your Own Contest

Free Stock Market Game, Create Your Own Contest | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
Free stock market game with real-time trading and educational resources. Create a custom stock game for your class, club, or friends and learn to invest.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 22, 2016 12:34 AM

This looks like a great resource for Business or Business English teachers.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 23, 2016 2:41 AM
Learning about markets and the stock excange can b very boring... why not use GBL?
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America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor

America's Wealth Is Staggeringly Concentrated in the Northeast Corridor | technology and leadership | Scoop.it

"At the county level, America is a tremendously unequal place."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 1, 2016 1:30 PM

The concentration of wealth within U.S. cities is one of the most powerful geographic patterns in North America (and remains of of the key geographic stories of the 2016 presidential election). NYC served as a hub for the import/export of primary economic resources during the 18th and 19th centuries as the Erie Canal opened up the interior of the United States to become part of NYC's hinterland.  NYC expanded as a hub for the manufacturing of consumer products and then began to transition to a more tertiary based economy. “There are more than 3,000 counties in the U.S. Of the 75 with the highest incomes, 44 are located in the Northeast, including Maryland and Virginia. The corridor of metropolitan statistical areas that runs from Washington, D.C., through Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York and Boston includes 37 of these top-earning counties (where the median family takes home at least $75,000 a year)."

 

Tags: urbanindustrymanufacturinglabor, economic, NYC, Washington DC. Boston.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, December 18, 2016 12:00 AM

Influences on settlement patterns. 

Where is Australia's population concentrated? 

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Students investigate differences in urban settlement patterns between Australia and another country, for example:
- examination of urban settlements to determine patterns of concentration
- explanation of factors influencing urban concentration eg climate and topography, transportation networks, land use or perceptions of liveability
- assessment of the consequences of urban concentrations on the characteristics, liveability and sustainability of places


Geoworld 9 NSW
Chapter 7: Urban settlement patterns Australia and the USA
7.1 Population concentrated near coasts
7.3 Is Australia a nation of tribes?
7.4 Nature in control
7.5 Coastal colonial cities and ports
7.6 USA: Settlement, geography and history
7.7 Large cities: Contrasting patterns
7.8 Sprawling suburbs: similar patterns
7.9 Consequences of urban concentration

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America's 'Megaregions' using Commuter Data

America's 'Megaregions' using Commuter Data | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
New maps use math to define the amorphous term.

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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, December 10, 2016 10:30 AM
Another example is the long line of defining the new geography.
Boris Limpopo's curator insight, December 11, 2016 1:43 AM
Le macroregioni americane con i dati del pendolarismo
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Mapping the World's Migration Flows

Mapping the World's Migration Flows | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
Visualizing the flow of the world's migrants from country to country.

 

Based on data from the U.N. Population Division, this map shows the estimated net migration (inflows minus outflows) by origin and destination country between 2010 and 2015.

Blue circles = positive net migration (more inflows). Red circles = negative net migration (more outflows). Each yellow dot represents 1,000 people.

Hover over a circle to see that country’s total net migration between 2010 and 2015. Click a circle to view only the migration flows in and out of that country.

For more info about this map, read the article, All the World’s Immigration Visualized in 1 Map.

 

Tags: migration, USA, mapping, population, unit 2 population.


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Ivan Ius's curator insight, December 13, 2016 8:33 PM
Geography Concept Focus: Patterns and Trends
Leah Goyer's curator insight, December 14, 2016 1:30 PM
What a fascinating view.
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, December 17, 2016 11:46 PM

Migration at a global scale changes places 

 

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Students investigate reasons for and effects of internal migration in Australia and another country, for example: 

  • analysis of trends in temporary and permanent internal migration
  • discussion of economic, social or environmental consequences of internal migration on places of origin and destination

Students investigate the reasons for and effects of international migration to Australia, for example: 

  • analysis of international migration patterns 
  • explanation of where and why international migrants settle within Australia 
  • examination of characteristics and spatial patterns of Australia’s cultural diversity 

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Chapter 8: Migration changes Australia and the USA

8.1 Migration: people own the move

8.2 Australia: destination nation

8.3 Where do immigrants settle

8.4 Culturally diverse australia: trends in migration

 

8.8 Australians are mobile people

8.9 Mobile indigenous populations

8.19 Lifestyle migration

8.11 The power of resources: the Pilbara

8.12 Migration changes the USA

Geothink 

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'Leftover Women' in China

"Chinese women face immense pressure to get married before they turn 27. In many Chinese cities, so called marriage markets are a common sight, where parents go to post and match personal ads. A number of brave Chinese women have finally stood up to speak their mind against society’s labels and their parents' pressures."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 20, 2016 2:07 PM

This emotional ad about 'leftover women' in China has received a lot of traffic and is now invigorating a national conversation about marriage customs, gendered norms, and cultural expectations.  What isn't as explicit in the video is how demographic policies and cultural preferences for boys has created the situation that puts added pressure on single women

 

Questions to Ponder: How is this (at least partially) a lingering impact of the One Child Policy?  What traits of traditional Chinese culture led to this current situation?   

 

Tags: gender, folk culture, China, culture, population.

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Cahokia – why did North America's largest city vanish?

Cahokia – why did North America's largest city vanish? | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
Long before Columbus reached the Americas, Cahokia was the biggest, most cosmopolitan city north of Mexico. Yet by 1350 it had been deserted by its native inhabitants the Mississippians – and no one is sure why

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 22, 2016 3:25 PM

This article is the eighth in the "Lost Cities" series (Babylon, Troy, Pompeii, Angkor, Fordlandia, etc.).  The earthen mounds of Cahokia on the flat flood plains must have been the most awe-inspiring demonstration of political power and economic wealth in its day.  Like so many other civilizations before them (and many more in the future?), Cahokia probably declined from too many environmental modifications that led to unforeseen consequences.

 

Tagsurban ecology, indigenousenvironment, environment modify, historical, North America.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, September 28, 2016 8:55 PM

A great example of the importance of environmental quality to liveability 

Kelly Bellar's curator insight, September 29, 2016 10:32 PM

This article is the eighth in the "Lost Cities" series (Babylon, Troy, Pompeii, Angkor, Fordlandia, etc.).  The earthen mounds of Cahokia on the flat flood plains must have been the most awe-inspiring demonstration of political power and economic wealth in its day.  Like so many other civilizations before them (and many more in the future?), Cahokia probably declined from too many environmental modifications that led to unforeseen consequences.

 

Tagsurban ecology, indigenousenvironment, environment modify, historical, North America.

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Developing and Implimenting Competency-based ICT Training for Teachers

Developing and Implimenting Competency-based ICT Training for Teachers | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
In this highly connected and rapidly changing world, there is no doubt that teachers play a key role in successfully integrating ICT into education. Realizing the importance of teachers’ capacity to do this, governments, teacher education institutions, the private sector, and NGOs alike provide training opportunities – ranging from the skills needed to use a particular software, to integrating educational technologies, to innovating teaching to promote 21st century skills. However, more often than not, teachers’ actual use of ICT in the classroom is reported as incremental, merely reinforcing traditional teacher-centred approaches by using slides and drill-and-practice exercises.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 29, 2016 2:17 AM

A free 180 page report.

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10 Clever Ways to Improve Your Small Business Mobile Strategy

10 Clever Ways to Improve Your Small Business Mobile Strategy | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
Think mobile marketing is a bit too far advanced for your small business? Try these really simple ways for SMBs to adopt a mobile strategy.

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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 6, 2016 6:23 PM

 

Every day, more people are using their mobile devices to access the internet or to view pushed content, and this trend is accelerating rapidly. Small businesses can no longer afford to keep their heads buried in the sand, and must quickly adopt a mobile strategy, if they want to remain players in their industries. This article, is a great starting point for those yet to take their businesses into the mobile world, and it will hopefully provide the impetus for more to do so.

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theLearnia - Free Online Whiteboard

theLearnia - Free Online Whiteboard | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
theLearnia helps teachers to flip their classroom by creating awesome video lessons within minutes and share with their students

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 22, 2016 10:57 AM
Add background, images, text, lines and shapes. Split the content of your story between pages or simply import your power point presentation into the whiteboard
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IoT Raises New Legal Challenges For Business

IoT Raises New Legal Challenges For Business | technology and leadership | Scoop.it

Privacy, security, and data ownership issues surrounding Internet of Things devices are creating a host of new legal questions and problems. Here's what's happening now, and what you need to know.


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Richard Platt's curator insight, February 2, 2016 5:18 PM

For example, VTech is being sued in Illinois for fraud and deceptive business practices, breach of contract, breach of good faith and fair dealing, breach of implied warranty, and negligence. Its product was allegedly vulnerable to a SQL injection attack that allowed hackers to steal the personal information of 2.8 million parents and children.

New classes of devices, including wearables and drones, are collecting information that may not have been available previously, or may not have been cost-effective to procure, particularly in a persistent way, in the past.  "Consumers are going to be providing information to products in a new way that companies have not thought of. Those companies may not have thought about privacy the same way an Internet-facing line of business in the same organization would," said Nicholas Merker, co-chair of the data security and privacy practice at law firm Ice Miller, in an interview. "If you've never captured information in your product and you want to start now, you're going to have some of the problems folks had in the Internet era when they started doing the same thing."

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Explore the Underground Railroad on iPads - Class Tech Tips

Explore the Underground Railroad on iPads - Class Tech Tips | technology and leadership | Scoop.it

"National Geographic has tons of fantastic apps and The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom is a great choice for upper elementary and middle school students.  This interactive app introduces children to the Underground Railroad by placing them in first person experiences.  They’ll have to make decisions on how to proceed from on step to the next while they learn about this period in history."

 


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A good way to promote empathy and a better understanding in an age where a third of the world is on the move,many migrants refugees from war,poverty or eco destruction etc

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, November 23, 2015 5:07 AM

Vanochtend een gesprek met iemand die games kan genereren voor elke lesstof...

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Internet Of Things 101: Inside The Latest Trend In Higher Education

Internet Of Things 101: Inside The Latest Trend In Higher Education | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
The Internet of Things (IoT) will connect everyone and everything like never before. Through an innovative new education lab in America’s heartland, the University of Wisconsin is preparing the next generation of engineers to harness it.

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Maggie Rouman's curator insight, November 24, 2015 9:29 PM
The future of learning and e-learning? Check out this innovative program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Phillip Morgan's curator insight, November 25, 2015 1:23 AM

Check out the impact of higher education that has modified the face of learning.

AdeemWaqas's curator insight, November 25, 2015 4:08 AM
The future of learning and e-learning? Check out this innovative program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Problem-based Learning Explained for Teachers + 6 Great Books to Read ~ EdTech & MLearning

Problem-based Learning Explained for Teachers + 6 Great Books to Read ~ EdTech & MLearning | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
Problem based learning ( PBL) is a teaching strategy that involves the minimum amount of direct and formal instruction characteristic of lecture based teaching.  In a PBL model, students are provided with complex problems to work on and during the process they get to learn the lesson content and theoretical knowledge underlying the problem. In other words, unlike traditional content-based teaching where the primacy is put on the delivery of content and the imparting of knowledge to students, PBL foregrounds problem-based activities as a way to stimulate students cognitive skills and engage them in hands-on learning.

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agree so long as there is plenty of feedback and reflection to draw out the 'lessons learned' and problems are not trivial but may need to be simplified to be age appropriate

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How to Create an Interactive Map with Visme

How to Create an Interactive Map with Visme | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
A step-by-step tutorial on how to create an interactive map with Visme, a free online infographic and presentation tool.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 2, 2016 10:49 AM

If you have students use Piktochart to create infographics, then this is a new tool that you should consider.  In addition to creating infographics, this allows users to create and embed interactive maps in those infographics.  This is a both a baby-step into the world of GIS as well as a way to create student projects that are richly informative.

  

TagsAPHG, infographic, visualization, mapping, GIS, edtech.

António Leça Domingues's curator insight, December 19, 2016 6:44 AM
Criar um mapa interativo com Visme.
Bart van Maanen's curator insight, December 19, 2016 10:02 AM
Mooie tool om een kaart van data te voorzien.
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Nine Nations of North America, 30 Years Later

Nine Nations of North America, 30 Years Later | technology and leadership | Scoop.it

"Back in the ’70s, almost a hundred reporters around the country – Washington Post bureau chiefs, rovers, freelancers and me, their desk-bound editor – were trying to get our arms around how North America worked, really. Not how it should work. But how it did work. Forget those nice neat rectangles in the middle of the U.S. Let’s be real: The mountains of western Colorado are totally alien from the wheat fields of eastern Colorado. And Miami is part not of Florida, but its own watery Caribbean realm. And what a terrible idea is 'California.' It behaves as if it covers three warring civilizations. The result was my 1981 book, 'The Nine Nations of North America.' The reader reaction was astonishing. This map – drawn to anticipate the news – revealed something much deeper. It turned out to be a map of culture and values, which have nothing to do with our perversely drawn state and national boundaries."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 20, 2016 1:14 PM

Question to Ponder: How would you divide up North America?  What would be some differences from this map?  What reasons do you have for making these different regional groupings?  What are the main criteria for what constitutes a region?

 

Tags: regionsNorth America.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, December 17, 2016 11:56 PM

An interesting look at settlement patterns in the USA if using this to compare with spatial patterns in Australia. A deeper examination will reveal reasons for differences in settlement patterns between the two nations. 

 

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Students investigate differences in urban settlement patterns between Australia and another country, for example: 

  • examination of urban settlements to determine patterns of concentration 
  • explanation of factors influencing urban concentration eg climate and topography, transportation networks, land use or perceptions of liveability
  • assessment of the consequences of urban concentrations on the characteristics, liveability and sustainability of places

Geoworld 9 NSW

Chapter 7: Urban settlement patterns Australia and the USA

7.1 Population concentrated near coasts

7.2 Urbanisation of indigenous populations

7.3 Is Australia a nation of tribes?

7.4 Nature in control

7.5 Coastal colonial cities and ports

7.6 USA: Settlement, geography and history

7.7 Large cities: Contrasting patterns

7.8 Sprawling suburbs: similar patterns

7.9 Consequences of urban concentration 

Geothink Activities 3 and  4. 

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Italy’s Last Bastion of Catalan Language Struggles to Keep It Alive

Italy’s Last Bastion of Catalan Language Struggles to Keep It Alive | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
The lingering use of Catalan in Alghero, Italy, is a reminder of how Mediterranean cultures have blended for centuries. But the language is fading there today.

 

In an age when people cling ever more tightly to national identity, the lingering use of Catalan in Alghero is a reminder of the ways Mediterranean cultures have blended for centuries, rendering identity a fluid thing.  But while the traditional insularity of Alghero has helped to preserve Catalan, the language is struggling to survive, even here.   

 

Tags: language, culture, Italy, Europe.


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Loreto Vargas's curator insight, December 12, 2016 10:03 AM
Viva l’Italia, Sardinia as a matter of fact. And long live Catalunya! 
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India watches anxiously as Chinese influence grows

India watches anxiously as Chinese influence grows | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
A $46bn economic corridor through disputed territories in Kashmir is causing most concern

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 6, 2016 1:13 PM

The Indian government doesn't want to seem threatened by the fact that China is paying for better transportation infrastructure that is essentially in their backyard.  India's neighbors are excited for the potential economic growth that this can bring, but weary of China's added clout and power throughout Asia.  As Parag Khanna argues is his new book Connectography, infrastructure and economic linkages will become increasingly more important to geopolitics and global economics; within that lens, China is certainly making a power move here. 

 

Tags: regions, transportationeconomic.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 24, 2016 7:47 AM
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The Best News You Don’t Know

The Best News You Don’t Know | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
I’ve covered massacres in South Sudan, concentration camps in Myanmar and widespread stunting in India, but it’s also important to acknowledge the backdrop of global progress. Otherwise, the public may perceive poverty as hopeless and see no point in carrying on the fight — at just the point when we’re making the most rapid gains ever recorded.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 25, 2016 3:37 PM

The world is winning the war on extreme poverty, but most Americans think that poverty is getting worse. Doom and gloom can dominate media coverage because a horrific tragedy gets better rating than slow incremental improvements.  The general public is often ignorant of the measurable improvements going on in the world today.  No, the world isn’t perfect, but it is getting better. 

 

Tags: mediapoverty, development, economic, perspective.

Sally Egan's curator insight, October 6, 2016 9:36 PM
This article provides a positive look at the advances made in global development measures.
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The Global Information Technology Report 2016

The Global Information Technology Report 2016 | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2016 finds seven countries are excelling when it comes to economically benefiting from investments in information and communications technologies

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 29, 2016 2:10 AM

Well worth checking out.

Muhammad Gambo Usman's comment, August 29, 2016 3:44 AM
This is worth reading for anybody interested in getting updates on GIT.
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UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Directory of Free Educational Resources for Teachers

UNESCO Office in Bangkok: Directory of Free Educational Resources for Teachers | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
“Directory of Free Educational Resources for Teachers: Classroom Productivity” is a collection of free quality software which is ready to be installed directly onto your computer. It includes a collated set of freely available productivity tools, such as content authoring software, mind-mapping software, graphic editors, office suite among many others.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 31, 2016 12:30 AM

Some very big files to download but sounds very useful.

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, August 31, 2016 2:49 AM
een lijst met tools
elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, August 31, 2016 3:33 AM
A complete and interesting directory for teachers !
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Cybersecurity: A Small Business Guide

Cybersecurity: A Small Business Guide | technology and leadership | Scoop.it

Small businesses are more at risk than ever for data breaches and fraud. Here's everything you need to know to protect yourself.


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Daniel Watson's curator insight, July 15, 2016 2:22 AM

 

The internet is a far more dangerous environment than most small business owners realise, and it is becoming more so, by the day. Obviously, most small business people are not IT experts, and many have limited understanding of the dangers they face from cyber attacks and other forms of online threats. This excellent guide should prove valuable to you if you fall within this category.

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, July 15, 2016 5:41 AM
The internet is a far more dangerous area than owners of IT businesses will realise, and thus, according to this article, Cybersecurity needs to be addressed seriously! The virtual world has backdoors to a more dangerous and murky grey area where virtual cyber trolls are on the prowl!
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The 7 Best Tools to Present & Share Your PDF Files Online

The 7 Best Tools to Present & Share Your PDF Files Online | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
PowerPoint is seen to be boring. Presenting with PDF files can be a quicker and easier alternative. Here are seven selected tools to present & share your PDF files online.

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FPPT's comment, May 26, 2016 10:53 AM
I'd add http://slideonline.com to the list
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 16, 2016 12:24 PM
Great resources for presenting online content via PDFs.
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The end of bananas as we know them?

"A deadly fungus, known as Panama disease, is decimating banana plantations around the world and threatens to wipe out the most common species, the Cavendish banana. Scientists in Honduras are working to create a resistant banana before the disease hits Latin America, where the majority of the fruit is grown. NewsHour's Mori Rothman reports."


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Part of multiple eco threats...varoa mite decimating bees,climate warming and man made ones like fracking and war

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Jeremy Hansen's curator insight, January 27, 2016 3:58 PM
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Questions to Ponder: How is this a geographic issue?  What are the spatial and regional implications?

Sharon McLean's curator insight, January 27, 2016 6:04 PM

Interesting article for new NSW Geography Syllabus: Sustainable Biomes-technological factors that influence agricultural yields. 

Pieter de Paauw's curator insight, February 15, 2016 6:26 AM

Nooit meer bananen in dozen, met plastic voor een versnelde rijping van de groene, onrijpe vrucht?

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Next-generation Wi-Fi 802.11ah announced with almost double the range, lower power | ExtremeTech

Next-generation Wi-Fi 802.11ah announced with almost double the range, lower power | ExtremeTech | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
Wi-Fi HaLow (802.11ah) is targeted at the Internet of Things (IoT), which includes the smart home, connected car, and digital ...

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integrating devices into everyday hardware,cars,houses,trains etc

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The Mindset of the Maker Educator: Presentation Materials - @JackieGerstein

The Mindset of the Maker Educator: Presentation Materials - @JackieGerstein | technology and leadership | Scoop.it
During Connected Educators’ Month I did a virtual presentation on The Mindset of the Maker Education. The description for this presentation was:

Dr. Jackie Gerstein discusses why we are in a perfect storm for maker education and the maker mindset–new skills and roles (many of which you probably already have on your internal desk)–with a self-assessment to help you determine how maker-ready you are, and what you need to do if you want to get there…

What follows are the slide deck and some of the graphics-Thinglinks I created around this topic.

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Gerschuny wrote about the DIY trends in society before but the technology has eventuated it in embryo.

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