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Grow Those Antlers!—

Grow Those Antlers!— | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
At this time of year we see a lot of pictures of reindeer, often pulling a sled carrying a big fat guy wearing a red suit. Very often those deer have antlers. It turns out that antlers are the fastest-growing bone of any mammal, growing up to 1 inch per day. And with all Spring and Summer to grow, those antlers can get really big! Read on to do the antler math.
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Give the Gift of Tech Support: 4 Super Simple iOS Maintenance Tips for iPhone & iPad - Linkis.com

Give the Gift of Tech Support: 4 Super Simple iOS Maintenance Tips for iPhone & iPad
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What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue? - Deep Look

What does it mean to be blue? The wings of a Morpho butterfly are some of the most brilliant structures in nature, and yet they contain no blue pigment ...

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Free Technology for Teachers: Build Model Atoms and More on the NOVA Elements App

Free Technology for Teachers: Build Model Atoms and More on the NOVA Elements App | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it

NOVA Elements for iPad is an excellent iPad app for helping students learn about the periodic table of elements. The app is "hosted" by NY Times technology reviewer David Pogue. There are three primary features of the app. Those features are called Explore, Watch, and Play.

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The Surprising Ways That Chickens Changed the World

The Surprising Ways That Chickens Changed the World | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
To the ancients, the chicken was a kind of two-legged pharmacy.
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Sony threatens to sue Twitter to hide these tweets

Sony threatens to sue Twitter to hide these tweets | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it

Sony has just threatened to sue Twitter if it doesn't ban the accounts that keep posting internal emails that have been leaked by its hackers. The company's lawyer, David Boies, also asked the microblogging site to share the warning letter with user Val Broeksmit, who tweets screenshots of those emails on his @BikiniRobotArmy account. Broeksmit, in turn, sent the letter to Motherboard, which notes that it's not a formal DMCA request, but purely a legal threat. 

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FAA's new drone safety campaign reminds you not to be stupid

FAA's new drone safety campaign reminds you not to be stupid | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it

The Federal Aviation Administration was woefully underprepared for the rise of inexpensive drones, but now the agency is finally stepping up its safety game in preparation for a drone-heavy holiday season. The FAA, together with several unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) organizations, is kicking off a new safety campaign for newbie pilots dubbed "Know before you fly."

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free iPad Apps for Drawing and Sketching Notes

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free iPad Apps for Drawing and Sketching Notes | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Sometimes when students are taking notes, words don't do enough to fully capture an idea. In those cases, being able to quickly sketch an idea will enhance students' notes. Sketching notes on an iPad enables students to edit and share sketched notes more quickly and easily than ever before. Here is a handful of iPad apps (some freemium, some completely free) for sketchnoting.
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The History Blog » Blog Archive » Ode on the animation of a Grecian urn

The History Blog » Blog Archive » Ode on the animation of a Grecian urn | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Computer animator Steve K. Simons and Greek warfare expert Dr. Sonya Nevin work together to develop moving parts from the static images on Greek pottery, much of it in the extensive collection of the University of Reading’s Ure Museum. They collaborate with ancient music experts to create soundtracks that wouldn’t sound out of place in one of the symposia depicted on the vases. It’s a full-spectrum historical immersion achieved through modern technology.
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Organizing With the Post-it Plus App

Organizing With the Post-it Plus App | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
A digital tool turning paper and ink into easy-to-organize files for sharing across multiple platforms
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Free Technology for Teachers: My Two Steps for Keeping Up With a Firehose of Information

Free Technology for Teachers: My Two Steps for Keeping Up With a Firehose of Information | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it

One of the questions that I am almost always asked when I appear on podcasts or Google+ Hangouts is something along the lines of, "how do you keep keep up with everything?" You might think that I spend eight hours a day just reading Twitter, Google+, emails, and blog posts. I don't do that. In fact, only a small part of my day is spent on keeping up with the latest news. Over the years I've developed a simple system that allows me to efficiently keep up with new information....

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Free Technology for Teachers: Bioman Biology - Science Games and Virtual Labs

Free Technology for Teachers: Bioman Biology - Science Games and Virtual Labs | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it

Bioman Biology is a nice resource that I learned about from David Andrade. On Bioman Biology you will find dozens of educational games and virtual labs designed to help students learn about topics related to biology. The games and virtual labs are organized into eight topics; physiology, cells, ecology, genetics, classification, life chemistry, respiration, and scientific methods. Most the games are Flash-based but a handful of them are available as free iPad apps. The games and virtual labs are appropriate for middle school students.

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Flickr scraps plan to sell users' photos as wall art after licensing row

Flickr scraps plan to sell users' photos as wall art after licensing row | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Company apologises for service that profited off its sharing community and admits it wasn’t in the “spirit” of Creative Commons•Facebook has likes. Instagram has hearts. But Flickr had them (and me) first
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YouTube Gets A Built-In GIF Creator

Remember back in November of last year, when I wrote that YouTube needed to build their own tool for making GIFs from videos? Some called me crazy. Many,..
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4K Ultra HD TV: How It Works And What You'll Need To Watch It

4K Ultra HD TV: How It Works And What You'll Need To Watch It | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
4K video is awesome, but look out for the gotchas.
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Light-emitting e-readers before bedtime can adversely impact sleep

Light-emitting e-readers before bedtime can adversely impact sleep | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Use of a light-emitting electronic device (LE-eBook) in the hours before bedtime can adversely impact overall health, alertness, and the circadian clock which synchronizes the daily rhythm of sleep to external environmental time cues, according to new research that compared the biological effects of reading an LE-eBook compared to a printed book.
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Microsoft is Dumping Clip Art. What Are You Going to Do? ~ Stephen's Web

Microsoft is Dumping Clip Art. What Are You Going to Do? ~ Stephen's Web | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it

"No more clip art? What will we do now? Microsoft will offer a Creative Commons - default Bing search instead. Tom Kuhlmann writes, "dropping clip art is probably a good thing for course designers. It forces us to be more intentional about the graphics we use in our courses. It also puts some pressure on organizations to finally commit some of their training budgets to graphic and visual design resources." But Creative Commons users who Freaked out when Yahoo started selling their photos had better prepare themselves for additional surprises. Meanwhile, Kuhlmann writes, "you’ll need to verify that the images you use via the Creative Commons search can be used for commercial work."

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes - A Comparison Chart

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes - A Comparison Chart | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it

There are plenty of online tools for creating multimedia quizzes and flipped lessons. I am frequently asked for recommendations for "the best" one. I'm partial to using Google Forms to create multimedia quizzes, but there are others worth trying too. The chart embedded below provides an overview of the key features of five popular tools for creating multimedia quizzes and flipped lessons. You can also get a Google Docs version of the chart by clicking here.

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Barilla uses 3D printing to find its next pasta shapes

Barilla uses 3D printing to find its next pasta shapes | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it

Pasta maker Barilla is no stranger to having 3D printing improve its methods for churning out products for the masses. Now, it's looking to leverage those tools for some new pasta designs. After a recent competition, the company revealed three winners who created new shapes with 3D-printed models. One winner, Rosa, blooms into a full rose when it's placed in boiling water.

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Add Voice Over to PowerPoint Presentations in 5 Easy Steps

This simple technique is an easy way to turn those PowerPoint Slides into flipped course content. The presentation tool in Microsoft Office is one of the

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, December 20, 4:21 AM

Learn how to add your voice to PowerPoint presentations.

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, December 20, 1:11 PM

A basic step-by-step process for adding voice over. 

rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, December 21, 10:45 PM

This is important advice for those who are into flipped class room teaching. Time and again, it has been reiterated that stand alone powerpoint presentations are not good enough unless they are backed by a voice over, or a verbal presentation, or a description short though it may be on each slide. The tips given in the article will help in preparing PPTs. with Voice Over.

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Maps Mania: Climate Change Around the Globe

Maps Mania: Climate Change Around the Globe | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Bloomberg has released an interesting interactive visualization of climate change using a WebGL 3d globe (which I think was created using Three.js). Climate Change in Perspective uses the 3d globe to examine the shrinking of the polar ice caps, the rise in sea levels and the rise in carbon emissions.
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A clear, molecular view of how human color vision evolved

A clear, molecular view of how human color vision evolved | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Many genetic mutations in visual pigments, spread over millions of years, were required for humans to evolve from a primitive mammal with a dim, shadowy view of the world into a greater ape able to see all the colors in a rainbow. Now, after more than two decades of painstaking research, scientists have finished a detailed and complete picture of the evolution of human color vision.
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In Wineries Vs. Weather, Drones To The Rescue?

In Wineries Vs. Weather, Drones To The Rescue? | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Rising temperatures have hastened harvest dates in Sonoma County — and they're changing grape-growing patterns around the world. Vineyards are responding with everything from sunscreen to sensors.
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Collection of physical visualizations

Collection of physical visualizations | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it

I'm pretty sure there's a ton of untapped potential in data represented physically. Maybe not in the analytical insights sense but in that fuzzy unmeasured way of feeling data somehow. That might be my new point of interest for next year, and it'll probably involve beer and LEGOs. Pierre Dragicevic and Yvonne Jansen maintain a chronological list of physical visualization, dating back to 5500 BC up to present.

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ISS astronaut uses 3D printer to make socket wrench in space

ISS astronaut uses 3D printer to make socket wrench in space | News Through Tech ( or is it Tech through News?) | Scoop.it
Digital design emailed to zero-gravity printer on International Space Station and used to produce working ratchet
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