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The Daily Routines Of Famous Creatives

The Daily Routines Of Famous Creatives | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
If imitation is sincerest form of flattery, replicating an individual's daily routine must sit somewhere further along the sinister end of the spectrum. Still, if it helps us strike on mimicking the creative capacities of these artists, writers and musicians, we're all for it.
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I am just thinking about the amount of sleep and work these great people did compared to what I do. Interesting.
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Guest Blog: Configuring Google Apps Content Filters to Support Anti Bullying

Guest Blog: Configuring Google Apps Content Filters to Support Anti Bullying | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
In this article, we will take a close look into mechanisms for content filtering available in the Google Apps platform.
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This is a way for Google School Administrators to filter emails for certain words and phrases to try to alleviate certain bullying tactics through email.
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5 tips to make your Facebook account safer [UPDATED]

5 tips to make your Facebook account safer [UPDATED] | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Here's an updated version of our invaluable tips to make your Facebook account safer. We take you step-by-step through the settings and options to limit your post visibility and prevent unauthorise...
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I didn't realise you could force a security code on login. For the rest of the ideas, I would argue that someone might not want to put something online that they don't expect the whole world to see.
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Google Classroom - Teacher and Student view - YouTube

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This is a handy look at both views of Google Classroom.  Google obviously needs to develop their product a little more, as Roger Nixon points out, but it is coming along.

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5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety

5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Help keep your kids' online experiences positive and productive by learning the truth (and ignoring the rumors) about what really makes them safe.
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These are introspective ideas that dispel things like: social media turning kids into bullies, not teaching kids to talk to strangers is not a good approach, kids act worse online, and more.

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Razer Nabu Smartband - The First Truly Social Wearable

Razer Nabu Smartband - The First Truly Social Wearable | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Razer Nabu features two OLED notification screens, advanced sensors to track data for self-analysis, and band-to-band communication abilities.
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This looks like the band I want. It has options like the Nike Fuel band but a whole lot more. Cool!
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WordPress Plugins - jQuery Plugins - Bootstrap Plugins | CodeCanyon

Browse the largest script and code marketplace on the web. Find WordPress plugins, jQuery plugins, Javascript, CSS and more. Save time, Buy code.
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This is a great resource for Wordpress plugins.  Highly recommended by our school Wordpress guru.

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GPS Tracker Review 2014 | Best GPS Tracking Device | GPS Systems for Tracking - TopTenREVIEWS

GPS Tracker Review 2014 | Best GPS Tracking Device | GPS Systems for Tracking - TopTenREVIEWS | education | tech | design | Scoop.it

I am always on the Which is the best gps tracker for you? Find out here. Take a few seconds and easily compare several top rated trackers. See how each stacks up using a side-by-side feature comparison chart.

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I am always on the lookout for great GPS tracking devices now that I am a nervous father who likes to travel with his awesome son!  My worry with these devices is that they are restricted to a certain country.  Does anyone know of an international GPS tracking device?

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Look: Nifty Chinese test-cheating devices put the KGB to shame

Look: Nifty Chinese test-cheating devices put the KGB to shame | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
In light of the upcoming Gaokao ((高考), China's notoriously difficult college
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Too bad he won't be recognised for his genus.

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If you're this smart, you should pass the test!

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The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom

The Case for Banning Laptops in the Classroom | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
A wealth of studies on students’ use of computers in the classroom supports the notion of banning them.
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One of the problems with this article's premise is the way technology is being used by the teachers.  For example, "The experiment showed that, regardless of the kind or duration of the computer use, the disconnected students performed better on a post-lecture quiz."  My argument is that computers should probably not be open for a lecture.  They could be open for a discussion with a back-channel or for more purpose-driven tech.  But the way it is being used or accepted by teachers as use by students sounds haphazard and ready for disaster.

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The Importance of Teaching Handwriting

The Importance of Teaching Handwriting | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
After a long period of neglect in education, attention to teaching handwriting in the primary grades may finally be returning. This attention can benefit many youngsters, including those with learning disabilities (LDs) involving handwriting, which may accompany reading disabilities, writing disabilities, nonverbal learning disabilities, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
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This article goes beyond determining why handwriting has advantages and explains with specific examples how to implement good strategies.

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Backup your photos & videos automatically. Keep your memories safe with PicBackMan.

Backup your photos & videos automatically. Keep your memories safe with PicBackMan. | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Great tool. It backed up 150 GB of pictures seamlessly and keeps my folders in synch. Simple and effective.
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This is a great program NOW FOR MAC that lets you bulk upload pics and videos to all different sources, like: Flikr, Picassa, Dropbox, Facebook, Box.com, Drive, and more.
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Google Apps Management | FlashPanel

Google Apps Management | FlashPanel | education | tech | design | Scoop.it

rt-comings.  Google Apps Management Managing Google Apps successfully is crucial to running an organized domain. Users must be provisioned and deprovisioned in a timely manner and Groups and Org. Units should be set up to create efficiency within your organization. Traditionally, Google Apps management is done through the Google Apps Admin Console, which allows administrators to perform most of the necessary tasks. But the Admin Console is not only difficult to navigate, it actually lacks key features necessary for managing a …

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With the integration of Google Apps for education at our school there are some shortcomings.  One of them is group contacts.  FlashPanel appears to be the best solution, although it costs money.  For example, we will populate the lists so that someone can type in a last name into the address bar and a student's name, along with their parent's email addresses will populate to be chosen.  Wow!

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Man Fined $2,700 In Unprecedented Facebook 'Fraping' Case | VICE News

Man Fined $2,700 In Unprecedented Facebook 'Fraping' Case | VICE News | education | tech | design | Scoop.it

This An Irish man found himself in court after he posted a defamatory status update on his ex-girlfriend's Facebook account.

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The term "fraping" is probably a term we will come to hear a lot in the future.  I wonder if this case sets a precedent or if it will be an outlier where we never hear of something like it again?

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Google+ Auto Backup for desktop - Picasa and Picasa Web Albums Help

It’s now easier than ever to backup all your photos with Google+ Auto Backup, available for Windows and Mac. Automatically sync photos from your desktop computer and any time you connect a p
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I have not been inclined to put all my photos on to Flikr or Picasa for some reason. But now that these are all accessible through my Google+ account and I have unlimited free storage space with under a 2048px photo I will batch upload them all after I download the product. Next, I need to organise them all.
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7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills

7 Apps for Teaching Children Coding Skills | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Digital learning specialist Anna Adam provides a quick overview of seven apps that are appropriate for teaching younger children one of the most critical 21st century skills: coding.
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The title says it all.
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Sign in - Google Accounts

Sign in - Google Accounts | education | tech | design | Scoop.it

Download a copy of your data from Google.

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Supporting 17 products and counting…Bookmarks,Mail,Calendar,Contacts,Drive,Voice,Profile,Hangouts,Google+ Circles,Google+ Stream,+1s,Google+ Pages,Blogger,Messenger,YouTube,Google Photos,Google Play Books
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readingcomprehensiondownloads - Downloads

readingcomprehensiondownloads - Downloads | education | tech | design | Scoop.it

Reading Comprehension Teacher Resources

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This resource is used by a teacher at IICS in the Early Years.  I have not explored it in depth, but this is what he has to say, "Thought I would share this resource...I have used some of the graphic organisers with much success. Some great articles and powerpoints as well."

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Stop Cyberbullying Mobile App & Anti Cyberbullying Program for Students, Parents, & Schools | STOPit

Stop Cyberbullying Mobile App & Anti Cyberbullying Program for Students, Parents, & Schools | STOPit | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
A tool that empowers kids & school officials alike to take action against cyberbullying. Get the app, join the fight, and click here to learn more.
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This seems like a neat idea for an app that schools would recommend and promote.  I wonder how it is used practically by schools now.  Do kids think about the app when they are being bullied?  

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Education

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iPad is transforming the education landscape: providing digital text books and Apps, inspiring new ways for teachers and students to interact and allowing students to be always connected to a growing body of dynamically changing information.  But how do students ensure that their iPad is always charged, and how do administrators ensure that technology investments are protected?  LaunchPort provides the answer - with a clever charging and mounting system to hold, charge and protect iPads.

 
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No wires!  I like the idea that kids (and adults) can just mount the iPad to the charging station without having to plug anything in to it.  I wonder when Apple will develop these as part of their own product?

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Online Etymology Dictionary

Online Etymology Dictionary | education | tech | design | Scoop.it

This is a map of the wheel-ruts of modern English. Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2,000 years ago.

The dates beside a word indicate the earliest year for which there is a surviving written record of that word (in English, unless otherwise indicated). This should be taken as approximate, especially before about 1700, since a word may have been used in conversation for hundreds of years before it turns up in a manuscript that has had the good fortune to survive the centuries.

The basic sources of this work are Weekley's "An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English," Klein's "A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language," "Oxford English Dictionary" (second edition), "Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology," Holthausen's "Etymologisches Wörterbuch der Englischen Sprache," and Kipfer and Chapman's "Dictionary of American Slang." A full list of print sources used in this compilation can be found here.

Since this dictionary went up, it has benefited from the suggestions of dozens of people I have never met, from around the world. Tremendous thanks and appreciation to all of you.

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Find the etymology of a word.

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Teach100 | Teach.com

Teach100 | Teach.com | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
Make a difference
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The top 100 teaching websites.

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When Kids In Third World Countries Read First World Problems, They Suddenly Don’t Feel Like…

When Kids In Third World Countries Read First World Problems, They Suddenly Don’t Feel Like… | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
WATERisLIFE provides clean drinking water, sanitation and WASH education programs to schools and villages in developing countries. We provide opportunities for others to be involved through fundraising and field project implementation.
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Stop, Think, Appreciate, and Help

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We Had No Idea What Was About To Happen When We Posted This Photo On Facebook

We Had No Idea What Was About To Happen When We Posted This Photo On Facebook | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
I was down at the end of the driveway, waving my laptop in the air, when I saw someone had posted on my Facebook page. It was a photo of my 2-year-old daughter in a swing....
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This is a story about a picture of a woman's child which went viral.  Parents should be made aware that a story like this could happen to them.  They should also make their sons and daughters aware that their photos and videos could go viral as well...good or bad.

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Track frequent flyer reward programs and plan your travel

Track frequent flyer reward programs and plan your travel | education | tech | design | Scoop.it
AwardWallet.com allows you to track frequent flyer miles for FREE. You can access your award balances from your cell phone, PDA or a BlackBerry.
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I like that you can track multiple accounts and not just frequent flyer miles, but hotel rewards, car rewards, etc.

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