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In this graphic by the Tree of Life web project and designer Leonard Eisenberg, we see all 3.5 billion years of life on earth evolving, not through limbs and timelines, but an elegant rainbow swirl. It’s as if our whole history is a colorful bunch of balloons, all tying back to bacteria.
As you look at the graphic, realize that time radiates outward and each kingdom’s appearance is also in chronological order from left to right. What you’ll discern then is a story of origins and mass extinctions, the way life almost bided its time through the Ice Age then hit the gas through the Cambrian Explosion. It was here when the protostomes (everything from trilobites to squids) simply went nuts, and the separation of plants vs. animals as we know them arose...
Visit the article to learn more about the graphic that visualizes the history of the world...
Via Lauren Moss
An exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps.
Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to queries but hidden from view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that Google uses to navigate you from point A to point B.
Last week, Google showed me the internal map and demonstrated how it was built- the first time the company has let anyone see how the project it calls GT, or "Ground Truth," actually works.
Google opened up at a key moment in its evolution. The company began as an online search company, but then the mobile world exploded. Now, where you're searching from has become almost as important as what you're searching for. Google responded by creating an operating system, brand, and ecosystem that has become the only significant rival to Apple's iOS.
And for good reason. If Google's mission is to organize all the world's information, the most important challenge -- far larger than indexing the web -- is to take the world's physical information and make it accessible and useful...
Read the entire article for a fascinating look at how Google utilizes mapping systems, geo data, mobile technology, and visual representation to manage massive amounts of data from varying sources, including one of the most important to the success of Google Maps- human intelligence.
Via Lauren Moss
The sad reality is that most schools still believe that they are “teaching with technology” because they have a computer lab where they teach students important skills like word processing and how to create Power Point presentations. This may have been a worthwhile skill to teach 15 years ago, but the fact that we haven’t adapted as technology has is a clear example of how slow schools are to respond to the changing needs of our students.
Via Nik Peachey, Elena Elliniadou
By Jon Allen and Jan Nelson
"Rubik's cube provides an easily accessible, hands on introduction to group theory. Learn about how you can use simple group theory to efficiently solve any Rubik's cube!"
This Learnist site offers solutions and game theory papers for enthusiasts of varying skill levels and ranges of intellectual interest. -JL
Via Jim Lerman, Yehuda Peled
Live Documents is a web-enabled Office productivity suite (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, mail) that can be used as software on your desktop or as services within your browser whether you are online or offline.
Free basic account.
Via Baiba Svenca
There are many ways that teachers can reach out and connect with their colleagues and build a more collaborative atmosphere in their schools. We’ve come up with just a few here, but feel free to share your own experiences and ideas that can help other educators to connect and ultimately improve the quality of instruction they can offer students.
- GET ON THE SAME PAGE.
- TEACH AND LEARN FROM EACH OTHER.
- COLLABORATE ON LESSON PLANS.
- SHARE WHAT WORKS.
- START A BLOG.
- BUILD YOUR OWN SOCIAL NETWORK.
- TAKE ON BIG PROJECTS.
- GET FEEDBACK.
- CREATE A PERSONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY.
- SCHEDULE WEEKLY GET-TOGETHERS.
- WORK TOGETHER TO SOLVE PROBLEMS.
- BECOME A TEACHER-LEADER.
- KEEP YOUR DOOR OPEN.
- ADOPT A TEAM MENTALITY.
- MAKE TIME FOR CHATTING.
- ASK FOR HELP.
- DON’T SKIP THE CAFETERIA.
- MERGE CLASSROOMS.
- TRY CO-TEACHING.
- TAKE CLASSES TOGETHER.
- FIND A MENTOR.
- PUT THE KIBOSH ON NEGATIVITY.
- DON’T WAIT FOR OTHERS TO MAKE THE FIRST MOVE.
- BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS.
- REACH OUT TO THE LARGER EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY
Your colleagues can be more than just the teachers at your own school. If you want a wider view, reach out to those at other schools or in administration. It never hurts to know more people and to learn the methods they’re using in their schools.
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Via Gust MEES, Elena Elliniadou
After two decades in online teaching in both the corporate world and higher education, I regret to report that the grass is not necessarily greener on the other side of the network connection. While online teaching offers many rewards for instructors, it takes a special set of skills and attitudes to excel at it. And these are emphatically not the same skills and attitudes that make an exceptional classroom teacher. Here's the mindset it takes to be a successful online teacher:
Via Elena Elliniadou
You can view the live stream of #edchat here and see what people are saying at the hashtag #chickenweb2tools here.
We scoured hundreds of responses and have come up with the following list. The following tools have not been verified and are simply based on the number of times each was mentioned on Twitter during this hashtag discussion.
Via Jesús Salinas, Steve Wheeler , Elena Elliniadou