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Eclectic learning and leading through technology and the arts
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10 Time-Saving Web Tools

10 Time-Saving Web Tools | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

The good news is the future of the Internet is “less about the searching and more about the getting,” as WIRED editor-in-chief Chris Anderson wrote in a recent cover story. We now have tons of web apps at our fingertips that can minimize the amount of time we spend on the less glamorous details of making ideas happen.

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20 Hashtags For Teachers On Twitter

20 Hashtags For Teachers On Twitter | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

As a teacher, continuing education is so important that most school districts require that teachers enroll in some form of coursework on a regular basis to keep their knowledge and skills fresh. And while those courses are essential, staying on top of the cutting edge of educational development is important as well. Through Twitter discussions, teachers can follow the latest in education, whether it’s educational technology or new ways to teach math. These 20 hashtags offer teachers a convenient way to become part of chats and discussions that share the absolute latest in education news, resources, and ideas.

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David Hockney's iPad Art On Display At Royal Academy

David Hockney's iPad Art On Display At Royal Academy | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

David Hockney may be 74 years old, but that doesn't mean he can't learn some new tricks. A new exhibition at the Royal Academy will feature many landscapes which Hockney drew on an iPad, then blew up and printed on paper.

It's a new direction for Hockney, and the artist admits he didn't take to the Apple device quickly. "It took me awhile to realize it's quite a serious tool you can use," he said.

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David Hockney, 74, creates digital paintings on an iPad using various apps. This article advertises an exhibition titled "David Hockney: A Bigger Picture" held at the Royal Academy in January 2012 - April 2012. Hockney creates iPad paintings, enlarges them and prints on multiple sheets of paper.

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Political Billboard Art by Peter Fuss

Political Billboard Art by Peter Fuss | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Peter Fuss is an artist who creates unique billboard pieces that attempts to bring attention and conversation to social and political issues of a broad spectrum.

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Alternate Album Covers Inspired by the Experience of Listening to Music

Alternate Album Covers Inspired by the Experience of Listening to Music | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

The best album covers reveal something about the records they decorate. But graphic designer Simon C. Page, who has made sleeves for artists including Ministry of Sound and the Crystal Method, takes that connection even further with a series he calls Musically Inspired Album Covers. “This year I have been asked to create more and more album covers, which I love doing, but I noticed that the ones which I wanted to work on most were the ones where I had been inspired or moved by the music.”

Love how they are still calling them ' album covers'!

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Introducing Admin to 21st C Skills

Introducing Admin to 21st C Skills | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Posting from Cale Birk, Principal of South Kamloops Secondary School

 "It is not uncommon for me to read comments on Twitter that characterize school administrators as a group who need to get more in touch with 21st century learning.  Whether it is a comment about how senior administration is blocking specific online..."

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Incredible photos of Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov

Incredible photos of Jellyfish by Alexander Semenov | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

In 2007, Russian underwater photographer Alexander Semenov graduated from Lomonosov’s Moscow State University in the department of Zoology. He specialized in the study of invertebrate animals, with an emphasis on squid brains.

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Try Harder? No-Try Different!

Try Harder? No-Try Different! | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

'Try different' from Seth Godin's blog...

The usual mantra is to 'try harder'. Trying harder is impossible when you're already trying as hard as you can. But you can always try different.

Years ago, I was creating trivia questions for a product we built for Prodigy. We had a 99% accuracy rate in doing the questions. Which was great, except there were 1800 questions in a batch, which meant 18 wrong each time, which was totally and completely unacceptable. These were honest mistakes, made by smart people working as hard as they could.

No matter how hard we tried, we couldn't do better than 99%. So we switched our system completely and did it in a totally different way. Same number of people, same number of hours, 100% accuracy.

If it's not working, harder might not be the answer.

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21st Century Fluency Project & their Informative 'Sardine Blog'

21st Century Fluency Project & their Informative 'Sardine Blog' | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

An innovative resource designed to cultivate 21st century fluencies, while fostering engagement and adventure in the learning experience. This resource is the collaborative effort of a group of experienced educators and entrepreneurs who have united to share their experience and ideas, and create a project geared toward making learning relevant to life in our new digital age. Our purpose is to develop exceptional resources to assist in transforming learning to be relevant to life in the 21st Century.

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21st C. Learning~Getting FLUENT with the 5 FLUENCIES

21st C. Learning~Getting FLUENT with the 5 FLUENCIES | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Tony Gurr's great blog allthingslearning talks about 5 Fluencies-skills for the 21st century. He differentiates between literacy and fluency ..."We call them fluencies and not skills because we believe this level of proficiency—not just literacy, but fluency—should be the goal when we are teaching students the basic skills that are essential for functioning in life."  Read on!

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Chris Burden's Kinetic Sculpture of a Fast-Paced Modern City

Chris Burden's Kinetic Sculpture of a Fast-Paced Modern City | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Created by artist Chris Burden, Metropolis II is a complex, large-scale kinetic sculpture modeled after a fast-paced modern city. The armature of the piece is constructed of steel beams, forming an eclectic grid interwoven with an elaborate system of eighteen roadways, including a six-lane freeway, train tracks, and hundreds of buildings. 1,100 miniature toy cars speed through the city at 240 scale miles per hour on the specially designed plastic roadways. Every hour, the equivalent of approximately 100,000 cars circulates through the sculpture.Chris Burden is a leading international artist who works and lives in Los Angeles. Over the past forty years, Burden has produced a multitude of assemblages, installations, scientific models, and kinetic and static sculptures.

 

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500+ Creative Lessons To Teach Almost Anything

500+ Creative Lessons To Teach Almost Anything | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Filling up the waning hours of the school year with meaningful, helpful lessons can be a challenge. Never fear, EduDemic is to the rescue. They’ve come up with dozens of lessons, trips, and creative ways to engage students from elementary school to high school. The links below are mostly to PDFs that you can easily print out and distribute to your fellow teachers.

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What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space

What Happened to Downtime? The Extinction of Deep Thinking & Sacred Space | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

We're addicted to distraction, and it's holding us back. To find genius in the 21st century, we must build a discipline of unplugging and deep thinking.

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It’s Official: Students Want To Learn With Robots

It’s Official: Students Want To Learn With Robots | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

A recently published study by Latitude Research, the LEGO Learning Institute and Project Synthesis shows that kids today accept and probably expect that someday they’ll all be able to have friends like Data, the cute sentient android in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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The Current State of Bullying In Schools

The Current State of Bullying In Schools | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

To create bully-free classrooms, it’s necessary that we educate teachers, students and parents about the prevalence and consequences of it. We all believe a school should be a safe place for the children, a place where they can learn without fear or apprehension.

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Study Shows Children, Unlike Adults, Think Technology is Fundamentally Human

Study Shows Children, Unlike Adults, Think Technology is Fundamentally Human | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Growing up with the Internet gives today’s children a very unique view on the way the world works — one that is vastly different from that of older generations. These kids, the ‘digital natives,” are raised with modern technology deeply embedded into their lives, and form a natural understanding of its benefits. This deeply rooted acceptance gives kids a unique perspective on how technology can be further used to make our lives easier, and helps researchers predict future needs for innovation.

 

What can we learn from the digital natives?
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Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Twitter

Nine Things You Didn’t Know About Twitter | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

The social media service already seems simple, but it has many features and widgets to make it even easier to use.

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Cameraless Botanical Photographs Captured by Electrical Pulses

Cameraless Botanical Photographs Captured by Electrical Pulses | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it
San Francisco Bay Area photographer Robert Buelteman has been making images for over 20 years. This work, Through The Green Fuse, was made through an elaborate practice of camerless photography involving electrical pulses and hand-painting. Some images can take up to 150 attempts to get right.
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Your Storytelling Brain

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Cognitive Neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga, a pioneer in the study of hemispheric (left vs. right brain) specialization describes "the Interpreter" - a left hemisphere function that organizes our memories into plausible stories. Less romantic, perhaps, than Gone With the Wind, the Interpreter may help to explain our species' profound relationship with storytelling.

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Great infographic~Are You Left or Right Brain

Great infographic~Are You Left or Right Brain | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it
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Latest Curating Site~Juxtapost

Latest Curating Site~Juxtapost | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it
All your favorite things side-by-side.

Their mission is to help people remember all their favorite things. Wouldn't it be great if all those wonderful things you've seen on the internet were all in one place? Well you can make it happen with Juxtapost!  You can also find people with similar tastes and start discovering new things you might never have seen or thought of. Invite family and friends and start sharing those ideas you see while you surf the web.

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Video Doc on Metropolis II Kinetic Sculpture by Chris Burden

A short doc about a kinetic sculpture that took four years to build. Filmmakers had the honor of spending three days in Chris Burden's studio filming this sculpture before it was moved to the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art (LACMA) where it is being reinstalled.

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Building Thought Leadership through Content Curation

Building Thought Leadership through Content Curation | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

Content curation has become a hot topic in 2012. Corrine Weisgerber, an associate professor at St. Edwards University, has an excellent presentation on content curation. She differentiates content curation from content aggregation--content aggregation can be automated but content curation requires the human touch for finding, evaluating and contextualizing information.

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Compelling series by photographer Alain Delorme: Chinese Bike Couriers Doing Their Thing

Compelling series by photographer Alain Delorme: Chinese Bike Couriers Doing Their Thing | Visual*~*Revolution | Scoop.it

This compelling series by Parisian photographer Alain Delorme was taken in Shanghai and shows the troubled commute of Chinese delivery riders, who stack their bikes to the sky with the goods that they’re ferrying around. Unless, of course, it was all photoshopped. Wink wink.

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