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Mural.ly - a tool to fluidly lay out all ideas on one simple digital board

Mural.ly - a tool to fluidly lay out all ideas on one simple digital board | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it

"Mural.ly is a new tool (still in beta, launched last week) that is a cross between Prezi and mind maps. It’s easy to use and share what you create (perfect for most students, teachers, and parents) but the real beauty of mural.ly is in its lack of structure.

What draws me to use the site is the ability to fluidly lay out all your ideas, thoughts, images, and whatever else you want on one simple board. It’s designed to be home to your random ideas, inspiration, and other thoughts."


Via Anne Whaits, Terri, Kathleen Cercone
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Artists and designers have used this for years to brainstorm and make connections, but it was by physically cutting and taping images to a wall. Finally we'll have the same freedom to use our digital images and internet finds to make a leap into a new way of thinking.

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LundTechIntegration's curator insight, January 21, 2013 9:22 AM

This has so many possiblities for students.  The ability to collaborate and share resources on a project, creating a place for an artist to brainstorm their ideas, and a place to brainstorm for content, planning or curriculum.  Looking forward to learning more about this site and how to implement in the classroom.

Kimberley Lyles-Folkman's curator insight, February 23, 2013 6:20 PM

We used mural.ly as a class...so far we like it as a tool in which to share ideas.

Colette Cairns's curator insight, November 4, 2013 8:15 AM

Mural.ly also has an app!

 

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3D Printing in the Home: Fad, Fantasy, or the Future?

3D Printing in the Home: Fad, Fantasy, or the Future? | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
In response to a post on 3D printing, two readers provide just about the most interesting commentary I have seen in years.

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Is this the wave of the future?

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The One Thing You Need to Generate Great Ideas

The One Thing You Need to Generate Great Ideas | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
A drawing is worth a thousand words. That's my version of the age-old adage. When it comes to expressing the functional and emotional merits of a new idea, I firmly believe you have to make it visual
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Drawing can be the most honest form of communication. It's a tragedy that so many people have been ingrained with the idea that they can't draw. They can't draw, compared to whom? Each person has their own style and their own viewpoint. In art, anything is OK. Drawing unleashes a well of ideas!

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Infographic: Hackers Create An Amazing, Illegal Portrait Of The Internet

Infographic: Hackers Create An Amazing, Illegal Portrait Of The Internet | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it

It wasn’t malicious. The file itself was the size of a small JPEG. It was given the absolute lowest priority. And it was set to self-destruct if anything went wrong. But this small file allowed one single hacker to measure the Internet activity of nearly half a million connected devices around the world, then share the results with everyone.

How was this even possible? The "hacker" barely hacked anything. In reality, they gained access to all these systems because each had the default "root" set as a password. With this access in hand, they ran several tests focusing on Internet structure and activity. And what they created from all this data is a spectacular map that captures a day in the life of the Internet (and all of its users).


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The Internet is connecting us day by day in amazing ways.

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Annenkov's comment, May 10, 2013 8:24 PM
США и Европа как очаги информатизации
Sakis Koukouvis's comment, May 11, 2013 12:17 AM
Wonderful
Nacho Vega's curator insight, May 11, 2013 9:18 AM

Creative power: hacking at the end of the world!

 

Using "root" as universal key :))

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Imagine A Flying Pig: How Words Take Shape In The Brain : NPR

Imagine A Flying Pig: How Words Take Shape In The Brain : NPR | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
Linguists used to think the human brain had a specific region devoted to understanding language. But brain scans now indicate that regions controlling vision, movement, taste, smell and touch are all called into action when we think of a word, too.
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Metaphors activate our brains in a visual and experiential way, far beyond the reach of the usual mundane wordy descriptions. 

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This Beautiful Color Picker Will Lure You in With Endless Hues

This Beautiful Color Picker Will Lure You in With Endless Hues | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
It is a primary job of any designer, illustrator, or artist to deal with choosing colors. Most software only provides cumbersome or inelegant ways of doing so.
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Something to add beauty to your life and appreciate the "awesome and vibratory power of color."

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Documentary Details Biases of Those Who Determine What Students Learn in Textbooks |

Documentary Details Biases of Those Who Determine What Students Learn in Textbooks | | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
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Education in this century needs to completely change. Here is one example why.

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Mural.ly - a tool to fluidly lay out all ideas on one simple digital board

Mural.ly - a tool to fluidly lay out all ideas on one simple digital board | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it

"Mural.ly is a new tool (still in beta, launched last week) that is a cross between Prezi and mind maps. It’s easy to use and share what you create (perfect for most students, teachers, and parents) but the real beauty of mural.ly is in its lack of structure.

What draws me to use the site is the ability to fluidly lay out all your ideas, thoughts, images, and whatever else you want on one simple board. It’s designed to be home to your random ideas, inspiration, and other thoughts."


Via Anne Whaits, Terri, Kathleen Cercone
Kristin Newton's insight:

Artists and designers have used this for years to brainstorm and make connections, but it was by physically cutting and taping images to a wall. Finally we'll have the same freedom to use our digital images and internet finds to make a leap into a new way of thinking.

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LundTechIntegration's curator insight, January 21, 2013 9:22 AM

This has so many possiblities for students.  The ability to collaborate and share resources on a project, creating a place for an artist to brainstorm their ideas, and a place to brainstorm for content, planning or curriculum.  Looking forward to learning more about this site and how to implement in the classroom.

Kimberley Lyles-Folkman's curator insight, February 23, 2013 6:20 PM

We used mural.ly as a class...so far we like it as a tool in which to share ideas.

Colette Cairns's curator insight, November 4, 2013 8:15 AM

Mural.ly also has an app!

 

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The only Consequence in Life is What You Do

The difference between people who lead fulfilled lives and people who live empty lives is simple. People who act and do things are fulfilled, people who don’t are not. Albert Einstein believed peop...
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Action is the best way to trigger connections. Even if you don't know where you are going when you start, the way becomes clear as you proceed and inspiration takes over.

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The brain source of creativity | Music Psychology Dr Victoria Williamson

The brain source of creativity | Music Psychology Dr Victoria Williamson | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it

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More about your creative brain...

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Andrew McCluskey's curator insight, December 11, 2012 2:59 PM

Personally I just want to see the rappers inside the fMRI - ;-p  Still - every day we're peeling the onion - exciting times!

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openMaterials | DIY smart materials

openMaterials | DIY smart materials | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
OpenMaterials is a collaborative research project dedicated to open investigation and experimentation with DIY production methods and uses of materials.
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10 best iPad art apps for painting and sketching | Creative Bloq

10 best iPad art apps for painting and sketching | Creative Bloq | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
Make stunning art on the iPad with these top tools! These powerful painting and drawing apps can help you start creating iPad art today!
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Soundings: Patterns, music and architecture

Soundings: Patterns, music and architecture | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
We were delighted to be asked to contribute to the Balmond Studio’s newsletter recently.  Cecil Balmond is deputy chairman of Arup and has been credited with being the engineer for some of architecture’s most influential structures.
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Soundings: The Leonardo European Corporate Learning Awards

Soundings: The Leonardo European Corporate Learning Awards | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
It’s interesting how connections are made, and how far back they sometimes reach. In 2010 I spoke at the Academy of Business in Society conference in Berlin.
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Art you can see with your eyes closed - Chapel Hill News

Art you can see with your eyes closed - Chapel Hill News | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
Art you can see with your eyes closed
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A great idea! Think about how much knowledge comes to you from your fingertips. Can you feel the difference between colors? Some people can!

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How Famous Writers — From J.K. Rowling to William Faulkner — Visually Outlined Their Novels

How Famous Writers — From J.K. Rowling to William Faulkner — Visually Outlined Their Novels | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
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Every great novel—or at least every finished novel—needs a plan.
Kristin Newton's insight:

Even if you think in words, organizing thoughts visually in your brain or on paper helps you think in a more expanded way. Connections happen faster and more spontaneously. I've found that thinking in words slows me down. Thinking in pictures is faster than the speed of light, but putting those insights into words is like plodding along by foot on a country road.

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Patrick van Loenhout's curator insight, May 24, 2013 1:29 AM

ook bruikbaar als werkvorm?

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Some Strange Things Are Happening To Astronauts Returning To Earth

Some Strange Things Are Happening To Astronauts Returning To Earth | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
Here's what most astronauts will never tell you.
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This is truly seeing the world with new eyes!

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THINKING IN PICTURES: Autism and Visual Thought

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Do we really know our own thinking process? Some people think verbally and can't think visually. For others, it's very easy to think 3-dimensionally and turn objects around in their mind's eye. For others, that's impossible. In education and the business world, anything other than verbal thinking is looked down on, but that viewpoint is putting a stranglehold on many creative minds who would be of great benefit to the world.

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An infographic explores the state of infographics

An infographic explores the state of infographics | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it

It turns out 2012 was a huge year for the infographic—internet culture likes its data presented with charming representative imagery. 

 

Business, technology, and social media comprised the most popular topics for this exploding medium, according to data, Singapore searched the term “infographic” more than any other global city. 
The year’s most popular infographic was “What Are the Odds,” which explores how improbable it is that you (or this infographic, for that matter) came into existence in the first place...


Via Lauren Moss, Garry Jenkin
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Is the younger generation becoming more visual and less dependent on words? Or is "a picture worth a thousand words" just a faster way to communicate?

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Mademoiselle Lalique's colourful life

Mademoiselle Lalique's colourful life | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
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Creativity in action! Like her father, Lalique was self-taught and "knew how to do almost everything", her daughter says. "She was amazingly creative and very ingenious, with a remarkably modern outlook."

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The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library

The Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
The Leon Levy Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Library offers an exceptional encounter with antiquity.
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They are finally accessible to everyone!

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Gestural Drawing and Visual Memory

Gestural Drawing and Visual Memory | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
While detailed realism can be very impressive, as an artist I particularly enjoy work where I can see the artist's hand in the work - mark making, the 'thinking
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Gesture drawing is one of the best ways to both train the memory, improve eye/hand coordination, and develop expressiveness.

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Curation Is As Important as Creation

Curation Is As Important as Creation | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are interested in understanding how "content curation" differentiates itself from simple re-sharing and re-blogging here is a great article by Chris DeLine.

 

Great advice for anyone wanting to become an effective content curator: “Whether in tweets, in blog posts, in podcasts, or in newsletters, be ruthless with your attention.


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Some adopt a strategy of blanket-curation, throwing everything new or fresh or remotely interesting online and letting other consumers make their own value distinctions.

 

Others assume the role of tastemaker, selectively making the decisions themselves.

 

Both have their place, but the former contributes to what Jonathan Haidt calls “the paradox of abundance,” which he says “undermines the quality of our engagement.”

How many content-overload websites can you monitor before you become overwhelmed by volume? How many share-explosions does it take before you remove a friend from your Facebook feed? How many Tumblr pages can you pay attention to before the reblogs become a blur?

 

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Thoughtful, honest, and caring curation isn’t entirely different than creation.

 

After all, the topics you choose to research, to blog about, and to discuss with friends all begin with the process of sifting through the media abyss yourself and singling out worthwhile information."

 

What really counts is to create content that is useful, meaningful and helpful for others, whether from direct hand authorship, or by curating the best existing resources.

 

Insightful. 8/10

 

http://chrisdeline.com/curation

 

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

 


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Sinan Zirić's curator insight, January 19, 2013 8:50 AM

This is an excellent Curation review.

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Man Finds His Doppelganger in 16th Century Italian Painting

Man Finds His Doppelganger in 16th Century Italian Painting | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
What started out as a leisurely stroll through the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Nov. 11 with his girlfriend, quickly turned into quite a surreal experience for Max Galuppo, 20, of Bloomsbury, N.J.
The area that the painting is from in Italy is actually where his grandparents are from.
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The man whose brain ignores one half of his world

The man whose brain ignores one half of his world | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
A stroke left Alan Burgess with hemispatial neglect – an inability to pay attention to sensory stimuli on his left side...

His stroke damaged the parietal lobe on the right side of his brain, the part that deals with the higher processing of attention. The damage causes him to ignore people, sounds, and objects on his left.

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World’s Longest Word Takes 3.5 Hours To Pronounce - DesignTAXI.com

World’s Longest Word Takes 3.5 Hours To Pronounce - DesignTAXI.com | Visual Thinking Plus | Scoop.it
World’s Longest Word Takes 3.5 Hours To Pronounce -
Starting with Methionylalanylthreonylserylarginylglycylalanylserylarginylcysteinylproly......
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