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We Need Schools.. Not Factories

We Need Schools.. Not Factories | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
We need a curriculum of big questions, examinations where children can talk, share and use the Internet, and new, peer assessment systems. In the networked age, we need schools, not structured like factories, but like clouds.

Via Marjorie Messinger
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Truer words haven't been spoken.

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Leap Motion

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The future is in reach. Our touch-free, 3D motion technology uses a patented, breakthrough approach to let you control your computer using only your hands.
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Really way cool.  Can you imagine a day when you access your computer with only hand gestures?  LeapMotion's product, to be released in May, is taking a huge step in that direction. 

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Piktochart | Infographic App & Presentation Tool

Piktochart | Infographic App & Presentation Tool | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
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Any Piktochart users out there?  Just found out about it, and it seems like a really "way cool" tool.

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The Tech World Gets Behind Wireless Charging for Real

The Tech World Gets Behind Wireless Charging for Real | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Charging your mobile device wirelessly via a chip embedded into Starbucks tables or inside cars could become more commonplace, thanks to a new backing.

Via Marjorie Messinger
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Its about time.  It is interesting to note that Apple is not one of the players mentioned.   Why not, Apple?

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Discover New Android Apps With These Android App Finders!

Discover New Android Apps With These Android App Finders! | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
How many apps do you use on a daily basis? Not that many, I’m guessing, but the ones you do use are pretty important. Now, how many apps do you have installed? A lot, probably.
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This Headband Controls Your Smartphone With Your Brain

This Headband Controls Your Smartphone With Your Brain | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it

What if my brain is taking the day off?  

 

Google Glasses? Passe. Voice-controlled intelligent agents? So over. Controlling the tempo of "Call Me Maybe" with your heartbeat? Please. The future of wearable computing is all about using your noggin.


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'Pinch' connects multiple smartphones and tablets together to make a display

'Pinch' connects multiple smartphones and tablets together to make a display | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it

This is pretty cool!  Not content with synchronizing your phones to make one giant speaker? Researchers at the Tokyo University of Technology have developed "Pinch," an interface that lets you connect multiple devices...

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contxts - mobile sms business cards

contxts - mobile sms business cards | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it

Way cool.  Mobile business card app Contxts.  Allows you to send your business card via text.

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The 10 Best News Aggregator Apps For Those On The Go

The 10 Best News Aggregator Apps For Those On The Go | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it

I use eight of these...pretty sweet list." Because there are so many news aggregation apps out there, we've rounded up what we think are the best apps out there and the reasons why you'll find...

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Educreations Grabs $2.2M From Accel, NewSchools To Turn Your iPad Into Your Classroom | TechCrunch

Educreations Grabs $2.2M From Accel, NewSchools To Turn Your iPad Into Your Classroom  | TechCrunch | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
While it's easy to admire Salman Khan's (of Khan Academy) devotion to teaching and the incredible platform he's created, the truth is he's not a trained educator.
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Using Five Eyes To Improve Online Community Engagement

Using Five Eyes To Improve Online Community Engagement | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
The five eyes of online discussions are intellectual tools that will help direct meaningful conversations. They can help online community managers.
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Send Personalized Emails using Mail Merge in Gmail [Video Tutorial]

Send Personalized Emails using Mail Merge in Gmail [Video Tutorial] | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it

Now there really is no reason to use Outlook! Send personalized emails using Mail Merge in Gmail.

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Innovations in Education - Understanding Content Curation

Innovations in Education - Understanding Content Curation | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Excellent curation article. Great thought process about how it fits in education.
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See the Amazing Connections Between All TED Talks

See the Amazing Connections Between All TED Talks | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Like watching TED talks? You're not alone. Every month the intriguing series of 15-minutes-or-less talks from experts get another 60 million views. Since 2006, when the nonprofi...
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WSJ:Google Is Building a New Kind of Wireless Network

WSJ:Google Is Building a New Kind of Wireless Network | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
There have been rumors floating around the internet for months suggesting Google has been considering building its own LTE network. Now, the Wall Street Journal claims that the search giant is secretly building its own new ...
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Visual storytelling tool Storyplanet aiming for 2013 launch | Media news | Journalism.co.uk

Visual storytelling tool Storyplanet aiming for 2013 launch | Media news | Journalism.co.uk | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Storyplanet, which was backed by MIT's Joichi Ito and former head of online at Al Jazeera English Mohamed Nanabhay, lets journalists package content into interactive experiences
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Wonder if this will be ultimately a tool for us "everyday journalists" as well.

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Storify on the iPad

This video tutorial shows you how the Storify app works on the iPad.

The app is a great tool to create multimedia assignments, projects or as a way to make multimedia mixed source comprehension tasks.


Via Nik Peachey, Aki Puustinen, Timo Ilomäki, Sam Gliksman
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One of my fave social media tools.  Great for classroom and businesses.

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Dico Krommenhoek's comment, December 10, 2012 2:02 AM
Thans, John!
tammy bailey's curator insight, December 18, 2012 2:39 PM

Looks like an to use for digital storytelling.

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'Secret Santa' Doles Out $100 Bills To Hard-Hit Sandy Victims

'Secret Santa' Doles Out $100 Bills To Hard-Hit Sandy Victims | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it

Random act of kindness.  Thank you, Secret Santa.

 

NEW YORK — A wealthy Missouri man posing as "Secret Santa" stunned New Yorkers on Thursday, handing $100 bills to many in Staten Island who had lost everything to Superstorm Sandy.


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This Truck Is Bringing Solar Energy to Sandy-Stricken New York [VIDEO]

This Truck Is Bringing Solar Energy to Sandy-Stricken New York [VIDEO] | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Rockaway, a peninsula in Queens, New York City, was one of the many regions affected by -- and still recuperating from -- superstorm Sandy. The area's been without power since last week, and it doesn't look like it's coming back anytime soon.

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50 Search Engines You Probably Don’t Use Yet

50 Search Engines You Probably Don’t Use Yet | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
Looking to become an expert in something? Need a hand with your research? Forget Google for a minute and check out these 50 other search engines you should start using.
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How To Filter The Social Web, Part 1: Webicina

How To Filter The Social Web, Part 1: Webicina | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
(Great content info - JS). This week I'm going to be exploring filtering tools on the Web, with a particular focus on general interest topics like health, politics and sports. The Web is often an overwhelmingly noisy environment.
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Food Network’s ‘On the Road’ App Dishes Restaurant Tips for Trips

Food Network’s ‘On the Road’ App Dishes Restaurant Tips for Trips | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
A new mobile app from Food Network will go head-to-head with other restaurant-discovery services starting Thursday.

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72 Fascinating Social Media Marketing Facts & Stats for 2012

72 Fascinating Social Media Marketing Facts & Stats for 2012 | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
In this collection of 72 social media marketing facts and statistics find which social network creates the most B2B leads? What marketing technique has the highest close ratio? The best day of the week is for Facebook posting?
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Indoor positioning without wifi or GPS via magnetic fields for location-based apps

Indoor positioning without wifi or GPS via magnetic fields for location-based apps | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it
By tapping into the magnetic fields that are naturally present on Earth, IndoorAtlas has launched a platform that can create highly accurate location-based mobile apps without wifi or GPS.
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Meet Google Fiber, the New Lightning-Fast Internet Network

Meet Google Fiber, the New Lightning-Fast Internet Network | Way Cool Tools | Scoop.it

Now this makes the battle between ISP bandwidth caps and unlimited streaming content much more interesting! Google on Thursday unveiled its high-speed Internet network called Google Fiber, which runs 100 times faster than average broadband.

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