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Half way through my morning routine yesterday, the internet went down and stared down for quite a while. I guess it’s true what they say that …

Fidget Spinner

Google just launched a GIF maker to make your data look better

Google wants to help make your research look better.<p>To help journalists share their research and tell stories in a more visual and appealing way, Google just launched Data GIF Maker, a data visualization creator.<p>"Data visualizations are an essential storytelling tool in journalism, and though they …

GIF Animations

Google Earth takes you on a guided tour of Beatles' history

Take a look around Penny Lane or Strawberry Fields.<p>From the Cavern Club where they got their start, to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, you can now follow the Beatles' rise to success around the world on Google Earth.<p>Google's celebrating the 50th anniversary of the release of "Sgt. Pepper's …

Google Earth

How to Use Google’s Data Gif Maker in the Classroom

Google just announced a new tool, primarily aimed at journalists, a data gif maker. This is a great tool for students to use in the classroom as it …

Google

Google Search adds ‘Personal’ filter/tab to only show results from Gmail, Photos, more

Google has long surfaced personalized results from Gmail, Photos, and other services in Search when it is relevant to a query. There is now a new “Personal” tab (via <i>Search Engine Roundtable</i>) on the web and mobile to quickly see these results from your various Google apps.<p>“Personal” is the newest …

Google

Google Maps v9.54 prepares to add saved locations for your school and gym, notification channels, and what looks like a task list [APK Teardown]

Article Contents<p>1 Teardown<p>1.1 Saved locations for School and Gym<br>• 1.2 The 'Other' Notification Channel<br>• 1.3 A few new prompts<br>• 1.4 A task list called …

Google

Google launches animation tool so you can turn boring data into cool GIFs

Google wants to be the Giphy for turning boring data into awesome animated illustrations – sort of.<p>The search engine titan announced it has launched a handy animation tool that essentially lets you turn tedious number charts into slightly more entertaining GIF illustrations. The so-called Data GIF …

GIF Animations

9 songs that totally played at your high school graduation ceremony if you’re an aging Millennial

Graduation season is in full swing, and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. Whether you loved high school or couldn’t wait to …

Education

We will all pay the price for our financial illiteracy

An OECD study on young people’s grasp of money issues around the world serves as a wake-up call not just for parents and schools, but also for regulators<p>One in five people are financially illiterate, incapable of grasping basic shopping conundrums – such as, is that nine-pack of loo roll better …

Education

Education Gurus

It’s easy to make your own guru memes with Canva.<p>Knowledge and advice for schools and about education often seem to exist in a world of …

Education

KQED

For teachers, the carefully controlled conditions of education research can seem ridiculous when the reality of the classroom involves regular …

Teaching

Say No To Low Battery

<i>These handy charging devices will help you live above the 20% line.</i><p>A bit over-reliant on your smartphone to lead the way these days? We can't blame …

Gear & Gadgets

Wow! This inquiry-based, technology-rich school has no tech staff

When I first became principal, I was compelled to explore all aspects of what it meant to be a 21 st -century learner in an international …

Bachelor's Degree

Zoom in on Photos Before Handing Someone Your Phone

When you hand someone your phone to show them a picture, you should be able to trust them not to go swiping through your camera roll. But we live in …

Cool Stuff

Strange Conversations from Working in a Camera Store

I’ve worked in a camera store now for about a year and a half, and I’ve been a photographer for about 7 years. I enjoy working in the camera shop, as …

Customer Service

Apple launches App Development Curriculum for college

Welcome to Apple College. School is in session.<p>Everyone I know has a mobile app idea. I even have a few, but little idea of how to build an iPhone app.<p>Last year, I tried learning code with Apple’s Swift Playgrounds iPad app. It schooled me in the basics of Swift, the new programming language Apple …

Education

This Week in Ontario Edublogs

Not a week goes by that I’m not amazed at the quality of posts and insights of <b>Ontario Edubloggers</b>. I can’t help but keep wondering how many more are …

Fidget Spinner

3 Steps to Manage Your Content Library Like a Librarian

If there were a fan club for librarians, I’d be a card-carrying member. Over the last few years, librarians have taught me more about content …

Digital Marketing

To be a better librarian, break into museums and archives

An archivist, librarian and museum professional walk into a conference …<p>In 2016, 18 librarians, archivists and museum professionals came together as …

Professional Development

Before Twitter and Facebook, there was Morse code: Remembering social media’s true inventor

In late March of 2006, a college dropout named Jack Dorsey finished coding a site for Internet users to post 140-character messages.<p>It was called twttr.<p>Dorsey and his co-founders eventually added vowels to the service, forming Twitter. The name made total sense.<p>“The definition was ‘a short burst of …

History

Volunteer Now to be a Live Blogger at the ALA Annual Conference - ALSC Blog

In just a few short weeks, librarians will head to Chicago for ALA’s Annual Conference. This event includes a full line-up of ALSC programs, …

Librarianship

How to start tracing your ancestry

Norwegian immigration to North America<p>The very first Scandinavians in America were Leif Eriksson and his crew of 35 men and women, who wintered in …

Genealogy

Seesaw for Technology Coaches – Seesaw Help Center

Tech Integration Specialists Deb Henkes will share the ins and outs of supporting teachers as they begin using Seesaw in the elementary classroom. …

Education

3D Printing The Next Five Years by Briana Yarbrough from AET Labs

<i>This is a guest post in our series looking at the future of 3D Printing. To celebrate 5 years of reporting on the 3D printing industry, we’ve invited</i> …

3D Printing

Lego professor: Cambridge University hires 'professor of play'

<b>The University of Cambridge has appointed its first "Lego professor of play".</b><p>Paul Ramchandani, an expert in child mental health with Imperial College, London, will take up the post in January.<p>He beat off a global field of applicants and is expected to earn around £84,000 a year, the average for …

Lego

Tech skills are seriously lacking in universities – take it from the IT guy

Unless universities embed technology in course programmes, staff and students will never learn the skills needed to use it<p>“Moodle Man!” came the cry from behind me. I cringed. I’d made the fatal mistake of walking through the campus helpdesk area during lunchtime on assignment hand-in day. I …

Education

How Phishing Works & How to Avoid It

These six tips will help keep your email account and personal data safe and secure.<p>Hackers are always coming up with new sophisticated phishing schemes to steal any personal information they can.<p>Hackers want to gain access to your email because so much of valuable personal information can be found …

Identity Theft

Android exploit adds secret, thieving layers to your phone

Researchers from UC Santa Barbara and Georgia Tech have discovered a fresh class of Android attacks, called Cloak and Dagger, that can operate secretly on a phone, allowing hackers to log keystrokes, install software and otherwise control a device without alerting its owner. Cloak and Dagger …

Android O

Get all you need to become a certified cybersecurity expert for only $69

There are few IT skills more valued than the ability to protect a computer network from hackers and cyber thieves. Start down that lucrative career path today with the Cybersecurity Certification Mega Bundle, which can be yours for just $69 – over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals.<p>With this course, …

Cybersecurity

Google's CEO Doesn't Use Bullet Points and Neither Should You

Google's Sundar Pichai gives a master class for creating simple, engaging presentations.<p>Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently announced at the company's 2017 developers conference that Google is "rethinking all our products" as it moves from a mobile-first world to an "A.I.-first" one. His presentation …