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How I used Socrative for Writing Instruction

I've hit upon an interesting and effective writing pedagogy using Socrative. This worked well multiple times last year and I'm now confident about it …

Is Google Making Students Stupid?

Outsourcing menial tasks to machines can seem liberating, but it may be robbing a whole generation of certain basic mental abilities.<p>One of the oldest metaphors for human interaction with technology is the relationship of master and slave. Aristotle imagined that technology could replace slavery if …

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This Week's Top Downloads

Every week, we share a number of downloads for all platforms to help you get things done. Here were the top downloads from this week.<p>Chrome: Notable …

Apps

I Revamped My Weekends -- And Conquered Work-Life Balance

<i>This post originally appeared on LearnVest.</i><p>It’s only 10 A.M., but you’re already slumped in your office chair, staring dazedly at your computer screen. You’re so exhausted that you can barely focus on your long list of pending deadlines. You feel drained—physically and emotionally—from days of …

How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says 'Trust Us'

Driverless cars are on the road now - Google's fleet has logged about 700,000 miles of autonomous driving - and the California DMV will be issuing regulations in a matter of weeks allowing self-driving cars to be sold to the public, possibly setting the regulatory pattern for the rest of the …

Autonomous Cars

How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play

An American teacher in Helsinki questioned the national practice of giving 15 minute breaks each hour—until he saw the difference it made in his classroom.<p>Like a zombie, Sami—one of my fifth graders—lumbered over to me and hissed, “I think I’m going to explode! I’m not used to this schedule.” And I …

15 Historical Complaints About Young People Ruining Everything

Nothing is certain in this life but death, taxes, and the existence in every generation of fuddy-duddies who carp about things not being what they …

Baseball

16 Weird Forgotten English Words We Should Bring Back

English changes all the time, often in subtle ways—so it's not surprising that we've lost many delightful words and phrases along the way. In his …

The Biggest Unsolved Art Heist

<i>It's been twenty-five years since the Gardner heist shook the art world, and there is still no sign of the artwork. In honor of the anniversary, the</i> …

Etymology

“Wear Sunscreen”: The Story Behind the Commencement Speech That Kurt Vonnegut Never Gave

On June 1, 1997, Mary Schmich, <i>Chicago Tribune</i> columnist and <i>Brenda Starr</i> cartoonist, wrote a column entitled “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted …

One Week in Prague and Budapest

Before summer slinked its sunshine and idleness into oblivion, we decided spontaneously, mid-month in August, to do a one week trip to Budapest and Prague. Why these two cities in Europe? Well we had only a week available, and I wanted to see Eastern Europe since I had read so much about its being …

European Travel

Great Getaways: Chicago

<i>Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime. Article by Kaeli Conforti of Budget Travel.</i><p>If you're looking for a fun, affordable Chicago city getaway, the options are endless: you can spend the day shopping your heart out along the Magnificent Mile, cruising the Chicago River, and even go to the beach on beautiful …

Travel

Going Paperless: 5 More Tips for Speeding up Productivity with Evernote Using Third-Party Tools

As I became more determined to go paperless, I realized that getting information into Evernote <i>quickly</i> and easily was critical. Jumping through hoops …

Going Paperless: Annotating Paper Books and Magazines without Marking Them Up

I have a lot of books, as well as a lot of old science fiction magazines1. I adore books, and the books that I have on my shelves are part of a …

How To Spring Clean Your Office with Evernote

Posted by Joshua Zerkel on 03 Mar 2014<p>For many of us, spring is a time to take stock and let go of the things we don’t need. Since you probably spend …

Evernote Penultimate iPad App Update Adds Jot Script Support And More

Evernote has today released a new update for their iOS Penultimate iPad application which brings with it a number of new enhancements for users to …

The Beginner’s Guide to Glamping

Glamping is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. A portmanteau of "glamorous" and "camping," glamping brings the comfort of a hotel into the …

Our top 45 free things to do in New York City

Seeing New York City's biggest attractions can mean spending a hefty chunk of your trip budget on tickets. Empire State Building? $36. The Guggenheim and the Whitney both go for $25. Even the Frick is $22. But there's a lifetime of fun to be had without ever handing over a cent, and not just by …

New York City

10 Places to Go While They Are Still Cheap: 2014 Edition

Do your travel ambitions eclipse your bank account? We've got just the fix: destinations around the world that offer plenty of cheap ways to stay, play, and eat. Whether you're on the prowl for a perfect beach or a city bursting with culture, these cities and countries deliver big but cost little. …

European Travel

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How To Book Cheap Plane Tickets

Who am I to come up with such arrogant nonsense? I am a hardcore traveler and I travel more than most. Travel matters to me, and being in control of the travel experience is essential in order to enjoy it.<p>I don't want to end up having to get up at 04:45 because a random travel agent has decided …

Engines

4 Awesome Things Harper Lee Did After To Kill a Mockingbird

<b>Up until 2015's Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee—who passed away today at the age of 89—was often referred to as a literary one-hit wonder. But while</b> …

Literature

Paris Review - Billy Collins, The Art of Poetry No. 83

Interviewed by George Plimpton<p>Issue 159, Fall 2001<p>Billy Collins, ca. 2011. Photograph by David Shankbone<p>The big news, of course, is that Billy Collins has been appointed the new poet laureate by the Library of Congress, now the newest of a distinguished list that among others includes Robert Penn …

Literature

Kurt Vonnegut Once Sent This Amazing Letter To A High School

In 2006, a group of high school students asked celebrated author Kurt Vonnegut to visit their school. He sent them the absolute perfect response.<p>According to Reddit user Alxmog1, students at Xavier High School in New York wrote to their favorite authors as part of an assignment. Vonnegut was the …

Noah screening cancelled due to flooding

A screening of the film <i>Noah</i> was cancelled last week due to flooding in a cinema.<p>In a case of 'epic' irony, cinemagoers were turned away from the …

15 Best Google Drive Add