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5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology

Playing games, chatting with their friends, and browsing the internet are all likely suspects drawing your students’ attention away from whatever the task at hand happens to be, but just because students have access to technology doesn’t mean you have to transform into device police and forget about teaching. Even if your students would much rather be watching videos on YouTube than learning about the Roman Empire, you still have the upper hand: they want to be using the device. Period.

So how can you leverage that into students who are actually working on what they should be? Here are a few tips

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ORD Solutions's 3D Food Printer - 3D Printing Industry

This is insane!  But they already told us about it in #CloudyWithAChanceofMeatballs 

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smartgirlsattheparty:

A smart girl I never knew about until now:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/21/business/stephanie-l-kwolek-inventor-of-kevlar-is-dead-at-90.html?_r=0

Gotta love the smart women!  Girls, take note……

futurescope:

Japan unveils ‘world’s first’ android newscaster: Kodomoroid

Intrducing fail-proof & faster than light Skynews. Powered by High-Frequency-Information-Trading algorithms.

Japanese scientists on Tuesday unveiled what they said was the world’s first news-reading android, eerily lifelike and possessing a sense of humour to match her perfect language skills.

What if news agencies would employ algorithms to generate, to analyse and to write a majority of their news, printed by automated industrial machines and delivered instantly by TV Presenter Androids?

Background:

Amazing!  I hope you all are ready, I’m sure this is only the first of what is to come.  Can you say iRobot??

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futuramb:


Are we about to see the rise of robot bosses? By Jane Palmer, bbc.com
Imag­ine your boss was a machine. For some peo­ple it’s almost a real­i­ty, says Jane Palmer, so will we all end up work­ing for robots and algo­rithms?
In 1910, a strike broke out at the Water­town Ar …

Considering all the administrative systems and mechanistic policies this is most likely the case for many employees already. Both in knowledge and service work where employee work seems to be polarized towards increasingly mechanical work in one end and extremely free and individually defined knowledge work at the far other end. In both these extremes the human boss is providing less and less value.

For some of you, this would be a step up :)

futuramb:

Are we about to see the rise of robot bosses?
By Jane Palmer, bbc.com

Imag­ine your boss was a machine. For some peo­ple it’s almost a real­i­ty, says Jane Palmer, so will we all end up work­ing for robots and algo­rithms?

In 1910, a strike broke out at the Water­town Ar …

Considering all the administrative systems and mechanistic policies this is most likely the case for many employees already. Both in knowledge and service work where employee work seems to be polarized towards increasingly mechanical work in one end and extremely free and individually defined knowledge work at the far other end. In both these extremes the human boss is providing less and less value.

For some of you, this would be a step up :)

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scienceisbeauty:

Polar graph art made with the app `Quick Graph´… A bit kitsch, but cool anyway.

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Love this!

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bbglasses:

theenergyissue:

Cloud Table by Fiction Factory incorporates wireless charging pads into its surface so you can charge your phone or tablet just by lying it on the table surface. This simple-looking, unfinished poplar wooden table also includes wifi signal enhancers.

Sleek seamless tech marries design.

I need a portable one :)

(Source: dezeen.com)

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proofmathisbeautiful:

The women of Alibaba put Silicon Valley to shame
By Charles Riley
The worst kept secret in Silicon Valley is that tech firms have a major gender diversity problem. At company after company, men dominate the top jobs.
But it’s a different story at Alibaba, the Chinese tech company racing toward the largest and most-anticipated IPO of the year.

Alibaba gave investors more details about how the company works this week, revealing for the first time that one third of its 27 partners are women.
Some are founding partners, others have joined since and occupy top operational positions.
The company’s chief financial officer is a woman. Chief customer officer? Chief people officer? The COO of its logistics business? Yep, all women.

That’s what I’m talking about!

proofmathisbeautiful:

The women of Alibaba put Silicon Valley to shame

The worst kept secret in Silicon Valley is that tech firms have a major gender diversity problem. At company after company, men dominate the top jobs.

But it’s a different story at Alibaba, the Chinese tech company racing toward the largest and most-anticipated IPO of the year.

Alibaba gave investors more details about how the company works this week, revealing for the first time that one third of its 27 partners are women.

Some are founding partners, others have joined since and occupy top operational positions.

The company’s chief financial officer is a woman. Chief customer officer? Chief people officer? The COO of its logistics business? Yep, all women.

That’s what I’m talking about!

proofmathisbeautiful:

This top turns see-through if you leave personal data exposed
Clothing reveals how much wearer is revealing.
by Liat Clark, wired.co.uk June 17 2014, 9:45am CST
A Brooklyn-based designer has created a 3D-printed sculptural boob tube to spark social commentary on the state of privacy in a data-driven world—by making the top gradually more sheer.
X.pose’s striking black webbed rubber structure was engineered using a Stratasys printer, molded to the body to ensure comfort and very much inspired by creator Xuedi Chen’s previous work, Invasive Growth (moss-grown jewelry based on the parasitic cordyceps fungus). But underneath, its layers tell another story about our lack of control and veritable vulnerability when it comes to who uses our data, what for, and how much they take.
This story originally appeared on Wired UK.

proofmathisbeautiful:

This top turns see-through if you leave personal data exposed

Clothing reveals how much wearer is revealing.

by Liat Clark, wired.co.uk June 17 2014, 9:45am CST

A Brooklyn-based designer has created a 3D-printed sculptural boob tube to spark social commentary on the state of privacy in a data-driven world—by making the top gradually more sheer.

X.pose’s striking black webbed rubber structure was engineered using a Stratasys printer, molded to the body to ensure comfort and very much inspired by creator Xuedi Chen’s previous work, Invasive Growth (moss-grown jewelry based on the parasitic cordyceps fungus). But underneath, its layers tell another story about our lack of control and veritable vulnerability when it comes to who uses our data, what for, and how much they take.

This story originally appeared on Wired UK.

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"But public education is painted as a career where you make a difference in the lives of students. When a system becomes so deeply flawed that students suffer and good teachers leave (or become jaded), we must examine how and why we do things."

Josh Waldron - I have very real concerns about the sustainability of public education (via gjmueller)

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gjmueller:

Parents: Inspiring Readers Through the Summer Slump

As a parent, you know your children’s interests better than anyone else. This knowledge can become a powerful motivating force that inspires their reading.
Here are six tips to help you push through the summer reading slump.
Low pressure, high quality
Model curiosity
Get out of the house
Read together
Relax
Be visual

image via flickr:CC | Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG

gjmueller:

Parents: Inspiring Readers Through the Summer Slump

As a parent, you know your children’s interests better than anyone else. This knowledge can become a powerful motivating force that inspires their reading.

Here are six tips to help you push through the summer reading slump.

  1. Low pressure, high quality
  2. Model curiosity
  3. Get out of the house
  4. Read together
  5. Relax
  6. Be visual

image via flickr:CC | Presidio of Monterey: DLIFLC & USAG

designersofthings:

3D Printing Headed to International Space Station This Summer
Astronauts will soon be able to 3D print Yoda heads miles above Earth as the first 3D printer designed to work in outer space has received clearance from NASA to head to the International Space Station (ISS).

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designersofthings:

3D Printing Headed to International Space Station This Summer

Astronauts will soon be able to 3D print Yoda heads miles above Earth as the first 3D printer designed to work in outer space has received clearance from NASA to head to the International Space Station (ISS).

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(Source: madeinspace.us)

fastcompany:

Here’s what the 3D and dynamic perspective look like on the Amazon Fire phone.
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fastcompany:

Here’s what the 3D and dynamic perspective look like on the Amazon Fire phone.

Join our live coverage!

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gjmueller:

5 facts about today’s college graduates
Only about 56% of students earn degrees within six years.
Business is still the most common major.
 It’s harder for new graduates to find good jobs.
But graduates still out-earn people without degrees.
 Most grads think college was worth it.

gjmueller:

5 facts about today’s college graduates

  1. Only about 56% of students earn degrees within six years.
  2. Business is still the most common major.
  3. It’s harder for new graduates to find good jobs.
  4. But graduates still out-earn people without degrees.
  5. Most grads think college was worth it.