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"If you're looking for the perfect font, but can't seem to find it, you might be able to make it. Metaflop Modulator makes it easy to create custom fonts simply by adjusting some sliders.

Metaflop, developed by Marco Müller and Alexis Reigel, gives you a straightforward tool for creating almost any type of font. You can adjust every width or height and a ton of other proportions and characteristics. As you design your font, you'll see what it looks like almost instantly. Once you've made something you're happy with, you can download the font as an OpenType font or webfont and use it in other applications. You can also browse other people's creations on the Metafonts page. It doesn't cost anything to use, so check it out at the link below and see what you can come up with.

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Feb 24, 15

"This year’s writing instruction will focus on the pursuit of good writing, with explicit instruction to help students begin to master some of the complex and nuanced qualities of exceptional writing. The goal is for students to improve their writing and simultaneously develop myriad approaches to writing that empower students to effectively evaluate and improve their own writing and thinking. To this end, students will participate in writing workshops of at least forty-five minutes three to five times a week.

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Feb 23, 15

"Here we provide a selection of homework assignments templates and examples for school, college and university use. These often include a question and answer section already set out, along with space for the student name, course title, date and any other required information. Teachers and lecturers may also find these templates useful for preparing material for their classes.

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Feb 20, 15

"There are a number of great photography projects you can enjoy with your family, one of the best is a night in the dark painting with light.

This article will cover how to paint with light with a quick and easy set up that offers some easily achievable results. The best thing about this project is the entire family can take part, if they can write they can draw with light.

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Feb 20, 15

"Map of Saskatchewan - Single Color is a fully layered, editable vector map file. All maps come in AI, EPS, PDF, PNG and JPG file formats.

Creative Commons Attribution License: Please provide the following note and link on your website or design: "Map of Saskatchewan - Single Color by FreeVectorMaps.com" Learn more

Purchased maps can be used in an unlimited number of projects and do not require attribution."

Feb 17, 15

"Web: You can automate your Dropbox with Wappwolf, including converting PDF files to TXT, but if you need your PDFs as Doc files to open in MS Word or other word processors, Convertii is the way to go.

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Feb 17, 15

"Since my last Edutopia blog post, How Slowing Down Can Lead to Great Change was published, I've received dozens of messages asking for suggestions for how to slow things down in schools. The premise behind the following suggestions is that if we slow down, we'll have more opportunities for reflection -- to think about what we've done and how it went, to consider next steps, and also to listen to each other and therefore, strengthen our connections. Here are some steps that anyone working in schools can take to slow down:

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Feb 17, 15

"If physicists and mathematicians can't be rock stars, why can't they at least have rock star logos? No reason at all, as these 50 incredible "scientific typographics" of influential cosmologists and scientists from Pythagoras to Stephen Hawking make abundantly clear.

The scientific typographics were created by Dr. Prateek Lala, a physician and amateur calligrapher from Toronto. Inspired by the type biographies of Indian graphic designer Kapil Bhagat, Lala designed his logos to make the lives and discoveries of various scientists more engaging and immediately relatable to students.

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Feb 17, 15

"For the Google Generation, information isn’t scarce, and knowing has the illusion of only being a search away.

I’ve written before about how Google impacts the way students think. This post is less about students, and more about how planning resources like standards and curriculum maps might respond accordingly.

Curriculum maps are helpful little documents that standardize learning. That is, they clarify the content to be learned, and offer a shared pathway and schedule to deliver that content to students. Curriculum maps function as a kind of overview of learning content, and can also provide a common ground for the reform of planned learning activities based on assessment data (O’Malley, 1982).

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Feb 17, 15

"We’ve looked at a few different strategies to help remember the names of people you meet on the Buffer blog before, but there’s lots to say about memory.

It turns out that science is continually finding new connections between simple things we can do every day and an improvement in our general memory capacity.

Memory is a complicated process that’s made up of a few different brain activities. Here’s a simplified version to help us understand how the process takes place:

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Feb 17, 15

"Smoking is declining in many countries, but the Cancer Society of Finland has a terrifying vision of the future for people who still light up. Within a few years, the organization claims, smokers will resemble fat, sexless, acne-covered zombies. 

Okay, perhaps not quite. But a new site launched by the nonprofit group offers an interactive look at the impact of smoking on nearly every part of the body.

The site covers tobacco's effects on everything from stress to sex, allowing users to move a slider to see the smoker's transformation.

Here, for example, is the face:

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Feb 17, 15

"Urban planner Nick Falbo wants U.S. engineers to borrow a trick from the Dutch: Keep the bike lanes on the curb side of parked cars, and then add an island in front of the parking lane in the intersection so that turning cars are forced to give cyclists a little more space.
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Feb 17, 15

"IT is not my intention to present a treatise on Scientific Pedagogy. The modest design of these incomplete notes is to give the results of an experiment that apparently opens the way for putting into practice those new principles of science which in these last years are tending to revolutionise the work of education.

Much has been said in the past decade concerning the tendency of pedagogy, following the footsteps of medicine, to pass beyond the purely speculative stage and base its conclusions on the positive results of experimentation. Physiological and experimental psychology which, from Weber and Fechner to Wundt, has become organised into a new science, seems destined to furnish to the new pedagogy that fundamental preparation which the old-time metaphysical psychology furnished to philosophical pedagogy. Morphological anthropology applied to the physical study of children, is also a strong element in the growth of the new pedagogy.

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Feb 17, 15

"Have you ever just had a project idea in your head that didn't exactly fit your style but you fell in love with it anyway? Yeah. That happened to me recently. 

I don't usually make projects with tons of colors. I'm just not a heavy color person. If you look in my closet or around my house you'd see that it's not exactly a rainbow. I tend to stick to what I would consider safe colors (a.k.a. neutrals). But, I got this idea for a colorful (think color wheel) clock, and I just couldn't get it out of my head. I've been wanting to make a clock ever since Elsie and Laura made this one, and I realized how simple it can be. 
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Feb 17, 15

"Saw a picture today from the 1970s of a mother driving her car with her newborn baby in the passenger seat (no car seat). This, like pretty much everything else, got me thinking about education. What do we do now that in 25 years we’ll look back on and shake our heads? What are our “doctors smoking cigarettes while giving check ups” moments? I have a feeling we’re going to look back and be really confused by quite a bit. There’s probably a lot more than this, but I had to stop somewhere.

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Feb 17, 15

"Printoo is a printed electronics prototyping platform capable of bringing everyday objects to life. In a world where computers have become an integral part of our lives, Printoo aims to give people the ability to embed computational power into everyday object and devices. Printoo also enables new ways to link the physical and the digital worlds.

Printoo is composed by various hardware modules that can all be connected to each other. At its core is an Atmel ATmega328 microprocessor that is responsible for processing the information it gets from the environment. The platform is fully compatible and programmable with the Arduino IDE (Integrated Development Environment).

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