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Feb 26, 15

oft-spread claims that that 800,000 children are reported missing each year—with 300,000 children estimated to be sexually trafficked—are outdated or simply wrong.

Feb 18, 15

"Why does it work?
Many of the techniques used on this page were described fifty years ago in this book:

How to Lie With Statistics
By Darrell Huff


The key elements:
Data dredging
Gee-whiz graphs (truncated Y-axes)
Few points of comparison"

Feb 13, 15

"In order to empower youth to create a kinder and braver world, we must begin by making sure that youth are safe.  Youth are not safe when they are being bullied, harassed, or threatened.  Thus, one of the first things that we must do to help youth be safe is combat the culture of meanness and cruelty that is at the root of bullying, peer violence, and abuse. Bullying is a systems problem and many well-intended people don’t realize the complexity of the issue.  This document contains research-driven elements of bullying that should ground any discussion of how to address this complex issue."

Feb 12, 15

"Liberté, by Gretchen Angelo, is a first-year college French textbook with a true communicative approach.Each chapter is built around communicative strategies. Clearly dened objectives in communication, culture, and grammar are given at the start of each chapter, and summary exercises at the end allow students to measure their mastery of these objectives. It has been adopted by instructors at over twenty-five colleges and high schools."

Feb 10, 15

"The Deleted City is a digital archaeology of the world wide web as it exploded into the 21st century. At that time the web was often described as an enormous digital library that you could visit or contribute to by building a home-page. The early citizens of the net (or netizens) took their netizenship serious, and built home-pages about themselves and subjects they were experts in. These pioneers found their brave new world at Geocities, a free web-hosting provider that was modelled after a city and where you could get a free "piece of land" to build your digital home in a certain neighbourhood based on the subject of your homepage. Heartland was – as a neighbourhood for all things rural – by far the largest, but there were neighbourhoods for fashion, arts and far east related topics to name just a few."

Jan 30, 15

"In discussions around the ethics and legal issues of learning analytics I’ve found the same issues cropping up again and again. Almost always they’ve already been covered somewhere in the growing collection of publications on learning analytics. Sometimes they’re expressed in different ways but boil down to the same underlying problem.

The literature review of these issues aims to provide the background for the development of a code of practice for learning analytics. But it’s a large and unwieldy document to refer to so I’ve attempted to distil and group the many issues that I’ve come across so far.

I’ve given each of the resulting 86 issues a name and have provided a question which attempts to capture the issue. Many of these cannot be answered simply; almost all could be responded to with “It depends…” Most have both an ethical and a legal dimension. Some are related more to logistics than ethics or law. And some are already dealt with by existing institutional policies."

Jan 26, 15

App-Hacking: Finding uses for apps or combinations of apps to use them in ways that they were not originally intended.

My first app-hack: Layered Green Screen Writing

Jan 26, 15

"Whoever clicks on the link will have the message automatically added to their Twitter status box--they simply click to tweet!"

Jan 25, 15

"People have happily informed me that I am a maker because I use phrases like "design learning experiences," which is mistaking what I do (teaching) for what I’m actually trying to help elicit (learning). To characterize what I do as "making" is to mistake the methods—courses, workshops, editorials—for the effects. Or, worse, if you say that I "make" other people, you are diminishing their agency and role in sense-making, as if their learning is something I do to them."

Jan 21, 15

"If you are new to film and video, figuring out how to compose dynamic shots can be intimidating.  In this post, we break down some of the most common visual storytelling conventions and pull back the curtain on what makes a strong composition. Here are Premiere Clip’s Top 12 Tips for film & video shot composition.

 Depth of Field
 Viewpoints
 Simplicity
 Shot Types
 Balance
 Lead Room
 Frame within a Frame
 Leading Lines
 The 180 Degree Rule
 The Rule of Thirds
 Headroom
 Landscape Mode"

Jan 18, 15

""The Holocaust and World War II is the only thing that's ever interested me in history," Mitchell told TakePart Live.

She said it was also her father's favorite part of history. "Whenever I graduated, [my parents] said they'd take me out of the States to go wherever I wanted. [My dad] died one year prior to that photo," Mitchell added."

Jan 08, 15

"even if you believe grades are worthwhile (or if you don't believe grades are worthwhile but you have to give them anyway), I would at least ask that you spend a little more time thinking about them. Your computer grade book is mathematically accurate; it computes exactly what you tell it to compute. But that doesn't mean it makes sense. You are the professional, and if you give a grade to a student you should come up with a more thoughtful way to assign that grade than simply relying on a percentage."

Jan 07, 15

"Charts are undeniably powerful tools for communication, but with great power comes great responsibility. Chart makers should be careful with their power and ensure they are using proper practices when creating charts. These Seven Cardinal Sins are sure to miscommunicate your data and are easy things to avoid."

Dec 17, 14

"We tend to think of metaphor as something that exists purely in the realm of language. But new research suggests metaphors actually help us interpret our physical experience of the world. At WIRED by Design, Ideo partner Michael Hendrix explored how designers might harness this fact to powerful effect.

Hendrix introduced this emerging field of embodied cognition, as it’s called, with a few interesting psychological studies. People tend to rent more romance movies when it’s cold outside, for instance. Why? Maybe because we equate the interpersonal “warmth” we see on screen with actual, bodily warmth.

At Ideo, Hendrix has used this framework to get clients on board with ideas that might be hard to rationalize or quantify otherwise. To get a mattress maker to invest in new manufacturing processes, for example, he showed them two apples—one ripe and one rotten—and asked which they’d prefer. The answer was obvious. From there, it didn’t take much to convince the client why they’d want to ensure that their mattress was the fresh, plump, ripe-looking option in the showroom."

Dec 08, 14

Any idea what "IWSN" stands for in Internet slang? It's a declarative statement: I want sex now. via Pocket

Dec 08, 14

I was recently asked by a superintendent if I had some questions to ask his principals to start off the year.  The questions I gave him were based on the following areas: In my opinion, the principal is probably the most important job in an educat...

Dec 03, 14

"What is the "bias" of the internet?"

"“Still in line with the Toronto School of Communications approach, I was trying to identify the bias of the medium of the Internet.

The Internet’s core principle of operation is packet switching. I found that for packet switching to carry the information in the right order to the right place, the precision of the whole system was owed to a unique way of dividing the information into short strings (or packets) and addressing each one with its unique label and position in the sequence to reconstruct the message wherever needed. That, in essence is the tag. Without the possibility to isolate, identify, and connect each packet there would neither Internet nor World Wide Web. Tagging hence by making any information available on demand is the core, the soul of the Internet. Tags allow to connect analog to digital media, and to interconnect everything with everything else end-to-end on demand. We are today in the midst of what I have called the era of the tag.”"

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