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John Pearce

John Pearce's Public Library

Feb 10, 16

"From a purely practical perspective, it is basically impossible to erase all “negatives” from a digital footprint: the Internet has the memory of an elephant, in a sense, with cached pages, offline archives, and non-compliant international service providers. What’s more, anyone with Internet access can contribute (positively or negatively) to the story that is told about someone online (and while Europe has successfully lobbied Google for the “right to be forgotten” and to have certain results hidden in search, that system only scratches the surface of the larger problem and initiates other troubling matters). In most instances, our digital footprints remain in the control of our greater society, and particularly large corporations, to be (re)interpreted, (re)appropriated, and potentially misused by any personal or public interest."

Feb 10, 16

"Remember “The Grandma Rule”: Is what you’re filming or posting something you’d want your grandmother, boss, future employer, parents, or future in-laws to see? If not, it’s probably not a great idea to post it."

Feb 10, 16

"We teach kids how to write by first immersing them in stories and literature. We should adopt this same approach to teach coding and programming. In fact, this is something I already do: giving every child a background in coding that allows those who are interested and motivated to proceed with programming at a higher level."

Feb 10, 16

"I searched for an alternate iPad app workflow to save YouTube videos to the iPad Camera Roll for green screen videography. In this post, I’ll explain how to use the free iPad apps i-Nigma as well as Dropbox to do this. I created a Google Slides presentation with these instructions as well as links and QR codes, for six different example videos."

Feb 10, 16

"Peggo enables you to record MP3s from YouTube and SoundCloud"

Feb 05, 16

"This issue is on the horizon, if it’s not already here. The more processes we automate, the more obvious it will become that algorithms are not inherently fair and objective, and that they need human intervention. At that point the ethics of building algorithms will be taught alongside statistics and computer programming classes."

Feb 03, 16

"When learning a new programming language (maybe even your first!), you’re going to have feelings of dread and despair. At some point, you won’t understand what’s going on with anything, and everything will make you want to flip your desk over and quit.

You can make it easier on yourself by doing one key thing: take notes. Lots of notes. All the time, every time. Find a method that’s most effective for you, and take notes. You should even be taking notes inside your code!"

Feb 02, 16

"One of the most exciting starter activities to do with a Raspberry Pi is something you can't do on your regular PC or laptop—make something happen in the real world, such as flash an LED or control a motor. If you've done anything like this before, you probably did it with Python using the RPi.GPIO library, which has been used in countless projects. There's now an even simpler way to interact with physical components: a new friendly Python API called GPIO Zero."

Feb 02, 16

"Even before the page has fully loaded, the popular Facebook group “Teen Dating and Flirting” looks like a something straight out of some parental nightmare. It has the full teen trifecta — sexting, cyberbullying and strangers — in one unmoderated public forum that anyone, of any age, can access.

The group, and many thousands of others like it, is less about dating than rating: Teens post pouty, suggestive selfies, which other teens or adults pretending to be teens grade; the comments then invariably devolve into either requests for further contact (“add me,” “send nudes”) or flat-out cyberbullying (“barely a 4,” “gross,” “ew”)."

Feb 01, 16

"This morning I received a question from a teacher who was looking for a way to impose a time limit on a quiz or test administered through Google Forms. My suggestion was to try using the Google Forms Add-on called Form Limiter. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to install and use Form Limiter."

Feb 01, 16

"AirPano is a not-for-profit project focused on high-resolution virtual tours from a bird’s eye view. AirPano has already photographed over 300 most interesting locations on our planet and it is the largest resource for 360° aerial panoramas in the world. There are about 3000 spherical panoramas on our website at the moment."

Feb 01, 16

"I have put together a Google Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers and Students that is loaded with apps and extensions for productivity and classroom integration."

Jan 31, 16

"Do you care about your personal data? We provide instructions to remove your account or public profile on most popular websites, including Skype, Facebook, Windows Live, Hotmail / Live, Twitter, MSN / Messenger, Google and many more. Want to create an account somewhere? Check our Blacklist first to see if it's even possible to remove your profile! "

Jan 31, 16

"Coding is coming to all of our schools with a lot of hype, inevitably there is push back from many different quarters for a variety of reasons… In my view these push backs are uninformed.  The code I know is the vanguard for modern learning, and for this reason, in my view, anyone interested in learning should take notice, and seek to understand, what is happening."

Jan 31, 16

"RAPID Design is a framework to help you move rapidly from a problem to a workable solution. It aims to give students and teachers access to design thinking tools while avoiding some of the challenging jargon that is part of more corporate design thinking frameworks. RAPID stands for Reveal → Alternatives → Prototype → Iterate → Develop"

Jan 31, 16

"So in the end, the real issue is not coding, rather it is control and the dilemmas around embracing modern learning. Like teaching inquiry without relinquishing curiosity to students, Do we actually do more harm than good in teaching code in an environment that ignores the opinionated and continuously evolving nature of coding. We then need to refocus our attention on pedagogy and the problem at hand before we start taking medicine for the wrong problem."

Jan 31, 16

"Run Marco! is an endless adventure game that teaches computer programming concepts such as sequence of commands, iteration and conditions, functions and algorithms POWERED BY Blockly The standard visual programming language developed by Google and used by Code.org"

Jan 31, 16

"It's a fact that hackers can break into smartphones, tablets and computers to steal your information. They can even hijack your gadget's camera to watch you. That's why I'm always talking about security, security and more security. I hope you've listened and secured your computers and mobile gadgets. If you haven't, download security software for computers and mobile gadgets now. But have you secured your TV? What about your lightbulbs, thermostat or toilet?"

Jan 31, 16

"First, YouTube now supports VR video—a brand new kind of video that makes you feel like you’re actually there. Using the same tricks that we humans use to see the world, VR video gives you a sense of depth as you look around in every direction. Near things look near, far things look far. So if you were excited about 360° videos, this is pretty freakin’ cool."

Jan 30, 16

"These are VR videos—a brand new kind of video that gives you a sense of depth in every direction so you feel like you’re actually there. For full effect, watch them in a Google Cardboard viewer (g.co/cardboard)."

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