"After months caught in the crosshairs of parents, advocates, and educators concerned about student-data privacy, controversial nonprofit inBloom announced Monday that it will close its doors.
"We all know distractions in the workplace are terrible…right? As it turns out, scientific research shows distraction might actually be good for decision making and creativity. More broadly, the same distractions you worry are hurting your productivity might actually help you develop better leadership skills and form valuable connections with your coworkers.
"Google Drive provides many ways to go paperless through sharing and collaboration options. There is not just one single right way to use Google Drive for a paperless classroom. Rather there are many tools and features that can be used on their own or in combination to meet your varying needs. This guide will cover many of the most common ways that Google Drive can help teachers and students move away from paper and into a digital-only environment. "
"4K Video Downloader allows to download video, audio and subtitles from YouTube in high-quality and as fast as your computer and connection will allow. If you want that video on your iPad, iPhone or other device we've got you covered. Downloading is simple and straightforward: just copy the video link from your browser and click 'Paste Url'. Done!"
"In the nearly two years since Google began testing its augmented-reality eyewear, public reaction has progressed from "that's amazing" to "those look stupid" to "if you wear them, you deserve to be physically assaulted." Google always said people would need some time to adjust to the concept of smart glasses, but this probably isn't the evolution the company had in mind.
"The Boston agency posted this job listing online for a "director of operations" position at a company called Rehtom Inc. The requirements sounded nothing short of brutal:"
"WHEN you were a teenager, probably the most scandalous after-school activity was the French club run by your rumoured-to-be-polyamorous 60-year-old language arts teacher. But this is not the case in Virginia, where teens are apparently opting out of extracurriculars and final exam prep to participate in an extensive “sexting ring”, the Daily Dot reported."
"There’s lots of citation management tools out there, but one of the primary reasons I recommend the free and open-source Zotero tool from CHNM is its automatic syncing service, and ability to share sources — with PDF attachments — in a group library, such as a class or research team. Here’s a quick tutorial, and see additional details on the Zotero support page."
"it was confirmed that Elsevier bought Mendeley for an amount between $69-100 million. This announcement opened the floodgates of people denouncing the deal and Mendeley people’s promises that they won’t change. It was sad to see them try to promise something they will have no control over and never talking about any evidence or contractual obligations to protect what Mendeley is from what most people perceive Elsevier is."
"Based on suggestions from teacher-leaders across the country, here is a blueprint for how teachers can become major stakeholders in edtech conventions"
"There is interesting research emerging that shows managers who hold the view people can’t or won’t change are the ones who don’t pay much attention to the development of their subordinates. It makes perfect sense."
"Keys hiding in couch cushions. Wayward wallets causing panic. It’s estimated that each of us will spend six months of our lives looking for things we’ve lost. San Diego startup XY wants to make locating lost items as easy as Googling for directions.
"We started Oculus with a vision of delivering incredible, affordable, and ubiquitous consumer virtual reality to the world. We’ve come a long way in the last 18 months: from foam core prototypes built in a garage to an incredible community of active..."
"Gamers love Oculus Rift; the virtual reality system offers a mind-blowingly immersive way to experience digital worlds. Jaunt, a new tech company, brings the platform into live-action, cinematic territory. I saw their stuff. It was incredible. And it's a pretty big deal for movies and media."