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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Computer Gaming and Bible Memorization

Emma Pettit reports on the University of Akron closing 80 academic programs and investing in "the largest amount of dedicated esports space of any university in the world to date."

I have not considered all of the merits of universities investing in computer gaming as a sporting event. However, I do think that Christian universities considering investing in esports should pause, and consider first establishing leagues and teams for competing in Bible memorization. Equipping students in applying Scripture is key to the mission of most Christian universities, and alumni dollars and other gifts may be available for efforts at spurring memorization.

-DD

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Freedom of Expression

Michael Vasquez interviewed Sarah Ruger of the Charles Koch Foundation, who says that the foundation views "higher education as such a key and critical institution for any free and flourishing society ." The Foundation is in the news for promoting higher education.

-DD

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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Apple Eases Transition to Macintosh

Johnny Evans reports that Apple has released software to ease the transition of PC users to a Macintosh computer.

-DD

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Distance Education

Goldie Blumenstyk commends online education for reaching unserved distant students .

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Android Releases

J.R. Raphael provides a history of Android releases .

-DD

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Advance for FireFox

Gregg Keizer discusses Mozilla's new Advance FireFox browser add-on which recommends new sites based on current browsing activity.

-DD

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Web Browser Market Share

Gregg Keizer reports that the combined market share of the usage of IE and Edge is falling to 15% , even though the majority of users have a Windows PC or laptop. Users are installing and using Google Chrome, which is therefore winning market shares.

-DD

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Brain Training

Pauline Anderson cites research indicating brain training has mainly a practice effect on mental ability. There is no indication it improves the brain's global ability to think.

-DD

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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Voice Recognition in Business

Mike Elgan predicts that within three years voice recognition technology will begin reshaping the way we do business.

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Microsoft Restrains Deception

Preston Gralla honors Microsoft for limiting international deception.

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Scholarly Reading Tips

Joli Jensen suggests two steps required to read scholarly work with full comprehension.

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Services for Online Students

Stefanie Botelho suggests services that universities should offer online students . My employer has been offering most, if not all of these, for several years.

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Monday, August 06, 2018

Macintosh Productivity Apps

Johnny Evans shares Mac productivity apps .

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Sunday, August 05, 2018

iPhone Productivity Apps

Johnny Evans reviews apps for iPhone productivity .

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Saturday, August 04, 2018

Android App Updates

J.R. Raphael shares new features some Android users now how, due to an Android P update .

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Friday, August 03, 2018

Gesture Interface

Evan Schuman discusses the potential downsides of gestures for controlling your mobile device.

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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Google's Productivity Suite Updated

Matthew Finnegan reviews updates to Google's productivity and collaboration suite consisting of:

  • Gmail
  • Docs
  • Sheets
  • Hangouts, and
  • Meet.

-DD

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Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Killing Flies

"What's the best way to get rid of house flies?

I think the most creative idea on this list is to blast them with hair spray.

-DD

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

College Costs

Burd et al. review the difficulty in decoding the cost of college . The US Department of Education has created a template which few schools use.

For more information, check Goldie Blumenstyk's column in the Chronicle of Higher Education. -DD

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Chat Apps

Rick Broida reviews 7 chat apps .

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Photoshop for iPad

Johnny Evans cites a story from Gurman and Grant about how Adobe is re-writing its prime productivity app, Photoshop, for the iPad.

-DD

Friday, July 27, 2018

Phone Camera Technology

Mike Elgan praises the multitude of roles that camera sensors play in modern smartphone apps .

Elgan notes, "Already, smartphone cameras can identify and provide additional information about whatever we point them at. They enable us to harvest visual data from, and see augmented reality objects placed in, the real world. Front-facing cameras can improve security through face recognition" (para. 28). Elgan notes that cameras with multiple lenses are now the norm, and the number of sensors will only increase with apps such as Camfind and Photomath. -DD

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Texas May Exceed California in Population Size by 2045

Brian Wang projects that the population of Texas may exceed that of California by 2045 .

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Consumer Technology and Library Services

Scott Livingston of OCLC explains how consumer technology such as Alexa and chat software may change the way users seek information .

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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Presenting Learning Objects Effectively

The Center for Advanced Special Technologies (CAST) has developed the Universal Design for Learning framework , which offers guidance for lesson and resource creation for those with diverse learning modalities and strengths.

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Monday, July 23, 2018

Capital Letters Equated With Angry Shouts

William Germano muses on the use of CAPITAL LETTERS to communicate emphasis or anger.

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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Boost Online Sales

Jim Yu suggests that web advertising embrace mobile devices and highlight user reviews .

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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Is Electric Shock Therapy Excessive Discipline?

Emily Shugerman reports that special needs students are being disciplined with electric shocks in Massachusetts.

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Economics and Rideshare Driving

Chen et al. (2017) developed a working paper on the value of work flexibility as deduced from studying UBER drivers. The study was funded by the the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). A 2018 NBER working paper on gender and rideshare drivers, written by Cook et al., was summarized by Miranda Moore in The Washington Post.

-DD

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Australia's "My Health Record"

Ariel Bogle reports on the security of Australian's "My Health Record ."

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Smartphones Are Ubiquitous

P. J. Bednarski reports that smartphones are becoming as ubiquitous as television, with 87% of households have at least one.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Multipoint Instruction

Jacqueline Burger and Damon Hunnicutt identify Bucks County Community College as a leader in multi-campus course instruction . The College has developed an audiovisual infrastructure able to provide engaging lectures and interaction in numerous locations.

-DD

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Monday, July 16, 2018

Origin of the Word "Quiltbag"

Allan Metcalf explores the queer origins of the word quiltbag .

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Cities Where Jobs Abound

Matt Alderton cites a report from Monster.com indicating that the biggest U.S. cities are where work is available .

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

Social Media Can Poison Discourse

J. Robinson expresses concern that social media is dividing us into contending tribes.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Graph Databases

Serdar Yegulalp explains graph database technology.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

How Public Libraries Communicate

OCLC has released a report exploring how public libraries communicate. Findings include:

  • 96% use social media;
  • 84% post photos, videos, or library information on social media;
  • 70% send email messages;
  • 40% have a communications strategy, but only 17% say it's current;
  • 71% say they don’t have the necessary staff resources;
  • 25% have marketing professionals on staff.

-DD

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Obesity Across Generations

Kashmira Gander reports on a Harvard University study which shows that the mother's diet may be a cause of her child's obesity. I suspect that epigenetic activity may be responsible.

-DD

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Future of Higher Education

Jeffrey Selingo shares the vision Georgia Tech projects for the future of higher education. In summary:

  1. The University will serve the student for their lifetime.
  2. The University will provide lifetime coaching and advising.
  3. The University will have a worldwide presence.

-DD

Monday, July 09, 2018

Writing Style and Idioms

Ann Curzan muses on writing style and idioms.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

Syrian Christians

Jayson Casper reports that Mideast Christians look to Russia as their defender - not the West.

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Saturday, July 07, 2018

The Orange Glow of the Computer Monitor

Amber Case suggests that web interfaces should have orange hues for better human health. It appears that blue or blue-white light can trigger health problems such as sleeplessness and obesity.

I can remember decades ago when European nations mandated that CRT monitors used orange as the most healthy color.

-DD

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Friday, July 06, 2018

Tim Berners-Lee and Individual Freedom

Katrina Brooker interviewed Tim Berners-Lee, the scientist who helped develop the standards of the Internet. Now that half of the world population has some type of Internet access, Berners-Lee expresses anger at how the technology has been used:

...the Web had failed instead of served humanity, as it was supposed to have done, and failed in many places. [The increasing centralization of the Web] ended up producing—with no deliberate action of the people who designed the platform—a large-scale emergent phenomenon which is anti-human.
Berners-Lee expresses concern about the growth of both Internet firms and government agencies that eliminate individual's privacy or promote hidden agendas.

Berners-Lee is now working on technologies for decentralizing information, including software called Solid. Disciples are developing protocols to create a Web of Trust, such as ActivityPub.

-DD

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

BitCoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Matthew Frankel reports that Warren Buffett is a critic of cryptocurrencies .

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Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Coffee as a Medication

Kashmira Gander reports in Newsweek on UK research indicating that moderate coffee drinking can have both positive and negative effects on the human body.

Gander notes that:

Past studies have indicated an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of developing chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s and cancers of the liver, bowel, colon and endometrium. But evidence also suggests caffeine could cause high blood pressure or heart attacks in those who find it tough to metabolize.
Gander says that safe consumption is typically defined as less than six cups a day, though there are genetic differences in humans which make some people more or less sensitive to caffeine. Those drinking more coffee still seem to live longer than their peers who abstain.

Coffee drinking may correlate with health without causing health. My thought is that those whose lifestyle includes daily drinking many cups of coffee may have other significant lifestyle factors which tend to be present among those they are not about to die. For example, it can be inferred that heavy coffee consumption means that an individual has significant disposable income. Or coffee consumption may be a by-product of an active social life, or consumed to "power through" tasks that provides a sense of purpose.

-DD

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What Does It Mean to Be a "Christian Nation"

Mark Galli, Editor of Christianity Today, for July 4th reviews the claim that the United States is a Christian nation .

Galli's response in his final paragraph is sharp:

But let us not proclaim that we are a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. That is a lie—one might even call it a blasphemy. America is a great and terrible nation, like so many others (“terrible” meaning having done dreadful things but also “formidible in nature”). Let us continue to love it, as we love our flawed families and friends. Let us continue to serve it as God leads us to. Let us continue to reform it, as has been the practice of every generation. And most of all, let us continue to pray for it, that God would continue to have mercy on us and on our children, and on our children’s children to the third and fourth generation.

-DD

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Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Online College Students Report

The Online College Students report indicates that:

  1. 85 percent of students feel that online is as good or better than an onsite course.
  2. Online students need career services.
  3. Online students use mobile technology.
  4. Students want more majors offered.

-DD

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Solitude

Zat Rana suggests that the ability to use solitude is very important for knowledge workers.

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Sunday, July 01, 2018

Top Travel Worries

Loren Edelstein lists the concerns of travelers .

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

U.S. Department of Education

Sarah Brown reports that the President wants to fold the Education Department into a department with workforce responsibilities.

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Diverse Viewpoints

Tom Bartlett writes about diverse campus viewpoints and the presentations at the Open Mind Conference .

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Monday, June 25, 2018

JPMorgan Summer Reading List

Jacob Sonenshine shares JPMorgan's 2018 summer reading list .

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Exercise and Brain Development

Adami1, Pagano1, Colombo1, Platonova1, Recchia2, Chiaramonte1, Bottinelli2, Canepari2, & Daniele Bottai1 (2018) report on improving an animal's brain function through use of leg exercise , an activity which encourages brain tissue development.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Social Isolation

Hilary Brueck writes how social isolation damages your brain and body.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Student Recovery From Trauma

Beckie Supiano offers suggestions for helping students cope with trauma .

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Price's Law

Darius Foroux blogs about Price's Law and productivity.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Domain Name Service

Lin Clark describes the Internet's domain name service (DNS) and security enhancements now available.

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Technology Trends

Josh Constine condenses Mary Meeker's 294 slide 2018 report on technology trends to 10 major points .

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Rest for Success

By Alex Soojung-Kim Pang suggests that successful innovators need rest and relaxation as much as hours on the job. Pang cites a survey of psychology professors done by Raymond Van Zelst and William Kerr:

Scientists who spent 25 hours in the workplace were no more productive than those who spent five. Scientists working 35 hours a week were half as productive as their 20-hours-a-week colleagues.
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Inculcating Positive Habits

James Clear recommends that those seeking to develop a positive habit should:

  1. "make a specific plan for when, where, and how you are going to implement it."
  2. "focus entirely on one habit."
  3. Practice! "it takes at least two months for new habits to become automatic behaviors."

-DD

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