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Librarian at Indiana Wesleyan University's Cleveland Education Center.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Teaching Innovation

Ted Dintersmith suggests in this video that people need to be taught in such a way as to encourage innovation. He has sponsored a new documentary on innovation in some schools, with the hopes that innovation will be generally taught.

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Ted Dintersmith from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Google's Tools for Mobile Web Design

Aleyda Solis exhorts webmasters to consult Google's Mobile SEO tools when designing their website. She specifically mentions:

  1. Is Your Web Page Mobile-Friendly
  2. Fetch as Google
  3. Mobility Usability Report

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Smart Glasses

Tom Elgan provides an in-depth look at the impact smart glasses are having on business and education. He predicts these augmented reality devices, which display additional environmental information to the user, will transform our lives in future years.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Art Cities

Matt Alderton shares a list of top art cities in the United States.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Virtual Reality Technology

Goldie Blumenstyk shares the research into the research of Jeremy Bailenson on virtual reality and both its emotional cost and development of empathy.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Big Data

Sean Silverthorne reports on big data research at Harvard.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Evaluating Critical Thinking

Becky Supiano interviews Greg Heileman, Vice-Provost at the University of New Mexico, about the value of the CLA+ exam, which measures the growth of critical thinking in a student over time. The institution uses the reports to improve the educational experience to foster critical thought. Heileman also suggests that perhaps the score will be used on student resumes in the future, as so many occupations require critical thinking ability.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Google Maps vs. Waze

Derek Walter compares both Google Mapx and Waze in this review .

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Failure Happens - And Prepares One for Future Challenges

Melanie Nelson shares the importance of dealing positively with failure . Nelson cites the research of Carol Dweck's research (explored in this TED Talk) which shows that repeated experiences of practicing to master a skill developes a beneficial "growth mindset" that will help one succeed throughout life. In contrast, thouse who only have experience working within their area of strength may not be motivated to take on challenges in life.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Humility and Civility

Michael Patrick Lynch argues that humility, information literacy and basic epistemic fallacies should be taught in the university. Lynch is concerned that holders of divergent beliefs are becoming more arrogant and more un-civil. He sees some common web technology as a driver for this arrogance, as "the analytics that drive the internet don’t just get us more information; they get us more of the information we want" (para. 3). He observes that society needs to agree on a balance betweeen conviction and humility that allows diversity of belief.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Life Without Google

Samuel Axon describes his five months eschewing Google services .

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Cognitive Biases

Quora has a discussion thread on cognitive biases .

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Security and the Internet of Things

The Pew Research Center report Internet of Things predicts that some people will disconnect from Internet resources because of privacy fears.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

FERPA

The U.S. Department of Education explains the limitations on distributing information about students due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

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Yelp for Colleges

J. Clara Chan cites Jonathan Rothwell's research into college ratings .

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Android "In Apps" Search

Derek Walter shows how to use Google's In Apps function to quickly search the contents of an Android phone.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Overwhelming Volumes of Data

Thor Olavsrud suggests that some companies keep too much data , making it difficult to later search for specific information.

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Friday, June 09, 2017

Cognative Computing Explained

Bob Violino explains the basics of cognative computing , and how the concept compares with artifical intelligence.

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Social Media Attracts Patrons to the Library

Princh, the printer management company, suggests how one can use these social media tools to attract more patrons to the library: Libraries offer a plethora of creative and interesting events, but a lot of times people find out about them a few days after they took place. Several library studies and research such as the one made by Pew Research Center (and most recently by the Carnegie UK Trust) emphasize that libraries must make their audiences aware of library programming and services.



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Frugal Mobile Plans

rick Broida compares 17 no-contract mobile carriers found in the U.S.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Ethics of Testing

Laura Ascione discusses the ethics of predictive admissions testing .

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Monday, June 05, 2017

Early Retirement

Kristine Wong suggests that "Why Early Retirement Isn’t as Awesome as It Sounds ."

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Social Rejection and Longetivity

Mitch Prinstein reports on the health effects of social rejection . Prinstein shares that researchers George Slavich and Steve Cole found that social rejection has an epigenetic effect on DNA.

Prinstein then speculates on the reason for this effect on lifespan.

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Saturday, June 03, 2017

Android Update

J. R. Raphael forecasts what new productivity features in the Fall Android release .

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Genesis of the Term "Amazon"

Bam Bino discusses the origins of the term "Amazon," or as Herodotus called them: "Oiorpata ," that is, "man killer."

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Thursday, June 01, 2017

Gmail vs. Inbox

Michael Simon compares the stock Gmail client and the Inbox client . Simon slightly favors Inbox because it adds valuable features like "undo" to Gmail. However, the stock Gmail client can link to other message severs beside Google's, while the Inbox client is limited.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Password Managers

Tim Ferrill recommends six password managers for a variety of devices and operating systems . These include 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass, LastPass, RoboForm and SplashID Safe.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Graduate Earnings Information Is Hard to Find

Adam Harris writes about efforts to provide potential students with an estimate of potential earnings as the result of obtaining a specific degree at a specific academic institution.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Google Assistant Tips

Derek Walter shares tips on using Google Assistant .

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Knowledge Management Pyramid

Nathan Kesdever shares the Knowledge Management Pyramid , which values knowledge as more valuable than a store of information.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Family Information

Michael Simon suggests methods families can use Android apps for sharing information and images.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Productivity Apps

Paul Mah shares nine productivity apps for Windows computers.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Future North American Eclipses

GreatAmericanEclipse.com has a colorful chart of eclipses predicted for North America in the 21st century.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Consciousness

Karl Friston explores consciousness in this essay.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Prediction and Mental Health

Martin Seligman and John Terney suggests that "We aren't Built to Live in the Moment ."

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Recommended Readings

Oliver Staley reports on recommended readings suggested by industry leaders.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Worldview Distortion

Michael Dougherty rants about filter bubbles resulting from Internet news and opinion sites.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Computer Specifications

David Nield suggests the most important computer specifications to be considered when purchasing a new computer.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Brain Exercises

Erin Brodwin offers exercises for the human brain.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

The Cost of Mis-Information

Julia Belluz notes that measles is on the rise due to vaccine deniers .

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Baumol's "Cost Disease" and the Price of Education

Timothy Lee explains William Baumol's economic theory, called cost disease , which explains why personnel-intensive services such as education are becoming more expensive than material goods which can be produced by automation. It is a problem of scaling and values.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Paul McNamara is irritated at having to pay a monthly fee for an "unlisted " landline number.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Collaboration

Michael Frendo suggests that some employees do better work if they can work from home .

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Changing Retail Methods

Jack Gold suggests that current online retail giants may struggle if 3-D printers improve .

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Public Relations and Social Media

Kristin Burnham suggests how companies can defuse a social media crisis .

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

Privacy Protection and Abusers

Taylor Armerding observes that unrestricted privacy protection with also protect child abusers .

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Net Neutrality Rulings

Grant Gross explains the FCC's request for comments on its plan to remove some of the restrictions on corporations which privided net neutrality .

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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Supporting Obsolete Wi-Fi Technology

Jon Gold notes that old wi-fi technology has many failings, but that organizations with old equipment still must support it.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Employee Surveillance

The Economist recently highlighted how posh tech offices are loaded with surveillance technology to track the activity of their workers.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Power-Sipping Edge Browser

Gregg Keiser reports that the Edge browser uses very few resources compared with the competitors.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Coming Android Update

Michael Simon shares features anticipated in the projected May Android release.

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Secure Data Transmission With HTTPS://

Michael Kan reports that Google Chrome will begin displaying that web pages served with HTTP:// shall be labeled as insecure. FireFox has already been doping this.

This will frighten many users of websites, even if secure data transmission is not important for fiscal security. Therefore, Google has developed a guide for webmasters to enable secure HTTPS:// data transmission, eliminating the message from the viewers of the site.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Exiting Poverty

Gillian White reviews Peter Temin's arguement that the U.S. is becoming a two-class state defined by income inequality. Temin's research indicates that it takes a generation for people to work themselves out of poverty, and that only if everything goes well.

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Expertise and Professionalism

Alina Dizik suggests that young people should focus on developing skills, not credentials for a profession . One roadblock Dizik mentions is that many individuals develop their identity from profession, and would not be comfortable expanding their work outside the bounds of the narrow confines of the "profession" concept.

My take is that if a person needs ten thousand hours to gain expertise, then there is still a need for professions with a narrow, defined range of paractice. I would want a brain surgeon to have participated in hundreds of surgeries before working on my head.

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Friday, April 28, 2017

"Sheeple" Enters Dictionary

Paul McNamara observes that "sheeple " has become an entry in the dictionary.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Security and Productivity Tools

Ann Bednarz shares enterprise security and productivity tools.

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Internet Archive Software

Ian Paul reports that the Internet Archive is hosting operating system emulators .

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Economic Benefits of Training

James Heskett proposes that more funding be given to training the "human infrastructure " in our nation.

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Related audio on Germans training Syrian refugees.

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Speed Up Your Windows 10 Computer

Melissa Riofrio developed a video which shows which settings can be tweaked to speed up a windows 10 computer.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Free Apps for Windows 10

Woody Leonhard lists 30 free apps for Windows 10.

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