How Google Is Changing Your Memory #yam

Memorization sometimes gets a bad rap in the education world. Yes, education IS way more than just memorizing facts, dates, formulas, spellings, and pronunciations. But you do have to get information into the brain somehow, right? Technology has brought more information to our fingertips, but does it also make us forget things more easily? The handy infographic below takes a look at how Google and its tools have changed how we find and retain information. Pretty interesting stuff – and if you can’t remember it later to tell your colleagues about what you read, you can always refer back to this page!

via How Google Is Changing Your Memory – Edudemic.

The 15 Best Free Social Media Dashboards and Tools – SumAll #yam

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English: Infographic on how Social Media are being used, and how everything is changed by them. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If social media marketing is all about creating powerful, cost-effective method for connecting your brand or company with your customers, why are so many social media analytics platforms and tools so expensive? The price tags for some professional-level social media dashboard systems alone can add hundreds of dollars a month to even the most humble marketing campaigns. What gives?

The reality is that most individuals, small businesses and mid-size brands don’t need the high-powered, enterprise-level tools the big guys use. In fact, many of the best tools and platforms are available for free.

Take a look at the 15 best free social media dashboards and tools that can be used for free, and you just might become top banana in social media marketing.

via The 15 Best Free Social Media Dashboards and Tools – SumAll.

Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job — The Message — Medium #yam

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English: Art Impact, Collective Retinal Memory – Maurice Benayoun Virtual Reality, Internet, interactive music (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Google abandons its past, Internet archivists step in to save our collective memory

via Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job — The Message — Medium.

50 Little-Known Ways Google Docs Can Help In Education | Edudemic

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Google Docs is such an incredible tool for college students, offering collaboration, portability, ease of use, and widespread acceptance. But there are so many options, both hidden and obvious, that there’s a good chance you’re not using Google Docs to its fullest capability.

We’ve discovered 50+ great tips for getting the most out of Google Docs as a student, with awesome ideas and tricks for collaboration, sharing, and staying productive.

via 50 Little-Known Ways Google Docs Can Help In Education | Edudemic.

You may have ‘Big Data’ and not know it… can you protect it? – IBM Software Blog

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Big Data (Photo credit: Kevin Krejci)

You may have ‘Big Data’ and not know it… can you protect it?

To many security executives the word “Big Data” seems to being something that someone else has and thus not applicable to ones own enterprise.  Many Security managers assume that their own data-center is traditional and that ‘Big Data’ is something that enterprises like Amazon or Google use.  Such thinking cannot be further from the truth.   With the rise in machine-to-machine M2M communication, i.e. interconnectivity, there is a huge rise in the data that is available and logged.  So if you have website and have logs of all the activity on the website then you certainly have ‘big data’.

Four characteristics of Big Data

There are four characteristics of Big Data:

Phew  – we now have the play on the words out of the way!

Even the most conservative enterprise has a huge amount of log files that can provide great insight into their own operations or customer needs. As organizations try to ingest and manage this useful data, there is also the implication that this data is useful to anyone who can break in and access this data. Organizations also need to be aware that much of this data could be sensitive data such as financial, health, and personal or other types of sensitive information that are subject to regulations or even sensitive to the business like revenue data.

via You may have ‘Big Data’ and not know it… can you protect it? – IBM Software Blog.

TeachThought | 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028

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Technology Map – Tutornet (Photo credit: steven w)

Technology is changing at a rapid pace, so much so that it’s challenging to grasp.

While there is little uniformity in technology, there are some trends worth noting that have spurred tangent innovation, including speed (a shift from dial-up top broad band), size (from huge computers to small handheld devices), and connectivity (through always-on apps and social media).

In fact, we have some to expect nearly instant obsolescence—smartphone contracts that last a mere 24 months seem like ages. Whether this is a matter of trend or function is a matter of perspective, but it’s true that technology is changing—and not just as a matter of power, but tone.

In 2013, technology has become not just a tool, but a standard and matter of credibility. While learning by no means requires technology, to design learning without technology is an exercise in spite—proving a point at the cost of potential. And it’s difficult to forget how new this is.

Fifteen years ago, a current high school sophomore was born.

So was Google.

via TeachThought | 30 Incredible Ways Technology Will Change Education By 2028.

Google Apps For Education


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Nice video explanation of using Google Apps in education.

Google Apps For Education | Twine

RETOOLING THE CLASSROOM: NEW APPROACHES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY Bridging the Gap Connecting education with how young people use digital technology in their personal lives

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Software Alternatives


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Lifehacker has a post talking about, an on-line search engine that give alternatives to well known software. Like Photoshop? Try The Gimp!

Lifehacker – AlternativeTo Suggests Software Alternatives – Search engines


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Posterous for Picture Twitting


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Posterous API: We’re a direct replacement for TwitPic

Posted by Sachin Agarwal to The Official Posterous Posterous

The Posterous API is a direct replacement for the TwitPic API used in
desktop twitter clients and iPhone applications. It lets you upload
photos to your Posterous site using just Twitter credentials.

Except it’s better. We allow you to upload multiple photos and you get
an image gallery. We offer the full size download of the image, or a
zip file of multiple images. It posts to *your* Posterous site, which
may have a custom domain and Google Analytics. And we autopost not
just to Twitter, but also Facebook, Flickr, and many blogs. Oh, and
TwitPic is down all the time. That’s no fun.

Michael Arrington, Guy Kawasaki, and Rainn Wilson all use Posterous in
place of Twitpic. They email photos to Posterous, and we update their
Twitter and Facebook accounts. We’re extending this to the desktop and
iPhone apps with this API.

Coming soon: support for audio, video, and other files. We can handle it all.

If you use a Twitter client that has TwitPic support, email them and
let them know they can add Posterous support today! We use all the
same methods, responses and errors, so integration should be a breeze.

API documentation can be found here.

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Make Use of… Anything


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Make Use Of is a great site with tips for doing all sorts of things on your computer. On the day I looked the front page had a link to:

Add it to your feed reader today.

Cool Websites, Software and Internet Tips

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