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A History of Social Media – Infographic

History of Social Media

If you think that social media started with Facebook and Twitter (or even MySpace, remember that?) then you don’t know the half of it!!  Both of today’s social media giants are relative newcomers to the game.  From Arpanet in 1969 to billions of mobile users today, social media is constantly changing and evolving and doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all.  Today’s infographic was designed by Karim Benyagoub (@karim_designs) for Cendrine Marrouat and originally published on Creative Ramblings.  If you’d like to chat about it, I have my original ICQ number around here somewhere! 🙂

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Posted by on July 18, 2013 in Infographics

 

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The iPad as the Teacher’s Pet – Infographic

The iPad as Teacher’s Pet

Having an iPad in your classroom can be one of the most tools in your arsenal as it’s a veritable Swiss Army Knife of technology.  Today’s infographic takes you through the many ways you can use this great device, even if you only have one for yourself.  Explore different ways to use the iPad as well as useful apps (many of which are free) that can help you use this technology in your classroom immediately! [VIA – Learning in Hand with Tony Vincent]

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Posted by on July 12, 2013 in Infographics

 

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Show: A New Way to Look at the World — Interactive Maps

Show: A New Way to Look at the World

Show: A New Way to Look at the World is a fantastic interactive site that takes demographics and societal data and displays it in a unique way for the United States, Japan, and the world as a whole.  Show would be a great resource for not only history and social studies classrooms (It’s a sociological goldmine!) but also geography and math classes as you can use the data, correlations, and spatial relationships to interpret the maps.

Begin using Show by choosing the region you wish to view, either the United States or Japan (divided by states and prefectures, respectively) or a world map that will deal with countries.  You can then choose a category for study, whether they be broad concepts such as basic demographics (population, language, religion, etc.), more specific concepts like natural resources, GDP, and education, to the more unique categories like distribution of Wal-Marts and number of UFO sightings.

Take some time to explore before you try using this unique resource in class or have students use it during a free period or as a different way to research.  I got lost in the maps on Show for quite a long time myself and still haven’t seen half of it!

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2013 in Websites

 

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Evolution of File Storage – Infographic

The Evolution of File Storage

With a focus on audio and video files, today’s infographic traces the history of file storage from wax cylinders through .mp3 files as well as how we have shifted to storing more photos and books as digital media files today.  [VIA]

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Infographics

 

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Video of the Day – 4/2/14 (Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium)

Daily Video — “Animated GIFs: The Birth of a Medium

From PBS, learn the history of the .gif file format and how it is quickly becoming a new online art form driven by social media sites.  Moving from the pixellated images of the late 1980s to modern cinemagraphs, see how thee files are being used by artists and not just for dancing babies and cats anymore!

All videos are owned by their respective YouTube channels and users and are embedded here for your benefit to use in class in compliance with the appropriate copyright provisions.
 
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Posted by on April 2, 2013 in Daily Video

 

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iBrainstorm — Collaborative Creation App

iBrainstorm

Another in a great line of creation and creativity apps, iBrainstorm allows students to collaborate on projects through their iPads.  It is essentially a free form drawing and writing app that can allow students to set up flow charts and graphical designs, storyboard their creative writing, or even create notes or comics.

iBrainstorm allows multiple users to create place their ideas on the board as well as add annotations, suggestions and notes through a sticky-pad feature.  This is ideal for group collaborative projects and allowing students who might need the added help to map out their thoughts and ideas.

A sister app, iBrainstorm Companion is also available for the iPhone or iPod and allows up to 4 students to work on the same document at once.  They can add or create notes and pieces on their iPhone or iPod then “flick” them to the connected iPad to produce their final product.

iBrainstorm would be ideally used in a collaborative, project-based learning environment where students are comfortable with, and responsible enough, to use their own technology independently to produce great content.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2013 in Apps, Tips & Tricks

 

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Video of the Day – 3/27/13 (The Art of Web Design)

Daily Video — “The Art of Web Design”

Today’s video from PBS covers the basic elements of how to design an appealing website.  A brief history of web design from HTML through CSS and Javascript is included, as well as why some elements of webpages are more appealing than others to the users.  This is a great brief intro to web design for marketing or business students, as well as programmers.

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Posted by on March 27, 2013 in Daily Video

 

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