Shutterstock has reverse engineered Google’s watermark-removal app

Stock photo vendors might not be all that screwed up in the end. Only a week after Google released a paper detailing how its researchers built an algorithm that automatically removes watermarks from stock photos, Shutterstock has already put together an antidote. Taking a cue from the internet giant, the popular stock photo distributor managed […]

Scholarly communications shouldn’t just be open, but non-profit too

Jefferson Pooley, LSE Impact Blog, London School of Economics, Aug 21, 2017 The considerations in this post addressed to scholarly publishing could also be applied to open educational resources. “The profit motive is fundamentally misaligned with core values of academic life, potentially corroding ideals like unfettered inquiry, knowledge-sharing, and cooperative progress,” argues Jefferson Pooley. It’s […]

Fellow Swifties, Taylor Swift just posted a mysterious video after wiping her social media profiles

After Taylor Swift wiped her social media profiles (insert hackneyed Blank Space joke here), speculation grew as to what the country-turned-pop star was up to. Is the follow-up to 1989 on the horizon? Who knows? The Pennsylvania-born pop star just published the following video to her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages. pic.twitter.com/p2DyY0e2M3 — Taylor Swift […]

How I found myself through music | Anika Paulson

“Music is everywhere, and it is in everything,” says musician, student and TED-Ed Clubs star Anika Paulson. Guitar in hand, she plays through the beats of her life in an exploration of how music connects us and makes us what we are. Source: fddd

Reminder – Real World Problems = Problems That Matter to Students

As the new school year gets rolling many of us will be considering using problem-based learning to engage our students in learning experiences. Some of us will try to incorporate “real world problems.” When we do so we have to remember that what we think of as “real world problems” are always “real world problems” […]

PechaKucha:  A Different Method for Student Presentation and Writing

Recently, I attended the Lilly Conference on Designing Effective Teaching in Asheville, NC.  Dr. Richard Straw, Professor of History at Redford University, demonstrated a PechaKucha and discuss how he uses them assignments in his class. PechaKucha, Japanese for “chit-chat”, is a fast-paced presentation style that has gained popularity in the past decade in design, marketing, […]

5 Things You Can Learn in Tomorrow's Practical Ed Tech Webinar

Last week on Practical Ed Tech I hosted Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners. The webinar sold out and many people have since asked if I was going to host it again. So by popular demand I’m hosting it again tomorrow at 4pm EST. There are five main items that will be addressed during the […]

Let’s Retire #MTBoS

Dan Meyer, dy/dan, Aug 21, 2017 This story is amusing from a distance and in retrospect, but I’m sure it was less funny for those involved at the time. MTBos – which stands for “Math Twitter BlogoSphere” – was set up as a hashtag and web site in order to welcome math teachers to the online […]

TimelinesTV – Good, Short History Lessons

I was recently looking through some of my older posts about timelines when I was reminded of TimelinesTV. TimelinesTV was originally built as a site that featured video lessons displayed on a timeline. Today, the timelines don’t function well (the site hasn’t been updated in a few years), but the videos are still available through […]

This Amazing South Bronx School Grows 50,000 Pounds of Vegetables a Year

Episode 131 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today Stephen Ritz @StephenRitz grows 50,000 pounds of vegetables in the Bronx. As founder of the Green Bronx Machine, his students grow plants while learning more and going onto college. Exciting! Today’s sponsor is Kids Discover. […]

10 Good Options for Creating Digital Portfolios

Yesterday’s Practical Ed Tech weekly newsletter featured ten tools that your students can use this year to create digital portfolios. A copy of the handout that was included in the newsletter is embedded below. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.               Related […]

Elon Musk is right: we should all be worried about killer robots

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, along with 115 other artificial intelligence and robotics specialists, has signed an open letter to urge the United Nations to recognize the dangers of lethal autonomous weapons and to ban their use internationally. The letter was released at the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI 2017) in Melbourne […]

InstructureCon 2017: Culture as a competitive weapon

In our recent coverage of BbWorld and D2L Fusion, Michael and I came away impressed. Both companies are improving and doing so in ways showing them listening to customers, empathizing, and developing product enhancements with more engaging user experiences. Both companies are doing so by attempting to change their company cultures to support these behaviors. […]

Chin up, the Great American Eclipse is today!

For the first time in 99 years, today people across the continental US will be able to see a total solar eclipse. The eclipse will be partially visible across a large swath of the United States, while those in the 70 mile wide “path of totality” stretching from Oregon to South Carolina will be able […]

Microsoft’s speech recognition system hits a new accuracy milestone

 Microsoft announced today that its conversational speech recognition system has reached a 5.1% error rate, its lowest so far. This surpasses the 5.9% error rate reached last year by a group of researchers from Microsoft Artificial Intelligence and Research and puts its accuracy on par with professional human transcribers who have advantages like the ability to […]

15 Startups to Watch and What Their Value Proposition Can Teach Your Business

Every year, new ideas gain support and determined startups gain momentum. As they do, they influence market direction and user behavior. In just the last year alone, we’ve witnessed huge strides in augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics, and autonomous transportation. All of these new areas of innovation are blurring the line between science […]

Beyond Amazon and Alibaba: what’s next for e-commerce?

Even with advantages, can startups truly outsmart Alibaba and Amazon? The answer is yes, and the reason is the massive amount of growth that remains to be realized in e-commerce. Amazon and Alibaba may be gobbling up the lion’s share of the two markets, but e-commerce still amounts to just 8% and 16% of the total ~$9 […]

For its latest trick, watch this Tesla Model X smoke a Lamborghini supercar

 The “Ludicrous” Teslas are ludicrous indeed. And this video posted to YouTube by DragTimes is just the latest in a series of evidentiary exhibits that proves it. In the video, a Tesla Model X P100D crossover SUV is pitted against a $530,000 Lamborghini Aventador. Spoiler alert: the Tesla beats it by .05 of a second, […]

Yesterday’s “plastics” are today’s crypto tokens

 What “The Graduate” can teach about today’s cryptocurrencies Read More Source: 77

Why security leadership is essential for your company

Nobody needs to be told how the internet’s growth is giving way to new opportunities and opening new doors — but what exactly are these new possibilities? Security leadership is one of many new opportunities, but it’s often not taken seriously enough because. Most of the new phenomena created by the internet’s growth aren’t easily […]

Microsoft opens Xbox One X pre-orders with limited ‘Project Scorpio Edition’

If you’ve been waiting to pre-order an Xbox One X, now’s your chance. Microsoft has opened up pre-orders for its new flagship console, starting at $499. What’s more, the earliest adopters will receive a limited “Project Scorpio Edition” as well. For those not keeping up, when Microsoft revealed Project Scorpio would officially be called the […]

Microsoft kicks off Xbox One X pre-orders today with a limited ‘Project Scorpio’ edition

 Microsoft just pulled the trigger on Xbox One X pre-orders, offering up the souped up version of its console for $499. Unveiled back at E3 in June after a year’s worth of teasers, the latest Xbox One features more memory and improved processing designed for 4K playback. The company is also using its platform at […]

Dunce’s App

Audrey Watters, The Baffler, Aug 21, 2017 I think it’s important to distinguish between ‘behaviourism’ – the theory that mental states are essentially equivalent to behaviours or (Ryle) dispositions to behave – and ‘behaviour management’ – methods and tools to encourage correct behaviour. Hero K12, described by Audrey Watters in this post, focuses on the […]

I found everything on Tinder except my dream date

Tinder was one of the first innovative apps to break out on the dating scene. The app boasts over 10 million matches, but there’s a dark side of Tinder one needs to swipe through to find their true love. I have never used the app before, but curiosity killed the cat. I downloaded the app […]

Watch Microsoft’s Xbox One X Gamescom conference live right here

 Microsoft is about to share the last details on the Xbox One X with a press conference ahead of the Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. You can watch it live right here at 12 PM on the West Coast, 3 PM on the East Coast, 8 PM in the U.K., 9 PM in Germany. The company […]

Google needs to pay Apple a small fortune to remain the default search engine on iOS

 Apple and Google could be the biggest frenemies in tech. While they both compete like there’s no tomorrow, they also partner on some very specific deals. For instance, Google is paying a ton of money to remain the default search engine on iOS. As CNBC first reported, according to a Bernstein analyst, Google could pay […]

Gillmor Gang: Ah-Clem

 The Gillmor Gang — Philip Proctor, Frank Radice, Kevin Marks, Denis Pombriant, and Steve Gillmor. Recorded live Saturday, August 19, 2017. The Firesign Theatre’s Phil Proctor joins the Gang. Topics preclude: will the realDonaldTrump please step down, what is reality, Siri’s Easter egg, and other mysteries from the vaults of time. @stevegillmor, @FIRESIGNPHIL,… Read More […]

How to Engage in Pseudoscience With Real Data: A Criticism of John Hattie's Arguments in Visible Learning from the Perspective of a Statistician

Pierre-Jérôme Bergeron, McGill Journal of Education, Aug 20, 2017 This post is everything a proper refutation of education pseudoscience should be.It is a mistake to use Hattie’s analysis as the basis for educational policy or instructional design, as this paper makes clear. Some context: in 2008 John Hattie publiched Visible Learning, which is essentially a meta-analysis […]

Let’s review some of tech’s big second quarter financial stories

 Now that the second-quarter “earnings season” — when all of the biggest public tech companies spill their financial guts to the public — is over, and it was filled with a lot of weird stories that seemed a little outside of the mold that we normally see. There weren’t any blockbuster product launches, huge advertising […]

Get started in cryptocurrency with this beginner’s directory

The wonderful world of cryptocurrency has grown from a budding idea to a full-fledged market bonanza. Hopefully you’re savvy to the terminology and ready to start putting your money where your technology is. This directory should provide you with the basic starting points to begin building your fortune in digital money. (Don’t forget that cryptocurrency […]

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