Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Weekend Ed Quote ~ September 26

Helping students troubleshoot their errors like this should be a primary role of every teacher. There’s nothing to troubleshoot, though, if kids never run into trouble. Lesson planning should thus be more about anticipating students’ errors and preparing to help them learn from those errors than trying to develop presentations that prevent all errors. Provide students activities that involve applying information, and be ready to help them when they get tripped up.~David Ginsberg, in this post

 

 

 

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Skype is Down: Looks Like We Are Going to Need To Talk The Old-Fashioned Way

A problem with Skype’s status system has meant many people are currently unable to use the service.

Reports about Skype being unavailable started at about 09:00 BST on Monday morning in the UK.

In a statement, Skype-owner Microsoft said it had “detected an issue with the status settings” on Skype that show if someone is online or not.

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Source Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34312694?ocid=socialflow_twitter

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 19

Don’t wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself.

Sara Henderson

 

 

 

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ABC News and Virtual Reality Storytelling

ABC News Takes Viewers to Syria With Virtual Reality Storytelling
ABC News has become the first major U.S. news division to launch a virtual reality platform taking viewers directly to where news is happening (TVNewser). ABC News notes that more viewers access their news from mobile devices  than from desktop computers (Pew Research and (Variety).

The inaugural project, in collaboration with Jaunt, a VR film technology company, gives viewers a look at historical sites in Damascus, Syria, making ABC the first major broadcast news network to venture into virtual reality storytelling.  (Politico Media)

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Would you prefer to Dislike?

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that they will soon begin beta-testing a Dislike button. Zuckerberg said Facebook wants to limit use of the button to expressing sympathy when someone posts something sad or upsetting. “What they really want is an ability to express empathy,” said Zuckerberg. “If you’re expressing something sad, it may not feel comfortable to ‘like’ that post, but your friends and people want to be able to express that they understand.” (Sources: WSJ / CMO Today / SocialTimes)

Wondering while typing, if you are reading this and are a current Facebook user, would you use a ‘Dislike’ button in your communication and posts?

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 12

[The] invisible residue of old memories helps a person remember that same material again more quickly than before.
~Dr. Dan Willingham, a cognitive scientist at the University of Virginia, in a recent article in The Atlantic magazine

 

Katherine Rawson and John Dunlosky have called this practice“successive relearning. ”The thing that makes memories of what we’ve learned “indelible,” Willingham writes, is returning to that material again and again, writes Annie Murphy Paul in this article.

 

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Financial Times to Drop Paywall for 24 Hours

Financial Times to Drop Paywall for 24 Hours

The Financial Times is celebrating 20 years of FT.com by making it free to all for 24 hours, starting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, September 9th (U.K. time). The move to open up the site was based on the Financial Times?€? research that showed when non-subscribers get a taste of the content, they stick around and become subscribers. (Source: FishbowlNY)
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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ September 5

As back-to-school continues or commences…remember…

If you don’t have a strategy, you’re part of someone else’s strategy.
~Alvin Toffler

 

 

 

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