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SMMRY (pronounced SUMMARY): the best text summarising tool on the Internet
UTILITY/ WEBSITE: : Don't let the stark, visually unappealing interface get in the way of the value of this site. It is easily the best, most powerful utility of its kind. The plain interface comes with a host of options for refining the output. SMMRY was created to summarise articles and text. SMMRY's mission is to provide an efficient manner of understanding text, which is done primarily by reducing the text to only the most important sentences. SOURCE: SMMRY ... Read More
The global learning crisis — and what to do about it
VIDEO: Easily the most crucial infrastructure we have in hand is educated minds, declares former Tunisian government minister Amel Karboul. Too often large investments go to more visible initiatives such as roads and bridges, when it's the minds of our children that will really create a brighter future. In this incisive public lecture, she discusses actionable recommendations to guarantee that every single child remains in school-- and learning-- within just one generation. SOURCE: TED ... Read More
How to be a know-it-all
How to be a know-it-all
LONG ARTICLE FOR HARDCORE READERS: The yearning for mastery, or, more cynically, the yearning for the illusion of mastery, has helped make a basically nerdy series from a basically nerdy publishing house impressively popular. Since the Very Short Introductions were launched, in 1995, they have collectively sold eight million copies and been translated into forty-nine languages. Roughly fifty new titles are published every year; all told, the in-house list of topics to be covered currently runs to one thousand two hundred and fifteen. Nor will matters end there. In fact, matters will not end anywhere; its intended scope is basically limitless. SOURCE: The New Yorker ... Read More
The punctuation guide: a Swiss Army Knife for all writers
WEBSITE/ UTILITY: This website is a must for all writers. It is particularly relevant in an era where communication is by text messages, abbreviations, emoticons and the like. Clearly written prose is a difficult exercise. Proper punctuation clarifies the thought process behind a written statement. A comma in the wrong place can change meaning entirely; a colon or a semicolon in the right place makes a sentence elegant. This visually simple, easily navigable utility is a comprehensive guide to [American] punctuation. SOURCE: The Punctuation Guide ... Read More
We don't need no ... textbooks: ALEKS, AI-based, adaptive learning
WEBSITE/ LONG ARTICLE: The most important feature of ALEKS (Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces) is that ALEKS uses artificial intelligence (AI) to map the details of each student's knowledge. ALEKS "knows," at each moment, with respect to each individual topic, whether each individual student has mastered that topic. If not, ALEKS knows whether the student is ready to learn the topic at that moment. ALEKS uses this knowledge to make learning more efficient and effective by continuously offering the student a selection of only the topics she is ready to learn right now. This builds student confidence and learning momentum. SOURCE: ALEKS/ Slate ... Read More
Can a robot pass a top-tier, university entrance exam? It did, and in the top 20 percent.
VIDEO: Meet Todai Robot, an AI project that performed in the top 20 percent of students on the entrance exam for the University of Tokyo -- without actually understanding a thing. Todai Robot's success raises alarming questions for the future of human education. How can we help kids excel at the things that humans will always do better than AI? SOURCE: TED ... Read More
Future-proof learning standards for students of all ages
ARTICLE/ WHITE PAPER: Today’s students, regardless of age, must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process. SOURCE: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) ... Read More
You too can draw; lay aside your fears, grab a pencil and pad -- you will be amazed
VIDEO: Why is it that so many people think they can’t draw? Where did we learn to believe that? Graham Shaw will shatter this illusion – quite literally - in a very practical way. He’ll demonstrate how the simple act of drawing has the power to make a positive difference in the world. Watch this video with a pad and pencil; carry out the exercises that Shaw demonstrates and you will be stunned with the result. An excellent launching pad for making drawing and sketching an important tool in your thought prcesses. Must watch … and participate. SOURCE: TED via YouTube ... Read More
The Periodic Table of the elements as an interactive infographic
INFOGRAPHIC: These colourful, fun, and informative periodic tables are great for elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as adults. The infographic is richly interactive and pops up a set of useful information on each page -- a visual delight that could well be imitated by those attempting to deliver complex ideas in an eye-catching manner. SOURCE: ... Read More
Writing by hand: the rumours of its demise are greatly exaggerated
INFOGRAPHIC: What are you losing out on by not putting the pen (or pencil) to paper? Studies show that you are losing out on a lot including improved critical thinking skills, a better understanding of new ideas, and enhanced focus. Take a look at how you can reap the benefits of handwriting at work in our infographic below. With science-backed data and practical applications, you’ll be increasing your brain power at the office in no time. The feel of a writing implement on paper is unique and, like reading from a physical book, irreplaceable. SOURCE: Getvoip ... Read More
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