Category: Type-Utility

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
Scientists chart 27 distinct human emotions on this interactive map
INFOGRAPHIC/ ARTICLE: The best part of the map is that it’s interactive. If you take your mouse and hover over any part of it, you’ll soon find a short video popping up. Although one can see some strict delineations between one emotion and the next, the visual map also blends categories when necessary, making it highly nuanced. To create this map, the researchers collected 2,185 online videos. Each was a 5-10 second clip portraying a particular emotion. SOURCE: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)/ Big Think ... Read More
There's more to life than being happy; the key is leading a meaningful life that rests on 4 pillars
VIDEO: Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there's a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes but having meaning in life -- serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you -- gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning. Esfahani Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life: belonging, purpose, transcendence and story telling. SOURCE: TED ... 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
Your speaking voice is your #1 communication tool: learn to use it well
ARTICLES/ UTILITY: Language and speech are unique to humans. Speech is the way we communicate our thoughts and feelings to those around us. Yet, very few of us have the ability to use it well. It's not easy to change the way you speak. Like all attempts at changing behaviour, speaking effectively requires attention to a bunch of details. This post includes links to some sites that will teach you how to speak well and, with it, improve your image. SOURCE: Multiple ... Read More
Make your resume stand out from the crowd - use an infographic style
INFOGRAPHIC: A journey of a thousand miles, it is said, begins with a single step. Your resume is most often the first step in your professional career. It should stand out from the crowds that flood employer's offices each day. Infographics are effective, eye-catching devices for conveying information. Use an infographic style to submit your resume and make sure that it is picked out in the early rounds. Edge out the competition with captivating CVs designed from Canva's collection of professional resume templates - free to customize with the help of their intuitive design editor. Use the checklist to make sure that all important elements are included. SOURCE: Canva/ Essay Mama ... 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: elements.wlonk.com ... Read More
Unsplash: a single stop for guaranteed free-to-use, high quality images
UTILITY: All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible. Over 200,000 free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers. SOURCE: Unsplash ... Read More
Prism: A tool for collaborative interpretation of texts
UTILITY/ WEBSITE: Prism is a tool for "crowdsourcing interpretation." Users are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different categories, or "facets." Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. We envision Prism as a tool for both pedagogical use and scholarly exploration, revealing patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text. SOURCE: PRISM ... Read More
CleverPDF: Powerful and free online PDF tools
UTILITY/ WEBSITE: PDF files are the de facto standard for managing documents on all electronic networks. This website provides PDF conversion and editing tools online, for free, so PDF users can easily deal with the daily task all in a web browser.CleverPDF offers 19 processes: converters to and from various document editors and a range of utilities for manipulating files. This site is a definite must for your tool box. SOURCE: CleverPDF ... Read More
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