Category: Type-Utility

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.


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

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.


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.


How open minded are you? A simple eye test will tell you

ARTICLE/ UTILITY: Researchers administered a “big five” personality test to participants: measuring their extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. They were then given a test for binocular rivalry. Participants were shown a patch of red in one eye and a patch of green in the other. Those who scored higher for openness were able to merge both images into one unified red-green patch. Those who scored lower for openness tended to switch back and forth between the incompatible images.

SOURCE: Good/ Journal of Research in Personality

LiquidText: The smart way to read

UTILITY/ APP: LiquidText offers a fast, natural way to review, gather, and organize information across all your documents and webpages—then apply the results to writing reports, meeting prep, or simply studying. Pull out key facts and connect them together, squeeze a document to compare sections, draw a line to connect ideas in different documents, comment on multiple pages at once, build upon your thoughts, and much more.

SOURCE: LiquidText

Iris.AI: your discovery assistant for mining the immense lode of scientific knowledge

WEBSITE/ UTILITY: Iris.AI is an Artificial Intelligence that starts out as a Science Assistant; helping you find the science you need. Over time she will learn, slowly but surely becoming a Scientist herself.

if we could only read and understand all of the scientific data humans have created, not to mention connecting the dots in that data, we’d have solutions to a number of pressing problems already! Our human brains are sadly limited in this endeavour – however, machines are not. We are building Iris.AI so she can do it for us. As the first step in our journey towards that goal, we are creating a tool that gives all knowledge seekers a shortcut to the most relevant research.

Iris AI will read all of the world’s research and help us connect the dots.


SCRATCH: drag-and-drop coding tool from MIT — for children, but adults are welcome too

WEBSITE/ UTILITY: Scratch, now in its tenth year, is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. Students can use Scratch to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone in today’s society.

SOURCE: Scratch

SlideBot: stunning visual rendering of your slide decks, created automatically

UTILITY:Here’s an antidote to death by PowerPoint. Don’t use words and bullet lists to convey your ideas; use memorable visuals. SlideBot does just that. You type in the main idea for a slide and, using its AI engine, it pulls up eye-popping pictures to go with the idea. You can edit, enhance and alter the slides easily with a very simple toolbar. The catch: a monthly subscription of $17. Play with it anyway to get some good ideas for your next slide presentation.

SOURCE: SlideBot

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