Daily Education and Technology News for Schools 07/30/2013

  • How to Supercharge All Your Favorite Webapps with ifttt

    This is an excellent overview of how to use ifttt.For example, you can have ifttt put your Facebook photos in a Dropbox folder or Google Drive. There are many different things that ifttt.com can do for you. This lifehacker guide is one of the best for getting started.

    tags:news productivity

  • Philips hue

    Phillip's hue is a lighting automation system. I was perusing ifttt.com and noticed some cool things like using hue to match instagram images (not sure why I'd want to do that.) I would, however, be interested in changing lighting in my room depending upon what we're doing. I do think color has a lot of impact as does smell and other environmental factors. What impact would it have -I don't know – but it is something that is now possible.

    tags:news automation lighting decor

  • Google Chromecast: Does It Deserve a Place In Your Living Room?

    The new $35 Chromecast USB looks to be a great option for those of you who haven't purchased a Roku or Apple TV yet – even if you have, you might still want to get one – especially if you watch a bit of YouTube. Take a look at the setup information about how to do this.

    tags:news tv google chromecast iptv

  • The Science Behind the Perfect Workspace

    This lifehacker article shares some of the research that has to do with productivity. This is one I wish all schools understood “when office workers get to arrange their space, productivity is increased.” Some teachers I know have no ability to determine where they put their desks or the desks of their students. At my school, we are allowed a lot of freedom with arranging our rooms and it shows. The article also points out that office plans lower stress levels. Some interesting color research as well.

    tags:productivity office news education design

  • What Is Markdown, and Why Is It Better for My To-Do Lists and Notes?

    Markdown is a simple way to format text and is being used in many notetaking and to-do apps. I'm learning about markdown and came across this excellent article so you could learn more too.

    tags:news productivity markdown

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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