Two for Tuesday

Two interesting links posted by Mrs. Davis each Tuesday during the school year.

Previous Weeks

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

May 25th, 2010

1. Hacking Knowledge: 77 Ways to Learn Faster, Deeper, and Better
Interesting suggestions for improving your thinking based on how the brain works. Suggestions for your health, balance, perspective and focus, recall and more.

2. Brain Rules: 12 Rules for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School
This website is a companion to the book, which is a great read. Check out these strategies for improving your performance as both a student and a teacher.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

May 18th, 2010

Drag the Scan for Privacy bookmarklet to your browser bookmark bar, log into your Facebook account (at home) and click the browser button. Scan for Privacy will check your settings and inform you where you need to to tighten up.

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2. How the US Engages the World with Social Media
An interesting article about the ways the US government is using blogging, Facebook and Twitter to improve our image in the world.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 11th, 2010

1. Web 3.0: A story about the Semantic Web
Watch this video about some new ways to think about how to organize and think about the world wide web.


Design and make your own book and share it with your friends and family.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

May 4th, 2010

1. Guess the Google
Improve your search skills with this visual guessing game. You are shown a montage of images and you have to figure out the search term that returned those images before the clock runs out. "It turns the mental activity of searching into a fun, visual and engaging game where people can enjoy the challenge of being the fastest and most efficient at making that connection between search terms and their results."

2. The Ten Best Apps for Education
Check out these useful free iPhone apps, including flash cards, book readers, and dictionaries. Turn your phone into a learning machine!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

April 27th ,2010

1. Encouraging the Text Generation Rediscover its Voice
How long can you go without your computer or phone? Students at Riverdale School in New York City gave it a try. Read the article to find out how it went.

2. Texting Improves Language Skill
If you can't give up your phone, it might be nice to know that studies show texting can improve your language development. This BBC News article summarized two recent studies done on the effects of texting.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

April 20th, 2010

1. Ten Years and One Day Everyday on Polaroids
Mark Tasman took a picture of himself everyday for ten years (and one day) and put together all of his pictures into this 5 minute video. It is interesting to see how he changed over time.

2. A Brief History of Pretty Much Everything
An art student's flip book history of the world in 3 minutes. Perhaps not entirely accurate, but fun to watch.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

April 13th, 2010

We often think of failure as something to avoid. Here are two websites that provide another way to think about it

1. 50 Famously Successful People who Failed at First
Check out this list of business gurus, scientists, public figures, actors, artists, musicians, and athletes, all of whom failed before making it big.

2. Failing is Essential
In this blog post, the Head of the Poughkeepsie Day School describes some of the research that encourages failure as a means to success. She outlines a talk by, Stanford professor, Tina Seelig titled "Innovation as an Extreme Sport." You can watch the video of the talk to learn more about her approach to innovation.

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