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Sense: Know More. Sleep Better.

Sense is a simple system that tracks your sleep behavior, monitors the environment of your bedroom and reinvents the alarm.

Source: www.kickstarter.com

All I have to say is WOW and I WANT ONE or TEN!!

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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Technology

 

Kickstarter

Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. A home for film, music, art, theater, games, comics, design, photography, and more.

Source: www.kickstarter.com

Want to start a program, platform, design, or some other project but don’t have the funding?  This website might be the platform for you.

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Posted by on August 14, 2014 in Technology

 

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

Source: www.edutopia.org

This simple idea is one of a few great ones in this article, "When preservice teachers are confused as to why their students performed poorly on an assignment, I gently say, "Did you ask them why?" After all, having learners use their own vernacular to articulate why they are stuck can be profoundly useful for identifying where to target support."

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How to Work Effectively with People Who Are Smarter Than You

It’s entrepreneurship gospel–hire those who are smarter than you. There’s no mystery to this wisdom. Clever, skilled employees require less management, constantly teach you new things, and shore up your weaknesses. But while the rationale behind this oft-repeated tip is simple, executing it isn’t.

Source: lifehacker.com

My favorite part is the analogy by Andy Johns.

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Dropbox Alternatives: Chinese Cloud Storage Services | CreativeHunt

Dropbox is great and all, but Chinese versions of the versatile cloud storage platform offer much more space (up to 10TB, even), and most of them are free too.

Source: www.creativehunt.com

Because I am in China, even with my VPN Dropbox and Box.com don’t seem to work.  When I found Weiyun, with 10 Terabytes of free storage I thought it was unreal.  But it seems to work.  Because it is in English, I would recommend this to anyone around the world.  I am not sure if it would work though, because it asked me for a Chinese landline in order to connect the account.

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History visualized through the life of the most important humans

Art historian Maximilian Schich put together this pretty visualization that records humanity’s cultural history over 2,600 years. The blue and red dots you see above are the birthplaces and deaths for over 120,000 people who were “notable enough” to have their births and deaths recorded.

Source: sploid.gizmodo.com

This video and the Freebase website that it was built from must be very useful for humanities educators

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One Dumb Trick to Take Pro-Looking Product Photos With Your Phone

If you’re selling stuff online, a few high-quality photos can really set you apart from the hordes of shady-seeming eBayers and Craigslisters. But what if you haven’t got a DSLR camera and a bunch of spendy lenses? HouseholdHacker has a trick that’s so stupid simple, you’ll slap yourself for not having thought of it.

Source: gizmodo.com

This is a nice, simple way to take fancy small level photos.

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