Saturday, February 12, 2011

Horizons Reaport 2011

The 2011 Horizons Report is out. Each year, the Horizon Report introduces six emerging technologies or practices that are likely to enter mainstream use within the next five years.

It is 40 pages. Read and share the report -- or the 6-page summary-- with friends and discuss these technology trends.

  • Electronic books, mobiles:  Time-to-Adoption: <1 year
  • Augmented reality, game-based learningTime-to-Adoption: 2-3 years
  • Gesture-based computing, learning analyticsTime-to-Adoption: 4-5 years
The report is produced by the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE.

Slideshare presentation of Horizons Report:

Who to share with?  School leadership, library and technology teams, science teachers and students.  Share the link, but also print a few copies to hand to colleagues, students, board members, book and computer clubs. This report focuses on higher education trends, so consider developing your organization's own set of trends.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

QR resources

QR resources compiled by Erik Scherer

QR Code Readers – The following websites represent a number of places online where one can find and download applications that process QR codes.

Beetagg –
Kaywa Reader –
Neo Reader –
QuickMark –
ScanLife –

QR Code Generators – The following websites have generators the create QR codes with many types of functions (e.g., sending text messages, providing contact details, linking to websites). NOTE: Many of the sites above that offer readers also provide QR code generators.

Xzing Project –
Maestro –
Inigma –
QR Stuff –
Google’s Chart Wizard - - The application is not as user-friendly as other sites but it does allow the user to import QR codes easily into websites and email.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Words Around the World

Here are good K12 websites about word (and phrase) origins (especially the * ones):
(compiled by Lesley Farmer)

IPL guide to word and phrase origins
LibrarySpot Etymology Dictionaries
Language sites
Evolution of Human Languages (check out interactive maps)
* Evolution of languages
History of English
English-Word Info (includes quizzes)
World Wide Words (International English with a British viewpoint)
* Visual graphical dictionary
* Word Origins (Fun with Words)
Word Origins
* Etymologic (the toughest word game on the Web)
* Origin of Words and Names (by language and topic)
Indo-European Etymology Dictionary
French website on etymology (includes European languages)
Phrase Finder
Etymologically Speaking
Phrase Finder
Expressions and Sayings
Double-tongued English (fringe and new words)
Way with Words
Behind the Name
Name Meanings
Baby Name Wizard
Baby Name Worlds (has pregnancy info)
Behind the SurName
Last Name Meanings
Internet Surname Database
* Soda vs Pop
* Etymology’s View if the World
* Native Names map
* Atlas of True Names
Country Name Etymologies
Country name etymologies
* Spice Pages
* Periodic Table in different languages
Spanish etymology
Spanish idioms
Italian etymology
French etymology
Dutch etymology
Swedish etymology
German etymology
German website on etymology
Russian etymology
Indo-European Etymological Dictionary
Chinese Character Etymology
Kanji Network
* Chinese Etymology: Color
Several etymological dictionaries (unusual languages)
* Language Construction Kit

Friday, January 7, 2011

10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Technology

In the December 29, 2010, edition of The New York Times, journalist Sam Grobart writes about getting the most out of "your gadgets and computers, your software and sites."

He claims that despite the tech industry's attempts to make adjusting such devices is difficult, it really isn't.

He goes on write about "10 things to do to improve your technological life" which "are easy and (mostly) free."
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