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Get ready to climb El Capitan, a 3,000 foot rock wall in Yosemite National Park, California. Climbers from all over the world come to climb El Capitan - its one of the most iconic in the world. Join legendary climbers Lynn Hill, Alex Honnold and Tommy Caldwell in a journey up the Nose.
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For educators, food for thought...
 
Makes you think about what you're teaching...
Soon you won't have to sweat that teacher's website, in fact, not only will your site create itself, but it will probably even create the images you would like to go on it: http://petapixel.com/2015/06/22/future-a-i-will-be-able-to-generate-photos-we-need-out-of-nothing
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Control which notifications you see under the bell icon - Google+, YouTube, or Google Photos

Three easy steps to select which notifications you want to see - the settings apply everywhere.

1. Click the bell icon
2. Click the gear on the upper left
3. Select which products you would like to see notifications for

Note: if you un-check any of those boxes, you will loose those notifications, and you won't see them listed under "previously read".

Disabling notifications under the bell should not change your email notification settings.

(h/t +Luiz Fernando for spotting this!)
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Google has changed the way in which you can keep on top of your privacy and security settings across its services in a bid to make it easier for users. The new 'My Account' page aims ...
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Our new principal in his first staff meeting with us yesterday offered the quote that "culture eats strategy" ...and that strategy includes technology. Perhaps a positive spin is that technology can empower those drawn to it (students, teachers, anyone), who can then in turn help-others/serve-as-role-models/improve-culture. If you watch students play video games in the same room together, they are very helpful and cooperative toward each other, especially in collaborative games working against a common foe. This is all definitely food for thought! Thanks for the link +Halina Ostankowicz-Bazan 
 
This exactly what I think.
The real obstacle is student motivation, and no gadget can create that.
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Popular live-streaming app arrives on Android almost a month after its top competitor Meerkat.
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Future AI will be able to generate photos we need out of nothing. "IKEA revealed last year that 75% of their catalog photos are not real, but are instead entirely computer generated." "Facebook recently announced that it can generate photos that humans think are real 40% of the time."

"The implications are enormous. Publishing companies would never again need to hire photographers or license photos. Instead, a built-in algorithm would automatically generate photos based on the content of an article, even selecting the best placement and orientation using readership impact studies. E-commerce websites will be able to create thousands of product images, placing them in perfect environments and lighting without ever entering a photo studio."
What will we do with all the data we accumulate from photos? On a daily basis, Internet juggernauts like Google, Yahoo, Facebook or Microsoft use highly so
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Did you know you could IM a doodle of a weiner to your friends? You can!
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This will get you thinking...
Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman is trying to answer a big question: Do we experience the world as it really is ... or as we need it to be? In this ever so slightly mind-blowing talk, he ponders how our minds construct reality for us.
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For educators: Some resources from this week's classes to explore if interested :)
 
This week's student reflection form (https://goo.gl/5jATR3 ...so you can see the background) includes a custom background which is intended to be informational as well as entertaining (since we've had some flooding issues recently in our area). Links to other resources of possible interest are included in the form and on our classroom site, which is now updated to an embedded Gdoc format (given the current Windows Live Writer issues): http://308today.blogspot.com/

I hope you'll check these out, find something useful and have a nice weekend!
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Week20 Reflections Form - Spring 2015Please use this form to evaluate the applications we're using in class and to tell me how your week went! Rain gif: http://s259.photobucket.com/user/daynice2/media/summer-rain.gif.html Thanks and have a great weekend!
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Sad news for those of us using Windows Live Writer to post to Blogger (...best method I have found to date).
 
If you use Windows Live Writer to post to blogger, you're probably no longer able to post (as of yesterday morning). Here's the best description of the problem that I've been able to find so far... very disappointing!!! 

http://bitsnbytespicsnews.blogspot.com/2015/05/live-writer-problem-regarding-userid.html

"it now looks like Google made a change to their API log in protocols on May 26th.

This change has effectively killed all 3rd party blogger software including Live Writer.  What happens next is anyone's guess - either Microsoft or Google is going to have to make a change.  

I really don't see Google reversing course on their new API's so we'll just have to wait and see if Microsoft will update Live Writer.  In the meantime there is nothing any of us who use Live Writer can really do except wait"
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For Educators: Some fun activities to explore from my GAFE account post
 
Checkout the cool bubbles gif background in this student reflections form for this week and/or the related links below  :) 

Live form: https://goo.gl/0wOlVT

Review project slides (including the application used in the form background):  https://goo.gl/VNAvWt

Entire project with all supporting details, links and examples:
http://308today.blogspot.com/2015/05/week19-s15-may-18thmay-22nd.html

Have a great long weekend everyone!
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