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Just opened the new Android release. KitKat!
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Last week the director and producer of +Monsters University stopped by the Google campus for a discussion on creativity with Doodler Matt Cruickshank. Watch the conversation:
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+Bodo Hoenen  This Lego X-Wing is in Times Square for the next three days...  I think your Memorial Day weekend just planned itself. #legostarwars  #starwars  
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At 5:30pm today, Women Techmakers and +GDL are presenting a special "super sized" session featuring insights from seven women leaders in tech, including +Megan Smith and +Susan Wojcicki. Tune in live:
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Wowzers, such a huge difference #globalwarming   #climatechange  
 
+Google has released a new project called Timelapse. Built in collaboration with +NASA and the +U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), it shows how different parts of the earth have changed over the last 28 years: http://on.mash.to/12ZIbj5 
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Just because an app is "dead" doesn't make it useless. Some of the best are, and they're worth a look:
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Last night my company the +Social Learning Project won a Stevie business award for 'Best New Company of the Year'

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+Opera have finally taken the covers off their first non-presto based web browser. Disappointedly it is only available for Window and Mac at present, however the developers have promised release a Linux version in the near future.

You can tell straight away from the download size that it's got +WebKit /#Blink inside and the installer size has ballooned from , 12.5MB for the #presto based Opera 12.15  to 24MB for Opera 15.

Visually it looks a lot like a cleaner theme of the current Opera, however under the covers the UX has changed a lot, with many features which traditional Opera users will find missing (e.g. edit in the source code view, mouse gestures etc)

What was once known as the Opera Internet Suite has now been split up into smaller chunks with the email client, M2, spun off as an independent client and power features like RSS reader and IRC client totally missing.

On the extensions side, Opera have adopted the same extension framework as +Chromium and provide a tool to help developers migrate their extensions from OEX to the new format (https://github.com/operasoftware/oex2nex).
The very popular #speeddial extension API has been ported over to the new browser, but Opera looks like it has dropped support for the #CSS preview media type which allowed developers offer a rich experience when a page was bookmarked on the speeddial.

Once I can run Opera 15 on +Ubuntu I'll be able to make a more informed opinion on whether or not it was a wise choice to drop 16 years of browser heritage and change the very essence of what Opera is.
Will #Opera become just another +Google Chrome clone, or will the Olso based team take advantage of being unburdened by core rendering engineering to deliver a superior user experience on the desktop?
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Punctuation is fun!
 
How To Teach The English Punctuation System

Did you know that you put in a comma in your writing whenever you take a breath? (I assume that means while reading aloud.) How about a period? Well, I guess that’s a deeper breath.

You might also try putting a period at the end of a “thought.” And what about semi-colons and colons? Well…maybe those are for exceptionally long breaths and thoughts? Okay, I guess you can see that these are no official “Struck and White” rules about usage but rather the kind of myths about standard punctuation that are perpetuated, sometimes by educators, I’m afraid.

Add to this the concern that writers, such as novelist and poets, often employ their own creative punctuation: for example, poet e.e. cummings wrote in all lower-case; popular novelist Stephen King, a former English teacher, writes long, run-on sentences to indicate stream-of-consciousness thought. So by the time students come onto a college campus, they’re often under the impression that punctuation doesn’t matter, or is arbitrary, and makes no sense—sometimes all three.

Teaching students standard punctuation is usually a semester-long odyssey that involves first disabusing them of “punctuation myths” they have been exposed to.

How to Teach Standard Punctuation

1. Attack the Old Belief

I’ll stop short of saying telling students “Forget everything you learned before about punctuation,” but I think a good starting place is finding out what students already know. I take a quick inventory, “What does a comma do?”or “Who knows what a semi-colon does?” Students’ answers rarely involve dependent and independent clauses but rather breaths and thoughts and other unquantifiable items.

I’ll then ask “So how much of a breath before I write a comma? A short one or long one? Or do both get commas after?” Student laughter indicates that they are starting to see how nebulous these “rules” are.

2. Take a Survey

Another way of exposing these past beliefs on punctuation is to have students take a short questionnaire, with questions like the following, mixing in actual punctuation rules with the myths.

1. You write a comma when you take a breath. T F
2. You write a colon before a list. T F
3. You write a period after a thought. T F
4. A letter S should always have an apostrophe before it. T F
5. A period should be written after an independent clause. T F
6. “Mother” and other important words should always be capitalized. T F

Seeing their beliefs on punctuation “exposed” in black and white
print sometimes gets students laughing, which is good because it shows they understand the silliness of the rules they were taught in the past--with all good intention, probably: it’s much easier to talk to a third grader about breaths than about clauses.

Going over these myths can also give students a good laugh, not a bad thing when discussing the dry topic of punctuation.

3. Teach Students Basic Sentence Structure

Students can’t really understand punctuation without understanding basic sentence structure because punctuation connects different parts of the English sentence.

Sentence: A simple sentence is also known as an independent clause. It has a subject, verb, and a complete idea: for example, I drive. This is an acceptable English sentence with a subject (I), a verb (drive) and a complete idea, I drive, meaning I drive every day or habitually; I know how to drive, etc.

Dependent clause: Must be attached to an independent clause for correctness. It has a subject and a verb but is not a complete idea. Because I drive This is not a complete sentence but a dependent clause, and if a student puts a period after it, I will mark it (F) for fragment.

Dependent clauses need to be attached to independent clauses with a comma after if the dependent clause is first

Because I drive, I have car insurance.

or no comma if the dependent clause is second

I have car insurance because I drive.

I also teach run-ons at this point as the running together of two or more independent clauses without the correct punctuation:

I drive I have a car and I like it a lot

Working with the students, I revise the above sentences with periods and commas:

I drive. I have a car, and I like it a lot.

Or even, if some students know the semi-colon:

I drive; I have a car, and I like it a lot.

4. Teach the System

Now that some basic sentence structure has been discussed, and students have some understanding of it, punctuation can be delved into more deeply. I usually give a handout of the punctuation mark, a name, a definition and what the mark does, and an example of its use. Introducing punctuation this way emphasizes that it is a system with logical and consistent rules.

5. Punctuation Marks

, =comma. Separates two independent clauses with a conjunction or separates items in a list

I have studied on this campus for three years, and I have learned a lot.

This semester I am taking Spanish, Algebra, and English.

; =semi-colon. Separates two independent clauses

I have taught here for ten years; I like the campus very much.

: =colon. Placed after an independent clause and before a list

On the day of the final, please bring with you the following items: a pen, a pencil, an eraser, and an exam book.

. =period. Placed at the end of a sentence

Danielle is returning to France for the winter break.

By seeing the major punctuation marks, with their names and a brief definition, students begin to understand it is a system that makes sense.

Follow up activities can include reading a few paragraphs out of the course textbook and discussing punctuation decisions the writer made; proofreading a sample paper as an exercise, focusing on the punctuation, and then moving on to proofread their own and their peers’ work.

#grammar   #punctuation   #englishlanguage   #languagelearning   #language   #education  

via/ http://busyteacher.org/11342-how-to-teach-english-punctuation-system.html
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OK Glass, Find Dogfood!

#Glass   #GoogleGlass   #Bucky   #DogsInGlassThursday  
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