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These Google anomalies could become a strange fascination.
These led me to the rather clever investigations on new aesthetics by +David Berry et al. Fascinating reading but I do not pretend to understand a word of it!
http://v2.nl/publishing/new-aesthetic-new-anxieties
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What is code?
It’s a good question....http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-paul-ford-what-is-code/
Nice Easter egg at the end but don't go too fast or you will get told off..... or maybe you could just go to Codeacademy and learn some code!
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Moodle upgrade
I finally decided to give my personal Moodle site (http://www.emjbe.net/moodle/) a long overdue  upgrade to 2.8.5+. In the process I wanted to have a play with a new theme as I have found some of the inbuilt Moodle themes a little boring. After having a search around I found  EvolveD which is a really great theme which cuts down on clutter and has some very nice styling (https://moodle.org/plugins/view/theme_evolved). 
While I was at it I also added some open resources for the CIE iGCSE in ICT (http://www.emjbe.net/moodle/course/view.php?id=6) to complement the resources I have online for IB CS.
The resources I have put online are  student booklets and teacher presentations for the new ICT syllabus for examinations in 2016. There have been quite a few changes to the 2015 course and all my existing resources needed a substantial rewrite. 
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Abstract Data Structures - Linked Lists
My IB Computer Science class are currently looking at linked lists as part of their IB Computer Science course. I have created 4 simple teacher presentations to demonstrate the addition and subtraction of nodes from singly and doubly linked lists. 
http://goo.gl/RdWkK1
http://goo.gl/Am7KJ7
http://goo.gl/zxid5j
http://goo.gl/LUz3ad

These presentations are also included in a whole series of open resources I have at http://goo.gl/8YLrDf
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Google Apps Certified Educator
I am officially certified! The process was fairly painless and is detailed here:
http://www.google.com/edu/training/certifications/
Overall the exams were made easier after spending a couple of years managing the Google Apps account at +St. Julian's School . 
Next step? Google Teacher Academy 2014 application for the London or Amsterdam event. 
http://www.google.com/edu/programs/google-teacher-academy/
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Map of the Internet
Jay Simons has produced a fantastic map of the internet. 
"This poster includes one full map of the internet, 4 minimaps showcasing NSA surveillance, most used social networks, most used internet browser, and worldwide internet penetration, list of Alexa Top 500 websites, quick timeline of the Internet History, top software companies and much more!
A lot of this is based on the ideas from xkcd.com that have been produced over the years. 
http://xkcd.com/195/
http://xkcd.com/256/
http://xkcd.com/802/
I love the detail of the new map as you zoom in and explore  and there are some good jokes to look out for. 
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JAVA
I have recently finished another booklet for my Computer Science students to outline the steps in building a small JAVA desktop database application http://goo.gl/oGJPFX.  This has gone to join other open resources for the IB computer Science course I have gathered at http://goo.gl/dmHKwA.
It got me thinking about what JAVA is used for. It is still the language we base our OOP option on in the IB Computer Science course and it is the language that most students will encounter when they go to university to read Computer Science. It is predominately used in large enterprise applications and of course one of the big sellers for students is its adoption by Android http://goo.gl/vvnZRr. So after a little hunting around here are a few more JAVA applications that are widely used and enjoyed. 
Runescape http://www.runescape.com/ XMind http://www.xmind.net/ Ultramixer http://www.ultramixer.com/
Sweethome 3D http://www.sweethome3d.com/index.jsp
Vuze http://www.vuze.com/ Netbeans https://netbeans.org/ Eclipse http://www.eclipse.org/downloads/ Rhino https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Rhino
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BIG DATA
You have probably heard of Hans Rosling and maybe even seen some of his amazing presentations on TED http://www.ted.com/speakers/hans_rosling.html
His Gapminder website http://www.gapminder.org/ has a lot of fantastic resources to allow you to analyse some very interesting data sets using the same visualisation tools he uses in his presentations. 
The technology behind the visualisations, Trendalizer, was bought by Google in 2007 and since then they have launched Motion Chart https://developers.google.com/chart/interactive/docs/gallery/motionchart#Loading  which will  let you make charts from your own data. 
You can  code your own charts at the Google code playground. 
https://code.google.com/apis/ajax/playground/?type=visualization#motion_chart
Google public data explorer http://www.google.com/publicdata/directory allows you to tap into a wide range of data and visualise it using the same technology.
Using any of these tools you could even create your own amazing presentations in the style of Hans Rosling although you may not be able to match his sword swallowing skills.....
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I won some Pi! Thanks to the good people at #OCR at the #Bett_show .
Check out their Computing MOOC at:
http://www.cambridgegcsecomputing.org/  
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The hour of code is coming!
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