On Education & Libraries …

IT SEEMED A BIT LIKE AN APRIL FOOLS joke two years ago — but on April 4 2012 Google wasn’t kidding. It really planned a wearable interface with the world. (http://www.capeeyes.com/2012/04/googleglass/) Back in that time of ancient history, the original the concept video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=9c6W4CCU9M4_ ) quickly spawned multiple spoofs, but laugh as we might the […]

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HAPPY PRIVACY DAY! At least that’s what Google is shouting to the heavens and earth. Which is a little ironic when you stop to think just how much Google itself has done to erode our privacy. This is, after all, the one year anniversary of the Snowden leaks, when we collectively learned the extent of […]

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WAS CHANNEL ONE THE TOE IN THE WATER? The step down the slippery slope? The camel’s nose under the tent? Twenty-odd years ago, in the late 80s and early 90s, Whittle Communications created a product called Channel One. Channel One brought big televisions, VCRs, and other cutting edge goodies to schools. Then, as now, schools […]

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THE LEADERBOARD LIGHTS UP! It’s 12 for Ionic, 5 for Doric, and 1 each for Corinthian and Rams Horn. And the answer is … Ionic! As the correct response flashes on the smartboard, cheers arise from Miss Cattabriga‘s seventh grade classroom at Barnstable Intermediate School in Hyannis, MA. Fingers fly across iPads and the next […]

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25 Wonderful Webby Years
14 March 2014

by tmartin on March 14, 2014

YOU BLINK FOR A SECOND and looks what happens – 25 years go by! That’s right, this month marks the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web and the 20th anniversary of the creation of the W3C, the standards organization that helped create this universal environment … the very environment that has become part of […]

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IN OUR DIGITAL ALL-CONNECTED WORLD, no place remains a land far away and unknown. And now, with Google’s latest project, even the inner workings of far-flung countries lie at your very finger tips. I’m talking about Constitute (https://www.constituteproject.org), in which the constitutions of every county gather before you, searchable, browsable, comparable. Actually, Google didn’t create […]

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AMERICANS, IN GENERAL, DON’T LIKE MATH. And they haven’t for … well … an awful long time. Some people think this puts the US at risk. If we, as a country, don’t start shoveling science and math into our students, pretty soon the center of the business universe may lie – cue ominous music! – […]

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MAYBE IT WAS A MAGIC CATSUP BOTTLE? Or maybe I just had time to kill at Eastham’s Fairway Restaurant before that tasty order of potato pancakes and scrambled eggs arrived. Either way, the black and white pattern on the back of the bottle drew me in. As frequent readers know, I do enjoy a good […]

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To School, Virtually
Sept 30, 2012

by tmartin on September 30, 2012

SO, I’VE SPENT SEPTEMBER transitioning to high school. It was hard!  But for some reason the actual incoming freshman student zoomed through the month unfazed and seemingly untouched by it all. Maybe it’s only hard on us Moms. Over the summer, we started the high school experience in a whole new way: virtually. As in, literally […]

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Through the Looking Glass
July 05 2012

by tmartin on July 4, 2012

THE NAUSET REGIONAL High School graduation ceremony in Eastham appeared to be pretty much the same traditional event it has been for years, reported multiple astute observers, until suddenly the diploma granting process stopped in mid-stride. A senior arose from his seat. There was a pause and then, with one mouse click, a digital bridge […]

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