Wednesday, June 13, 2018

https://readable.io/

https://readable.io/ has been around for a while to test and measure just how readable your text is. Anne K. Emery offers a nice example on how to use it for data viz.

Ancient Earth Globe

The Ancient Earth Globe has been around for a while, but remains a nice way to take a spin around our plant starting 700 million years ago.

Friday, May 25, 2018

What Is the Point of a Makerspace?

I get it - sort of. What Is the Point of a Makerspace? and the associated podcast (with transcript) helps to clarify things - sort of. The overall argument: a maker mindset is essential for a happy and successful life in the 21st century. In other words: all that 'new' learning becomes much more effective if it makes an actual product (as opposed to just planning or designing it).

We have a word for that already (especially in higher education) and it's called student research and creative scholarship: a) you make something tangible, b) you need to share it with others, and c) it has to have some level of academic scholarship associated with it.