The dust has settled and we’re back on track with this week’s 5 links actually going out on Tuesday. From culture to tracking data to school culture to the government shutdown, this week’s links promise a horn-o-plenty of Internet goodness. As always, if you have a link you’d like to share, please add it to the comments below.
Link 1 – Poorly “preventing” bullying could add to the problem
A new study out of the University of Texas Arlington reports that some anti-bullying measures might be arming bullies with the language and constructs they need to sidestep corrective actions and thereby continue their negative and dangerous behaviors. This release and the study itself are well worth the reading for anyone interested in keeping children safe and protected in our schools.
Link 2 – A visualization of the government shutdown
Using big data, the folks at enigma.io have created a real-time visualization of the effects of the government shutdown complete with a running tally of unpaid salaries and details on how each federal department’s services are affected. This is a great jumping off point for any classroom discussing current events and wanting to help students grasp the reality of this immense happening.
Link 3 – Siri speaks
From a cultural perspective, it’s interesting to imagine that the voice from within many iOS devices is actually a voice from within a human being. The piece above from CNN and this write-up sparked some philosophical conversations about how knowing the voice in the machine is walking around somewhere else might affect our interactions.
Link 4 – Keeping track of all sorts of data
Whether it’s in an elementary classroom or an advanced science class, there’s much data to be collected in classrooms around SVVSD to help students think about systems and structures. That’s where trackthisfor.me can come in. Customizable, the site offers to help folks track data and events of their choosing and produces easily consumable visualizations. Tracking the number of school days? They can do that. Tracking fruit fly genetic markers? Yup, that too. A great free tool for keeping track.
Link 5 – A Cultural Institute built for your screen
It’s never been easier than right now to visit and explore some of the world’s greatest cultural institutional with little more than an Internet connection and a few questions. The Google Cultural Institute allows visitors to investigate the collections and exhibits of cultural institutions around the world in immersive and interactive displays. A word of warning, you’ll always want to look at “just one more.”