Twitter and Facebook could harm moral values, scientists warn – Telegraph
This seems to be something of a misguided conclusion – unless you're presuming that a person might have all of their human interaction on Twitter. Also, I've found myself often pausing (or brought to a halt) by a post about anguish or compassion on Twitter. In any case, this article claims that "Using Twitter and Facebook could harm moral values, as they don't allow time for compassion or admiration, scientists have warned." Sheesh. But I suppose it'll be a good topic for discussion.
Main Page – OpenSim
There are people much more on top of this than I am, but this open source "3D Application Server" is very exciting (in light of my dissertation research): "Out of the box, OpenSimulator can be used to simulate a virtual world similar to Second Life™ (including client compatibility)."
Gizmodo – NYU Student Conducts Most Adorable Robot Experiment Ever – Tweenbot
This is a heartwarming tech story… I hope Skynet doesn't miss this one when the time comes to pass judgement: "The tweenbot, a cardboard-bodied, cheerful little bugger, is equipped with a flag stating its intended destination. Since it can only move forward, it depends on the kindness of strangers to guide it and remove obstacles." (Someone mention this to the cylons, too.)
Prezi – The zooming presentation editor
Educators on twitter are all going gaga for Prezi, the online "zooming editor for stunning presentations." I haven't been able to dig into it, but it seems to be something like hyperstudio in it's non-linearity, and the zooming business seems really new.
Google For Educators
Congrats to Jennifer Wagner of Calvary School in Windomar, California and Kathy Shields of Creek View Elementary in Alpharetta, Georgia for their lesson, Archy-the-Arch, which won in the K-8 category of the Google for Educators Ancient Rome 3D Curriculum Competition.
YouTube – LibraryOfCongress's Channel
The Library of Congress has a YouTube channel – and what a great resource for students and teachers. I hope this helps in efforts to get YouTube unblocked (if not, don't forget Download Helper for Firefox or Zamzar.com for downloading YouTube videos at home for use on campus): "As the world's preeminent reservoir of knowledge, we are the steward of millions of recordings dating from the earliest Edison films to the present. In addition, we sponsor events, lectures and concerts that are free and open to the public."