Update for NEW Google Sites –> you can now embed HTML & JavaScript!

Exciting times!

As the new Google Sites app catches up with Classic Sites, in terms of features and plugins, I’m keeping my ear to the ground for new updates for G Suite, particularly for the new Google Sites, because it looks better, and includes responsive design features… but it is missing some key elements that many teachers have build into their classic sites for Courses.

Today, Google released an exciting new feature: You can now embed HTML & JavaScript in the new Google Sites. Click HERE to learn more, and give it a try!

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What might Personalized Learning look like at *your* school?

I recently came across this survey by EdWeek.org that asked various folks in education what Personalized Learning should and shouldn’t look like. It’s a concept that still intrigues me, whether it is mediated with technology or not. I know that it is gaining momentum in many education circles, and is not necessarily a new topic. Click below to read the responses…

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What do YOU think?

 

Can Humans Affect our local Space Weather?

Very interesting article on the NASA blog about how human activity can affect Space Weather around our planet. From the article:

“A number of experiments and observations have figured out that, under the right conditions, radio communications signals in the VLF frequency range can in fact affect the properties of the high-energy radiation environment around the Earth,” said Phil Erickson, assistant director at the MIT Haystack Observatory, Westford, Massachusetts.

Click HERE to watch a video by NASA about VLFs (very low frequency waves); a screenshot from this video is seen below.

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Another NASA video (screenshot below) explains how “Human Activity Impacted Space Weather“, based on results of experiments from Cold War nuclear tests.

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Fascinating stuff!

Mobile Phones + Max

Turns out, someone created a ToolKit of fresh new patches for interfacing Mobile Phones (iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android) with Max using TouchOSC

Check it and DOWNLOAD the patches HERE!

Nathan Bowen who presented these at the 2011 Cycling ’74 Expo in NYC in October, writes on the cycling74 site:

“This is a bundle of patches intended to help get you off the ground in using mobile phones to control Max.

As I like to have several phones connecting to Max in a network setup, I use of udpreceive and udpsend so that ports can be dedicated to specific devices. I don’t know how to make use of Bonjour, so feedback is welcome!

For Android users, I have created a patch that interfaces seamlessly with the TouchOSC ‘Simple’ layout, so even if you cannot add custom layouts, you can still make use of some these patches.

Currently the best setup is either an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad on TouchOSC, but hopefully this will change as Android becomes more robust.”