Monday, March 19, 2018

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It's not uncommon for educators to use student response systems (SRS) to engage their students and assess learning through polls, quizzes and other interactive tools.

Most such systems rely on specialized devices known as “clickers,” however, and they're also typically expensive and difficult to use without training.

Now, news from says Top Hat Monocle, a Canadian company that has developed a system in which students can use the portable devices they already have, including cell phones, laptops and iPods.

Teachers begin with Top Hat's monocleCAT by registering... Read More

Twitter and Facebook users are familiar with URL shorteners, the web tools that turn long and unwieldy links into short, shareable ones. Now, reports that Bristol-based shrtn is adding to that concept by helping social media users earn some extra cash while sharing product links.

Like other shorteners, shrtn has a simple interface that lets users enter long URLs, which are then shortened to something like (linking, in this case, to Steven Johnson's Where Good Ideas Come From). The big difference with other services is that shrtn has signed up with... Read More

UK consumers can already turn to mySupermarket for grocery store price comparisons as they shop online. But now reports that access to food nutrition is in the palm of US consumer's hands.

With the use of an iPhone app, Fooducate allows American shoppers to find the healthiest foods through information available on nutrition labels.

Supermarket shoppers must typically make countless product comparisons and decisions as they navigate the aisles of their favourite grocery store, and nutrition information labels only help so much; still lurking unaccounted for in... Read More

As is my usual practice, I arose somewhat early on Sunday November 28, 2010 and decided to check Ebay for what I hoped would be a nice Christmas present from my wife. Experience has taught me that it is not prudent to leave such things up to chance, at least not in my family.

Logging into Ebay I decided to search for a vintage Gibson ES-295, a rather unique and somewhat hard to find guitar. To my surprise, about eighty of these 1950s era electric guitars popped up in my initial search, which is about 79 more than I normally find, if I find any at all. The problem: all these listings... Read More

When someone says they belong to a club, a group, an organization, a cause, or a social community, do you ever wonder if they are a contributor or not? While it's great for any association to have high membership (what good is having 10,000 members if only 200 of them actually give?), to me ... belonging isn't enough. Showing up isn't enough. It takes people getting involved and becoming an integral and pro-active participator in order to make something fabulous thrive and grow. I am not speaking of money, but about time and ingenuity, being a lively producer of content, and a relay beacon... Read More

Is there anything the iPhone can’t do? Did you know your iPhone can now process actual credit card payments. This has huge implications for the smaller business owner and or individual who needs to pay someone but has no cash at the time. A business can use it as a mobile credit card processer wherever they are based. There are three companies battling for the magnetic strip reader for the iPhone market, hoping to win over mobile merchants with alternatives to the larger, hardwired credit card terminals that are used in bricks and mortar retailers.

Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chairman... Read More

If you are one of the few who have not watched the Old Spice YouTube ads, you are missing the most successful viral, video marketing campaigns ever.

Actor and a former, retired football star Isaiah Mustafa, engages viewers with his bare-chested, suave, smooth-talking charm, that has resulted in 10s of millions of views, millions of comments, thousands of tweets to him, including questions from the likes of political commentator George Stephanopolous.

Why has Old Spice been so successful creating such mass viral appeal. Every video they launch receives massive iewership and... Read More

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