Change a Website into a Mac App So It Works Like a Program

If you have a favorite website application (Twitter, Facebook, Google Drive), and you would like it to operate more like a program on your Mac computer, check out FluidApp.com.

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Young Instagram Users Can Now Embed as Well as Send

InstagramInstagram has announced that users can now get an embed code for any picture, using that code to post an image on a blog or other web page. A July 11, 2013 blog post explains that, instead of sending the picture from one person to another, Instagram users now have a new sharing option —  posting  a picture to a new digital location.

A new share button provides an embed code (essentially a code with specialized HTML), which a user copies and pastes into another site or location (WordPress, Blogger, Tumbler, and others). The picture will then appear on the other blog or website. Young 21st Century learners will probably find some creative ways to use this new feature, and at least a few of them may make instantaneous or embarrassing Instagram decisions.

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Word Clouds: Lots of Options for Homework and Projects

These days multiple word cloud options are available for students and teachers.

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Designing with words is an easy way for learners to create illustrations with spelling or vocabulary words. Some word cloud sites can even evaluate short passages taken from reading material. While word designing is not, strictly speaking, an important 21st Century digital world skill, these websites encourage kids to organize information and create in clever and stylistic ways that were not easily accomplished before web 2.0 arrived on the scene.

Many people are familiar with Wordle – the original word cloud site – that is especially clean, easy-to-use, and without advertising. Yet, as with everything else in the digital world word cloud sites are increasing. Sites building off Wordle’s success offer various options for saving, sharing, copying, and embedding, but no one word cloud site offers everything. Most of the sites below allow users to format with colors, fonts, and typeface sizes.

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Info on Kids’ Video Resources and More

Larry's WorldTwenty-first Century parents are continually on the lookout for resources that help them understand more about the digital lives of their children. Learning more about quality video resources for kids is a priority.

One of my favorite online locations – where parents can find information about technology, digital common sense, and what’s happening in general in the digital world — is Larry’s World, a web site maintained by Larry Magid, who I’ve been following for years. A seasoned journalist who frequently contributes to the New York Times and was, for 18 years, a syndicated columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Magid is also the author of a number of books on social media, online safety, and the Internet. His articles and content, always with a strong educational subtext, are also published at CNET, the San Jose Mercury News, and Forbes (among others).

Over dinner recently the parents of a young child spoke about the challenge of moving from the old-fashioned world of a VCR-DVD player and cable into the to the era of streaming video.      Continue reading