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1893: End of the Trolley Line

The featured picture above is of the end of the trolley line from Oak Park, Illinois composed by Fredrick Childe Hassam. This canvas painting was completed with an impressionistic style dated back to 1893, of what is currently the end of the CTA Green Line.

Living in today’s society with all the hustle and bustle, there is no question as to why during our commutes from point A to point B we occupy time by listening to music, clearing our minds or making list of things to do. Sometimes, taking a step back and embracing the surroundings or to imagine how bus stops and intersections looked like a decade or even a century ago is not always first on our lists. Thanks to Melody O., Class of 2015, she helped those previewing this painting to take a step back to over a century ago to 1893.  Boy how times have changed!

Image from: http://www.wikiart.org/en/childe-hassam/end-of-the-trolley-line-oak-park-illinois

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There’s still time to register for this Saturday’s Online Zotero Workshop!

  • If you’re writing papers this summer, you need Zotero.
  • It’s a free, online tool that lets you manage all your research sources—articles, books, and web sites—in one place and easily create bibliographies and in-text citations.
  • It lives in your browser so you can quickly add sources as you find them.

The next workshop is Saturday, June 21, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

This online workshop is free but registration is required.

Register here and you will get an email with WebEx log in information on Friday.

 

Google’s Homepage Features Brazil’s Painted Streets

From Google – “Every four years, Brazilians come together to show their love for soccer by painting their streets. This year, they’re sharing it with the world. You can create photo spheres of where you’re celebrating the World Cup with the new Google Camera app for Android.”

View the Painted Streets of Brazil

From a library standpoint– this is a fun example of the value of properly aggregated/indexed crowdsourcing.

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National Yo-Yo Day

Prior to the increase popularity of cellphones, laptops and technology for that matter, a childhood classic toy was the yo-yo. As simplistic and effortless as a yo-yo may seem,  it was without a doubt the occupation of most childhood free time, along with dolls and toy trucks.

Today is the perfect day to reminisce in those yo-yo memories because June 6th is National Yo-Yo day! Why June 6th you may ask? June 6th was declared National Yo-Yo day because today is believed to be Donald Duncan Sr.’s  birthday. Donald Duncan Sr. was not the first person to begin yo-yo production but after seeing its captivation of children attention he took the lead in the production and design of yo-yo’s since 1931.

I’m sure somewhere in the application world,  a yo-yo app has already been designed, but lets enjoy this flashback moment to remember all the tricks and spins we had learned on our yo-yo.

Learn more about your childhood toy,  the yo-yo

Image from: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yoyo_patent_1866.png

 

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Bing in the Classroom Offers #AdFreeSearch to Schools

By: Bryan Deziel

For the past two decades, the use of technology in the classroom has been an increasingly tricky one.  The Internet provides access to a seemingly endless wealth of information and resources for education; however, this wealth is accompanied by an almost equal expanse of dark alleys full of seedy and inappropriate content.  We have also become painfully aware in recent years that the technology that we use every day can (and perhaps is) being used to pry into every detail of our personal lives.  Balancing access to the benefits of the Internet and other technologies for students while protecting them and their privacy is a daily challenge and source of debate for educators and librarians.  However, Microsoft’s Bing has recently created a program aimed at helping schools address these concerns.

The program, aptly named Bing in the Classroom, encourages student engagement in the classroom by eliminating the distraction of advertisements when students in the classroom use Bing to search the web.  In addition to ad-free searching, the service filters out inappropriate adult content and protects students’ privacy by not using student searches to create personalized advertising profiles.  The program also provides an avenue for schools to receive free Microsoft tablets.  Users of Bing can sign up with the program and earn credits whenever they are using Bing.  These credits can then be donated to a school of their choice.  Schools receive a Microsoft tablet every time they accumulate a certain number of credits (the first one at 30,000).

Find more information about this free program at: http://www.bing.com/classroom/showsupport

Image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:BingHomepage2013.png

“A Bunch of Stuff You Can Do With Google”

The Google Tips page is described by Google as:

A bunch of stuff you can do with Google.

How it works

Find a card you like and “flip” it over to learn more. You can share your favorites with friends and even suggest tips for us to add. We’ll keep adding new cards, so come back often to check out what’s new.

 Other Search Options

Learning more advanced Google features is helpful for finding information–and with other Google platforms–storing your own information.

Keep in mind, there are some other interesting search options out there:

DuckDuckGo - Focused on privacy along with a number of growing features to make searching more intuitive

MillionShort - Filters out up to the first million search engine results to get deeper into the results

Unbiasly – Uses crowdsourcing as a way to find less biased sources

 

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