Experience London’s Great Fire of 1666 through Minecraft

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In 1666, the Great Fire destroyed London, England and to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the event, the Museum of London wants to share the story with the world. But rather than do it simply in the form of video, text, or a exhibit, the story is also being retold as a game – Great Fire 1666.

The game will consist of three phases or ‘Maps”; starting you off on the streets of 17th century London before the eventful time, where you can walk around and interact with the locals. You’ll then have an opportunity to combat the flames of the Great Fire and then later on rebuild your own version of England’s capital. Read More at CanoeTech Blog.

Never too late to give a gift of Music (lessons)

You may have put musical instruments under the tree last year but everyone was just too busy to take the time to learn to play them. So why not start the New Year off on a new note; convert those IOU stocking stuffers into a gift of music (lessons) they can take on-line, anytime and right from home.

If you think that’s a great idea, the new MusicSchool On-Line is the kind of gift that doesn’t require shipping. It was launched this past summer by Grammy nominee multi-instrumentalist, producer and 20-year veteran Ken Lewis, seen above, whose experience extends to major artists and record labels. Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

 

Grammy nominee Ken Lewis launches MusicSchoolOnline

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There’s a new music school launching in town, but it’s online and appropriately called MusicSchoolOnline.com (MSO). Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist and producer Ken Lewis who has over two decades of experience making music for major record labels is launching it today.

The new school is designed to provide easily accessible and affordable music lessons and resources for musicians, singers and aspiring individuals of all ages with an easy-to-follow streaming service, with prices starting as low as US $9.99 for a monthly subscription.

The video tutorials are created and delivered by Lewis and other award-winning instructors who are also top-level professional musicians. Lessons cover voice, individual instruments like piano, guitar, drums and bass along with rhythm section, extensive music theory and exclusive MSO Kids animated episodes. The school will launch with 400 music video lessons with more added every day. In fact over 200 more lessons have already been created. Read full post at Canoe Tech Blog.

Albert Clock makes you think to know the time

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A clock is something that’s used to tell you the time and perhaps wake you up in the morning, but MNTNT, a little humble Paris design studio had the idea that it could be more than that. In addition to simply providing information, it could also be a “digital object” that keeps your mind active and at the same time improve the mathematical skills of kids and grownups alike. And thus, Albert or more specifically, the Albert Clock was conceived.

Named after Albert Einstein, the idea behind the innovation is that instead of just giving you the hour and minute of the day, you’d be faced with a math problem to solve and the results would be in hours and minutes respectively. So to know that it’s 8:30, you’ll have to do a little calculation; 18-10 = 8 and 26+4 = 30. Made you think, didn’t it? To keep it more fun, interesting and challenging, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division can be set to four different levels of difficulty.  READ Full Post at CanoeTech Blog

Kidz Gear volume limiting headset ideal for young ears

Going beyond the earbuds that are often included with the gadget these days, it sometimes tough to find a decent headset that suitable for young ears.  Expanding upon their original headphones, Kidz Gear has introduced the Kids Gear Deluxe Stereo Headset with Boom Microphone that is not only sized correctly for a child’s head, it also has a volume limiting capability to help protect the little ears.

Read more…at Canoe Tech Blog.

 

HOOKED ON PHONICS celebrates back-to-school with 98% off iOS & Android Apps

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School is back in session, and many parents and teachers have been feeling the strain in their wallets, outfitting kids for their first day or supplying and decorating their classrooms in preparation for the return of students. American Express’s annual survey on back-to-school spending finds that parents fork over an average of $1,151 for their children before school even starts — compared with $1,094 in 2013 and $867 in 2012.

A recent United Federation of Teachers (UFT) survey found that teachers are spending an average of $500 out of there own pocket each year purchasing supplies for their students.

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Effective use of repetition

July 12, 2013

EDMONTON, AB, Jul 12, 2013/ Troy Media/ – “Your call is important. Please stay on the line and someone will be with you shortly.” After hearing that for the 27th time, it starts to become annoying, doesn’t it? If you’re like me, you probably dream hearing it in your sleep.

It might even become your worst nightmare.

Repetition can be monotonous – like having to make it through summer reruns on TV or listening to verbal filler such as “Like I said,” or “Did I tell you this already?” which occurs when not having enough to say or simply stumbling over your words. And  when it happens in conversation or during a presentation, it can detract from getting your point across. However, when used effectively, repeating what you have to say can actually enhance your message.

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Apple adds iPhone to Back-To-School Promo

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Every year, Apple has a Back-to-School promotion where they offer some sort of incentive, typically a gift card to encourage post-secondary students to buy a Mac or an iPad before the fall session of school kicks in.

Now this year is no different, except for the first time, they’ve included the iPhone as part of the promotion. No reason was given why although one could hazard a guess that it might have to do with a new iPhone in the works and they want to clear out old stock.     Read more…AT CANOE TECH BLOG

Steve Jobs spirit lives on in iBooks 2 for iPad

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Jobs transformed the way we consume music, watch movies and use our phone, so why not the way we read textbooks? Although Jobs, is no longer with us, he certainly had at least “one more thing” cooking before his passing. Jobs was always big on education and using technology to enhance learning.  The reference in his biography where it said that he believed that the textbook publishing industry was an “$8 billion a year that was ripe for digital destruction,” was certainly a clue.

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It’s Mac to School time, folks!

Well, it’s that time again when Summer is nearing an end and it’s time to get back to school, or

MactoSchoolrather Mac to School. And if you’re ready to deck out your dorm with new Apple gear, now is a great time to do it, before school starts. Now getting a jump-start to avoid the rush is certainly never a bad idea, but there are a few more good compelling reasons to act, especially up you are looking at upgrading existing equipment.

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