Savonix Mobile Cognitive Assessment Tool

Savonix has mad the beta version of its mobile cognitive assessment tool available for a six week trial. The app will test you on your verbal memory, impulse control, emotionality, and information processing speed. It is available for both iOS and Android devices.

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A Few Rules for Good Presentations

I am currently watching a course at lynda.com on Design 101 Presentation, taught by John McWade.. Everyone who gives PowerPoint presentations should watch this course. A fdw of his rules are:

1. If you are presenting in a light room, it is best to use black type on a white background.
2. If you are presenting in a dark room, use white type on a black background,
3. Forget pre-made templates. They are often pretty, but they are useless and distracting.
4. Always use type that is large enough to be read in the back of your room. I never use type smaller than 28 point.
5. Use one typeface, preferably a sans-serif font. Avenir, Myriad Pro, and Gotham are good. Use medium weight type.
6. If you want to use a serif font, Baskerviille, Century, and Garamond work well.

Googe App Turns Phone into Mobile Science Lab

Google has released an app that will turn your smartphone into a mobile science lab. It is from the journal Science, and uses the sensors built into the phone to record data about the environment and test hypotheses. It also serves as a notebook where students can record data, run trials, and set up experiments.

Adobe Spark

Adobe has unified all its tools for creating stories with text, graphics, audio, and video  into a tool they call Spark. The Spark app now includes the mobile apps formerly called Post, Voice, and Slate. These apps are now called Page, Post, and Video.

Can Growth Mindset Theory Revolutionize Education?

Carol Dweck, Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, developed the growth mindset theory of learning. Essentially it says in order to learn you have to believe that your mind can grow and expand its powers through perseverance. I read her book, Mindset, a few months ago. You can purchase it at Amazon. com ( http://www.amazon.com/Mindset-Psychology-Success-Carol-Dweck/dp/0345472322/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1463665983&sr=1-1&keywords=mindset )