New York Times: Learning Online May Be Better

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computer The New York Times recently reported on the results of a 12-year study by SRI International (formerly the Stanford Research Institute) that examined the effectiveness of online versus traditional teaching methods.

Conducted in some K-12 settings, but mainly in college and adult continuing education-programs from 1996 to 2008, “the analysis for the Education Department found that, on average, students doing some or all of the course online would rank in the 59th percentile in tested performance, compared with the average classroom student scoring in the 50th percentile.”

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PassPack: Store All Your Passwords in One Place

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If you’re familiar with Web 2.0, then you’re familiar with creating usernames and passwords. Ideally, you’d like to use the same combination you’ve always been using for every account, but what if you’re a little late to the party and your “go-to” username is taken? What then? Well, you have to come up with and, even worse, REMEMBER a new set of login information which can really add up Enter Passpack »

PasspackPassPack is “a tool that protects your passwords everywhere you go. You can save all your pins and logins in one single place, and access them from home, the office or anywhere else! There is nothing to install or carry around.”

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Newseum: Daily Newspaper Front Pages from around the World

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Newseum, the world’s most interactive museum, released a cool new web app several months ago that displays the front pages of daily newspapers throughout the world in their original, unedited form.

NewseumWith an easy to use interface, users can browser through a gallery of available papers or scroll over an interactive map to view snapshots of current front pages for each paper. Though the count varies daily, Newseum records on average more than 700 different newspapers from nearly 70 different countries.

The Newseum also keeps an archive of national and international front pages that chronicle events of historical significance such as the recent presidential election and the 2008 Olympic Games.

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Kodak Zi8 HD: Just like the Flip Video, possibly better

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The final verdict won’t be out on the Kodak Zi8 HD until its September release, but based on the performance of its predecessor, the Zi6, and the expected improvements, Flip may have something to worry about.

The Kodak Zi8 HD is set to retail for $180 and will reportedly feature 1080p HD recording, an expandable SD-card slot and most notably… image stabilization. If you’ve ever tried to take video while walking around with a Flip, then you’re well aware that this is a much-needed feature.

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KidZui: The Internet for Kids, Ages 3-12

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KidzuiKidZui is a free Web browser, search engine and online playground for kids 3-12.

Kids have the freedom to learn, play, search and discover over 2 million games, websites, videos and photos on their own. KidZui has the largest number of games, websites, videos and photos reviewed by parents and teachers anywhere. Kids can find what they need to help with schoolwork, by themselves.

Smart for Parents
KidZui eliminates the need for parents to constantly watch over their kids’ shoulder, when they are online.

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