You and your students may have heard all about the IBM computer, Watson, playing as a contestant on Jeopardy. You too can match wits with a computerized opponent in a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors. It’s not quite the same as Jeopardy, but this game from the New York Times pits humans against an artificial intelligence that learns from the style of play of its competitor (that would be you.)
Poll Junkie allows you to get exactly the information you want via a series of survey options. You can ask responders to rate items on a number scale, rank items in order, or use classic multiple choice. A completed poll generates two links: one with the questions for responders, and one with the results for you. There’s also HTML code for embedding questions on a website.
Gapminder World transforms numbers into engaging interactive graphics across a wide range of topics.
Make your school’s chess club a little more competitive by rating players according to their wins and losses using ELO Rater.
At Our Changing World, choose a topic and watch the size of each country morph to reflect various data. Certain parts of the world will expand or shrink depending on the value of their exports or their number of computer users, for example.
This article introduces the Linux operating system, explains the process of downloading and installing it, and describes the advantages of using Linux in schools.
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BY BILL FERRIS This week’s MBTN features larger file attachments for Gmail users, following your favorite authors on Twitter, and how to shoot better video. Read more after the jump.