Challenge a computer to a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors

March 21, 2011

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.)

Conduct surveys in a snap with Poll Junkie

March 7, 2011

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.

Our Changing World expresses economic, social data through maps

January 14, 2011

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.

Instructify's top 10 posts of 2009

December 22, 2009

BY BILL FERRIS It’s that time of year again when lazy bloggers rehash old material under the guise of “Best of” lists rather than come up with new stuff. Instructify is no exception. Below are the top 10 Instructify posts … Continued

Ready-made interactive science adventures with NOAA Research

July 2, 2009

BY REBECCAH HAINES It being pretty early in the summer, I know you’re not really thinking about developing that perfect lesson plan.  However, in mid-September, when you’re frazzled from start of school madness, parents’ night, and you realize you don’t … Continued

Monday by the numbers

June 29, 2009

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.