A Handy Little App to Help You Navigate MTA Buses

Submitted by Zeph Grunschlag on Wed, 03/04/2015 - 10:42am.
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If you're a regular New York City bus rider, you probably know of the MTA program "Bus Time" which let's you find out -either by web or by text- of the approximate location of buses on a particular line.

Recently, I happened on an improvement for iOS called NYC Bus Time. Though the app has some design flaws, it has one feature that really makes it worthwhile for me. You can set up a few bus stops for specific lines and directions as "favorites". So if you have several options for getting home, you can make all the options your favorite and then based on current conditions choose the bus that's going to arrive soonest.

Below is a snapshot near my home on 135th street showing my 3 options (M11, M4, and M5). We can see that the M4 is the best option as it is only 1 minute away. Armed with this new knowledge I decided to wait at Broadway and 135th instead of Amsterdam and 135th.

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Issue 2 of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience

Submitted by Meredith Powers on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:55pm.
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The second issue of Weave: Journal of Library User Experience is now available here.

In this issue:

Service Design: An Introduction to a Holistic Assessment Methodology of Library Services
By Joe Marquez & Annie Downey, Reed College
This paper explores service design as a relevant method for service assessment and creation in a library environment. Service design allows for a holistic and systemic look at the various systems that make a library function. This methodology is a co-creative process conducted with library staff and patrons. By working together, librarians and patrons can create more relevant services or refine current services to be more effective and efficient.

An Internet of Pings: Enhancing the Web User Experience of Physically Present Patrons with Bluetooth Beacons


#TinyBookTuesday “The Sports of Childhood”

Submitted by Alexandra Lederman on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 3:23pm.
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Happy #TinyBookTuesday! Today we have The Sports of Childhood; or Pastimes of Youth published by S. Babcock, New Haven in 1840. Archery, a game of cricket, blowing bubbles, and walking on stilts are recommended pastimes for children!

PS. Never trust children with a pen and a book!


Art Education Gets Radical

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Tue, 03/03/2015 - 10:58am.
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(Image: “Areas for Action,” an experiment led by artist Oliver Herring and educator Jethro Gillespie (© Lloyd Mulvey) via Hyperallergic.com)

Art ed is not taking up surfing, instead, the field was recently rocked by a future-focused, avant-garde conference held February 20-21st at the Armory as a precursor to the current NYC Armory Show hosted by MoMA. Conference organizers described the goal and focus of the show as:

Inspired by the artists featured in ART21 films and the educators involved in the ART21 Educators program, this event includes a series of exchanges, dialogues, and experiments between artists and educators that explore how we might shift the paradigm of education in and through visual art to better reflect contemporary artistic practices, motivations, and curiosities.


Meet Coub & Learn ASL for "Photobomb"

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 2:19pm.
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While perusing possible NewLearningTimes.com "High Five" content this morning I discovered, Coub.com via this Boingboing.net article reposted from this article in online magazine, Hopes & Fears. The piece teaches you popular internet slang interpreted as American Sign Language. What drew me in most (besides the innovative, multimedia content of the piece) was the look of the embedded Coub video content. The embedded content's aspect ratio seemed fresh and upon navigation to the Coub.com main site, the interface was refreshingly uncluttered and easy to use. Here is a screencapture of the simple process of grabbing an embed code (NOTE: you can easily customize the embed size):


#MusicalMondays has begun!

Submitted by Rachel Smiley on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 1:27pm.
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Say hello to the newest installment on ArchivalRevival, #MusicalMondays! Check out the first post to Pressible on a popular musical setting of an English nursery rhyme


Music In Our Schools Month!

Submitted by Rachel Smiley on Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:14pm.
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The National Association for Music Education (NAfME) has celebrated March as the "Music in Our Schools Month" for the last 30 years! It began as a single statewide Advocacy Day and celebration in New York in 1973 and grew over the decades to become a month-long celebration of school music in 1985.

This month is often characterized with special performances, lessons, sing-alongs and activities to bring music programs to the attention of administrators, parents, colleagues, and communities to display the positive benefits that music education brings to students of all ages.

NAfME offers resources and ideas to music educators to get involved with their communities this month.

Please check it out and if you want to show support for Music in Our Schools Month you can make their anniversary logo your profile picture! #MIOSM30

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New Wired.com Tech Stack

Submitted by Hui Soo Chae on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 9:43pm.
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Wired.com just launched a overhauled site. Here is the new tech stack:

WordPress PHP
Stylus for CSS
Vanilla JavaScript and jQuery
Coming soon: React.js

Development and Deployment:
Gulp for task automation
Git hooks
Linting (check out stylint written by our own Ross Patton)

I wonder what they are using for testing.

You can read more about it in this article from Kathleen Vignos, Wired.com's Director of Engineering.


More on Academic Scandal at UNC

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Sun, 03/01/2015 - 7:11pm.
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Many reports have surfaced over the last few months about the academic scandal at the University of North Carolina (UNC). I have been following the development of this issue for some time now and it seems the scandal is more intense than I initially thought. Reports in the past indicated that most student athletes were enrolled in classes that do not exist and yet received high grades for these "fake classes."

This articlesheds more light on the admission process of student athletes at UNC. A former admissions director has indicated that she felt too compelled to accept student athletes that she felt weren't qualified. Most of the students she was pressured to admit either did not take entrance exams or were months past the admissions deadline. These reports show how some schools prioritize sports over education. Student athletes are likely to fail in graduate school if they were accepted into an undergraduate program just because of their ability to play sports. Who should be blamed for prioritizing sports over education?


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