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Easy Data Visualization with Google Charts and JavaScript

Looking for an easy and free way to visualize data to gain insight? Google has provided a JavaScript programming interface so that you can integrate Google Charts in your applications. To my surprise, I found it is very easy to build interactive Google Charts that use data from Google Sheets too. Using our sense of

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10 Helpful and Geeky Question and Answer Communities

I have started reading a fun book on innovation management called “Beyond the Obvious” by Phil McKinney.  Mr. McKinney has directed a diverse technical career including serving as CTO of HP.   A core theme of his book is that innovative thinking occurs when you start asking better questions.   His work stresses the importance

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10 Free Resources for Learning JavaScript and HTML5

The web isn’t a stale bag of text and pictures.   In our web browser, we can use Google maps to navigate and explore the world.   The browser enables us to play games, communicate, and learn using media.    Google, Microsoft, and many other players have worked hard to improve the speed and capabilities

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“All I Want For Christmas” from @EduVue

The “Hour of code” event to introduce young people to computer science has been very well received by the community.   As time permits, I have been reviewing blog posts and retrospectives on the event. My friends from EduVue provided a nice reflection on the “Hour of code” event at their schools.   It’s exciting

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Creating Interactive Images with SVG

  During a Google Developers Group session on HTML5, Dr. Allen introduced the group to a web technology called Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). In instructional technology, SVG can be used to create interactive diagrams that respond to mouse clicks and mouse movements. Many information visualization tools utilize SVG to visualize complex data sets. (Check out

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17 Fun Tools To Teach Kids To Code by @ChrisBetcher

There are many benefits to teaching young people to code.   As a musician starts learning a piece of music,  the process can be daunting.   Musicians, however, naturally start breaking the song into parts.   By slowly mastering small phrases, scales, chords, and patterns, the song slowly emerges from the student.   The discipline

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3 Free Visual Analysis Tools to Help You Gain Insight Faster

Visual data analysis help organizations make decisions and learn faster by leveraging our natural ability to visually detect patterns quickly.This presentation reviews the motivation to visual analytics research.  We also review demo visualizations from D3JS.org, Google Charts API, and other tools. Check out D3JS.org to learn more about their awesome JavaScript visualization tools. Programmer visualization tools

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Mind Blowing Creatives and Projects from Atlanta Mini Maker Faire 2013

Creative people enjoy sharing their craft with the community. The Atlanta Mini Maker Faire (AMMF) showcased creatives, craft makers, artists, inventors, and technologists from across Georgia and the US. The outdoor conference blended the best of an arts show and a “hands on” science fair. Sarah and I had the opportunity to take the family

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Something Old, Something New: Blending Physical Objects and Computing For Learning

Given that Sarah and I love science, we enjoy exposing our family to novel learning experiences. In the past month, we had the opportunity to enjoy the Museum of Science in Boston, MA. I greatly enjoy hands on learning. Getting to see my kids play with some of the Tangible Computing exhibits in the computer

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Connecting Your Favorite Google Services Using Google App Script

Through Google Documents, Google provides amazing web based tools for students, businesses, and educators.   During a Google Developer Group meeting at Mercer University,  I was introduced to a cool programming technology enabling developers to customize Google App experiences using JavaScript.   Using Google App Script, you can automate tasks and connect Google products to

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