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How Tring Faculty creates a tradition of scholar sharing that improves classroom outcomes

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Editor’s note: Leading up to Bett, one of the largest education technology conferences in the world, we’re highlighting teachers, students and administrators who are using educational technology to help schools flourish and make learning more interactive and impactful. In this post, Chris Lickfold, Director of Learning at Tring School in Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, explains how technology has encouraged their school’s 1,500 students to become more curious, independent learners. Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more Impact Portraits on the blog. And check out @GoogleForEdu and #BETT2017 to learn what we’re talking about at Bett. Chris Lickfold will be speaking at Google’s teaching theatre at 11 a.m. on Jan. 26.

Traditional measures like attendance rates and grades are important benchmarks for a school’s performance, but they don’t paint a complete picture of student success. They don’t, for example, indicate whether students are engaged with their classwork or are inspired to discover knowledge.

Last year we brought Chromebooks to Tring School and trained teachers and students to use G Suite for Education. We were fortunate to be in a school environment that was already reaching its goals, but we saw an opportunity to improve further by creating a culture of sharing and engagement.

Shortly after bringing Google tools to students at Tring School, we saw students becoming more independent in their learning—and more curious about the world than we could have imagined. For example, when conducting primary research, we saw students collecting upwards of 300 data points using Google Forms, versus just a handful before the rollout of Google tools. Now, we’re beginning to see the impact of student-led learning in more traditional performance benchmarks. In our science classes, 21 percent more students performed above their expected level in 2016 compared to 2015. And 20 percent more students

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31 Free Cellular Icon Units Really helpful by App Builders

31 Free Mobile Icon Sets Recommended by App Developers

One of the most useful freebies available on the web for mobile app developers is icons and when a collection of great free mobile icon sets is presented to them like this – it saves a lot of your time and efforts.

Moreover, what if we say that this awesome collection of free mobile icon sets is recommended by various developers? Half of your work is done, right? No need to spend time on research – get going, start using them!

1. General Vector Pack

This is a great collection of icons of fixed and mobile phones and other mobile devices such as tablets, wireless handsets and related devices. Yes, they are black and white but no worries – you can add colors or change the sizes of the icons as per your requirement as it is a vector pack.

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2. Android Developer Icon Set

Android Developer Icon Set

This set contains thirty png menu icons with additional source files. This set is distributed under a license similar to Creative Commons Attribution, thus it’s absolutely free.

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3. Web0.2ama


This set contains 311 minimalistic icons which can be used for/in navigation, information systems, web applications, mobile applications and user interfaces.

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4. Full Flat Icons

Full Flat Icons

This set contains close to 2472 unique icon shapes, of various sizes, related to multimedia elements like video games, video, audio, playback buttons, gadgets, CD formats and more.

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5. Social Media Line Icons

Social Media Line Icons

This a beautiful set

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Chillingo Launches WarFriends on iOS, Android

Chillingo announced the launch of WarFriends on mobile. Developed by About Fun, the multiplayer shooter allows users to compete against other players in one-on-one matches or play cooperatively with others in a WarPath mode.

In each battle, players can swipe to move their main character between cover spots, and they can tap or tap and hold to fire their weapons at enemies. Users can also swipe to toss grenades.

As battles progress, users can spend energy to deploy extra military units to the field, such as grenadiers and machine gunners, who will automatically attack the enemy. Users will earn additional energy as they defeat the enemy’s units.

Players can earn money over time, and in between battles, they can spend this cash on upgrades for their weapons and units. Upgrades take time to complete, but players can skip these timers using premium currency. As units level up, their stats will increase and they may also receive new abilities. Users can also unlock new weapons and units as they progress.

Eventually, players will unlock WarCards for their armies, which they can deploy during battles to trigger special effects. For instance, one WarCard may slow the enemy down.

Warfriends is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

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50 Cool 3D Road Artwork and Murals Round The World


Creativity can be expressed in many different forms, and one of the most powerful form of public art is the street art. However, nowadays, street artists are working in certain unconventional forms of art, by experimenting with perspective and human imagination, creating the wonderdul 3D murals.

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3D murals are made in such a way that they only can be properly seen from a particular angle. From their right viewing angle these graffitis come alive, and people who walk by can take pictures and play with the perspective.

However, no matter how much I explain in words, you can only get the complete idea of their awesomeness when you see these amazing murals yourself. So, here we have put together a showcase of mindblowing creative 3D murals, made by different artists, that are definitely awe-inspiring for their viewers.

IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum

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IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum

IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum

IMAGE: Kurt Wenner

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IMAGE: Tracy Lee Stum
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Twitter Unveils Hashtag-Triggered Emoji for Inauguration

Twitter rolled out a hashtag-triggered emoji for Friday’s inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.

The special emoji will be added to tweets with the hashtags #inauguration and #inauguration2017.

Your official inauguration hashtags have arrived. Tweet #Inauguration and #Inauguration2017 to unlock a special emoji.

— Twitter Government (@gov) January 19, 2017

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