Friday, February 28, 2014

Google debuts online education tool Oppia to create interactive activities for teaching others

Google Announces Quarterly EarningsGoogle debuts online education tool Oppia to let anyone create interactive activities for teaching others

Google today launched a new online education tool called Oppia, currently an open source project with the goal of making it easy for anyone to create online interactive activities that others can learn from. Called explorations, these activities can be built and contributed to by multiple people from around the world through a Web interface, without any programming required.
Here is how Google describes its latest venture:
Oppia does this by modeling a mentor who poses questions for the learner to answer. Based on the learner’s responses, the mentor decides what question to ask next, what feedback to give, whether to delve deeper, or whether to proceed to something new. You can think of this as a smart feedback system that tries to “teach a person to fish,” instead of simply revealing the correct answer or marking the submitted answer as wrong.
And in typical Google style, here’s the YouTube video:

Google says Oppia does more than just present content: it gathers data on how learners interact with it and offers it to exploration authors so they can fix shortcomings in an exploration. For example, if many learners are giving an answer to which an exploration is not responding adequately (for example, the difficulty changes abruptly, or the next question appears to be unrelated), an author could create a new learning path for it. In this way, the exploration continues to get better.
Here’s Oppia’s current feature list:
  • Learners receive personalized, customizable feedback after submitting answers
  • Explorations are embeddable in any webpage
  • An online analytics dashboard that allows explorations to be improved easily over time
  • A full online editor GUI
  • A comprehensive extension framework allowing straightforward integration of new interactions and classification rules
  • Parameters can be associated with a learner in order to create a richer interactive experience
  • Collaborative creation and editing of explorations with version control
  • (in progress) Responsive UI for mobile devices
Unfortunately, there’s no indication of the amount of resources Google plans to dedicate to Oppia. The disclaimer “Oppia is not a Google product” seems to suggest the company is hoping a community forms and takes over.
Google’s reasoning for why Oppia exists is simple: the company believes online education can be delivered via more than just video, audio, and text. In learning, feedback is key, and as the company says: “one does not learn to play the piano by watching videos of many virtuoso performances.”
Top Image Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

10 Social Manners for Children

1. Say. Please when asking.

2.Say. Thank you when receiving.

3.Say, Excuse me when bumping into someone.

4.Put down your Electronics when someone enters the room.

5. .Look into the eye when speaking.

6. .Let others finish before you speak.

7. Shake hands firmly.

8. Say, Yes, Ma'am or Yes, Sir when talking to grownups.

9. Greet people with Hi or How are you?

10. Open doors for others.

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Trick to Making Perfect Poached Eggs

perfect poached eggs
photo:Zach Desart


Ever crack an egg into simmering water only to watch the white spread out and form wispy tentacles? It happened to me until I came across this game-changing fix: Break the egg into a sieve set over a bowl. The watery outer edge of the white will drain through, leaving the thicker white and yolk intact. Then slip the egg directly from the sieve into the water; the white will firm up around the yolk, creating a smooth, compact package.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Things to Purchase or Buy in a Dollar Shop or 66/88 Pesos Store

Dollar Store fixtures Pictures1. School  and Office Supplies-when you need crayons,bond papers(long or short),folders(short and long),white envelopes for mail,brown envelopes(short and long), papers for crafting materials,scissors for kitchen/school/office use and crafting,staplers,thumb tucks,pins,sewing materials,pencils,ball pens, printing materials for printer, fax,copier and pictures,organizers,folder organizers.Did I forget something?

2. Cards-Greetings cards on all occasions and seasons for friends, family,acquaintance and loved ones.Do not forget the thank you card and sympathy card.

3. Baby supplies-baby wipes, Kleenex,bibs,food and drink containers with age appropriate for the infants and toddlers, diaper/baby soap/shampoo,socks and clothing if there is any available.

4. Hygiene kits-oral solutions/mouth wash, toothbrush/toothpaste for home and travelling use,dental floss,nail cutter, and if there is available for teeth whitener.

5. Toiletries-tissue paper,soap,shampoo,conditioner,bathroom accessories, shower curtains,razor,before and after shaving lotions/cream,hand sanitizer,liquid soap,body wash,deodorizer,cleaning reagents,bathroom and glass cleaner.

6. Home decorations-vases in all sizes/shapes and colors, flowers,candles,candle holder,grease/grill remover.

7.Kitchen-knifes,pans,bowls,baking/cooking materials,dish washing liquid,grease/grill remover,pot,frying pan.

8. Pet care-collar,food bowl and drinking bowl.

9. Electronic accessories-earphones,flashlights,batteries,laptop/cellphone's skin and screen protector,warning devices,doorbell,burglar alarm.

10. Organizers-plastic containers/drawers/dividers/school and office organizers.

11. Food and Drinks-a short list of these can be found for a spur of the moment needs.

11. Party items-for your party needs such as party hats,tissue paper,paper/plastic plates,glasses,spoon and for. Even banners for the event.

And a lot more... almost a lot of   stuff that you did not notice that you have a small bits of this and that of your purchases scattered around the house . Therefore I conclude that a dollar store is more than  in 24-hour Convenient store and less than a Grocery store but as they say it has the best of both world >>

Monday, February 17, 2014

How to Remove Pet Odors and Stains from Your Car

by Ashley Bennett

How to Remove Pet Odors and Stains from Your Car:

Pets enjoy road trips as much as people, but the problem is that they are not able to express their needs in the same way. It is inevitable that your pet may have an accident in the car or leave some type of stain or odor for one reason or another. Here are some ways to remove pet odors and stains from your car.

Clean the Stains Immediately

If the car has been soiled, then it is important that you clean the area right away to prevent the stain from damaging the interior. Remove the waste and use a cleaning solution to disinfect and eliminate the stains. There are many different types of cleaning solutions you can use, but refer to your car’s manual for guidelines about which solutions are appropriate for your interior.

Use a Neutralizer

An air freshener or odor neutralizer can remove pet odor from your car. Avoid spraying air fresheners while your pet is in the car because they are sensitive to these smell. An odor neutralizer can also be helpful.
  A natural solution is to have a cup of baking soda sit on the floor of the vehicle overnight to absorb any remaining odors.

Allow the Car to Air Out

Open the car doors to allow fresh air to enter to reduce the odor and allow any sprays or products to dry. Since dogs are very sensitive to fumes, it is recommended that the car be exposed to open air for a while before being allowed back inside.

Have Your Pet Sit on a Place Mat or Towel (Dog uses only)

Pets can enjoy road trips, but they should be seated in a manner that will help the car stay clean at all times. Some people will use a towel or place mat to cover the seat dog’s seat in case of accidents and to protect the car from pet hair. A small cushion with a towel covering the seat can be very comfortable for your pet.
Frequent stops will reduce the likelihood of an accident inside of the car, but some pet accidents are unavoidable, especially if you are driving for an extended period of time. When it comes to stains, timing is vital, because it is be easier to remove stains sooner rather than later. Be selective about cleaning solutions because some of them can be damaging to certain types of materials. Clean the area, let the car air out, and continue to drive safely!


Friday, February 14, 2014

When Should Makeup Brushes Be Replaced?

By Regina Paul, eHow Contributor
There are things a person can look for to determine if it is time to replace makeup brushes.


  • If every time a makeup brush is used, a person finds little bristles on her face or that have dropped into the sink, this could be an indication that it is time to replace that particular makeup brush. One test that can be performed is to run the makeup brush over the back of the hand and if more than 10 little bristles fall out, then it is time to replace that makeup brush.


  • Makeup brushes can easily pick up bacteria if they are not cleaned periodically and stored properly. A person can clean makeup brushes with a bit of shampoo and water, and they can be stored in their own clean makeup bag. One way to know that it may be time to replace your makeup brushes is if a person notices that she is having more acne breakouts than normal. This can indicate that there are bacteria on the makeup brushes, and while a person can clean them to see if that fixes the problem, if after doing so, the problem persists, then it is time to replace the makeup brushes.


  • When makeup brushes are used over periods of years, it is possible for them to become misshapen, especially if a person tends to press the brush end hard against her face. If a person is one who does this and notices over time that the makeup brush is not going back to its original shape, then it may be time to replace that makeup brush. If a person continues to use a misshapen makeup brush, it may apply her makeup unevenly, which is something to be avoided as it can be very noticeable to others.
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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sony Sells its Waterproof mp3 Player inside a Bottle of Water

It is also known as the Bottled Walkman.
at does a company do to convince potential customers that its product is genuinely waterproof? Well, aside from saying so on the packaging, it can sell the product already immersed inside a bottle of water.
Though the device itself was launched a while agoSony turned to Auckland-based ad agency DraftFCB to help market the product in New Zealand. And so they came up with the Bottled Walkman, which is sold from vending machines in public places such as gyms. Check out the demo video for yourself.

credit to Sony's W Series Walkman source:!vo3zU

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How to Select the Right Makeup Brush

by eHow Contributor

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    • 1
      Set the tone for your entire look by using the right foundation brush. Rather than using your fingertips or a sponge, apply liquid makeup evenly with a stiff and densely packed brush. Select a wide (about 1/2 inch), slightly angled brush for getting into the creases under your nose.
    • 2
      Select a big brush for powder. Test the bristles by running your hand directly across the top. If bristles come out, you need to spend a little more money on a better-quality brush. Look for a powder brush made out of natural hair whenever possible.
    • 3
      Get a big blush brush. Look for a brush with a slight angle, a flat head and a shorter handle than your powder brush. If you want to save money, select a blush that comes with its own brush. Be prepared to get less coverage from these smaller brushes.
    • 4
      Find an eyeshadow brush. The right brush should have full, soft bristles with a head about the size of your index finger. Use this brush to sweep base color across your lids. Splurge and pick up a soft, pencil-shaped brush to apply eyeshadow to the crease of your eyelids.
    • 5
      Buy an eyeliner brush. Select a thin brush with firm bristles and a flat head. The key to the eyeliner brush is firm bristles. If you want sharp, concise lines, you've got to find a brush with firm yet soft bristles.
    • 6
      Get an angled eyebrow brush. Look for one that's roughly the size of your pinkie finger with moderately stiff bristles. Select a separate eyebrow comb for daily grooming and plucking purposes.
    • 7
      Choose a portable, retractable lip brush with a head slightly larger than a pencil. Use it to even out lipstick applications and to smudge lip liner.
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Tips & Warnings

  • Store your makeup brushes away from dust and clean them at least every 3 weeks. Clean foundation and lip brushes more often, as liquid materials tend to hold bacteria.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Kabuki Brush for Makeup Use

  • Kabuki Brush

      • The kabuki brush has a short handle and lots of soft, firmly packed bristles. They are typically used to apply mineral makeup or facial powder. Kabuki brushes are designed to buff powders and minerals into the skin, but can remove too much if used as a powder brush.  source:

    What is a Kabuki Brush Used For?

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      By Shelley Moore, eHow Contributor
    • Kabuki brushes are high-quality rounded make-up brushes used by celebrities, professional make-up artists and anyone wanting a perfect application of make-up. They can be used for applying various forms of facial make-up including powder, blush and bronzer, as well as for adding shimmer or glow effects to the body.

    Common Size

      • Most kabuki brushes are short and squat, while some are a bit longer and can be retracted into a container. Kabuki brushes also are available in purse-size containers.

    Additional Sizes

      • In addition, people can purchase kabuki brushes in small half-moon shapes (for finishing touches) and in larger peacock fan sizes.


      • Bristles usually are goat hair or another type of animal hair, and some are goat hair with taklon, a synthetic fiber. The head of the brush is short, full and rounded.

    Mineral Make-Up

      • The popular mineral make-up often comes with a kabuki brush, as this type of brush is especially good for applying loose foundation and blush.

  • How to Use a Kabuki Brush


Friday, February 7, 2014

The Names of the Brushes to Use for Makeup and What Kind of Brushes Should I Use to Apply Makeup

By Alex Smith, Sophie Southern and B. Maté, eHow Contributors

Foundation Brush

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There are two main types of foundation brushes. The first (mostly used for liquids) has short, puffy bristles that end in a flat edge. Out of that edge are longer bristles, which smoothly blend the foundation into your face. The other (used for liquids and creams) is a more standard looking artist's brush. Its bristles are soft, compact and end in a shallow point.

    • Foundation Brushes

      • The flat shape of a foundation brush helps you blend the product into your skin.Foundation brushes have a long handle with a wide, flat brush shape. Using a foundation brush helps you blend your foundation into your skin and is particularly effective at getting rid of streaks. Contrary to powder brushes, foundation brushes are designed to use with wet or liquid-based makeup and have a very smooth texture to the touch. High quality and professional foundation brushes are often made with mink or sable hair.

    Eyeshadow Brushes

    • Eyeshadow brushes come in many different formats to help you create different effects.Eyeshadow brushes can come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on your needs. Usually a smaller bush is used to line the crease of the eyelid, a mid-sized one for the surface of the eyelid and a larger one for adding highlight to the brow bone. These brushes are fluffy for powdered eye shadow or silky for liquid.
    • Eyeshadow

        • Narrow and short-haired, eye shadow brushes are available in different sizes, and are often made from natural hair, such as sable. The larger blending brush helps can be used to sweep the base color across the entire lid and to blend one color with another. The smaller eye shadow brushes are used to add definition around in the crease, while angular brushes can add be used to add color to the lash and brow lines. Additionally the mini-shadow brush can be used to smudge or blend a hard pencil eyeliner line or for applying liquid liner.
      • Large Brushes

        • The "poofy" brush helps you apply dry makeup products evenly.If you’ve ever been to the makeup counter or looked through your friends’ products, you have no doubt come across the “poofy” brush. Large, full of volume and ultra soft, these brushes are ideal for using dry face products like blush, bronzer and loose or pressed powder. A large, fat brush lets you apply a product to a larger surface, such as cheeks, making it easier to blend and avoid blotching.
    • Angled and Specialty Brushes

      • Fan brushes help you remove any eyeshadow that falls on your face after application.
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        At some point you’ve probably seen strange-looking makeup brushes and wondered what exactly they are used for. Small angled brushes are great for applying gel or cream eyeliner and blending pencil eyeliner after application. The true enigma of makeup brushes is the fan brush, which is thin, flat and -- you guessed it -- shaped like a fan. Few people besides professional makeup artists understand what this brush for, which is actually to swipe any excess eyeshadow that falls down from application.
    • Angle Brush
    • The angle brush's bristles are cut at an angle instead of straight across. The result is a brush with a fairly chiseled edge and pointed end. Fluffy angle brushes are often used for working makeup into the crease of the eyelid, while silky ones are used to apply eyeliner and sometimes lipstick.
    • Blush Brush

      • Blush brushes are similar to powder brushes, but are usually a bit smaller. They have medium-length, fluffy bristles that help evenly apply blush onto your face.

      Lip Brush

      • The small lip brushes have diamond-shaped bristles and are designed to apply lipstick with a smooth, even coverage.
    • Kabuki Brush

      • The kabuki brush has a short handle and lots of soft, firmly packed bristles. They are typically used to apply mineral makeup or facial powder. Kabuki brushes are designed to buff powders and minerals into the skin, but can remove too much if used as a powder brush.
      • Powder
      • Loose finishing powder, bronzers and blushes are applied to the face with powder brushes. High-end versions of these dome-shaped fluffy brushes are often made from pony and squirrel hair, which are both extremely soft and pliable. Large paddle-shaped powder brushes are used to apply an even dusting of translucent or finishing powder across the face; medium-sized blusher brushes can sweep color across the smaller cheek area. Additionally, there are angular brushes, known as contouring brushes, which can apply the shimmering highlighting powder to the forehead, temples and top of the cheekbones.


      • Whether synthetic or sable, lip brushes are used to help apply the lipstick with precision. The thin, stiff brush has a tapered edge that is dipped into the pigment or gloss before the color is applied within the parameters of the lip. Additionally, the brush is available with a retractable head, which helps to keep it clean when not in use. Because of the lipstick brush's size, some makeup artist use it as a substitute for applying liquid liner.
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