This year's Coalition for Neworked Information (CNI) spring meeting will take place virtually between March 15-26.
Readers hoping to author their own children's literature piece, or to assist the young people in their lives in doing so, may want to explore Elementari. The platform serves as a creative computational outlet that allows anyone to "write and code interactive stories." Users new to the app will want to begin by exploring the options provided under the menu icon (in the top-left corner). In the Stories section, readers can browse existing books for inspiration. Other sections allow readers to browse some of the more than 10,000 illustrations available on the site and sift through the platform's many features. Before diving into one's own project, visitors may also want to check out the Curriculums section. Whether the app is being implemented in a classroom setting or just for fun, these lesson plans guide users through basic elements of both coding and writing. Additionally, readers will need to create and log in to an account to get started on their own creation. A basic plan is free, though users can upgrade to paid subscriptions for advanced features. Readers should note that the menu also has an option to switch between one of the seven available languages.
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San Francisco's Exploratorium showcases the work of researchers at the Natural History Museum in London and Las Cuevas Biological Station in Belize, who are investigating the nature and diversity of life. From Jungle to Lab is part of the Exploratorium's Origin Project, created to explain how scientists explore "the beginnings of the universe, of matter, of the earth, and of life itself." This well-designed Web site contains loads of multimedia features, such as a slide show of Las Cuevas (including a 360 view of the biological station), video and audio clips of researchers explaining their work, Web casts, and much more. The contents of this site are thoughtfully organized and skillfully presented. For example, the section titled Ideas appears as a virtual field notebook, each page addressing a different aspect of evolutionary mechanism for biodiversity. In all, this is a fantastic Web site that is worth a visit for design features alone, if not the enlightening content.
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