NISOD’s International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence is the definitive gathering of community and technical college educators passionate about teaching and learning. Over the years, NISOD’s annual conference has provided faculty, administrators, and staff with the resources,...
Celebrate National Cybersecurity Month with Cybersecurity Circus. Created by Texas A&M University's Division of Information Technology (readers may remember another one of their cybersecurity games, Aggie LIFE, from the 07-10-2020 Scout Report), this game is both fun and functional. After all, as many aspects of our life transition online, cybersecurity is increasingly important. Modeled after a traditional circus or carnival, the site lets visitors choose from four game options: Balloon Pop, Horse Race, Hoop Shoot, and Plinko. Through each game, users receive questions and challenges to "test cybersecurity knowledge and teach useful tips for staying safe online." For example, Horse Race quizzes users on malware infection and identity theft protection, and Hoop Shoot tests players on smart social media practices. Though the bonus prizes and coupons (since closed) were only available to Texas A&M students and staff, anyone can continue to play the game online. And, the real prize is the "cybersmarts" knowledge gained along the way.
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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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