Critical Linking: September 9th, 2013


What Your Favorite Book Looks Like in Colors: An artist reveals how each book has its own unique color spectrum

I’m not sure I get this, but cool nonetheless.


KidRead lets parents limit access to specific apps, and parents can also set a time limit for each app. That is nothing new, but that’s not all this app can do. Parents can also use the KidRead app to set up a reward system.

If a kid spends time reading or using educational apps, they can earn time to play Angry Birds.

This is one of those ideas that seems great, but I seriously doubt anyone will use it for more than a few days.


I know you believe like I do that books and reading are crucial to fostering critical thinking and imagination, culture and community. So I would like to formally invite you to my bookstores, Vroman’s and Book Soup. You’re welcome anytime. And I’m sure my peers would be happy to extend invitations to their wonderful stores as well. #OprahIndieBkstoreTour!

Open letters to Oprah aren’t exactly what I would consider a sustainable business model.


We had 21,934 students enrolled, 14,771 of whom were active in the course. Our 26 lecture videos were viewed 95,631 times. Students submitted work for evaluation 2,942 times and completed 19,571 peer assessments (the means by which their writing was evaluated). However, only 238 students received a completion certificate—meaning that they completed all assignments and received satisfactory scores.

That’s….not encouraging.



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