The Facebook :Timeline Now Available Worldwide

Last year we introduced timeline a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos posts and life events that help you tell your story. Over the next few weeks, everyone will get timeline. When you get timeline, you ll have 7 days to preview what s there now. This gives you a chance to add or hide whatever you want before anyone else sees it.
You can learn more about these new features by taking the quick tour available at the top of your timeline. If you want to get timeline now, go to the Introducing Timeline page and click “Get Timeline.” Or you can wait until you see an announcement at the top of your home page When you upgrade to timeline, you ll have seven days to review everything that appears on your timeline before anyone else can see it. You can also choose to publish your timeline at any time during the review period. If you decide to wait, your timeline will go live automatically after seven days. Your new timeline will replace your profile, but all your stories and photos will still be there.
If you want to see how your timeline appears to other people, click the gear menu at the top of your timeline and select View As.You can choose to see how your timeline appears to a specific friend or the public.

Mobile Social Learning

Study Hall is a new website and iOS app for sharing and studying with friends. Even though the service is still in a beta phase it seems promising. The basic idea behind Study Hall is to enable teachers and students to upload content to a common place and access it through an iPad, an iPhone, or an iPod Touch. When using the free iPad app students can communicate in real-time about the content that they are sharing. When using the free iPhone app students can post comments about the content but cannot see each other s comments in real-time.
Applications for Education Study Hall is a promising application for moving course content into a collaborative mobile platform. Once Study Hall publishes their Android app I think there is very real potential for it to be the preferred place for teachers to upload content and for students to study together remotely Math Practice Flash Cards is a free Android App from TeachersParadise.com. The app designed for elementary school students. As the name implies, Math Practice Flash Cards is a set of flashcards for practicing addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The app allows you to use pre-made sets of flashcards or create your own set of flashcards. To create your own set of flashcards just choose the parameters of largest numbers and smallest numbers in the flashcard set. You also have the option to choose from fun mode which is not timed or the timed mode.
I gave Math Practice Flash Cards a try on both my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and my Motorola Photon. The app does not appear to be optimized for tablets yet, but it does work very well on my phone.

Apple to announce e-book creation tools

Ars Technica is reporting that Apple s media event in New York on Thursday won t just be about education partnerships to release textbooks, but that we might also see new tools that are described as GarageBand for e-books.
The new tools are said to make e-book creation much easier than currently available software tools so that writers can more easily write and distribute their books.
In addition to the new tools, the Wall Street Journal suggests that Apple will also unveil new textbooks that are specifically optimized for the iPad. There are also rumors that Apple will announce partnerships with textbook publishers McGraw and Pearson PLC.
If these reports are true, then Apple may intend to revolutionize the e-book market like they did the mobile app market. By including writer-friendly tools and giving those writers a store to distribute and sell their work, Apple could help cut out much of the work and marketing currently necessary to get a book to the masses. Of course, none of this is official, so we ll have to wait until Thursday to find out.

My Websites will only support the latest browser versions

Hopefully you ve found this report helpful, but let us give you some final advice. It s something you are hopefully already doing if you

Develop for as Many users as Possible

John Allsopp, developer and organiser of the Web Directions conferences, responds to Aral Balkan s one version manifesto and argues we should embrace the web s universality and aim to make our sites available for everybody

The fine folks at .net magazine very graciously asked me to comment on Aral s piece, because of a response I recently wrote to the tweet that started the whole conversation, outlining Aral s oneversion manifesto oneversion #manifesto My websites will only support the latest versions of browsers. It s the browser makers duty to get users to upgrade.

There s much I could say in reply to his piece. In fact I ve written a number of detailed responses, but I think it s particularly important to get to the essence of why I expressed, and continue to have, reservations about this.

Eric Allam on Code School

Code School runs courses that teach you how to code directly in the browser. We talked to Eric Allam, the brain behind the project and ruby developer at Envy Labs net What s the idea behind Code School
Eric Allan: Most people know how to open up their browser and type into a text field. We think learning to program should be that easy. Most programmers think it s a right of passage to learn the command line and the underlying architecture of computing before ever writing a lick of code