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Your Good Deed for Today: Help Beam Buy a Van

best of the web today - beam centerToday’s Cool Site of the Day is the Beam Center and their quest to get a new Van. So, what’s the Beam Center, you ask? Well, it’s a super groovy educational program that helps hundreds of students and teachers in NYC. The Center was started by a friend, Brian Cohen, who also created the incredible Beam Camp in 2005. As they put it:

Beam Center is a Brooklyn-based community of learning where artists guide young creators aged 6 to 18. Our hands-on programs in technology, imagination and craft help young people build their character, courage to think for themselves, and capacity for collaboration and invention.

The reason I’m featuring them today is because they are trying to win a big money prize from Mozilla’s Hive which will help them reach their goal of  $50,000 for the purchase of a new van. WE can help them win a $15,000 bonus from Mozilla simply by donating.

Here’s the appeal from Brian:

As we approach the end of Beam Center’s participation in the Mozilla Hive Fundraising Challenge, I want to thank you again for your cool site - beam campsupport. We are completely bowled over that you and over 125 individuals so far have found the time in your days and the cash in your wallets to help the Beam Center. Your assistance makes it possible for our hard-working staff and faculty to serve hundreds of students and teachers each week all over NYC.

Due to your generous donation, we have already won $4,000 in bonuses from Mozilla, but there’s one more hurdle left to clear. The Challenge ends at 11:59 am (a minute before noon) on Monday, November 3. The organization to raise the most money by then will get $15,000, the second $10,000 and the third $5,000.

We are currently in second place and trailing by a significant margin. Can we catch up? I think it would take a gargantuan effort. Something along the lines of, say, designing a Digital Fabrication Lab in a NYC public high school  for recent immigrant students (see video below).

You’ve already been so generous, but you can contribute to this effort one final way. Please forward this email (my note: share this post) to five friends and ask them to consider making a donation before noon on Monday to support Beam Center’s work.

We deeply appreciate your help.

Brian

Again, PLEASE make a donation today.


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Best of the Web – Repeal ‘Citizens United’

Today’s Cool Site of the Day is #MoveToAmend, a site and movement aimed at fixing our corrupted ‘democracy’.

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This is it in a nutshell:

We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ‘Citizens United’ ruling and other related cases, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights.

Amen. Click here and sign the petition. Then, watch this very short video:

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Best of the Web – ‘No More’ Domestic Violence

best of the web - no more domestic violenceToday’s Cool Site of the Day is #NoMore

NO MORE is a new unifying symbol designed to galvanize greater awareness and action to end domestic violence and sexual assault.  Supported by major organizations working to address these urgent issues, NO MORE is gaining support with Americans nationwide, sparking new conversations about these problems and moving this cause higher on the public agenda.

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Cool Stuff – How to Easily Backup Your Stuff

cool stuff - cloud storageToday’s Cool Site of the Day is #DropBox, a place to store all of your important files, photos, videos, etc. (#cloudstorage)

I use Google Drive, Evernote, and, mostly, DropBox  for EVERYTHING. So, when you hear something that sounds complicated like ‘cloud storage solutions’ just think “hey, Dropbox has got me covered”.

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Cool Gadget – Luggage for the techie

Today’s Cool Site of the Day is a cool gadget, @Bluesmart, that is getting a lot of funding through a very successful IndieGogo campaign (10x what they were seeking!). Bluesmart is a high-quality carry-on suitcase that you can control from your phone. From the app you can lock and unlock it, weigh it, track its location, be notified if you are leaving it behind and find out more about your travel habits. You can also charge your phone 6 times over with a built-in battery. Who said luggage hasn’t advanced in 50 years?

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Best of the Web – Know a Stellar Student Athlete?

best of the web scholar athletesToday’s Cool Site of the Day celebrates Foot Locker’s honoring of Scholar Athletes.

I love this program…Footlocker is awarding $20,000 in scholarship money to those student athletes who are doing good things for their community. So, if you know of a stellar student athlete who is ready to tackle Freshman year of college in Fall of 2015, nominate them!

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Cool Site – Analyze Words

cool site - analyze wordsToday’s Cool Site of the Day is #AnalyzeWords. AnalyzeWords helps reveal your personality by looking at how you use words (particularly via your Twitter activity). So go to town – enter your Twitter name or the handles of friends, lovers, or Hollywood celebrities to learn about their emotions, social styles, and the ways they think.

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Best of the Web – All About Stats

 

best educational websites - gapminderToday’s Cool Site of the Day is Gapminder, a remarkable site devoted to making statistics cool and useful. Gapminder World shows the world’s most important trends about health, wealth, the environment, and a lot more.

The man behind Gapminder is Hans Rosling, you may know him from this INCREDIBLE video ‘200 Countries, 200 Years‘:

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Best of the Web Today – Texting And Driving NOT


Today’s Cool Site of the Day is the #X campaign by #ItCanWait.

Txt #X to let your friends know you’re about to drive and can’t respond until you arrive. In other words, TELL THE WORLD THAT TEXTING AND DRIVING IS NOT A PART OF YOUR LIFE!!

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Best of the Web – a very funny Kickstarter project

Today’s Cool Site of the Day is a Kickstarter project, The Bandrum (Yes! @KurtQuinn, YOU are today’s Cool Site of the Day!)

The Bandrum transforms any banjo into an entirely new instrument, adding a subtle element of percussion to any composition. You can back this vital project here.

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A Stitch in Time


Today’s Cool Site of the Day is a Stitch in Time, a very cool view into the history of female textile workers in central Pennsylvania. (@LycomingCollege). See Historic photographs, animation, a local map and timeline, and more…great glimpse into a specific time and place.

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Cool Gadgets – Bleep Charging Cable

Today’s Cool Site of the Day is another IndieGoGo cool gadget project that has already reached its fund raising goal, Bleep.

(@BleepCharger, YOU are today’s Cool Site of the Day – spread the word and request ‘thumbs up’!).

Bleep, developed by an Israeli electrical engineer, is a smart charging cable that has built-in storage available in different sizes (16–64 GB). So, you can backup your phone while it’s charging. Peace of mind.

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Best of the Web – Should Facebook Worry?

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Today’s Cool Site of the Day is perhaps the biggest challenger to Facebook that we’ve ever seen. The site is called #Ello and it’s so cool (so ‘no ads’ focused) that you need to be invited.

Request an invite.

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Best Websites for Kids – xPrize

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Today’s Cool Site of the Day is the #xPrize Global Learning initiative. Not so much an educational website for kids but a HUGE program to help educate kids all over the world. (@xprize – spread the word and get people to ‘thumb up’ this post!)

$15 million in prize money…

More info: The Global Learning xPrize challenges teams from around the world to develop open source and scalable software that will enable children in developing countries to teach themselves basic reading, writing and arithmetic, empowering them to take control of their own learning and ultimately their future. The xPrize goal is an empowered generation that will positively impact their communities, countries and the world…and they’re paying the winning team $10 million with 5 runnerup teams earning $1 million each.

(Wondering if #TeachBoost can join this party?!)

 

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