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Essential Design Thinking Videos and Methods

<i>The following resources are recommended in order to assist you to better understand Design Thinking. These resources, videos, and tools should be</i> …

Design

Introduction to VR & AR in Your Classroom

Description<p>Take a look at any ed tech blog or magazine today and you’re bound to see an article about virtual reality or augmented reality. You might …

The Pedagogy of Digital Discussion

I wasn’t an overly confident student when it came to engaging in open conversations during class. If one of my teachers posed a question, I only …

DIY Tools for Creating Your Own Apps

Now that summer is almost here many of us start to think about what we can do to bring new things to our classrooms next fall. The summer gives us …

12 Books That Show How Great Innovators Really Changed the World

How real people with real flaws managed to overcome their failures.<p>All too often, stories about great innovators read like superhero movies. The protagonist goes on a holy quest, overcoming rivals and naysayers along the way. These tales may be inspiring but they are rarely helpful. The truth is …

Republican lawmaker: Rocks tumbling into ocean causing sea level rise

The Earth is not warming. The White Cliffs of Dover are tumbling into the sea and causing sea levels to rise. Global warming is helping grow the …

Fender's excellent desktop app for learning to play songs is now free

Fender’s $35 Riffstation desktop app, which helps you break down songs to learn its chords and riffs at your own pace, is now available for free on macOS and Windows.<p>Fire it up, open an MP3 or CD track, and Riffstation will break it down to show you the chords for the entire song. You can also slow …

The Learning Process

Kolb’s Model of Experiential Learning<p>The model used to inform the self assessment survey was based on the work of David Kolb (1984). Click on the …

The best virtual reality apps of 2018

If there’s anything we’ve learned from Hollywood movies, it’s that there’s only a matter of time before the machines inevitably become sentient, take …

Amazon Sumerian, a platform for building AR, VR and 3D apps, is now open to all

Last November, AWS announced a new product called Amazon Sumerian, a toolkit and platform for developers to build “mixed reality” apps — that is, using virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D — without needing to have any specialised programming or graphics skills. And today, after running the …

Financial Services

This is why it’s so hard to help with your kid’s math homework

By Jessica Lahey<p>Two years ago I walked into a car rental return center in Charlotte and interrupted Adrianette Felix mid-rant.<p>“I can’t even help my own child do her homework, it’s so frustrating, and I feel so stupid,” she said. “What kind of mother can’t understand first-grade math?”<p><i>[Man needed</i> …

Mathematics

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April 20, 2018<p>I love reading about math. Not dry textbooks, but texts that bring to life the people who do math as a profession. Or texts that …

19 Brain Teasers That Will Leave You Stumped

Solving logic problems boosts brain power, keeps your memory strong, and entertains everyone to no end. See how many you can figure out—without …

Angela Duckworth Says Grit Is Not Enough. She’s Building Tools to Boost Student Character.

Angela Duckworth’s research on encouraging “grit” in students has been hailed as groundbreaking, popularized in bestselling books and TED talks. It …

Pedagogy

Elite Elegy: The 6 Best Books for Understanding Anti-Intellectualism in America

<b>* American anti-intellectualism from Know-Nothings to Flat-Earthers</b> <b><br>* Learn about the deep history of America’s sometimes-resentful relationship with</b> …

Books

How A Culture of Improvement Goes Hand in Hand With Coaching Teachers

Helping high school students with only basic English improve their speaking, writing and listening skills requires that language be a focus of every …

Teaching

Each teacher understands their own approach to teaching, and should be left to it – as long as it works

Every weekday, we’d sit down to dinner as a family for “tea” at about 5pm. I can’t remember all the conversations that took place at the table but I …

Teaching

'Teaching is driving too many teachers to mental health problems'

“The system has become totally inhuman.”<p>This week, out of the blue, I got a message from a friend who is a very respected and experienced mental …

Mental Health

10 free tools for creating infographics, images and more

In the world of PR and marketing, visuals rule.<p>You can boost interest and engagement with your social media and blog posts by adding compelling …

Infographics

3 'Simple' Ideas Every Educator Should Work on in 2017

It's 2017 and we are all in the mood to have deeper relationships and make the year better than the one we had in 2016. The Big three strategies in …

Pedagogy

A Look Back: “The Fifteen Tech Tools & Non-Tech Resources I Use Most Often With My Students”

<b>In February, this blog will be celebrating its ten-year anniversary! Leading up to it, I’m re-starting a series I tried to do in the past called “A</b> …

Education Technology

A Beautiful Visualization Of How Your DSLR Camera Really Works

Leave it to a graphic designer to clearly visualize the complicated inner-workings of your digital camera in a way that actually makes sense.<p>Here’s the thing about expensive, hulking DSLR cameras: They take beautiful photographs, but only if you know how to use them. And understanding the various …

How to prepare your kids for jobs that don't exist yet

The founder of littleBits on turning kids into creators<p>When I was growing up, as far as I knew, there wasn’t data mining or user-experience design or front-end engineering—and now they’re some of the most coveted careers in the world. Today, we can’t just prepare students for certain types of …

Career Development

Understanding Battery Basics

It’s always great to find a new episode of Collin’s Lab in my <i>YouTube</i> queue. In this episode of the series from Adafruit, Collin offers a brief, but informative introduction to battery tech. In under eight minutes, he manages to cover the various battery form factors (e.g. did you know the common 9v …

Impressive Archive of Free DIY Musical Instrument Plans

A few days ago, Shane Speal of Cigar Box Nation wrote to inform us that he had updated the archive for DIY instrument plans on the site and that the plans are all free. For anyone who’s into building cigar box guitars, ukes, dulcimers, and the like, this is an amazing resource.<p>Besides the plans for …

Guitar

daily inspiration | Abduzeedo

articles on<p>daily inspiration<p>Daily Design Inspiration<p>Part of the Daily Design Inspiration series that started it all on Abduzeedo. This is where …

10 Simple Projects That Harness the Power of Google Science Journal

Google released their Science Journal app at Maker Faire Bay Area this year, allowing you to harness your smartphone’s built-in sensors to conduct, graph, and document science experiments. And today, we’re excited to unveil 10 new projects with Google for Maker Camp that walk you through Science …

Physics Students Rate Their Class with a Carnival Style “Swag-o-Meter”

I really like my job as a teacher and I love to make things. At the end of a nice physics class my students told me the class had “swag”. I almost instantly decided to build a “swag-o-meter”. Basically an instrument that gives my students the opportunity to give me direct feedback at the end of …

Middle Schooler Makes Devices for Visually Impaired Using Arduino and Servos

Sreyash Sola has some interesting ideas on how to build devices to help those with vision impairments. He brought a few of those concepts to World Maker Faire in New York to show off. This middle schooler had the idea to use distance sensing electronics mounted to different devices, such as canes …

Maker Spotlight: Majeed Kazemitabaar

<b>Name:</b> Majeed Kazemitabaar <b><br>Home:</b> Originally from Babol, Iran, but currently in College Park, Maryland <b><br>Makerspace:</b> HCIL HackerSpace, University of Maryland <b><br>Day Job:</b> Graduate Research Assistant<p><b>How’d you get started making?</b> I started to learn about soldering and basic electronics (resistors, capacitors, …