Matt Hamilton

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Viv, from Siri's creators, is the virtual assistant of your dreams

Siri made the world aware of the potential of virtual assistants, but several years after its release, it's still a bit basic. Siri can only do certain very specific tasks, and she doesn't play well with third-party services. So for its next product, Viv, the people behind Siri aimed to build a …

App of the Week: 3D sculpting for art, engineering, and more

<i>Ed. note: App of the Week picks are now being curated with help from the editors of</i> <i>Graphite.org</i><i>, a free service from Common Sense Education.</i> <i>Click</i> …

Is homework good for your child's brain?

Around this time of year, as days get longer and the weather more inviting, kids who hate homework hate it with a passion. That’s not new.<p>But homework-hating kids have been gaining allies in the grown-up world in recent years, with authors of books with titles like "The Homework Myth," and "The …

Is Homework Worthwhile?

If you’re confused about homework, you’re forgiven. In a single day, you might hear a story about how U.S. education lacks rigor and another about …

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research

Alfie Kohn writes about what a new homework study really says — and what it doesn’t say. He is the author of 12 books about education and human behavior, including “The Schools Our Children Deserve,” “The Homework Myth,” and “Feel-Bad Education… And Other Contrarian Essays on Children & Schooling.” …

Swedish City considers Banning Homework