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Are we making space in our classrooms for imagination?

When I go home, I’m no longer a dad. I transform into a sidekick to the world’s coolest superhero. I become a nurse to a stuffed animal surgeon. I …

Creativity

Researchers teach AI how to win at shooters (without cheating)

A pair of researchers recently developed a method for teaching AI to play first person shooters without cheating. Instead of giving a ‘computer’ opponent unfair access to game code or supernatural aiming abilities, the AI learns to aim and shoot the same way a human does: by practicing.<p>The duo, …

Artificial Intelligence

Twitter acquires Smyte, a startup that fights online abuse

Smyte, a San Francisco-based startup tech company that specializes in in stopping online abuse, fraud and spam through an automated labeling system …

Bots

GarageBand lessons are now free for aspiring musicians

GarageBand has long been a useful tool to record music, podcasts and more. Even better, the app is free to download and use on your Mac or iOS devices, making it easy to try. Recent updates have brought enhancements like a portal for free sound packs and a better drum sequencer (on mobile), along …

Drums

Keystone Virus Makes First Known Jump From Mosquitoes To Humans

<b>Updated at 10:45 a.m. ET Friday</b><p>Just in time for the hot, humid, bug-bite-riddled summer: Researchers from the University of Florida have confirmed the first known case of a human infected with the mosquito-borne Keystone virus.<p>A 16-year-old boy in North Central Florida went to an urgent care clinic …

Public Health

Microsoft Acquires Education Video Platform Flipgrid

Plus, Benchling raises $14.5 million in a series B round and Sensible Object raises $3.2 million.<p>1 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Microsoft had acquired Flipgrid, an education-focused video platform. Flipgrid is used by more than 20 million teachers and …

Microsoft Teams

The Key To Raising A Happy Child

Building agency begins with parents, because it has to be cultivated and nurtured in childhood, write Stixrud and Johnson. But many parents find that …

Parenting

Building A Tinkering Mindset In Young Students Through Making

Young kids who are playing don’t worry about making mistakes. They’re just playing, and the idea that they could make a mistake—that there’s a wrong …

Explainer: what's the difference between STEM and STEAM?

Gonski 2.0 urges us to get our children back to basics through the “three Rs” of reading, writing and arithmetic. For educators, there is now a …

Makerspaces

With new security and intelligent features, the new Gmail means business

We’re also introducing new features on mobile to help you minimize interruptions and clutter. High-priority notifications is a new setting that only …

Apps

Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic

<b><br>Here's the good news: With digital tools that are available 24/7, learning doesn't have to stop when the bell rings. Learning can take on a life of</b> …

19 Students Who Deserve Either An "A" Or An "F" — I Can't Decide

These teachers didn't know whether to laugh or quit their jobs.

Move Over, Double Helix: A New Form of DNA Has Just Been Discovered

This is the first time it's ever been seen in a living cell.<p>When we learn about human genetics in high school biology class, one of the most basic …

“Schools are only as good as the educators in them... you must nurture the wellbeing of the teachers to improve the wellbeing of the students.” -Dr. Alejandro Adler #PESA2018 https://t.co/YSdNTNpAq0

This is my grandfather, Murray Goldfinger. The tattoo, 161108, was given to him at Birkenau. He's 91 and his health is failing. He told his tale of survival for 65 years. Now, I've taken the responsibility. One part of his story always gets a big reaction from students. https://t.co/SO5QrPWwkl

I raised my American children in Berlin — and I was floored by the differences between parenting in the US and Germany

<i><br>The following is an excerpt from "Actung Baby: An American Mom on the German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children":</i><p>One winter afternoon in Berlin, I was having lunch with a Canadian friend when I saw a woman with a stroller and an older couple approach the restaurant. The woman rolled the stroller …

The Best Wedding and Engagement Poses in Less Than 2 Minutes

Need some posing inspiration for an upcoming wedding or engagement portrait shoot? Photographers Sara Byrne and Phil Chester made this 2-minute video …

How to clean your dirty AirPods and charging case

AirPods have been a huge hit for Apple for a few different reasons. Among them are convenience, seamless integration with the company’s devices and a great charging case. However, with a great product comes a lot of use, which means build up of dirt, gunk, and in the case of AirPods, earwax. Follow …

Number of teachers fired from public schools on the rise

However, professor of education and equity at the University of Sydney Debra Hayes said these numbers most likely do not provide a full picture of …

26 Healthy Salads That Don't Use Leafy Greens

When you're in the mood for a heartier, stay-full-till-dinner salad, make one of these filling salads that are made with chunky veggies, whole grains, and beans. No kale, romaine, or spinach here!

Healthy Eating

MIT's wearable device can 'hear' the words you say in your head

If you've read any sort of science fiction, it's likely you've heard about subvocalization, the practice of silently saying words in your head. It's common when we read (though it does slow you down), but it's only recently begun to be used as a way to interact with our computers and mobile …

Apple to Launch Revamped Apple ID Website That Lets Users Download All Their Data

Apple will soon introduce an updated website for managing Apple IDs, which will allow Apple users to download a copy of all of their data stored by the company, reports <i>Bloomberg</i>.<p>Customers will be able to download data like their Contacts, photos, music preferences, Calendar information, and more. …

Animatron lets you create awesome videos with little know-how

popsci shop<p>Get lifetime access to this animation studio for $49.99.<p>When you have something to sell or a message to get across, video is your friend. Animatron Studio Pro is an innovative platform that lets you create captivating animations without any special design skills. Used by the likes of …

Strange Dog Joins Couple On Hike — Then They See What's Written On His Collar

"Hi, I'm Smokey."<p>As Scott Brown and his wife were preparing to embark on a snowy trek to a popular waterfall in Washington state this week, they …

The simple trick that has helped me land jobs without having to apply

Every few years, I pull out my "hire me" email and bcc it to my contacts, which includes old coworkers and bosses — but also former neighbors, landlords, people I trained with for a marathon, and so on. It looks like this:<p><i>Hi all,</i><p><i>After a really fun two years of traveling and freelancing — currently</i> …

This Video About The Scale of Black Holes Will Crush Your Poor, Tiny Brain

We were not prepared for this.<p>Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They're so weird, …

Water Behaves Differently From All Other Liquids, And We Finally Know Why

The Universe is so amazing.<p>You might not think about it much, but water is super weird. It doesn't behave like any other liquid. Now, by thinking …

Shark bumps Hawaii man off a stand-up paddleboard, then attacks

The injured man was flown to North Hawaii Community hospital with what were described as critical injuries in the first attack on the state's biggest …

The Biggest Myths About the Resurrection

Everyone has their opinion about what happened that day even if, in many cases, they’re missing some facts.<p>Today is Easter Sunday, the day when …

Theology

Apple doesn't understand what makes Chromebooks great

Apple announced a new iPad earlier this week at an education-focused event. Though it’s rare for the company to directly acknowledge its competition during presentations, it made no secret the new iPad was aimed at one rival in particular: Chromebooks.<p>The ePad, as some call it, came in at the same …