Scott Kinkoph

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Location tracking + machine learning = modern parenting

Let's be honest: Kids can be a little <i>too</i> easy to lose. Some parents cave and use a safety harness, but who likes to walk their toddlers on a leash? Others buy GPS tracking wearables that clip onto your child's clothing or wrist and send you notifications if they've wandered off. But these gadgets …

Machine Learning

6 key tips for keeping hackers out of your smart home

If forecasts and research firms have it right, pretty much everything in your home might soon be connected to the internet, from your fridge to your …

Smart Homes
Body Fat

Google Hangouts API gets hung out to dry

Draw with your face? Conference call ping pong? Not any more. Google today quietly revealed that it will shut down the Hangouts API, preventing new apps from being built and shutting off existing apps on April 25th. There was no blog post about this, just an updated FAQ and email notification to …

Google

An organizer’s strategies for 5 problem areas of the home

Organizing is always a popular topic around the new year, as people resolve to de-clutter, de-stress and generally start over with a clean slate. We asked Cris Sgrott-Wheedleton, owner and founder of Organizing Maniacs in Tysons Corner, to join the first Home Front online chat of 2017. Here is her …

Productivity

7 Habits of Highly Hackable Employees

Workers who commit these high-risk behaviors probably don't realize they're jeopardizing the company's security.<p>Old habits die hard. And as a consequence, trusted employees are putting organizations at risk every day by performing seemingly innocent acts on their computers.<p>A recent Intermedia …

Security

6 Expert Ways to Make Sure Your Kids Will Be Great Leaders as Adults

Leadership is the skill every parent wants for their child. Here's how to instill leadership skills in anyone.<p>Many people make the mistake of buying into persistent leadership myths:<p><i>Leadership is an innate skill you either have or you don't and only a select few are capable of learning the needed</i> …

Leadership

5 Educational Concepts We Need To Eliminate In 2017

As we come to the end of another year, it is time once again to think about the changes we will make in the next 12 months. The world of education is …

Better Business Bureau

8 Ways To Create Traditions Your Kids Will Cherish

How to create family Christmas memories that will last a lifetime.<p>Creating your own Christmas traditions is one of the joys of having your own family. Shared memories bind you together and when you can say “this is what we always do in our family” it gives your children a strong sense of …

Parenting

The Bird Dog Is an Abdominal Exercise that Reduces Lower Back Pain

Bird dogs are not like crunches: They’re not agonizing to do and you might wonder if you’re working out at all. But you are. You work on those little …

Workouts

6 ways to bring your Wi-Fi signal into 2017

As far as technology has come, we still don’t live in an age of ubiquitous high-speed Wi-Fi access — there are internet black spots where streaming fears to tread.<p>All of us know a house’s weak or dead Wi-Fi spots, and it’s frustrating when these are where you need a strong Wi-Fi signal most. So …

Wi-Fi

New & Improved Voice Typing Commands in Google Docs

You might have known that you can use your voice to type in Google Docs, but there are some new and improved features. You can now specify text …

Literatu

learning with learning analytics and insights<p>Literatu connects K-12 learning with assessment, insights and analytics<p>Literatu makes it simple and …

Analytics

» Apps

Google Wifi router gets put to the test, comes out on top against competitors

Google’s goal for Google Wifi is to make creating a strong mesh wireless network through an entire home easy and relatively affordable. We already know the setup process is a breeze, but we’ve yet to see exactly how strong Google’s product is. Now, Google is putting it to the test.<p>Ahead of its …

Wi-Fi

What Neuroscience Can Tell Us About Making Fractions Stick

Fractions are a notoriously tricky part of elementary math education for many children. Too often teachers struggle to ensure students are grasping …

Neurology

Use The Simplest Tools

Google Docs are stupidly simple. That's what makes them so smart.<p>Over the past two weeks, as Americans grappled with the reality of a new president whose platform would rescind the rights of many Americans, maybe you saw one of these widely circulated Google Docs. One listed legal advice and links …

Google

AirSelfie Mini Camera Drone (video)

Smartphone photographers that would like to capture images from a different perspective may be interested in a new miniature camera drone which has …

Drones

A Successful Millennial Explains the No. 1 Reason You Should Quit Social Media (and What to Do Instead)

Georgetown professor and author Cal Newport explains why social media is killing your career.<p>Cal Newport is a busy man: He's an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University, the author of several successful books and also runs a widely-read blog.<p>But you won't find Newport …

Social Media Marketing

60-second relationship boosts for everyone in your life

It's not a secret, it's science: good relationships are a major source of happiness in our lives.<p>As healthy adults, we have relationships with friends, parents, spouses, partners, children and ourselves, to name a few. But like anything important, all of them sometimes require work and tune-ups.<p>If …

Relationships

Technology 101 Skills for Teachers

For the past three years I have been involved with Oklahoma A Plus Schools (@okaplus) as a teacher in their workshops and now as a “fellow” providing …

Education Technology

A leading expert on procrastination offers his advice for never procrastinating again

If Tim Pychyl has dedicated his academic career to one principle, it's that procrastination goes way deeper than time management.<p>In fact, he thinks of it more as a coping mechanism than anything else.<p>Pychyl is an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University. He's spent more than two …

Procrastination

Meet the Latest Scary Form of Social Media Fraud

It's called "Angler Phishing" and, yes, the name is from the scary deep-sea fish in the movie <i>Finding Nemo</i>. It refers to a clever new scam in which …

Fraud

Those canny Finns!

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhy is Finnish education so good? Talk about international education and within 5 seconds Finland will have politely elbowed …

Pedagogy

VW's Future Electric Car Will Have an Augmented Reality Navigation System

Using all sorts of futuristic tech, navigation directions will appear to be projected on the road in front of you.<p>Volkswagen's upcoming, all-electric I.D., previewed in concept form a few months ago at the Paris Motor Show, is as important to the company as the original Beetle and Golf. The concept …

Augmented Reality

9 Gadgets That Make Cool Gifts for Under $50

Headphones! Speakers! Streaming boxes!<p>9<p>Rock Steady<p>Listen up for the new speaker of the house— and backyard, beach, or anywhere else. This Bluetooth …

Some simple tips to become a Google search ninja [Infographic]

I’ll be the first to admit that when it comes to search for stuff using Google I am pretty much still a search n00b unlike some of my friends who can …

Prodigy Math Game Lets Teachers Create Virtual Classrooms

Prodigy Game is a math site recommended by some teachers on Twitter (see their tweets below).There are a lot of premium features, but teachers can …

Education Technology

This new chimney can light charcoal in less than 10 minutes

Chimney starters — the cylindrical devices used to ignite charcoal before grilling — can often take up to 25 minutes to get charcoal hot enough to put in a grill. Most also require you to light it from the top of the metal container, which can be cumbersome and dangerous.<p>A new chimney, designed by …

BBQ