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This Is What Teens Are Really Doing on Their Phones

New report reveals all

It’s amazing how glued snake people—er, millennials—are to their palm-sized, Internet-connected rectangles. But why?

Mary Meeker, the Morgan Stanley analyst turned venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins, today released her annual report on Internet trends. One section—slides 68 …

Teens

Venture capitalists are flocking to Phoenix to invest in the growing ed tech sector

This past April, 2,000 people headed to the Phoenician resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, near Phoenix, to mingle at the annual ASU+GSV Summit, an event The New York Times referred to as "the must-attend event for education technology investors."

In all, 270 ed tech companies presented at the …

Venture Capital

Making Online and e-Learning Accessible to All

American teens spend an average of seven hours a day connected to their electronic devices (computers, phones, etc.). So it you want to get into the hearts and minds of young people today, you have to where they are: online. That's why websites, emails and e-learning tools need to be accessible to …

Accessibility

The US Air Force hopes to recruit you with a virtual reality game

The US Air Force has an interesting dilemma: how do you convey the thrill of flying a fighter jet to potential recruits without taking them on a very expensive trip? Virtual reality, apparently. The military branch is teaming up with Reel FX on Air Force Performance Lab, a recruiting "experience" …

Virtual Reality

Microsoft announces Cortana for iOS and Android

Microsoft is officially confirming today that it’s bringing Cortana to iOS and Android. The software giant is planning to release separate apps for each mobile operating system to enable its digital assistant to run outside of Windows. Microsoft is only providing an early look at those apps today, …

Microsoft OneNote

Ask teacherbot: are robots the answer?

A digital tool created by the University of Edinburgh uses Twitter to engage with Mooc learners

Source: Getty

Tired of fielding emails from …

Robots

Oculus' next big move is to make VR a social experience

VR turned me into a movie character -- a tiny, bright yellow firefly. But here's the best part: I got to experience it with someone next to me, both literally and virtually, in a dark room with headsets strapped to our heads. For Oculus Story Studio, arguably the Pixar of virtual reality, this is …

Virtual Reality

Teachers' Guide to The Use of Google Voice in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

May 24, 2015
Google Voice is a great communicational utility with huge educational potential. As a teacher, you can use Google Voice to obtain a phone …

Education

Infographic: How Millennials, Gen Xers, and Boomers Consume Content Differently

If a millennial, a gen Xer, and a baby boomer walked into a focus group together, odds are you’d be headed for a bad joke. But if you’re a content …

Baby Boomers

A skeptic’s Apple Watch diary: One month in, after the novelty wore off

When I decided that I was keeping my Apple Watch after my arbitrary one week trial, several of you wondered whether that would still be the case once the novelty had worn off. Indeed, I wondered that myself.

Well, it’s now a month in as of yesterday, and I can definitely say the novelty has worn off …

Novelty

Android M’s internal codename is Macadamia Nut Cookie

Later this week at its I/O 2015 developer conference, Google is expected to announce Android M. We don’t know yet know what version number it will have (likely either Android 5.2 or Android 6.0) or what the M will stand for.

It appears that the current codename is Macadamia Nut Cookie (MNC). At the …

Google

Google makes a Hangouts Mac app you'll want to use

Listen up, OSX users: with the new Hangouts update from Google you might actually want to use the official app rather than Adium. It consolidates your contacts on the left side of one window and puts your chats on the right as you'll see below. It's pretty simple and intuitive and is rocking …

Google

How The Raspberry Pi Sparked A Maker Revolution

A Q&A with the inventor of the the cheapest hackable computer on the planet

Three years ago, Eben Upton needed a cool gadget to lure students to his computer science program at the University of Cambridge. So he invented the Rasberry Pi. It has since become the cheapest hackable computer on the …

Raspberry Pi

Neuroscientists Are Making an Artificial Brain for Everyone

I’m fairly new to San Francisco, so I’m still building my mental database of restaurants I like. But this weekend, I know exactly where I’m heading …

The Brain

Turns Out There a Lot of Academics Studying Photo Filters

If you’re like most people on Instagram, you’ll scroll through all 22 filters, carefully consider the nuances of Inkwell vs. Lo-Fi vs. Hudson, and …

Flickr

The Aria Lets You Control Your Smart Watch Without Touching It

After nearly a month of time with the Apple Watch, there’s been a few moments that drew attention to the downside to having a computer strapped to one’s wrist. Brushing one’s teeth, eating, and even holding your significant other’s hand on a walk all preclude accessing your wrist with your other …

Watches

5 New Math Websites for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

May 22, 2015
Today we have curated for you this list featuring some new math websites. These are recommendations we have received in the mail in the …

Mathematics Education

Oculus founder sued for using confidential information

Palmer Luckey and his company, Oculus VR Inc, are being sued yet again. Total Recall Technologies, a company in Hawaii, is accusing Luckey of violating a confidentiality agreement that he signed as a former employee of the company. According to the lawsuit, he was hired about four years ago for the …

Total Recall

Seven Essential Steps for Adopting New Technology

I remember as a child playing a game made of wooden pieces, stacked perfectly together in the shape of a tower. We took turns removing one piece at a …

e-Learning

Teachers Starter Kit for Creating Interactive eBooks Using iBooks Author ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

May 21, 2015
iBook Author is an awesome free app that allows users to easily create stunning multi-touch textbooks for iPad. It provides all the tools …

Education

5 Online Resources to Help Teach Kindergarteners CCSS-Aligned Math

Common Core

The Counting and Cardinality domain in the Common Core State Standards is only found at the kindergarten grade level. The standards in the …

Mathematics

Competency-Based Degree Programs On The Rise

Competency-based education is in vogue — even though most people have never heard of it, and those who have can't always agree on what it is.

A report out today from the American Enterprise Institute says a growing number of colleges and universities are offering, or soon will offer, credits in …

Public Broadcasters

Why emotion and personal connection are the key to wearables

There is a fair amount of perceived innovation in wearable technology that is actually static reproduction of what’s already out there — with many recycled ideas lacking in originality, foresight and plausibility. So how do you break into that market and do it successfully?

You have to look beyond …

Emotions

Virtual reality wants to rule video games. Here's who will rule VR

Soon you'll don a high-tech headset as easily as you reach for your controller. Watch for blockbuster launches in the year ahead that pave the way to …

Virtual Reality

Apple could give old iPhones and iPads new life with iOS 9

The next versions of iOS and OS X are supposed to focus on performance and stability instead of new features, and that focus on performance could extend all the way back to devices that Apple released three and four years ago. According to 9to5Mac, a focus of iOS 9 has been optimizing the OS for old …

iPhone

Apple Watch sales started with a bang, tailed off into a whimper, shopping tracking firm says

Slice Intelligence, which monitors purchase receipts in the email inboxes of a panel of two million online shoppers, has published a chart showing that the majority of Apple Watch orders were placed on the first day of pre-orders, and have since fallen to far smaller numbers than some analysts have …

Apple Watch

Girls like digital media while boys prefer print, finds study on reading habits

Girls have more firmly embraced digital literacy and formats such as Facebook, email and text message, while boys are more comfortable with traditional printed media such as comics, manuals and newspapers, according to a study published by the National Literacy Trust.

The snapshot – based on …

Reading

12 Excellent Android Apps for Learning Math ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

May 21, 2015
Today we curated for you this compilation of excellent Android Math apps. You can use these apps with your kids and students to improve …

Mathematics

Frequent moves make school tough for foster kids

Foster children are four times more likely to move and change elementary schools during an academic year than children not in foster care.All those …

Kids