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Google adds lots of new tools to its Education suite

Summer break is normally a time for rest and recreation, but Google has been busy updating Classroom, Google Earth and other Google for Education tools in preparation for the next academic term.<p>Since its 2014 inception, Google Classroom has served to empower both teachers and students by …

Education Technology

Don't Understand Millennials? These 6 Insights Will Help You Work with Them

They tend to expect more freedom that you may think they deserve. But, it pays to understand their perspective.<p>Older generations tend to criticize millennials a lot. People accuse our younger generations of spending too much time on their phones or for having an aura of entitlement, among other …

Social Media

Designing Professional Learning Experiences: 3 Lessons from BPLC18

By: Cathy Sanford. The Blended and Personalized Learning Conference just finished up. Cathy shares 3 lessons educators are taking away from this …

Education Technology

The Wedge Comes Alive!

<b>Southern California surfers finally received some respite this week after what many are calling the worst winter in years.</b> A solid pulse of …

NSW school curriculum set for massive overhaul

The announcement of the first review since 1989 comes two weeks after the release of the Gonski report into excellence in education, which said it …

Google Tour Creator brings VR content creation to the masses

Earlier today Google announced perhaps the easiest way for “anyone with a story to tell” to do so in a rich, visual interface behind the lenses of their favorite VR viewer. Called ‘Tour Creator,’ Google’s newest virtual reality tool lets anyone produce professional-looking VR content without the …

How to free up disk space after updating to Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Feeling a bit constricted after upgrading to Windows 10 April 2018 Update? If you are on a laptop or Windows tablet with a smallish hard drive, then you might be running low on disk space after installing the latest version of Windows. And that's because Windows keeps previous versions around after …

Microsoft Outlook update helps to keep you on top of things

Outlook is no longer the household name for Personal Information Management or PIM, itself a term that has gone out of fashion. The age of the Web …

Windows 10 April 2018 update: everything you need to know

The next version of Windows 10 is finally ready to download as a free update that adds some potentially game-changing new features as well as some welcome features that bring it up to par with what you might expect from a smartphone.<p>Instead of adding tools for people creating media, as the previous …

Windows 10

5 ways to use Apple Clips in the classroom

Apple Clips has landed and it does what all successful edtech does, it makes showing learning simple. It has a low entry point in terms of technical …

Apps

New Gmail has automated scans -- here’s what you can and can’t turn off

The refreshed Gmail has multiple new features designed to make sorting through your inbox more convenient. But it also means having Google's artificial intelligence automatically sifting through your messages.<p>Google announced the Gmail update on Wednesday, giving a major facelift to more than 4 …

Best road bike wheel sets reviewed 2018

<b>Our complete guide to what to look for when buying your new wheels</b><p>If there’s one upgrade that will help to take your bike to the next level, it is a …

Gmail’s biggest redesign is now live

Snoozing, nudging, hover actions, and a new sidebar — it’s a mobile app on the web!<p>The world’s most popular email service is getting a big overhaul today. Google is making official the changes we saw leaked earlier this month, with email snoozing, nudging, and confidential mode making their debut …

Apps

Google Chrome: Over 20 Million Users Installed Malware Infected Ad Blockers Into Their Browsers

Ad Guard, a research firm, has revealed that millions of Google Chrome users were tricked into installing fake ad blockers into their browsers.<p>Ad …

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 …

What Happens to Student Behavior When Schools Prioritize Art

<i>Excerpt from You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education by Sir Ken Robinson, Ph. D and Lou Aronica, published on March 13,</i> …

Blockchain Is the Future, But It's Confusing. Here's an Explanation in Plain English

Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>Blockchain. If you're like me a year ago, the mere mention might make you go "huh?"<p>You keep hearing the word and it isn't going away. You admit defeat of your lack of knowledge and find yourself Googling "What is …

Blockchain

How to give your Finder window superpowers

The Finder has been with the Mac since day one, way back in 1984. But just because it’s old, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have some new tricks. Did you know, for instance, that you can add a path bar to the bottom of the window to show the path of the current folder on your Mac? Or that you can add …

Best Training Intervals For Climbers

<b>Toolbox:</b> If you're preparing for an event with some major climbing this season, or if you simply want to improve your climbing ability in general, …

Now, learn history in 3D view with Google Earth Voyager

It takes a special knack to bring history to life from boring textbooks with flat 2-dimensional photographs. In schools, teachers often rely on …

This Software Works Just as Accurately as Your Lawyer--Only 200 Times Faster

Artificial intelligence startup LawGeex put its software up against a group of lawyers. The results were pretty eye-opening.<p>Watch out, attorneys. The bots are coming--and they're getting good at your job.<p>For some lawyers, contract review takes up a huge chunk of time and it can be extremely tedious.<p>…

5 Great Google Drive Extensions for Teachers

After we have seen how to use Google Drive to collaborate work among various participants, we are sharing with you this collection of handy Chrome …

Google Drive

Here's the trick to add an AirDrop folder to your Mac's Dock

AirDrop is the fastest and easiest way to shuttle files and photos between iPhones ($1,000 at Cricket Wireless) and Macs. I use it to send screenshots from my iPhone to my Mac. I use it less frequently to send files from my Mac to my iPhone or another Mac, and each time I do, I dig around for it …

The two mental shifts highly successful people make

• Their focus shifts from <i>why</i> they’re writing music to <i>what</i> their music has brought them. Consequently, they are either satisfied with their results and no longer have the drive to write more. Or, they desire to make more music but the fire (their “why”) is gone, and thus, they can’t create the same …

Success

Steve Jobs Was the World's Greatest Salesman Because He Answered the 1 Question on Everyone's Mind

Once you realize your customers don't care about your 'product,' you'll be more likely to make a sale.<p>I'm looking at an intimidating 800-page binder as I write this article. It contains confidential information about a new product category. When I prepare the company's leaders to launch the …

MacBook Air

We Can't Stop Watching This Epic Video of a Marble Travelling Through a Chain Reaction

Whaaaaaaa.<p>At first, it looks like a jumble of random things cluttering a desk - little bits of wood, a couple fidget spinners, some coins, a …

Engineering Marvel of the Winter Olympics: A Broom

KITCHENER, Ontario — Andrew Flemming and Geoff Fowler tinkered for months in their spare time. They used soldering irons. They printed three-dimensional models in their basements. They brainstormed over beers in this small city about 60 miles west of Toronto, where they kept their project quiet.<p>“We …

The Chrome Extensions We Can't Live Without

Nearly two-thirds of internet users turn to Chrome for their browsing needs, but far fewer take full advantage of its available extensions, the …

Watch this kangaroo dropkick an Aussie cyclist right in the chops

Today in awesome Aussie exports (Margot Robbie, SHOUTOUT), we have this video of an unsuspecting cyclist getting obliterated by a kangaroo mid-joyride because animals, like people, are sometimes assholes for no particular reason. Drink in the brutality, you bloodthirsty monsters:<p>Here's the part …

Australia

Computers are getting better than humans at reading

The robots are coming, and they can read.<p>Artificial intelligence programs built by Alibaba (BABA) and Microsoft (MSFT) have beaten humans on a Stanford University reading comprehension test.<p>"This is the first time that a machine has outperformed humans on such a test," Alibaba said in a statement …

Artificial Intelligence