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By Phillip Alvelda | The latest news, tools and opinion in digital education for a new connected century.

Learning to Code Becomes Learning to Learn

Jane is my student, and she loves stories. Jane loves movies, she loves narrative video games, she loves telling stories to friends, and hearing …

Learning

Laser Cut a Model of the Sky from a Special Night in Your Life

With my anniversary looming, I needed an amazing present and, being me, I needed to make it myself.I got ahold of a friend to finish our quick fork of a star chart generator script we had started a while back. A few days later, I had made the best present for my wife that I’ve come up with yet: a …

Astronomy

Help App Inventor launch on iOS!

Help MIT Annual Fund raise $100,000 for the project: Help App Inventor launch on iOS!. Your gift will make a difference!

MIT

A Stanford professor says we should teach more math in preschool

Palo Alto, California<p>Most parents do not have to be convinced that early literacy is important. Reading, singing, and talking to children before they can read themselves helps pave the way for curiosity, empathy and, hopefully, a lifelong love of reading.<p>But what about math? Deborah Stipek, a …

Mathematics

Teacher Builds Amazing Marble Tracks to Introduce His Students to Motion, Acceleration, and Inertia

On an interesting episode of his <i>Homemade Science</i> series, Pennsylvania physical science teacher Bruce Yeany shows off a collection of marble tracks …

Amazing

The best high school in America helped create the fast-growing AP program — but now it does things differently

• <b>Phillips Academy doesn't offer the AP program.</b>• <b><br>Andover was a founding AP school in the 1950s.</b>• <b><br>School administrators say that teaching to the AP isn't the best way of teaching.</b><p>Phillips Academy, a boarding school in Andover, Massachusetts, that is often pegged as the best high school in America, thinks …

Education

What If Teachers Took Computation Out of Math Class?

Math proficiency is a subject of a lot of anxiety for school leaders, parents and even national leaders. Employers and educators alike know that math …

Mathematics

Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges

Pixar senior scientist Tony DeRose was faced with a problem that animators had never solved — how to make the hand of an old man look lifelike. It …

Animation

Bill Gates is investing $1.7 billion in education

<b>Bill and Melinda Gates have pledged to commit $1.7 billion over the next five years to bolstering public education in the US.</b><p><b>The money will get</b> …

Education

These unexpected places have become start-up hotspots

You know your nation is making it as a tech innovation hub when Silicon Valley companies buy your home-grown startups for a hefty price tag.<p>So it was …

Innovation

Using Creativity to Boost Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking

The students in Molly James’s kindergarten classroom were tasked with creating a mathematical art gallery. They had each drawn a number and then …

Mathematics

Getting Critical About Critical Thinking

Remember that scene from the ’90s film <i>Reality Bites</i> in which Wynona Ryder was given the chance to quickly define <i>irony</i> to land a sweet gig? The …

Critical Thinking

Digital Diploma debuts at MIT

In 1868, the fledgling Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Boylston Street awarded its first diplomas to 14 graduates. Since then, it has issued …

Bitcoin

webjack

WebJack is a JavaScript library that uses SoftModem, an Arduino library, to create two-way communication between a browser window and an Arduino. No …

Arduino

Cubroid - An Interactive wireless modular robotics. by Cubroid

Smart toy for coding education

Force Friday Fun: Build a 1:18 Scale Cardboard U-Wing from Rogue One

<i>Today is Force Friday, a global Star Wars fan celebration. The event, celebrating Star Wars: The Last Jedi and all things Star Wars, is basically an excuse to promote the film and sell Star Wars merch. But some fans are taking it upon themselves to celebrate with a little making instead of buying.</i> …

Star Wars

Taking college classes in high school can lead to more college success

The findings indicate that these “dual enrollment” classes may be a new tool as California grapples with a looming shortage of college-educated …

Education

You’re all ‘math people,’ but you just didn’t know it

I travel a lot, and when I meet people, they often ask, “What do you do?” The simplest response is “I teach people how to teach math,” which seems to …

Mathematics

Education Isn't the Key to a Good Income

A growing body of research debunks the idea that school quality is the main determinant of economic mobility.<p>One of the most commonly taught stories American schoolchildren learn is that of Ragged Dick, Horatio Alger’s 19th-century tale of a poor, ambitious teenaged boy in New York City who works …

Equality

This Is What Math Looks Like

Math Simulations are tools I’ve created to visualize math ideas. They let students write math and see what it looks like by representing it visually …

The subtle ways colleges discriminate against poor students, explained in a cartoon - Vox

We stunt upward mobility and make college a finishing school for the affluent.<p>A few years ago, hundreds of college administrators received a survey in the mail. It was designed to figure out what they believed it takes to succeed in college.<p>The survey listed 12 skills that colleges generally expect …

A memory champion and 'IKEA's human catalog' shares 4 tips for acing an exam or presentation

If you have trouble remembering your friends’ birthdays, or perhaps what you had for breakfast this morning, Yaanja Wintersoul’s impressive mental feats will leave you with an undeniable pang of jealousy.<p>The memory champion, who is also a world record holder for memorizing the largest number of …

Sweden

This is how people around the world view education

Publics around the world disagree about which is more important to emphasize in school: creative thinking or basic academic skills and discipline. …

Education

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

Grants<p><b>NEW! Grants for Math Learning in Multicultural Classrooms</b><br>Deadline: November 30, 2017<br>This NCTM grant program is designed to fund PD learning …

Education

“Coding is an extraordinary form of creativity” – Google Creative Lab’s Tea Uglow

Tea Uglow may have the most important job in the creative industries: to discover the tools of the future designer. “I play with technology not to …

Creativity

The Map of Computer Science: New Animation Presents a Survey of Computer Science, from Alan Turing to “Augmented Reality”

I’ve never wanted to start a sentence with “I’m old enough to remember…” because, well, who does? But here we are. I remember the enormously …

‘We didn’t know it was this bad’: New ACT scores show huge achievement gaps

New results from the nation’s most widely used college admission test highlight in detailed fashion the persistent achievement gaps between students who face disadvantages and those who don’t.<p>Scores from the ACT show that just 9 percent of students in the class of 2017 who came from low-income …

Education

Numbers at play: dynamic toys make the invisible visible

Khan Academy<p>article<p>What if you had some new way to represent numbers that made certain thoughts easier to think?<p>article<p>What if you had some new way …

Virtual science lab startup Labster bags $10M to accelerate its ed tech play

Ed tech startup Labster whose software platform enables virtual simulations of laboratories for teaching life science to students, has closed a $10 million Series A round of funding led by early stage European VC firm Balderton Capital. Stockholm-based Northzone is also joining the round, as is …