Mario Chiasson

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Best Apps for Book enthusiasts

The way that we read is changing most people no longer rely on their local library or book club to stay up-to-date with the latest bestsellers. …

Apps

Can blockchain democratize education? This startup seems to think so

Without much fanfare, recent advances in technology have helped provide quality education to people across the world. Cloud applications helped us create classrooms that defy geographical barriers and span across thousands of miles. Artificial intelligence and machine learning helped make up for …

Fitbit Studied 6 Billion Nights of Sleep and Learned the Secret to Better Mornings

Acquire this 1 habit and you'll immediately improve your life.<p>Sleep has its fingertips in every single facet of your life. From your relationships and waistline to your leadership abilities and wallet--all are affected by the quality and quantity of your sleep.<p>On a large level, sleep deprivation is …

Sleep

Gamification is a Key to Motivating Students

<b>By Dr. Alfred Boyd, Jr.</b><p><b>Assistant Professor of Education, Mississippi Valley State University</b><p>It's infamous how much children play and enjoy video …

Everything the iPhone replaced

When the iPhone was announced 10 years ago, it reinvented the phone. But in doing so, it has taken the place of so many other products.<p>As part of <i>Cult of Mac’</i>s collaboration with <i>Wired UK</i> to mark the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, we’ve taken a look at everything the iPhone replaced in 2007. Check …

China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone

BEIJING — Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how “trustworthy” you are.<p>In this world, anything from defaulting on a loan to criticizing the …

China

Facts & Myths about Computational Thinking in Classrooms

Whenever I speak to teachers about computational thinking it seems to place a layer of tension and confusion upon their shoulders, as most have …

Creative Computing with Scratch

Train Computational Thinking

Education Computational Thinking<p>Why computational thinking matters<p>As students go through the courses, they get acquainted with the possibilities and …

Acquainted

Who we are | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

<b>The BCS Academy of Computing is a learned society dedicated to advancing computing as an academic discipline. Its mission is to advance the creation,</b> …

The Facebook Phone Would Have Been an 'iPhone-Like Moment,' Says the Exec Who Led It

Yves Béhar still has one of the prototypes, ex-Facebooker Chamath Palihapitiya says.<p>Facebook was working on a “beautiful” and “groundbreaking” phone designed by Yves Béhar in 2010, but it didn’t yet have the money to make a big bet.<p>That’s the story as told by Chamath Palihapitiya, former Facebook …

Raspberry Pi 3: Raspbian Linux and NOOBS distributions updated

New releases of Raspbian Linux and the NOOBS distribution are available, which fix the problem of using Raspberry Pi 3 wireless with NOOBS.<p>New …

A little fun with mathematics early in life can go a long way, says education professor

Arthur Conan Doyle's famous literary detective Sherlock Holmes once noted that "the little things are infinitely the most important." It's a belief …

Nintendo's first ever mobile game is blowing up in Japan

Miitomo is currently only available in Japan. It launched on the App Store in Nintendo's home country six days ago and quickly rose towards the top of the charts. Today, Nintendo announced that 1 million people created a Miitomo account within the first three days of the game's launch, counting …

In-App Purchases

Google’s Eric Schmidt: Machine learning will cause 'every successful huge IPO win in 5 years'

So he said during a keynote speech during Google's Cloud Computing Platform tech conference on Wednesday in San Francisco.<p>"Machine learning. This is the next transformation," Schmidt says. "I'm a programmer who sort of got lucky at Google. But the programming paradigm is changing. Instead of …

Machine Learning

Two Years Later: Facebook's Oculus Acquisition Has Changed Virtual Reality Forever

Mark Zuckerberg's $2 billion bet on VR changed an industry.<p>On a sunny March Tuesday in San Francisco, Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey was playing tennis.<p>A half dozen onlookers, most in town from Japan, oohed and aahed as Luckey mixed in overhead smashes with a surprisingly accurate backhand return. …

Apple Watch gallery is finally useful

The official Apple Watch microsite has gained a new power this week: Now, you can check out every combination of faces, cases, and straps to get exactly the look you want.<p>An eagle-eyed reader tipped us off to the new feature, which has only been live since yesterday. It replaces the more basic and …

6 Easy Ways to Speed Up Your Awful Wi-Fi Network

Dropped connections, an ever-spinning update wheel, slow-loading webpages—these fist-clenching symptoms of shoddy Wi-Fi connections make wireless …

Build your own Amazon Echo using a Raspberry Pi for $60

Amazon’s Echo is a nifty little gadget that’s powered by the company’s Alexa voice assistant and listens for voice commands to do things like order your groceries, update you on the weather and play your favorite tunes. The only problem is, it costs a pretty penny — $180 to be precise.<p>Thankfully, …

Raspberry Pi

Using Data Science For The Physical World

<i>Drew Conway, Ph.D., CEO and founder of Alluvium, is a leading expert in the application of computational methods to social and behavioral problems at large-scale (Full disclosure: my venture firm Lux Capital is an equity investor). Drew has been writing and speaking about the role of data — and the</i> …

Flipped Classroom 2.0: Competency Learning With Videos

“The best use of class time is to meet the individual needs of each learner, not driving the class with predetermined curriculum,” Sams said. So he …

Standards, Grades And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues 'End Of Average'

Todd Rose dropped out of high school with D- grades. At 21, he was trying to support a wife and two sons on welfare and minimum wage jobs.<p>Today he teaches educational neuroscience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He's also the co-founder of The Center for Individual Opportunity, a new …

Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy.<p>"In the new economy, computer science isn't an optional skill. It's a basic skill, right along with the three …

Paperless classroom app Showbie now optimized for iPad Pro and Apple Pencil

Apple has transformed the way educators teach and students learn, and it’s thanks in no small part to iOS devices and apps that run on them to make …

IPad Pro

The End of Big Data

It's the world after personal data: all identifying information is illegal. No servers, no search records, no social, no surveillance. A pair of satellites, circling the planet, make sure the data centers are turned off—and stay off.<p><i>Personal data is anything but personal. Our phones and televisions</i> …

How Big Data Is Changing Disruptive Innovation

Much fanfare has been paid to the term “disruptive innovation” over the past few years. Professor Clayton M. Christensen has even re-entered the fold clarifying what he means when he uses the term. Despite the many differences in application, most people agree on the following. Disruptive …

Creating a Community of Writers in the Classroom

Complete Coverage<p>—Image via Caleb Roenigk/Flickr Creative Commons<p>There are so many things I try to instill in my students in the short time I have …

Education Technology

Learning Empathy Through Dance

Schools are increasingly using movement and expression as vehicles for teaching kids social-emotional skills.<p>“Ch-ch-tsss. Ch-ch-tsss.” On a chilly Wednesday morning, Baja Poindexter sounded out the steps of the rumba to a classroom of fifth-graders at West Athens Elementary School, located in one …

Students

These STEM initiatives are inspiring women and girls around the globe

Our society is inching toward a future when the phrase "you code like a girl" will be a compliment of the highest order.<p>But there are significant …