Dion Norman

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How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students

<i>The Digital Promise maker learning team spent some time in Greer, South Carolina this winter observing and filming the Riverside Middle School</i> …

Education

Bothering the bots: Funny questions and commands to pose to Google Assistant

At I/O 2017, Google announced that Google Assistant would be coming to the App Store, further escalating the digital assistant battle with Apple in a …

Google Assistant

The Pedagogy of Fake News: A Four-Part Critical Thinking Exercise for Upper Elementary Students

As educators we have a responsibility for instruction in basic media literacy. Claims of fake news have recently complicated analysis of current …

Critical Thinking

How Are People Globally Benefiting from Online Learning Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Posted on May 16, 2017<p>People all over the world are turning to online learning to achieve their goals. Coursera asked learners who have completed …

Learning

Program Music With 'Osmo Coding Jam'

As you may know, I’m a fan of the way that Osmo uses your iPad to mix physical objects and digital play. Osmo has tackled arithmetic, spelling, …

Kids

Apple may have already lost the battle to Google for a new generation of students

Chromebooks accounted for 58 percent of the 12.6 million mobile computing devices shipped to primary and secondary schools in the U.S. in 2016 — up from 50 percent in 2015.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and</i> …

Barnes & Noble

STEM to STEAM: Resources Toolkit

Explore ways to use STEM lessons and approaches to help students practice cross-disciplinary thinking and build skills in science, technology, …

Education

Global Education: 21st Century skills

<i>Research has indicated that young people today are likely to have 17 jobs over five different careers after they leave school. Charles Fadel is a</i> …

Education

11 Books To Further an #InnovatorsMindset

<i>Innovation is more about mindset, than skill set. This is something that I truly believe and focus on in my book, “The Innovator’s Mindset” (Which I</i> …

Innovation

How using Design Thinking will fix Design Thinking

Design Thinking continues to be a hot topic (this article is one of many talking about it). Design Thinking has been hyped and even fetishized but there are also voices questioning its value, impact, and relevance.<p>Design Thinking faces criticism for its lacking integration with business and …

Design Thinking

Osmo announces its latest iPad mixed reality game for kids, combining coding principles with music

Integrating real-world objects into a fun iPad game is Osmo’s brand; we reviewed the company’s drawing game, Osmo Monster, last year. Today, Osmo has announced the latest addition to its collection, Coding Jam. The game has kids placing physical tiles in front of the iPad display to create musical …

Kids

How to be a parent in a digital world and not lose your mind

Some thoughts on staying tech-informed so you can be a good guide to your kid’s online life.<p><i>A version of this essay was originally published at</i> <i>Tech.pinions</i><i>, a website dedicated to informed opinions, insight and perspective on the tech industry.</i><p>Last week was time for me to explain to my child that …

Parenting

Job Simulator VR studio acquired by Google

Owlchemy Labs will continue to make VR experiences for all its platforms<p><i>Job Simulator</i>and <i>Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality</i> developer Owlchemy Labs was acquired by Google for an undisclosed amount, the company announced today.<p>The Austin-based startup shared the news via its blog, calling …

Virtual Reality

How Google Took Over the Classroom

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill.<p>In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments. Then …

Education

As Chromebook sales soar in schools, Apple and Microsoft fight back

Few saw the Chromebook coming. When it launched half a decade ago, the category was broadly maligned for its limited feature set, middling hardware specs and operation that required an always-on internet connection to work properly. But things change in five years. In 2015, the category overtook …

Education

Redesigning our learning spaces - the shark tank

Part 1 can be found here <br>Part 2 can be found here<p>What else can I say, the teams were<p>The be honest everything seemed a bit rushed, we asked the teams …

The Rokoko Smartsuit Brings Motion Capture to the Masses

Motion capture technology is the stuff of magic. I learned this firsthand when I put on a black onesie interspersed with sensors, waved my hands in …

Virtual Reality

Study: VR twice as effective as morphine at treating pain

Over 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Since the 1990s, opioid prescriptions have tripled in the US, a country with five-percent of the world’s population that’s now responsible for consuming 80-percent of its opioids. It’s clear we need an alternative.<p>VR industry veteran Howard Rose …

Pain

This candy dispenser is the best possible use of Google’s new AIY kit

Google’s new AIY (DIY, but with AI) Voice Kit debuted less than a week ago, and already someone’s put together the mother of all distractions with an automatic candy dispenser.<p>The creator, Arduino Guy, describes the whole process with detailed instructions, and shows a shortened version in the …

Raspberry Pi

Microsoft HoloLens inventor declares 'the phone is already dead'

“The phone is already dead,” says Microsoft’s Alex Kipman. “People just haven’t realized.” Kipman predicts a future dominated by hybrid devices capable of augmenting the world around us, similar to his creation, the HoloLens.<p>It’s a provocative statement, but it lacks substance in the near-term.<p>The …

Augmented Reality

Another half-million Americans cut the cord last quarter

A historically horrible Q1.<p>The pay TV business used to deny that cord-cutting was a thing. It doesn’t make that argument any more.<p>Related: The pay TV business just posted a historically horrible number, at least in terms of subscribers, by losing 762,000 customers in the first three months of …

Smart TV

Build your own Google Home with the latest issue of The MagPi

Why it matters to you<p>Tinkering around with the Raspberry Pi can be a lot of fun, and the MagPi is a great source of new projects.<p>Looking to use …

Raspberry Pi

Everything you need to know about MakeVR

Bring all of your creations from VR into the real world using Make VR.Make VR is a program for HTC Vive that aims to help you to bring your VR …

Virtual Reality

50 best resources when learning to code

50 Best Resources When Learning to CodeIntroductionLearning to code has slowly become a valuable asset. Regardless of your profession, understanding …

Learning

Worst quarter for paid TV subscriptions points to a cord cutting future

A report by MoffettNathanson found that the pay cable industry lost 762,000 subscribers in Q1 2017, the worst drop ever. To compare last year’s Q1 saw a mere 141,000 subscribers lost.<p>Analyst Craig Moffett said that the “Pay TV subscriber universe [shrank] at its worst ever annual rate of decline …

Televisions

Hulu’s new live-streaming service lets you watch dozens of channels for $40

It includes Hulu’s other subscription service — but not the most popular show on TV.<p>Want to watch TV, delivered live and on-demand, over the web, for about $40 a month?<p>You already have a bunch of options. Now Hulu is offering another one: Its Hulu live TV service is available today (in “beta”) for …

Smart TV

EduTech: With Swift Playgrounds, Apple has a chance to change programming forever

<i>EduTech is a 9to5Mac weekly series that focuses on technology’s application in education, lower and higher level, both for productivity and enjoyment. If you have suggestions for topics or specific questions you’d like to see answered, feel free to let me know. Catch up on past installments</i> …

Programming

5 speedy keyboard shortcuts for Google Calendar

Using keyboard shortcuts is an easy way to speed up administrative tasks. Google<br>Calendar has several shortcuts that will have you navigating your …

Google Calendar

Apple partners with Tynker to create game-based Swift coding lessons for kids

Apple has partnered with Tynker, a San Francisco-based STEM education platform, to release two new game-based programming lessons aimed to help kids learn how to code. The new <i>Space Cadet</i> and <i>Dragon Spells</i> courses are available for free.<p>The partnership includes free guides for teachers available …

Kids

Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else

Google Classroom is opening up even further: After allowing anyone to join classes last month, expanding the learner side of the equation beyond just those with G Suite for Education accounts, Google is now opening Classroom class creation to anyone with a personal Google account, too.<p>This means …

Education