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Minecraft Pi (and more) over VNC

RealVNC have released a free alpha (testing) version of VNC for Raspberry Pi that lets you remotely view and control everything on your Pi, including …

Gamification, personalization and continued education are trending in edtech

I’ve spent most of my life in and around schools. First as a student, then as a teacher and lately as an innovator building tools and launching programs. As Nelson Mandela said, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”<p>Despite its importance, education seems to …

The Minecraft Generation

Jordan wanted to build an unpredictable trap.<p>An 11-year-old in dark horn-­rimmed glasses, Jordan is a devotee of Minecraft, the computer game in which you make things out of virtual blocks, from dizzying towers to entire cities. He recently read “The Maze Runner,” a sci-fi thriller in which …

Tiny home is a light-filled modern gem, simplified for do-it-yourselfers

Tiny homes need not be overly quaint, rusticated coffins, and we've seen a number of more modern examples to that effect. Looking unassumingly …

Pigeons Wearing Tiny Backpacks are Tweeting about London’s Air Pollution

In perhaps the most literal use of social media ever, a Paris-based air quality monitoring company called Plume Labs (layers upon layers here) has …

Microsoft sees Minecraft as AI proving ground

The popular construction game Minecraft is due to become a testbed for artificial intelligence software designed by startups and scientists alike.<p>Minecraft, a game based on the notion of building blocks, is played by millions of people on consoles, PCs and phones. Developed by Stockholm-based …

A new startup wants to offer college degrees for $1,000

Even more ink <b>has</b> <b>been</b> <b>spilled</b> to lament the loss of state funding at state schools and the exponential growth of nonacademic expenditures, including <b>ridiculously paid administrators</b> and <b>ridiculous amenities</b>. <i>Someone</i> has to do <i>something</i>, says everyone.<p>Now, someone is. Last week, a <b>Kickstarter</b> video for a …

This gadget from Amazon's new movie is crazy, but something like it could exist sooner than you think

The gadget in the film, called Augmenta, is a lot more futuristic than Glass. When Dickinson and his friend, Jake Lodwick, the cofounder of Vimeo, were inventing the product, they tried to create something way beyond the state of the market back then.<p>Although <i>virtual</i> reality headsets from Oculus and …

Augmented Reality

A 'Star Wars' VR experiment is coming soon to HTC Vive

The trailer for ILM's 'Star Wars: Trials on Tatooine' leaked briefly on YouTube.<p>Last year Industrial Light & Magic teased an HTC Vive VR tie-in experience (the old teaser clip is embedded after the break) to go along with <i>The Force Awakens</i> and to celebrate the launch of its ILM Experience Lab. …

Virtual Reality

Dreaming Of A No-Feature LMS

SIS integration, a gradebook, and robust LTI - that’s it!

Limitless creates a platform to make interactive VR worlds and characters like Gary the Gull

Limitless wants virtual reality entertainment to be as moving and immersive as a Pixar movie. You should be able to create characters and virtual worlds who are as believable as Woody in the <i>Toy Story</i> movies. And so Limitless, founded by former Pixar and Bungie alumnus Tom Sanocki, is announcing …

Virtual Reality

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2016 - MIT Technology Review

Immune Engineering<p>Genetically engineered immune cells are saving the lives of cancer patients. That may be just the start.<p>Precise Gene Editing in …

China

RocketClub Lets Early Adopters Earn A Financial Stake In Startups

When a startup manages a successful exit, its earliest adopters usually don’t get much in return except for bragging rights. RocketClub wants to change that.<p>The platform helps young tech companies recruit users who are willing to complete tasks — including market research, product testing, or …

IBM's new Watson ad has Carrie Fisher leading a support group for robots

IBM's attempts to showcase Watson in TV commercials have been a bit less impressive than the computing system's Jeopardy wins. They usually involve a renowned figure awkwardly carrying on a short conversation with Watson, like this Bob Dylan spot or a brand-new one featuring Ridley Scott. But now …

The digital revolution in higher education has already happened. No one noticed.

The digital revolution in higher education has happened. In the fall of 2012, the most recent semester with complete data in the U.S., four million …

Automated Teachers, Augmented Reality And Floating Chairs

Three illustrators envision the classroom of the future.<p>A<b>rtists have creatively depicted</b> the future for centuries, from the neo-futuristic visions of …

ASTRONEER

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Antihistamines

Target Just Launched a Gender Neutral Kids' Decor Collection

The new line, called Pillowfort, eschews pink and blue for more inclusive — and creative — designs.<p>Target made waves in August 2015 when it announced it would no longer classify toys as boy- or girl-specific.<p>Their gender neutral approach to kids' products was applauded by many, but some fans of the …

Gender-Neutral

New Ways to Teach Young Children to Code

Even parents who don’t know programming are using games, apps to teach basic skills<p>Filip Icev, 10, writes code on his laptop at his home in Kirkland, Wash., using a visual-programming language called Scratch.<p>Annabel Clark for the Wall Street Journal<p>1 of 9<p>•••••<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The …

Kids

Uber now lets tourists in Rio find English-speaking drivers just in time for Carnival

Right in time for Carnival and the upcoming Olympics Games, Uber and Duolingo have announced that UberEnglish is expanding to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil just before the heavy tourist season.<p>The service offers users the ability to request drivers who are Duolingo-certified English speakers. Currently, …

The Future of the University: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education

This essay proposes five models of innovation in higher education that expand our "Ideas of the University," envisioning educational start-ups in the …

Higher Education

Personal Response Systems and Student Engagement

• A professor who wanted a mechanism for <b>students to share their learning experiences</b>, particularly a tool with the potential for anonymized feedback, …

College of William & Mary

How The Education System Is Leveraging Innovation And Technology To Help Students Compete

The US education system is going through a Renaissance in how students learn. Especially when it comes to those learners focused on college preparedness. While many teachers still teach to a test, others are turning to new technologies and systems to help their students to move beyond the …

Education Policy

Harrowing Game Exposes War’s Impact on Children

Sergei couldn’t have been more than 10 years old, yet here he was, cold and frightened in the middle of a war zone. On my doorstep.<p>The city had been …

AltSchool

Making learning visible for students, educators, and parents<p>We’re a growing community of educators working to transform education for all students, …

Is The Future Of Learning In The Hands Of The EdTech Entrepreneurs?

There are cynics and traditionalists who insist that technology gadgets in the classroom don’t improve learning, but the meteoric rise of the EdTech sector appears to tell a different story.<p>Currently valued at £45 billion ($67 billion) global EdTech sector is projected to be worth £129 billion …