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By Jonathan Wylie | The best ideas for integrating technology in K-12 Classrooms

20 handy things you didn't know Google Photos can do

Most people think of Google Photos like a dusty old album on the shelf. Every once in a while, you flip through those old snapshots with a friend. Remember that trip to the beach? That was so nice.<p>Like most Google services, Photos is overflowing with helpful features, which can manipulate, …

Google

CES could be VR's breakout moment. But not for the reasons you think.

Billed as “the year of virtual reality,” 2017’s Consumer Electronic’s Show did little to build confidence in the industry. Aisles of exhibitors seemed almost reluctant at times, each displaying products ranging from half-finished to complete vaporware in an effort to capitalize on the crescendo of …

Virtual Reality

Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6

Chrome-only sites are a problem<p>Chrome is now the most popular browser across all devices, thanks to Android’s popularity and the rise of Chrome on Windows PCs and Mac computers. As Google continues to dominate our access to the web, information through its search engine, and services like Gmail or …

Software

The man who can't face the internet

Earlier this month, Facebook announced it would be using facial recognition to let users know every time a photo of them had been uploaded to the site.<p>Such a feature would be extremely useful to one man - public-relations professional Jonathan Hirshon, who has managed to stay anonymous on the …

Privacy

10 Really Useful macOS Features That You Never Noticed

Much as we love all the new features that roll out with a fresh macOS update every year, we’re also rather partial to those long-standing tools and …

iOS

Apple’s Hour of Code Classes Are a Fun Intro to the World of Programming

I wrote about Apple’s Hour of Code events a few weeks ago when they announced their expanded slate of classes in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. While coding class classes dominated the schedule during that week, including a couple geared specifically toward teachers, the Hour of …

This is why I use an iPhone instead of Android, but a Windows PC instead of a Mac

• <b>I use an iPhone instead of Android because Apple's focus on iOS has paid tremendous dividends in terms of usability and new features.</b>• <b><br>But Apple's focus on iOS, including the new iPad Pro, seems to have come at the cost of the Mac computers, alienating loyalists.</b>• <b><br>Much of Apple's Mac hardware line</b> …

My Must-Have iOS Apps, 2017 Edition

With the transition to iPad Pro as my primary computer fully achieved in 2016 and not surprising anymore, in 2017 I turned my attention to three other key areas of my life: working with the MacStories team, managing my time, and finding my favorite apps among many competing alternatives.<p>For the …

Reddit

Augment Your Holiday with These iOS Apps

Many of us are getting in the holiday spirit right now, and what could create even more fun but to add some augmented reality to our gathering times? …

School Branding: It Takes a Team

When you are working to brand yourself as an educator and share your story online, you rely on yourself to share the information. You can’t rely on …

Social Media Marketing

10 Free Ways To Grow As An Educator

Image by Denise Krebs, courtesy Flickr. CC BY 2.0<p>Every teacher knows that feeling of pure bliss after a lesson was a complete success. Those are the …

Opinion: Laptops in the classroom are actually leading to lower test scores

When I was in high school, bringing a calculator to class was a no-no. This was a few decades ago, though, and things have changed.<p>Nowadays, students …

Up Close and Personal: Chronicling Learning Practices Across the Nation

Learn More<p>About the Project<p>Educators have been shaping learning experiences to answer the distinctive needs of individual students for years. And, …

Former Facebook executive has sworn off social media because he doesn’t want to be “programmed”

While Facebook’s business is booming and the company continues to expand its tentacles to every corner of the internet, its early employees and investors are growing more and more vocal about the damage it has wrought among its users.<p>Former Facebook vice president of user growth Chamath …

Chamath Palihapitiya

Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs with ‘all-day’ battery life

A fresh challenge to Intel’s PC dominance<p>Microsoft and Qualcomm are officially unveiling the first ARM-powered Windows 10 laptops today. As expected, HP, Lenovo, and Asus are the manufacturers creating these new laptops that include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The first devices are similar …

Microsoft

Don’t just teach kids to code – teach them to question Facebook and Google

It’s shameful that our children are still so computer illiterate. Let’s give them the skills to take on the tech giants, and create a more democratic internet<p>Three years ago, before the Brexit dreams of renewed imperial glory and Vimto for all took wing, England took an uncharacteristically bold …

How to add a fancy email signature on iPhone and Mac

You already know that you can add a signature to your outgoing emails in the Mail app on iOS and macOS, but did you know that you can make that signature fancy? And I mean, <i>really</i> fancy. You don’t just have to put your email address or phone number in there in regular text. You can add any kind of …

For Digital Success, Look Beyond STEM Skills, Computer Scientists Urge

Organizations seeking to get ahead in the digital game and fend off disruption will need to be creative with technology – and this is going to require a diversity of skills and viewpoints beyond traditional science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) expertise. Even some leading computer …

Innovation

How to install Android apps on a Chromebook

One of Google’s most exciting announcements regarding its Chrome OS platform and Chromebook hardware was the support for Android apps. While Chrome …

Google

Google Chrome's Incognito Mode isn't as private as you might think | Trusted Reviews

<b>Incognito mode in Google Chrome is not as private as it might first seem, as people managing the network you’re on can snoop on what you’ve been</b> …

More than 400 of the most popular sites are logging everything you type

Researchers at Princeton University have uncovered one of the biggest security flaws on the internet<p>For years, keyloggers have been synonymous with …

So You Want To Make A Podcast

A very fancy podcasting setup<p>There are a gazillion podcasts out there. Maybe even elevently gazillion.<p>But if you've got something you want to say, …

Podcasting

Why Teaching Makes You Smarter

We tend to think of thinking as something super solitary–but as Annie Murphy Paul observes in the Brilliant Report, cognition is a two-way street.<p>How so?<p>“Students enlisted to tutor others,” Paul reports, “work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more …

How to switch from Chrome to Firefox Quantum in under 2 minutes

Having used Chrome for ages, I’ve gotten used to the browser’s sluggish performance and gluttony for system memory, and I’ve a feeling I’m not alone.<p>With the launch of Firefox Quantum, we can finally break free from those shackles: the latest version of Mozilla’s browser uses an all-new CSS engine …

New Research Answers Whether Technology Is Good Or Bad For Learning

For years educators and scholars have debated whether technology aids learning or inhibits it.<p>In the most recent issue of Education Next, for example, Susan Payne Carter, Kyle Greenberg, and Michael S. Walker write about their research finding that allowing any computer usage in the classroom …

Education

Meet the High Schooler Shaking Up Artificial Intelligence

Since its founding by Elon Musk and others nearly two years ago, nonprofit research lab OpenAI has published dozens of research papers. One posted …

Artificial Intelligence

How Americans really feel about Facebook, Apple, and more

This year marked a sea change in our attitude toward tech’s largest players — and not for the better. Facebook, with a user base twice the size of the Western Hemisphere, seems to be in the midst of an identity crisis: CEO Mark Zuckerberg spent much of 2017 on a national tour that <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> …

U.S. Census

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg Think This 1 Teaching Method Will Shake Up Education. Here's Why You Should Care

Personalized learning is the way forward in education and therefore our economy. Here's why.<p>We currently don't have the silver bullet to education. We're not quite sure what works and what doesn't. Maybe it's because we all learn differently. But whatever the reason, "personalized learning" is on …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Sketchfab’s app might be the best way to try ARKit

One of the big promises with iOS 11 is ARKit. This new framework makes it much easier to look at virtual objects in the real world using augmented reality. Sketchfab has been building the biggest 3D model sharing platform, a sort of YouTube for 3D models. That’s why today’s iOS update turns …

Augmented Reality