Kenneth Kacmar

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Microsoft expects consumers to 'figure out' which Xbox is which

The best way to keep a job as a marketer is to never go off message. And that's precisely what happened when I interviewed Xbox's head of console marketing Albert Penello on our E3 stage this week. Though he was more than happy to talk about the Xbox One X's tech specs and the impact of 4K gaming, …

Gears of War

Teaching Our Kids Critical Thinking

Parents should equip their children to develop and practice intellectual virtue, because this is necessary for true human flourishing. But what is intellectual virtue? An intellectual virtue is an excellence of the mind. It is an intellectual character trait that enables one to reason well for the …

Teaching

GameUp- A Very Good Tool for Integrating Game-based Learning in Your Teaching

<b>November 1 , 2015</b><br>In his classic, ‘What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy’, James Paul Gee highlighted the importance of …

Education Technology

Two Great Chromebook Tools for Creating Animations for Your Class

September 30, 2015<br>Upon your request, here are the two tools we would highly recommend for teachers seeking to create animations and explainer videos …

7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make Your Brain Works Smarter And Faster

All parts of our body age. And our brain does too. We’ve all witnessed the natural deterioration of brain functions in older relatives. …

Humanity

Forza Motorsport 6 is the new king of console racing sims

I’m not the world’s biggest car guy, but I love Forza.<p>I enjoy driving my wife’s Prius, which I understand is something you’re not supposed to say out loud around “gearheads.” But my lack of appreciation for real-life pistons and struts doesn’t hold back the enjoyment I get from playing Forza …

Thelonious Monk

Steve Jobs’ widow pumping millions into high school education

Laurene Powell Jobs has bolstered her commitment to help improve the U.S. education system with the announcement of a $50 million project to create …

Education

Church of Bacon sees rush of new members after free wedding offer

All hail the bacon sarnie.<p>Membership of the United Church of Bacon, whose motto is ‘Because Bacon is real’, has trebled in the past three months to …

5 reasons Finland's schools are better than America's

Finland is an innovative country when it comes to education, and its innovation yields results. It's consistently one of the highest performing developed countries on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an important tool for measuring education systems worldwide.<p>While Finland's …

Education

Book Review: ‘The New Atheist Threat’ By CJ Werleman

“Like all cults, New Atheists believe that “the best human beings, as defined by them as ‘rational’ and ‘enlightened’ should become powerful enough …

Book Reviews

Silicon Valley billionaires are appalled by normal schools — so they've created this new one

Kids take attendance on an iPad, complete a "playlist" of activities, and learn 3D modeling software to design a playhouse for the class pet.<p>Founder and CEO Max Ventilla previously helmed the personalization team at Google, where he helped build Google+ and other products that make the internet …

Online Education

What Teachers Aren't Learning

<b>By Jeffrey Cipriani</b><p>Sitting in the back of the classroom, right cheek pressed to a desk and tears drying on her chin, Mya squeezes a stress ball and smells a stick of lavender while I talk about units of measurement.<p>"Mr. Cipriani," Jose whispers as I pass his desk. "Read this." He hands me a written …

Education

One-Third Of Schools Are Using This App You've Never Heard Of

Think of an educational tool and you might picture beloved standbys from our Tools of the Trade series, like the abacus and the wooden block. But educators are increasingly turning to software and websites like Khan Academy, Google Apps and Code.org to help them deliver lessons, manage …

Education Technology

Huge virtual reality entertainment center debuts in Australia

A new “free-roam” gaming center in Melbourne, Australia called Zero Latency has opened to the public, designed to offer a genuinely immersive virtual reality experience in a large space. Its players testify that it’s “like literally being in a video game.”<p>The center — tested in advance of its …

Inside Industrial Light & Magic's secret Star Wars VR lab

I’m on Industrial Light & Magic’s motion capture stage, standing inside what they call “the cave.” It’s not much to look at: two big screens angled at 90 degrees, awash in a smeary blur of images. But put on a pair of modified 3D glasses, and <i>bam</i> — it’s the Holodeck, and I’m on Tatooine standing …

Virtual Reality

Local SF Brewery Creates A Platform To Help The Tech Crowd Choose The Right Beer

Craft beers aplenty but not sure what your taste buds might like to try? Local Brewing Company is a newly opened brewery in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco with an app for that.<p>Brewmaster and owner of Local Brewing Company, Regan Long, developed a mobile platform to help founders, VC’s and …

San Francisco

Solitaire and Minesweeper were created to trick you into learning things about computers

It turns out that both games were reportedly designed to teach people the skills they would need to use these newfangled personal computers.<p>Take Solitaire for instance, which was rolled out in 1990. Sure, it was convenient that it was a game that could be played with one person, but the real …

Solitaire

Facebook in the Classroom? Some Schools Embracing Social Media

The halls at most schools are still empty, but teachers are already preparing for a new year and some new social-media policies.<p>Charlotte Secondary School, a charter school in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of many schools banning social media including Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat during …

North Carolina

Sphero targets the education market with a redesigned robot

Sphero's road to becoming more than a toy began last year with SPRK, an educational program that let kids build up their coding skills. Fast forward to today and the company, formerly known as Orbotix, is introducing a new edition of its robot to keep growing that initiative. This model offers …

7 questions to ask regarding whether education technology improves learning

Does education technology improve learning? The intuitive answer to those of us involved in education technology is “of course it does”. However, the …

Education Technology
Psychology

This “World’s First” Artificially Intelligent Ad Is A Test of Automated Creativity

M&C Saatchi experiments with advertising by algorithm.<p>M&C Saatchi has developed an outdoor campaign which “evolves” unique ads based on its audience’s reactions, which makes it the world’s first artificial intelligence poster campaign, the agency claims.<p>Built around a single site in central London, …

4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science

Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and …

Apps

10 Pieces of Classical Music Your Toddler Will Love

Listening to classical music with your toddlers can boost brainpower.<p>Not theirs. <i>Yours</i>.<p>As a parent of a child under the age of 5, I know you can only …

Piano

The PS4/Xbox One Console War Has Taken A Decidedly Stupid Turn

The first real video game console war was detailed expertly in one of my favorite non-fiction books, aptly titled “Console Wars” by Blake J. Harris. It’s a story of drama, suspense, and even intrigue, and shows how Nintendo eventually bested SEGA to knock the rival company out of the console game. …

Tomb Raider