Kevin Wallace

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Reddit's new crowdfunding platform actually gets a lot of things right

Reddit is finally putting its fanatical community to work. The company announced today that it has created a crowdfunding portal, Redditmade, to help …

Apple Awarded Patent for Contact Aware User Interface in Messaging Applications

Apple has been awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (via <i>AppleInsider</i>) that details a user interface in messaging apps that dynamically changes its background based on conversation participants. The patent details how this interface would adapt to both single and group …

How Evernote designs a world without apps (Q&A)

CEO Phil Libin talks to CNET about Evernote’s latest milestone, designing for wearable tech, and how the future is app-less.<p>In the early days of Evernote, CEO Phil Libin said he would check his screen every minute to see how many users the productivity tool was picking up. Now, he nearly missed …

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Flight or faceplant? Why American Airlines is trying to win over early stage founders

It’s a little disconcerting to see a big, stodgy, nearly-hundred-year-old airline that's not exactly famous for innovation lurking on the fringes of …

Angling to be the Google of 3D printing, Autodesk announces its own open source printer and platform

Autodesk announced today that the company will release its own 3D printer with its new open software platform called Spark, in an attempt to set a …

Maker Pro Newsletter – 05/01/14

<b>“Never stop kids dismantling small appliances.”</b><p><i>From the editors of MAKE, the Maker Pro Newsletter is about the impact of makers on business and technology. Our coverage includes hardware startups, new products, incubators, and innovators, along with technology and market trends.</i> <i>Please send items to</i> …

C Is For Capacitor: Adafruit Educates

When it comes to educating youngsters and beginners at to the functions and uses of electronic components, the material can be quite dry. Explaining amps versus volts to my 8-year-old son is much like getting me to read tax documentation. His eyes glaze over and I can see that my words are just …

Two Maker Moms Discuss the Importance of Making for Kids

Here at MakerKids makerspace for kids in Toronto, we know that behind every Maker Kid is a Maker Mom, and this week (being the week of Mother’s Day) we are celebrating Maker Moms even more than usual (we always try to celebrate them). Here are two great videos from Maker Moms we have met, telling …

Tips for Makers: The Basics of Boothing

It’s not enough to just make something—it’s also important to be able to tell others about your project and why it is great. Collect photos, sketches, prototypes, failed pieces of your project: anything that tells the story of how and why your projects came to be. Maker Faire attendees love to know …

Learn How to Make a Makerspace with Gui Cavalcanti

You’ve heard of hackerspaces and makerspaces, and you’ve likely been to one or two. Many of you, however, find that your area is lacking in a facility to encourage making. The concept of beginning your own can be extremely daunting to the uninitiated. Luckily, there are people out there like Gui …

Attracting Top Contributors to an Open Innovation Project

“Not all smart people work for you,” begins Henry Chesbrough’s classic 2003 HBR article on the merits of open innovation. Firms must find a way to tap into external knowledge and ideas to innovate. Today, this premise is the basis for crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, open source development, and more. …

How GE Stays Young

GE is an icon of management best practices. Under CEO Jack Welch in the 1980s and 1990s, they adopted operational efficiency approaches (“Workout,” “Six Sigma,” and “Lean”) that reinforced their success and that many companies emulated. But, as befits a company that has been around for 130 years, …

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Bao Tri Photography<p>By Anne Collier<p>Failure is a positive act of creativity,” Katie Salen said. Scientists, artists, engineers, and even entrepreneurs …

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By Kyle Palmer<p>Entrepreneurs are getting younger and younger these days. Just a few weeks ago, more than 100 high school and college students …

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MIT Education Arcade<p>As the buzz around games and learning continues to grow, one particular subset — Massive Open Online (MMO) games — is catching …

Research Meets Gamification With A Google A Day

Put students into “teams” or groups as they play. They tend to have more stamina when working together, and the competitive element motivates them to …

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Flickr:Flickingerbrad<p>By Aran Levasseur<p>Innovation is the currency of progress. In our world of seismic changes, innovation has become a holy grail …

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Flickr:CriCristina<p>By Amanda Stupi<p>In her new book <i>Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success</i>, psychologist and author Madeline Levine …

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Thinkstock<p>In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of …

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Getty<p>By Thom Markham<p>One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether …

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<b>By Christina Farr</b><p>It took just a few weeks for a group of Boston-based teenagers to develop an affordable prosthetic hand for children. These teens …

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It’s easy to assume that for extremely bright young pupils, life in the classroom is a snap. But when conventional school curricula fail to stimulate …

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Flickr:wwworks<p>Could it be that the best way to learn happens in kindergarten? It’s an intriguing proposition, one that’s being explored at M.I.T. by …

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It’s hard to argue with the importance of teaching students how to use computers — how to turn on, log on, search the Web, and use applications. …

Maker Movement: Let Them Build it They'll Learn!

The Maker Movement happening in education right now is exciting. It makes so much sense to create “more opportunities for all young people to develop …

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Drummer Clayton Cameron breaks down the beats behind different types of music, illustrating how he uses math every time he picks up the drumsticks. …

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Tumblr is a hugely popular, highly social blogging platform with an emphasis on images. Tumblr is a great tool because it’s free, easy to use and a …

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The push towards employable skills like math and science is filtering down to the youngest students in the U.S. With tight school budgets to manage, …