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Making Technology Click in the Classroom: Teachers Share What Makes Digital Tools ‘Worth The Time’

Research<p>Making Technology Click in the Classroom: Teachers Share What Makes Digital Tools ‘Worth The Time’<p>sponsored content from Bill & Melinda Gates …

Education Technology

App Makes Designing in 3-D as Easy as Using Microsoft Paint

Two years ago London startup Gravity showed off a wild concept for creating 3-D forms using augmented reality software. In the demo, a designer …

7 Tools to Create an Infographic in 30 Minutes (Design Skills or Not)

Infographics are such a fun and effective visual way to display information. We at Buffer have certainly used them quite a few times to share …

Students choose their own learning adventures with interactive fiction

Ever read a Choose Your Own Adventure book? Or played a text-based game on a Commodore 64 or IBM clone? If the answer is yes, then you have …

Let’s Move! How Body Movements Drive Learning Through Technology

Alien Health GameToday’s educational technology often presents itself as a radical departure from the tired practices of traditional instruction.But …

Ames looking to revamp, add technology courses

The Ames School District is working to integrate more technology into its class offerings for middle and high school students to better prepare them …

Discovery Ed, Nutrients for Life Partner on Virtual Agricultural STEM Field Trip

STEM<p>Discovery Education has partnered with the Nutrients for Life Foundation to offer a virtual field trip designed to look at STEM topics through …

Carnegie Mellon Students To Develop Embodied Learning Scenarios for K-12

STEM<p>This year, students at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh will help SMALLab Learning develop new embodied learning scenarios for …

Stratasys Debuts 3D Printing Modules for Middle and High Schools

3D Printers<p>Stratasys has introduced seven 3D printing education modules for middle and high schools. The company will release the modules between …

Students Explore the Earth and Beyond with Virtual Field Trips

Distance Learning<p>Page 3 of 3<p>Kim McLean, a grade 4 teacher at Glen Hills Middle School in Glendale, WI, has used numerous virtual field trips with her …

What do we mean when we say, “Transformative learning experiences powered by technology”?

When I was in the fourth grade, I lived in a small, mostly rural community surrounded by giant rice fields in Arkansas. I spent my summers floating …

Two New Books Get You Inside the Mind of Nintendo's Game Master

Two new books look at Nintendo and Shigeru Miyamoto from two distinct angles, and the points at which they intersect illuminate one of the key …

American Panorama Is an Interactive Atlas for the 21st Century

For many of us, the word “atlas” evokes memories of tattered roadmaps stuffed into a glove compartment. And while atlases are technically just …

Brains Of Video Game-Addicted Teens Are Hyper Connected

That may make addicts more likely to have other psychological disorders<p>For the thousands of teens with internet gaming disorder, the symptoms can look a lot like any other addiction: A lack of control over the time and money spent on gaming, distance from family or friends, neglected schoolwork. …

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

China Makes Being A Loyal Citizen Fun, With Mandatory National Game

Gamified scores linked to finance and friendship<p>Citizens of China can now find their credit scores in a mobile app called Sesame Credit. It's linked to their friends, shareable online, and either “a concept straight out of a cyberpunk dystopia,” according to <i>The Independent</i>, or, according to <i>Quartz</i>, …

The Best Productivity Apps

Siri’s Google alternative is getting smarter and smarter at being your little digital assistant (or friend, depending on how much you love your …

In This Videogame, Death Means You’ll Never Play Again

So your avatar died in a videogame. No big deal—at the click of a button, you can begin anew.<p>Uh, not so fast if you're playing <i>Upsilon Circuit</i>, where …

Make Your Own Smartphone Microscope For a Dollar…

The US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a new phone attachment capable of turning your phone into a …

Inspired By Serial, Teens Create Podcasts As A Final Exam

In the months leading up to the final exam, 10th grade teacher Alexa Schlechter struggled. She’s an English teacher — an educator of stories told …

Teaching

Teacher turns class into a video game — and now every student is passing

It’s tough being a teacher. Kids have so many distractions in their lives, and it’s getting harder to engage tech-savvy students with more traditional subjects.<p>Elizabeth Box was struggling with engagement in her seventh-grade civics class in Okeechobee, Florida — the third-poorest Florida county, …

Teaching

Virtual Labs

The process of testing corn for the presence of aflatoxin.<p>Testing milk samples for bacterial contamination with various disposable lab …

Tools and Apps for the Global Educator

<i>by Anne Mirtschin, Guest blogger</i><p>A global educator is one who is connected and networked to other educators and classrooms across the world. They …

Education Technology

Taking Classroom Tech Use to the Next Level: Specific Traits to Look For

Kids create stop motion videos in class. (Brad Flickinger/Flickr)“They don’t live in Saskatoon!” a seventh-grade girl says vehemently. She’s working …

The Pickle Index Is a Delightfully Weird, App-Driven Novel Like No Other

<i>The Pickle Index</i> tells the tale of an incompetent circus troupe that sets out to rescue its ringmaster, Zloty Kornblatt, from a dystopian, …

The ACME Detective Agency Reopens for Business as Carmen Sandiego Returns

Reading Time: 2 minutes<p>Carmen Sandiego is back. It’s time to round up the usual suspects and track down the whereabouts of Ruth Less, Justin Time, M. …

Google Expeditions Brings Virtual Reality Field Trips to Schools Across America

By D. Frank SmithAn affordable VR package is coming to select schools, along with some guidance from Google.

Virtual Reality

Explore Chemistry Like Never Before, Inside A Minecraft World Of Molecules

There’s no better way to get inside an amino acid<p>Minecraft, which allows players to have free rein of a seemingly endless landscape ripe for construction, is the top-selling standalone game of all time. It’s popular with enterprising adults, who have built such things inside the game as a working …

Chemistry

NatGeo Map Maker Interactive - A Good Classroom Alternative to Google Maps

National Geographic's Mapmaker Interactive can be a good alternative to using Google Maps in your classroom. Mapmaker Interactive offers a number of …

Transform

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