Tech On the Side

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Sunday Post - Tech on the Side

from the Flipboard magazine, Tech on the Side, an editorial exploration of curated content.<p>It's Sunday, and as I continue this fun journey of …

When Success Leads to Failure

The pressure to achieve academically is a crime against learning.<p>I’ve known the mother sitting in front of me at this parent-teacher conference for years, and we have been through a lot together. I have taught three of her children, and I like to think we’ve even become friends during our time …

Parenting

Pip is a retro games console for kids to learn coding

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has been incredibly successful at sparking all sorts of creativity via its low cost microcomputers, which arrived in the market back in 2012. Its core electronics are also indirectly responsible for UK-based learn-to-code startups like Kano and pi-top, which have built …

Raspberry Pi

Tesla unveils its Semi and surprises everyone with a second-gen Roadster

Tesla unveiled its impressive all-electric Semi last night, but it’s what was sitting inside the truck’s bed that is getting all the attention.<p>Toward …

Aston Martin

Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot is a parkour master

Parkour! That’s what we should all be devoting our combined robotics expertise towards. There’s no nobler human pursuit, so of course we should create a robot that can master the so-called ‘sport of kings.’ And yes, that is the <i>true</i> sport of kings.<p>Boston Dynamics has shown off its new version of …

Robots

Share your favorite resources with a single click

If there’s one thing that the educators of Remind have in common, it’s the ability to pack as much information as possible into a single message. It …

Quizzes

better writing with machine learning

More than 200,000 students—62 percent from low-income schools—have used Quill. They’ve collectively answered 20 million exercises, and Quill’s quick, …

Machine Learning

This simple AirPods hack can dramatically improve the sound quality

And they still fit in the charging case<p>Apple’s AirPods have always struck me as peculiar. Not just because of the shape, which is definitely odd, but the fact that so many owners rave about their $159 earbuds, despite admitting to mediocre sound. Surely the most important feature of any headphones …

Headphones

Google Maps got a redesign

Google Maps is getting an upgrade.<p>The company said in a blog post that it has updated driving, navigation, transit and explore maps to better highlight information that the company thinks will be most relevant. That means, gas stations when you’re driving or more prominently featured train and bus …

Google

#TechTipTuesday - Adobe Fill and Sign

Continuing the series on how to use our digital tools to help reduce paper consumption, this week I am highlighting and app you need to …

Google Classroom: Reply With Your Initials - Teacher Tech

Using Private Comments in Google Classroom takes almost no tech skills, yet can be one of the most transformative things you do. I have found my …

Education

Sunday Post - Tech on the Side

#TechTipTuesday - Scan documents right from your phone, with ease

I thought that it may be fun to attempt a series this month for my Tech Tip Tuesday posts. <br>For this month let's explore the opportunities and avenues …

Why You Should Seriously Consider the New Firefox Quantum Browser

Mozilla's new browser is fast.<p>By on<p>Filed Under Computers, Data, Google & Programming<p>The future, straight to your inbox.<p>Firefox is getting a massive …

Software

No More Excuses: Learning to Code is Easier Than Ever

At this point, there is no excuse for not learning to code. There are so many accessible online and affordable courses that can help you build a …

Programming

Are twitter chats 21st century PD?

When we get our teacher or administrative certification, it doesn't mean it's time to stop learning. In fact, <i>for most educators it indicates that the</i> …

Professional Development

iPad as the Teacher's Pet - Version 4.0

Download the PDF An iPad can be a teacher’s very handy assistant! This very popular infographic has been <b>updated October 2017</b>! It’s all about what can …

Creative Commons

Insert images more easily in Google Docs, Slides, and Drawings

A picture is worth a thousand words... especially when you can add it to your document, presentation, or drawing quickly and easily. That’s...

Having trouble typing “i” on your iPhone? You’re not alone! Here’s how to fix it until Apple releases an update. #iPhone #iOS

SnapChat Saturday

Continuously searching and experimenting...it is a way of life for me. I am inherently curious. <br>This year, I have begun to explore the world of …

Why Are We Still Assigning Homework?

I went to a workshop recently and we got assigned “pre-work”, which is just another way to say homework for adults. Right before the workshop started …

Teaching

Today, I would like to share with you...

... HixsonHub ON AIR. <br>This year I have the pleasure of facilitating an after school club in which they have decided to take on the charge of …

Poly: Browse, discover and download 3D objects and scenes

If you’re building for virtual and augmented reality, you need 3D objects for your apps. With Tilt Brush and Blocks, we’ve made 3D creation easier. …

APIs

...a very good place to start

Here we are, another November and many of us are ready and excited to start posting each day to our blogs! <br>Or, maybe we want to, but we've no idea …

#NanoWriMo

It's that time of the year, time to brush off the dust from your ole blog and get ready to post every day next month! <br>November is National Blog …

Experiment with updates to Science Journal, now on iOS

When we released the Science Journal app last year, our goal was to turn Android phones and tablets into scientific tools. Using the app, both kids …

Scientific Research

9 Android Oreo Tips You Probably Don’t Know About

Android Oreo is only available currently on an infinitesimal number of phones. Apart from a series of under-the-hood improvements, the update also …

Android Oreo

The Edtech Hype Cycle: How to Use Technology With Purpose In A World of Noise

Three different schools, in three different states, in a matter of two weeks. I got the same question. “How can I use Flipgrid in my class?” “Have …

Mind Mapping