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Lightboard Transparent Dry-Erase Board: Show & Tell

Lightboard Transparent Dry-Erase Board: Show & Tell

The advent of cheap cameras and free online streaming services means teachers can stream or even pre-record their lessons so students can watch them at their own pace and even in advance. But using conventional blackboards…

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Robot Turtles Board Game Introduces Kids to the World of Programming

Robot Turtles Board Game Introduces Kids to the World of Programming

Sometimes I see the kinds of toys being sold in stores today and I worry. Baby dolls that come with a diapered monkey pet, pole dancer dolls (apparently, these really do exist!), shopping spree board games……

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Converse with a Computer So You Can Talk to Humans Better

Converse with a Computer So You Can Talk to Humans Better

Some people are born with the gift of gab, while others are simply lacking in it. For the latter group, there’s something called the “My Automated Conversation Coach” system that can help them out a lot…

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Robo-Dogs and Cats Help Train Vets-to-Be For the Real Thing

Robo-Dogs and Cats Help Train Vets-to-Be For the Real Thing

Dentists have Simroid and Hanako to practice on, while doctors also have their own simulator robots which they use to perform simulated surgeries. It was only a matter of time before vets got their own robots…

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SimCityEDU Helps Kids Learn While They Build with SimCity

SimCityEDU Helps Kids Learn While They Build with SimCity

In collaboration with developer GlassLab, EA has announced an interesting extension to the SimCity world. SimCityEDU is an online development portal for the education community to accompany the upcoming new version of SimCity. The goal is…

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“Star Trek” Classroom Uses Multitouch Desks

“Star Trek” Classroom Uses Multitouch Desks

Scientists and researchers around the world are always investigating better ways to help children learn important subjects like math and science. A group of researchers at Durham University has been working for the last three years…

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Students Creating a Rideable Hexapod, Probably Won’t Be Street Legal

Students Creating a Rideable Hexapod, Probably Won’t Be Street Legal

A bunch of students from Artistan’s Asylum in Somerville Massachusetts are creating a 2500 pound rideable hexapod robot. To accomplish this they will be using a 135 horsepower Toyota forklift engine. Where does a 2500 pound…

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Train To Be an Astronaut with the ESA’s Actual Training Materials

Train To Be an Astronaut with the ESA’s Actual Training Materials

A while back, NASA opened up its astronaut program to normal people that didn’t have a military background. Naturally, a bunch of geeks that always wanted to be astronauts applied even though they’ll never get the…

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Students Grab 350,000 Digital Textbooks from Apple iBooks in First Three Days

Students Grab 350,000 Digital Textbooks from Apple iBooks in First Three Days

With iBooks 2, Apple recently launched its full-on assault on the print textbooks we all lugged around in school. So far, the war is off to a good start for Apple. According to AllThingsD, students have…

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California Students Participate in LEGO Robot Build Off

California Students Participate in LEGO Robot Build Off

When I was a kid, we didn’t have much in the way of competitions or anything to encourage the use of mechanical skills and engineering. I think one of the coolest contests a kid could do…

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Yale School of Medicine Hands Out 520 iPads to Students

Yale School of Medicine Hands Out 520 iPads to Students

I can tell you from experience that no matter what sort of degree in the medical field you are pursuing you will have a ton of textbooks. One of the anatomy books I had in college…

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Education iMac Drops Below $1,000: Will You Get One?

Education iMac Drops Below $1,000: Will You Get One?

I’ve mentioned before that I’m somewhat ambivalent about the all-in-one PCs, mostly because they use laptop parts to get to that svelte size, but Apple has announced the specs of their education iMac, which sits at…

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RURO: The Cutest Robot You’ve Ever Seen!

RURO: The Cutest Robot You’ve Ever Seen!

This robot is probably too cute to be used as an effective security ‘bot, but it does have some interesting features for an educational robot. RURO the robot was designed to teach kids about recycling.…

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South Korea Hires Robot Teachers

South Korea Hires Robot Teachers

South Korea isn’t a great destination for English teachers. There’s a shortage of English teachers in South Korea because the Koreans apparently work them like dogs (extremely long hours, from early in the morning to late…

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Humane Reader: the $20 Computer

Humane Reader: the $20 Computer

I’ve certainly seen our share of low-cost computers, but I can honestly say that this is the least expensive computer system I’ve seen yet. The Humane Reader is designed to provide computer technology to homes or…

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Nintendo Wants Ds in Schools in Japan, Forgets Every Japanese Kid Already has One

Nintendo Wants Ds in Schools in Japan, Forgets Every Japanese Kid Already has One

… possible even two. Legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto told Forbes that he’s “devoting” himself to finding out more ways to get the Nintendo DS as well as the Wii into schools. Miyamoto also said…

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