If zSpace has its way, our kids will learn in the same way Tony Stark works in the movies. The company makes virtual reality computers that have infinite applications yet are easy enough for children to use.
Computer Science student Rob Richardson thinks he’s found a solution to get students to stop looking at their phones: their phones. The California State University at Chico junior created Pocket Points, a location-based app that rewards students based on the length of time their iPhone is locked.
Speaking with Wired Campus, Rob said he decided to make the app because he often saw his classmates looking at their phones while in class.
Anyone who has been to college knows the delicate balancing act that takes place with difficult classes your major requires, tempered with easy classes so your GPA doesn’t make you look like a total idiot. If you are going to Syracuse University, it may have just added the coolest class at any college to the schedule.
A few weeks ago we learned about Classcraft, a software and system that adds role-playing elements to classrooms. If you thought that was cool, check out Østerskov Efterskole. It’s a boarding school in Denmark that’s built around the idea of teaching students through live-action role-playing (LARP).
In Østerskov, students are given a different role-playing theme every week.
Would you look forward to school if you could roleplay, level up and earn real rewards in class? If so, ask your teachers to check out Classcraft. Designed by 11th grade Physics teacher and web developer Shawn Young, the free service introduces roleplaying game elements in the classroom to make learning fun and exciting.
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 or whiteboards means the teacher is often facing away from the camera.
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… Don’t get me wrong, these toys are probably fun and your kid will most likely love them.
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 in this department.
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 to practice on – and that they did get back in 2010, when Robo-Jerry II and Robo-Fluffy made their debuts at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
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 for SimCityEDU to be a resource for classroom teachers interested in using digital platforms to help students learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects.
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 on a project to design and develop the classroom of the future.
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 hexapod park?
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 call.
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 already downloaded 350,000 textbooks from iBooks in just three days.
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 is something like this one – when kids from 9 to 14 years old in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties came together to compete against each other building LEGO robots.
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 weighed a good ten pounds.