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We Want Our Daughter to Love the Sciences. Should We Keep Her Away From Princesses?

We Want Our Daughter to Love the Sciences. Should We Keep Her Away From Princesses? | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
When my 4-year-old told me the other day that she was “ready for princesses,” part of me died. Not just because the day had finally arrived when that virulent meme had infected her, but also because of how utterly powerless I was to contain it. Let me be clear: These...
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Tiny Ringo teaches kids about robotics | Paul Ridden | GizMag.com

Tiny Ringo teaches kids about robotics | Paul Ridden | GizMag.com | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

Though you can work with your kids on all sorts of crazy electronics projects by adding numerous shields, break-out boards and attachments to existing development platforms or going wild with Lego Technic building blocks, such solutions just weren't cute enough for Kevin King and his kids Halley and Parker. Their digital pet is called Ringo and thanks to a successful crowdfunding effort, the teeny Arduino-based robotics and programming learning tool could be swarming toward backers in the coming months.

King and company have crammed an awful lot of goodness into a palm-sized package. The Ringo bot has a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope built in, six RGB LED lights, an integrated piezo sound element and bot-to-bot wireless comms for creating swarms. It sports three sensors for detecting ambient light for 360 degrees around itself, IR LED transmitters, a 38 kHz TV remote receiver, and variable speed pager motors that contact the surface so that the robot can move around a flat surface like a table top.

A light sensor and an IR light source are hidden away under both of the Ringo bug's feeler antennas and there's another sensor at the back end, allowing it to sense edges or follow lines so that crazy scientists can send the robot down complicated mazes or around a never-ending lined track. It gets its power from a single-cell Lithium battery and at its heart is the same microprocessor as the Arduino UNO, which runs at 8 MHz.

 

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, March 25, 11:35 AM

Another intriguing application of the Arduino microprocessor.  This digital device is truly amazing, not to mention its use in Amateur Radio.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Construction begins on Space Fence radar system | Darren Quick | GizMag.com

Construction begins on Space Fence radar system | Darren Quick | GizMag.com | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

Ground was broken at the future six-acre (2.4-hectare) site of the new Space Fence radar system in a special ceremony last month on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The ceremony marked the official start of construction of the system that will replace the Air Force Space Surveillance System (AFSSS) in tracking objects in orbit, including commercial and military satellites and debris from collisions.

Beating out Raytheon, Lockheed Martin was awarded a US$914,699,474 contract on June 2 of last year by the US Air Force to develop its Space Fence system design and deliver the first site, consisting of a radar and Space Fence operations center. In addition to the radar arrays and on-site operations center, the Kwajalein installation will also include an annex to the island's current power plant to ensure continuous operation.

The new system will replace the AFSSS, which began operations in 1961 and ceased operations in September 2013. It used a VHF radar system capable of detecting objects down to about 75 cm (29.5 in) in size, while the higher wave frequency (or shorter wavelength) of the S-band ground-based radars to be used in the new Space Fence will allow it to detect much smaller objects.

 

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Instagram Launches Layout, Its Own Photo Collage App ~ Tech Crunch ~ by Sarah Perez

Instagram Launches Layout, Its Own Photo Collage App ~ Tech Crunch ~ by Sarah Perez | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
Instagram today announced the debut of a new application called Layout, the company’s next standalone creation tool outside of its flagship photo-sharing application. With Layout, Instagram users will be able to quickly build collages using their mobile photos, which they can then choose to share to Instagram, Facebook, or elsewhere.

Collage-making is already a popular activity on Instagram, the company tells us. One in five monthly active users on Instagram use a collage app at least once, we’re told. Today, the app stores are filled with utilities that offer this sort of capability – including apps like Pic Stitch, Pic Collage, InstaCollage, PhotoGrid, and many others. The apps are all similar in nature – they offer a variety of blank photo grids which users can customize with their own photos, and sometimes optional text or stickers.

To Instagram’s credit, it didn’t just knock off the existing collage-making apps already on the market, but instead tried to come up with an app that would improve the experience for mobile users.

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5 great apps for fun lessons - Innovate My School

5 great apps for fun lessons - Innovate My School | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
The ideal app can be just the thing to make a great lesson perfect. Here, educational psychologist and learning apps specialist Peter Maxwell lists five of his free favourites.

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Demetri Lales's curator insight, Today, 12:47 PM

Some great apps to help student's flex their creative muscles.

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Map: The state of broadband in the states

Map: The state of broadband in the states | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
Internet connection speeds are getting faster and a slew of announcements suggests that trend will continue.
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Grading Teachers by the Test

Grading Teachers by the Test | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
Use of standardized tests to measure students’ progress, and teachers’ effectiveness, has been found to have unintended consequences.
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Cartographically Inspired Fashion

Cartographically Inspired Fashion | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

I found this on pinterest (where else?) and decided to share the geographically inspired craftiness:

1. Paint your nails white/cream
2. Soak nails in alcohol for five minutes
3. Press nails to map and hold
4. Paint with clear protectant immediately after it dries.

This also works with newspaper, but don't try it with NatGeo Maps because the paper is of too high a quality to have the ink bleed out; I would recommend using an old USGS Topo map. 

 

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Mrs. B's curator insight, March 25, 8:13 AM

Yes to map fashion! I saw a woman with a map skirt - so cool. MAPSMAPSMAPS!!!

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 25, 11:34 AM

I heart maps!  I cant wait for spring break to try this :)

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25 Pedagogy Ideas that Teachers found on Twitter | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education Community

25 Pedagogy Ideas that Teachers found on Twitter | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education Community | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 24, 9:23 PM

Need evidence that Twitter is useful in K-12?

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Yale Researchers to Study Learning Game Apps

Yale Researchers to Study Learning Game Apps | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
A Yale research lab applies rigorous scientific methods to test the effectiveness of educational video games on children.
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Film Review: Defies Measurement weaves together problematic purposes of ed reform

Film Review: Defies Measurement weaves together problematic purposes of ed reform | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
In Defies Measurement, Shannon Puckett expertly weaves together the problematic purposes of testing, Common Core, corporate reform, No Child Left Behind, Teach For America, The Gates Foundation, Th...
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What Is RSS: A Guide To Really Simple Syndication Benefits, Best Uses And Applications

What Is RSS: A Guide To Really Simple Syndication Benefits, Best Uses And Applications | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
This is a guide explaining what RSS is and how to best use it. It is targeted at the non-technical user who has not had yet the opportunity to fully understand what RSS is all about and how to best put it to use. RSS is a powerful

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AMD Simplified: Virtual Reality - YouTube

Virtual Reality — or VR — is a computer-generated digital environment that enables an immersive and lifelike user experience. VR creates a sense of realism b...
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Digital storytelling handbook | David McGillivray | ISSUU.com

This handbook is a product of the Digital Commonwealth project which sought to facilitate a creative response to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the handbook is designed to be of use to a wider range of individuals, community groups and third sector organisations interested in using digital media (blogs, audio, video and social media) to tell their stories. Please use and share!


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Why Virtual Reality Is Happening Now | Kyle Russell | TechCrunch.com

Why Virtual Reality Is Happening Now | Kyle Russell | TechCrunch.com | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it

Since the Oculus Rift first made waves with its successful Kickstarter, there’s been a consistent line of criticism based in the notion, “why would it work this time?”

It’s a fair question — you can go back decades and see myriad failed attempts to build virtual reality gear for the masses.

“Many very smart people have attempted to do this! What didn’t they see that Oculus and its compatriots see today? People didn’t want a Virtual Boy in 1995, why would they buy a Rift in 2015?”

That perspective misses one of the most important (and, almost always, obvious in hindsight) factors in tech: the actual technology that makes up a product.

 

Take a look at the actual pieces that, when put together in the right way, result in an Oculus headset. You’ve got a high pixel density LCD screen, a gyroscope and camera for positional tracking, and a 3D environment processed in real-time by a desktop computer or (in the case of the Oculus-compatible Gear VR, a phone!).

 

All of these things are only available at affordable prices to consumers thanks to advancements in other areas that have taken place over decades — specifically, smartphones and video games.

 

Was it possible for a hardware maker to build a display with a resolution greater than 1080p for a VR headset even ten years ago? Nope — it would have been prohibitively expensive for consumers and would use way too much power for portable devices to be a possibility without obnoxiously large external battery packs.

 

For instance, let’s say that to get the best experience in VR, your ~5.5-inch screen has to be 4K and refresh 120 times per second. In 2003, a screen with approximately that resolution would have run you $8,400, and would only refresh 12 times per second. Oh yeah, and it used as much power as a small desktop computer.

 

The current Oculus dev kit uses a 1080p screen from a Samsung Galaxy 3 and can refresh 75 times per second. The Gear VR uses the Galaxy Note 4’s 1440p screen. Progress!

 

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Ten Free Infographic Templates

Ten Free Infographic Templates | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
Learn how to design amazing infographics with nothing but powerpoint with our free template: How to Create 5 Fabulous Infographics in PowerPoint
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Sign Documents That Have Been Emailed to You Without Printing Them

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Sign Documents That Have Been Emailed to You Without Printing Them | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
In the course of the school year there are plenty of documents that we all have to sign for one reason or another. You could print those documents, sign them, then scan them. Or you could use HelloSign to sign them within your web browser and never have to print or scan them at all. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use HelloSign

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A People's Curriculum for the Earth - Rethinking Schools Online

A People's Curriculum for the Earth - Rethinking Schools Online | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
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3D Printing Explained [Infographic]

3D Printing Explained [Infographic] | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
3D printing is a rapidly developing technology that allows simple objects to be perfectly replicated. While still at an early stage, the potential of the field is truly world-changing. This…
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i3D Creatives Wants to Teach Kids 3D Printing Technology

i3D Creatives Wants to Teach Kids 3D Printing Technology | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
John Bokla says it was during the time he was studying architectural engineering – and struggling with the design courses – that he came up with the idea for i3D Creatives, a 3D design...
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Five-Minute Film Festival: April Fool's Day!

Five-Minute Film Festival: April Fool's Day! | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
April Fool's Day has a long history of pranks and hoaxes, both large and small. Check out this playlist of fun videos to get your inner trickster laughing.

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The tower of PISA is badly leaning. An argument for why it should be saved.

The tower of PISA is badly leaning. An argument for why it should be saved. | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
' In educational and moral terms, the tower of PISA is not only leaning, but in danger of toppling over completely. But PISA has also done many good things for students, schools and societies around the world and these should not only be acknowledged; they should also be protected.'
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How to Setup a Google Hangout On Air (March 2015) - YouTube

For more resources, tips and suggestions on using Google Hangouts, see my presentation resouirce page: http://wiki.wesfryer.com/Home/handouts/google-hangouts

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Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas

Earth Day: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists, and Classroom Ideas | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
To help teachers incorporate Earth Day into the classroom, Matt Davis has compiled and curated some of the best classroom resources from around the web.

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Happy 5th Birthday, National Broadband Plan!

Happy 5th Birthday, National Broadband Plan! | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
While most people associate March 17 with leprechauns, beer, and all things Irish, in the tech policy world the date holds additional, geekier significance: It’s the anniversary of the 2010 National Broadband Plan, an FCC-led initiative that promotes the goal of achieving universal, affordable Internet access by 2020. Today, the...
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The digital divide still exists, and it’s more complicated than ever. - Pearson Research & Innovation Network

The digital divide still exists, and it’s more complicated than ever. - Pearson Research & Innovation Network | Educational technology , Erate, Broadband and Connectivity | Scoop.it
The digital divide still exists, and it’s more complicated than ever.

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