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Soft Robotics Toolkit

Soft Robotics Toolkit | random computing | Scoop.it
The Soft Robotics Toolkit is a collection of shared resources to support the design, fabrication, modeling, and control of soft robotic devices.
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Wanted: Long-Term Thinking about Technology and Education

Wanted: Long-Term Thinking about Technology and Education | random computing | Scoop.it
Educators need to think long-term about the role of technology in learning
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THE Scholarly Web - Moocs: a hype too far?

Is it time to move “beyond the silly hype” about massive open online courses?

Ferdinand von Prondzynski, vice-chancellor of Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, thinks so. He took to his website, A University Blog, to make that very point.

“A year or two ago a number of people who wanted to grab a bit of public attention in higher education claimed loudly that MOOCs (‘massive open online courses’) were the future, and that all universities would have to go down this route,” he writes – linking to Times Higher Education article from last year in which Don Nutbeam, vice-chancellor of the University of Southampton, urged institutions to produce Moocs or face dire consequences. “It’s Mooc or die. More to the point, do it quickly,” Professor Nutbeam said at the time.

Despite the lack of a declared business plan for both universities and Mooc platforms, Professor von Prondzynski continues, “the hype continued to roll and seemed to have the capacity to persuade rational commentators that MOOCs were the future

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Evaluate and Analysis of MAC Protocols for VANET

Released by permission of Dr Ali Al-Sherbaz. Work is by Mina Alaa Hussein The project aims to evaluate and analyse of Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol for …
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The project aims to evaluate and analyse of Medium Access Control (MAC) protocol for Vehicular Ad hoc Networks (VANETs) to achieve high reliability and low delay delivery of safety related messages as well as provide QoS requirements for non-safety messages

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Summary of Evolutionary Computing

Another new Open Education Resource (OER) has been made available by the Department of Computing...
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Coding at school: a parent's guide to England's new computing curriculum

Coding at school: a parent's guide to England's new computing curriculum | random computing | Scoop.it

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Leap Motion sets a course for VR

Leap Motion sets a course for VR | random computing | Scoop.it
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How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained

How Movies Manipulate Your Brain to Keep You Entertained | random computing | Scoop.it
At a recent event hosted by the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences, neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists got together with film makers to discuss what both groups have learned---the scientists through painstaking experiments and...
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Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12

Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12 | random computing | Scoop.it
Education Week News Oculus Rift Fueling New Vision for Virtual Reality in K-12 Education Week News And research that PublicVR and others have conducted suggests that immersive virtual-reality technologies help students learn by giving them an...

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I like the Oculus rift - great for Minecraft with Minecrift

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 27, 8:23 AM

Yet another gadget I haven't had time to show off...yet. ;)

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Learn Android, Cloud and Web Development from Google’s top experts

Learn Android, Cloud and Web Development from Google’s top experts | random computing | Scoop.it
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MOOCs from google

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New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | Enterprise | WIRED

New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | Enterprise | WIRED | random computing | Scoop.it
Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. And, more than that, he’s…
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Junkbot Raspberry Pi: 3 Controlling the Junkbot

Junkbot Raspberry Pi: 3 Controlling the Junkbot | random computing | Scoop.it
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Using Scratch, junk and Raspberry Pi

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WiFi Backscatter: The Internet of Things Could Talk by Turning Reflective

WiFi Backscatter: The Internet of Things Could Talk by Turning Reflective | random computing | Scoop.it
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Researchers may have solved a key problem underlying the emerging “Internet of Things” (IoT): How can these “Things” talk back to their networks?
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CAMELOT Project

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EU FUNDED CAMELOT PROJECT (2013-2015)
CAMELOT stands for" CreAting Machinima Empowers Live Online Language Teaching and Learning". This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Project number: 543481-LLP-1-2013-1-UK-KA3-KA3MP). The information on this website reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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I love the combination of games and making movies that Machinima is all about. 

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Science Graphic of the Week: An Algorithm That Decodes the Surface of the Earth

Science Graphic of the Week: An Algorithm That Decodes the Surface of the Earth | random computing | Scoop.it
A study published last week in the Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing describes an algorithm that can classify land cover types with minimal nudging from humans.
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computer programming for kids - Working Parent

computer programming for kids - Working Parent | random computing | Scoop.it
Hi guys, I’m very happy to have a guest blogger Andrew Mills, posting about a super way to teach computer programming for kids, Andrew’s going to talk about why it’s important for children to be able to code and is going to introduce a very clever and fun way to teach children about coding.  You […]
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BCS Teacher Training Scholarships go from strength to strength | BCS Academy of Computing

BCS Teacher Training Scholarships go from strength to strength | BCS Academy of Computing | random computing | Scoop.it
120 trainee computing teachers have been awarded prestigious scholarships by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. Funded by the Department for Education (DfE) and managed by the Institute, the
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Feel a virtual reality world

Feel a virtual reality world | random computing | Scoop.it
Times of Oman
Feel a virtual reality world
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"Touching is an important part of human communication but virtual reality has until now been lacking it," its chief executive Natsuo Koda told a press conference.

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Now this is geeky-cool stuff! 

Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, September 5, 3:39 AM

Wow - this is interesting news -

"This technology will give you a sense that you can touch objects in the 3D world," said Koda, a former Sony researcher on virtual reality.

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video tools and machinima for animations

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An F1 racer burning rubber in infrared is trippy

An F1 racer burning rubber in infrared is trippy | random computing | Scoop.it
FLIR has just shown a dramatic spectrum of Formula 1 racing you may not have even realized you were missing: full infrared. The company filmed Red Bull's RB8 F1 car doing donuts at the Gamma Racing Day in Assen using its FLIR X6580sc and other...
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Gamers helping UW in Ebola research - The Seattle Times

Gamers helping UW in Ebola research - The Seattle Times | random computing | Scoop.it
Gamers helping UW in Ebola research
The Seattle Times
It is made with a harmless strain of bacteria using recombinant DNA technology, and the peptides are made with yeast, using genetic-engineering techniques.
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: Raspberry Pi - Initio Robot & Python Motor Control

: Raspberry Pi - Initio Robot & Python Motor Control | random computing | Scoop.it
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TED: Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web - Tim Berners-Lee (2014)

TED: Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web - Tim Berners-Lee (2014) | random computing | Scoop.it
Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the World Wide Web 25 years ago. So it’s worth a listen when he warns us: There’s a battle ahead. Eroding net neutrality, filter bubbles and centralizing corporate control all threaten the web’s wide-open spaces.
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Get a Google Cardboard VR kit for $19.95

Get a Google Cardboard VR kit for $19.95 | random computing | Scoop.it
Don't want to wait 4 to 6 weeks? This kit is available now, and at a Cheapskate-exclusive discount.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 17, 12:44 PM

Here we go! Ordering mine today.

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Junkbot LEGO: videos

In a recent post (http://junkbots.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/junkbot-project-evolves1-idea.html ) we looked at the adding Mindstorm NXT brick and motors to a drinks can to produce a junkbot. Here are...
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