Booksurfers, a new e-book series available only for the Kindle and aimed at readers age 9 to 12, follows four adventurer kids as they jump into — well “booksurf” — classic (and public domain) novels. The e-books lets readers switch back and forth between the plot of these adventure stories and the classic texts themselves. The first two titles are Treasure Island and The Wizard of Oz.
Language learning platform Babbel has added four new languages: Indonesian, Polish, Turkish and Dutch, bringing its portfolio to 11 languages total. Babbel’s courses are browser-based and don’t require any downloads.
Intel is asking students to tell the company “what inspires you to learn?” It’s a contest for students age 14-18. Students can submit entries of at leasat 50 words, but that can include other multimedia content. The winner will receive a Toshiba laptop with Intel 2nd Generation Core i5 technology plus a Sony Internet TV for her or his school. Submissions are due August 15.
Punflay, the makers of a virtual frog dissection app (see our story from earlier this year) has launched a special website, which means that those without iPads can now take advantage of the virtual dissection.
Microsoft announced the winners of its Kodu Cup, a contest that challenged kids age 9 to 17 to build video games using Kodu, the visual programming language. The grand prize winner was 10-year-old Hannah Wyman, who built a game called Toxic.
Good news for open educational resources from Brazil this week. Federal legislation was introduced that would require that government funded educational projects be openly licensed. And the Sao Paolo Department of Education also mandated that all its educational content would be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial Share-Alike license.
Apple has announced its new back-to-school offer for students buying Macs for college. No longer will a Mac purchase include a free iPod. Instead, students will receive a $100 gift card for iTunes.
Popular VOIP service Skype released new facets of its new “Skype in the classroom” program. You can now search for teachers and classrooms to connect with by country. Over 13,000 teachers have already signed up for the service since it launched earlier this year.
The for-profit institution Kaplan University has launched an iPad app. The app will let its online students access courses, archives lectures, syllabi, and discussion boards.
Describing the features as “knocking down barriers to knowledge,” Google unveiled a number of updates to its search capabilities this week, including the ability to search by voice and by image via your computer.
When people say, “I’m just not the creative type,” IDEO founder David Kelley refutes that assumption with the idea that if they stick with it long enough, their creativity will inevitably come through. Kelley talks about the idea of “guided mastery” — it’s a practice that parents and educators can use to help kids find […]
Though spatial skills — the ability to find meaning in the shape, size, orientation, or trajectory, of objects — are valuable, the tactics we use to measure student outcomes don’t always include these important skills. By not placing value on spatial thinking, we may be missing out on developing the skills of the next Thomas Edison.
Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether scientific advances, technology breakthroughs, new political and economic structures, environmental solutions, or an updated code of ethics for 21st century life, everything is in flux—and everything demands innovative, out of the […]
Do you think you’re creative?” Ask this question of a group of second-graders, and about 95 percent of them will answer “Yes.” Three years later, when the kids are in fifth grade, that proportion will drop to 50 percent—and by the time they’re seniors in high school, it’s down to 5 percent. Author Jonah Lehrer […]