Karen Cator of Digital Promise reflects on the state of Ed Tech in 2015. Milpitas' stance on Ed Tech is to allow the best technologies to be available to both students & teachers while maintaining a continuum of core applications that are used district-wide.
"Two years ago, I wrote a post for LinkedIn in which I asserted that education is having its Internet moment. Broadband, Wi-Fi and powerful mobile devices were becoming more accessible, the quality of digital content, learning apps, and tools was getting better and better, and I called for readers to accelerate innovation and scale up adoption of technology in education.
I haven't changed my opinion, and the numbers bear me out. The global education technology market is massive and continues to grow. According to Flybridge Capital Partners – which put together a fun and enlightening Ed Tech Market Map – education technology companies sell more than..."
Read on @ LinkedIn
"Ready to explore Pluto? NASA’s New Horizons - the fastest spacecraft ever created - will speed past Pluto on July 14, 2015, beaming back high resolution photos (and invaluable data) of the dwarf planet’s surface for the first time in human history. "
From YouTube/National Space Society
"Robots are entering the workforce. Some will work alongside you. Others, sadly, will put you out of work. The question is, which jobs are actually on the chopping block?The answer to that has been bathed in media hype, but we talked to experts who gave us some realistic answers about which human careers might be endangered—and why.
Warehouse and factory workers
Robots are already working in distribution centers. This kind of setting is fertile ground for robot takeover, because bots are good at repetitive tasks that don’t..."
Read on Gizmodo.
"Network scientists at Indiana University have developed a new computational method that can leverage any body of knowledge to aid in the complex human task of fact-checking.
In the first use of this method, IU scientists created a simple computational fact-checker that assigns "truth scores" to statements concerning history, geography and entertainment, as well as random statements drawn from the text of Wikipedia, the well-known online encyclopedia.
In multiple experiments, the automated system consistently matched the assessment of human fact-checkers in terms of their certitude about the accuracy of these statements."
Read more @ Indiana.edu
"Did you know: old-school Mario games were drawn out on graph paper by designers like Shigeru Miyamoto? It’s pretty cool!
During Nintendo’s E3 Digital Event, Miyamoto shared graphs and original design docs of older Super Mario games. It’s amazing."
Read on @ Kotaku
Imagine the utility of these non tin-man robots. Some of our students will be working with this technology in the future.
"Microscale soft-robots hold great promise as safe handlers of delicate micro-objects but their wider adoption requires micro-actuators with greater efficiency and ease-of-fabrication. Here we present an elastomeric microtube-based pneumatic actuator that can be extended into a microrobotic tentacle. We establish..."
Read on at Nature
Sidewalk Labs (SL) is looking to "improve life in cities for everyone through the application of technology to solve urban problems" in the areas of housing, energy, transportation, and government. As many of our students will be participating in solving and/or living the urban experience, we're looking forward to SL's innovation in the urban space.
How many of these companies are you familiar with? If these companies still exist, our students may develop and market their next generation products.
Read more at CB Insights
Together, as learners in the education space, we would like to share a selection of what we read and reflect on internally.