It seems like Microsoft is turing the corner on education to be more focused for younger students. Check out all the resources they have through the YouthSpark Hub!
Microsoft YouthSpark is committed to helping young people capture opportunity. Use our programs to learn skills, to prepare for the jobs of the future, even to start your own business. YouthSpark was created for you.
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On The Grid is a "designer's neighborhood guide" that is both modern and helpful. There are beautiful photos, maps, and illustrations of local landmarks by local designers.
See more @ On The Grid
At Milpitas Unified, we're at the beginning phases of incorporating 3D printing into our learning process. One of 3D printing pain points is the removal of support material. This solves that issue.
Explore more @ Cubify
We wonder which of our students will discover bodies around our solar system and beyond!
"On the 23rd and 24th of January, 1930, a young astronomer working in Flagstaff, Arizona, scanned a small patch of the night sky. He was taking pictures of star positions, looking for anomalies that would signal movement somewhere at the edge of the solar system. He took the pictures then set them aside, not realizing that he’d found exactly what he was looking for..."
Read more @ io9
"It can be convenient to pull up directions at a PC while you're sitting at your desk, but you're not going to lug that thing outside to the car when it's time to hit the road. That means you have to get the directions to your phone or tablet, which often means just searching a second time. Back in April, Google tried to alleviate this issue by introducing the ability to send directions directly from Search. Now the company is providing the option to send the information from desktop Maps to the Android app.If you have the latest version of Google Maps installed (9.11.0), you should see Send to deviceappear at the bottom of the card detailing..."
Read more @ Android Police
Although this is years away for public schools (due to cost), we can't wait to introduce and share this type of technology with our students.
Love the quote from this video:
"Anytime you change the way that you see things, it changes the way that you understand them. As soon as you can change someone's understanding, then they can change the way that they see the world."
Of course, there is the "budget" way of doing this as well:
Using LED's and aeroponic methods, the farm is 75 times more productive than an outdoor farm and uses 95% less water. This technology would be amazing in our drought stricken California. We're excited that this "new" industry will be supporting our nutrition needs, and more importantly our students will have the chance to contribute to this industry.
"With state-of-the-art, cleantech technology using aeroponics and LEDs, AeroFarms is the commercial leader for indoor vertical farming, utilizing a totally controlled growing environment without sun or soil and minimizing harmful transportation miles."
Read more @ AeroFarms
If you ever wanted an inside view on Hackathons, this is a good read. Milpitas students have participated in several Hackathons around Silicon Valley.
"On the third day, half the people on the Startup Bus got motion sick. We hadn’t slept for two or three nights, the roads through the Smoky Mountains were perilously curved, the tour bus was traveling at top speed, and we had all been staring at our laptop screens for far too long.
Someone on my team bumped the table where we sat and it collapsed on our laps for the third or maybe 10th time that day. Alicia Hurst, my team’s designer, grabbed her computer before it fell, but her giant water bottle hit the floor. Again. Emma Pinkerton, our business strategist, held up the table while I scrambled to..."
Read more @ The Atlantic
Together, as learners in the education space, we would like to share a selection of what we read and reflect on internally.