Turn anything into a nightmare cat with this machine learning tool
 Machine learning has the potential to solve many of our regular human problems, like for instance having too few nightmarish, oddly cat-filled crude images to gaze upon. Luckily, Christopher Hesse created the edges2cats web-based tool to address exactly that issue. The machine learning software uses Google’s Tensorflow to translate one image to another, using training data provided by… Read More ...
Incubating innovation
 Stanford University is regularly credited for playing a key role in the economic and technological success story that is Silicon Valley. So what should universities elsewhere be doing to emulate that same success? One academic says the schools of the future should be great, big incubators. Read More ...
Verbling adds native apps to expand access to its marketplace of language tutors
 YC-backed Verbling, a language learning business that’s been active for around five years, has finally launched native Android and iOS apps, along with a refreshed brand and look for its web platform. Read More ...
Teachable books $4 million to turn everybody into educators online
 Education tech startup Teachable (formerly known as Fedora) has raised $4 million in a Series A round of funding according to CEO and founder Ankur Nagpal. The company provides a platform that’s like a Shopify or a SquareSpace for tutors or teachers. Its platform allows subject matter experts to quickly construct online courses and sell or give them away to their followers, setting their… Read More ...
Amazon STEM Club delivers educational toys every month
Considering how we live in a world full of computers, be it on our desks or in our pockets, it’s now wonder that STEM, a.k.a. “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math”, has become a primary concern for educators and companies who want to harness the power of the young. Believing, perhaps, in the adage to start them young, Amazon is kicking … Continue reading...
Give Amazon $20 a month and it’ll send your child a new toy all year round
Are you a busy parent? Don't always have the time – or energy – to shop for your kids? Well, give Amazon $20 a month and it'll send educational toys to your home the whole year round. The post Give Amazon $20 a month and it’ll send your child a new toy all year round appeared first on Digital Trends.
Kubo, the robot that teaches kids to code, is now available for preorder
 We saw tons of new stuff at CES this year. But one thing that particularly caught our eye was Kubo, the robot that teaches kids how to code. Kubo is a pretty simple robot – it’s about the size of a can of soda and has two wheels that allow it to roll around a desk or table. But what it lacks in advanced physical ability it makes up for in brains. Kubo comes with its own… Read More ...
Toontastic 3D launched by Google, an educational animation app for kids
Google has launched Toontastic 3D, a free app meant for children that adults might find fun to use as well. The application allows kids to create animated videos for use in school projects, short stories, design pitches or just to explore their creativity. Google describes the application as a “digital puppet theater.” The application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Using the application is very simple and straightforward. There are a number...
Toontastic 3D launched by Google, an educational animation app for kids
Google has launched Toontastic 3D, a free app meant for children that adults might find fun to use as well. The application allows kids to create animated videos for use in school projects, short stories, design pitches or just to explore their creativity. Google describes the application as a “digital puppet theater.” The application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Using the application is very simple and straightforward. There are a number...
Toontastic 3D launched by Google, an educational animation app for kids
Google has launched Toontastic 3D, a free app meant for children that adults might find fun to use as well. The application allows kids to create animated videos for use in school projects, short stories, design pitches or just to explore their creativity. Google describes the application as a “digital puppet theater.” The application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Using the application is very simple and straightforward. There are a number...
Toontastic 3D launched by Google, an educational animation app for kids
Google has launched Toontastic 3D, a free app meant for children that adults might find fun to use as well. The application allows kids to create animated videos for use in school projects, short stories, design pitches or just to explore their creativity. Google describes the application as a “digital puppet theater.” The application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Using the application is very simple and straightforward. There are a number...
Toontastic 3D launched by Google, an educational animation app for kids
Google has launched Toontastic 3D, a free app meant for children that adults might find fun to use as well. The application allows kids to create animated videos for use in school projects, short stories, design pitches or just to explore their creativity. Google describes the application as a “digital puppet theater.” The application can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Using the application is very simple and straightforward. There are a number...
Researchers find that “moderate” screen use is OK for teens
 Parents rejoice! Researchers have found that “moderate” screen use “has no detectable link to well-being and levels of engagement.” This means your kids can play on the iPad for a few hours but not all of them. The study, led by psychological scientist Andrew Przybylski of the University of Oxford, examined the habits of 12,000 British teens, found that “that… Read More ...
AWS moves into IT training and job placement with re:Start, a UK cloud skills program
 Amazon’s cloud storage business AWS has been gradually expanding into a range of cloud services for people not to simply host their business or app with AWS, but to use the platform for productivity and their own work purposes, too. Today came the latest development on that theme: AWS launched re:Start, a new portal for IT skills training, specifically in cloud computing, and job… Read More ...
Uber’s David Plouffe will run politics for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
 If you want to cure all disease and educate everyone, you’re going to need the government’s help, even if you’re as rich as Mark Zuckerberg. Today, he and his wife Priscilla’s philanthropic vehicle the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announced it’s hired away Uber’s chief advisor and former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe to lead its policy and advocacy team. Read More ...
The broken edtech ecosystem investors once avoided is changing
 Previously considered risky investments, it’s true that many edtech startups — commonly founded by “teacherpreneurs” hell bent on mending education through tech innovation — either tank or fail to achieve true scale. Why is this the case, when basic reasoning leads us to believe there is no other professional better placed to address the issues facing education… Read More ...
Coder’s delight: TuneTable helps kids learn programming basics by making music
TuneTable introduces programming students to basic coding concepts like iterations, functions, and conditionals, all through the vibe of contemporary music like hip hop and electronica. The post Coder’s delight: TuneTable helps kids learn programming basics by making music appeared first on Digital Trends.
Let there be light! Online platform lets students do science in real time
Dubbed the Biology Cloud Lab, the interactive platform is designed to engage scientists of all ages by letting them remotely control LEDs around communities of light-responsive cells. The post Let there be light! Online platform lets students do science in real time appeared first on Digital Trends.
Why edtech startups need to build for overlooked communities
 The education world has been transformed thanks to the power of technology. But not all communities have been privy to the benefits; low-income students are still shut out of the edtech revolution. The digital divide is no longer just about connectivity. Many edtech startups are not designed with the specific needs of low-income, under-connected kids in mind. That’s where nonprofits come in. Read More ...
Osmo raises $24 million from Sesame, Mattel and other big names in toys and education
 Hardware kits, internet-connected toys and robots that teach kids to code are now commonplace. But Osmo, an early entrant in IoT toys, is pulling ahead of the pack with funding and partnerships with top names in the field. Specifically, Osmo has raised $24 million in new venture funding from Mattel, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Collab+Sesame, the venture fund run in partnership by New… Read More ...