Makeblock raises $30 million for robot-building kits for kids
 Remember when kids could simply play with their toys? They still can. But parents are increasingly spending on toys that are chockablock with tech components, and that promise to turn their kids into software developers or robotics engineers. The Toy Industry Association, which held its International Toy Fair in New York last month, has even identified robotics-education as a major trend… Read More ...
Google teams with American Library Association to get kids interested in coding
Google has teamed up with the American Library Association for a new “Libraries Ready to Code” project, something that aims to get kids interested in computer science. The initiative hails from the ALA’s own Office for Information Technology Policy, which is getting its support from Google. The project, in this case, focuses on librarians and equipping them with the info … Continue reading...
Udacity adds robotics and digital marketing Nanodegree programs, 21 new hiring partners
 Today at the inaugural Udacity Intersect conference, the online education startup announced new robotics and digital marketing variants of its popular Nanodegrees — an effort to expand its corpus of  21st century skills-based courses. In addition to the new degrees, Udacity is adding 21 new hiring partners spanning the automotive, defense, tech, hardware and telecommunications industries. Read More ...
Tutoring startup Toot launches into twin policy storms around education and immigration
 Earlier this week, as President Donald Trump was readying his second attempt to block immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, two entrepreneurs — a refugee from Iran and the daughter of an Iranian immigrant, were laying the groundwork for the launch of their business aiming to transform educational access. The dichotomy between the founders of Toot, who are trying to expand access… Read More ...
This AR-enhanced globe would be a fun addition to any iPad-equipped classroom
 Geography is cool, whatever middle-schoolers say. In fact, the only thing cooler is augmented reality. So what if I told you there was a gadget that combined these two cool things into one?! It’s called the Orboot, and it actually looks like it would be a lot of fun, provided your classroom is nice enough to have an iPad or two lying around. Read More ...
This AR-enhanced globe would be a fun addition to any iPad-equipped classroom
 Geography is cool, whatever middle-schoolers say. In fact, the only thing cooler is augmented reality. So what if I told you there was a gadget that combined these two cool things into one?! It’s called the Orboot, and it actually looks like it would be a lot of fun, provided your classroom is nice enough to have an iPad or two lying around. Read More ...
Startup School will soon be in session at Y Combinator
 Whether you swear by Both Sides of the Table or Zero to One, there’s no denying that Y Combinator knows a thing or two about starting companies. Today, the accelerator is Improving upon its Fall 2014 Stanford course, How to Start a Startup, with a larger scale online course called Startup School. The ten week class is a composite of lectures, class office hours and group office hours.… Read More ...
What Betsy DeVos’ confirmation means for innovation in education
 Following Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as Secretary of Education, the American education system could drastically pivot in unexpected ways. It’s difficult to know exactly how. What we do know is that the declining state of education, and historical opposition DeVos has already faced for her views on its privatization, will lead to the development of new technological advancements. Read More ...
3 habits of successful language learners
 Roughly 1.2 billion people worldwide are currently learning a foreign language. If you are one of them, this article is for you. Whether you are learning to improve your job prospects, do better in school, get ready for a trip abroad or even just for fun, there are three common habits that all successful language learners share. Read More ...
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...