StreetDrone’s new autonomous electric car is made for the education market
 Self-driving cars are popping up all over, but UK-based StreetDrone thinks it should be easier for the education market to pick one up, ready with all the sensors and tech on board they need to provide the basis for research and study. That’s why they created the StreetDrone ONE, an electric vehicle built using the Renault Twizy with a suite of autonomous driving sensors, ready for… Read More ...
Google Classroom now lets anyone school anyone else
 Google Classroom is opening up even further: After allowing anyone to join classes last month, expanding the learner side of the equation beyond just those with G Suite for Education accounts, Google is now opening Classroom class creation to anyone with a personal Google account, too. This means anyone can create and organize a class on the platform, which allows educators to set up and… Read More ...
Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man Ozobots are on the way
 Ozobot, a golf-ball sized toy robot that helps kids learn to code, will be available in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man characters as of this summer. Evollve Inc., which makes the Ozobot, has previously offered character skins from Disney’s Marvel Avengers, including Iron Man and Captain America. The startup’s CEO Nader Hamda said: “We want to inspire kids… Read More ...
Everfi raises $190 million to teach life skills and touchy subjects online
 Everfi Inc. has raised $190 million in Series D funding to teach students online the life skills and touchy subject matter that they never learned in school. A sampling of courses offered by Everfi range from “Harassment Prevention Training” for the workforce, to “Alcohol EDU” for college students and “Vault Understanding Money” for fourth-, fifth- and… Read More ...
What is “Today at Apple”?
Apple’s newest plan to reinvigorate their customer community is a program called “Today at Apple”. It’s not a software program, but a sort of “modern-day down square” held at Apple Stores. In an expansion of the already-active events that take place on a smaller scale, Teaching sessions, interactive experiences, and demonstrations are set to be held at every single Apple … Continue reading...
Udacity is going to help Facebook teach engineers within its Developer Circles
 Facebook’s been steadily growing its Developer Circles initiative in recent months and today the company provided an update on growth and announced a new partnership with Udacity during its annual F8 conference. Developer Circles is Facebook’s community-driven initiative for engaging with and training developers. Facebook’s VP of Partnerships, Ime Archibing, explained… Read More ...
Robot tutor Musio makes its retail debut in Japan
 A cute, robotic language tutor called Musio, has made it from crowdfunding campaign to full-fledged product with a debut in stores this week in Japan. Priced at JPY 98,000 (about USD $900), Musio is now sold online through Softbank’s marketplace and Amazon Japan, and through handful of brick-and-mortars stores. Musio’s parent company, AI venture AKAStudy, is the latest startup… Read More ...
You can ‘Learn What’s Next’ at Microsoft’s upcoming May event
All sorts of rumors are flying around about Microsoft's Surface hardware line and the next Windows 10 build, and now we finally have an idea of when the company might provide some enlightenment. The post You can ‘Learn What’s Next’ at Microsoft’s upcoming May event appeared first on Digital Trends....
Why Flybrix skipped crowdfunding to launch its LEGO drone kits
 Flybrix first dreamed up a drone that kids could build with LEGO bricks in 2015. At the time, the co-founders debated the merits of launching with a crowdfunding campaign. They craved the exposure that brands attracted on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but they knew consumers were growing suspicious of promises made by crowdfunding hardware startups. Read More ...
How Osmo decides to make its tangible, high-tech toys
 A huge number of toys today include high-tech and interactive components that keep kids in front of screens. But when it comes to health and educational development, multiple studies have found that kids benefit from things like building with blocks, playing with both hands, and looking away from screens for 20 seconds at least every 20 minutes. A startup called Osmo, which launched at… Read More ...
How Osmo decides to make its tangible, high-tech toys
 A huge number of toys today include high-tech and interactive components that keep kids in front of screens. But when it comes to health and educational development, multiple studies have found that kids benefit from things like building with blocks, playing with both hands, and looking away from screens for 20 seconds at least every 20 minutes. A startup called Osmo, which launched at… Read More ...
Microsoft India is working on a new digital education program for advance learning
Advancing its efforts to digitally transform education in the country, Microsoft India on Monday rolled out #TeachYourChildren programme. Powered by MASP Suite (Microsoft Aspire School Program Suite), the value-based offering aims to equip schools with an integrated set of technology and innovative learning solutions, modernise their campuses, drive transformation for enhanced learning experiences and prepare future-ready students. “We are confident that schools across India will be able t...
NASA is using a mixed reality space station to train astronauts
 NASA has always embraced emerging technology for visualization, even if that tech was seemingly developed for frivolous entertainment. We recently covered its holographic Mars exhibit, and the many 3D resources that NASA makes available to developers and educators. Now, the US space agency has partnered with Epic Games’ Unreal Engine to create a mixed reality International Space… Read More ...
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 ...