At school world-renowned for technical excellence, MIT students have a surprising obsession.
Games can be a valuable teaching tool. Or at least, that's the argument I'd be using to get the newest SimCity into my classroom.
What happens if you give a thousand Motorola Zoom tablet PCs to Ethiopian kids who have never even seen a printed word? Within five months, they'll start teaching themselves English while circumventing the security on your OS to customize settings and activate disabled hardware. Whoa.
Minecraft allows you to build just about anything. Now, we're pretty stoked to see that the beloved building sim is being used all around the globe to create some pretty amazing environments teaching everything from physics to cellular biology.
Back when I was in school, we learned about physics the old fashioned way: by dropping bowling balls on our feet. But kids these days aren't interesting in bowling balls and pain, they're interested in video games, and Valve's new education initiative uses Portal 2, GLaDOS, and Chell to teach physics and math.
In a completely normal and unproblematic move, a school district in San Antonio, Texas has decided to insert wireless radiofrequency identification (RFID) chips into its student's ID cards so it can track the children at all times! It's OK, though, because this will help combat a problem the district has: it keeps losing children.
Every year a staggering 50 million metric tons of e-waste — TVs, computers and cellphones — are deposited in landfills. In the U.S. we're often removed from the problem, but in third world countries sprawling landfills are often inter-twined with living and working spaces. An initiative has been floated to taking e-waste from landfills and using it to create e-learning gadgets for the local communities.
This week's tech news is all centered around the CES show in Las Vegas, but next week Apple looks to take back some of the thunder with an education event in New York CIty, followed a week later by the Macworld / iWorld conference.
You read that headline correctly. Nolan Bushnell, who you may know as Atari's founder says he's been working on a project called "Speed to Learn" — a cloud computing game that he believes can be implemented to give students a complete high school education in under one year.
A company called PediaPress is allowing users to turn a collection of Wikipedia pages into softcover books. In theory, this would let you create your own bound volume on any damn thing, as, really, your creativity is the limit. Want...