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"AngelScholars is a crowdfunding platform for education, created for a new generation of donors seeking a more personal engagement with students." (About AngelScholars) The Crowdsourcing Revolution As crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe have grown in popularity, they've also spurred more specialized platforms for raising money....
The bedtime story experience has evolved rapidly with the advent of multimedia storytelling apps. Speakaboos, a reading app for elementary school students, makes it an even more interactive experience. With several elements of embedded technology, Speakaboos brings new life to the experience of learning how to read. Pros: Speakaboos has a library of over 100 stories, featuring ...
When the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was founded in 1961, it adopted the familiar panda logo that it still uses a variation of today. It's also the first animal featured in the organization’s new app, WWF Together. The app displays profiles for 16 endangered animals, each characterized by a descriptive word: charisma for giant pandas, intelligence for elephants, longe...
Although initiatives to fold coding into school curriculum have become more popular, it’s not always clear how they'll get students truly interested in computer science. The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard is hoping to change that by introducing Root the robot to kids. Root provides a real-life visualization of what coders are capable of, allowing kids to program the robot to draw shapes and designs on paper. As th...
Students today may be all too familiar with the experience of getting stuck on a homework problem, texting a picture of it to a classmate, and waiting impatiently for some kind of response. There is never a guarantee of a response, and classmates might be just as stuck. GotIt! is revamping that experience entirely. Students can get homework help on math, chemistry, and physics problems by taking a picture of the proble...
Often when we talk about game-changing technology, we focus on programs and software that solve some of the world’s most difficult and longstanding challenges. Aipoly is that kind of technology. It’s designed to help visually impaired individuals identify objects and colors by pointing a smartphone at their surroundings. The app will then identify items and verbally call out their names, like "strawberry" or "brown," i...
It is no secret to teachers and administrators that data-driven instruction is becoming the gold standard to which nearly everyone aspires. ScootPad is one of many industry attempts to combine student data collection and adaptive instruction together in one platform. With a layout not unlike WordPress’s blogging dashboard, ScootPad integrates curricula for math, ELA, and eBooks and allows teachers to track student pr...
Darwin had his famous field notes on his evolutionary tree and his studies on the Galapagos finches. Marie Curie had papers upon papers of her studies on polonium and radium. Scientists then and now are always expected to keep careful notes on their observations and experiments, and most science teachers make an effort to have their students adopt the same practice. But with new forms of technology available for teachers and students in schools, the foc...
Imagine if PowerPoint, YouTube, and online quizzing combined into one unified product. That’s essentially what Zaption is, as one multimodal form of video presentation and instruction. Teachers can use Zaption to create lessons centered around a video and overlay supplementary features like text, images, hyperlinks, polls, and quizzes throughout its duration. Pros: When using Zaption, teach...
Goodnight Moon readers and bedtime-story-listeners will likely remember with overwhelming nostalgia the great green room, the telephone, and the red balloon. Whether you used the book to build your earliest reading comprehension skills or simply listened as someone read it to you, it probably isn’t quite the same as the current innovations in bedtime storytelling. Take