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"We are entomologists working at The University of California Berkeley and at The California Academy of Sciences who are interested in the insects that live in your backyard." (Backyard Biodiversity Project) Citizen Science Backyard Biodiversity Project is an initiative to get regular people to explore the biodiversity in their backyards to help scie...
"We’re on a mission to open museums and cultural sites up to the world, one video at a time. We’re creating world-class resources on art and cultural objects for learners from around the globe—for free." (Smarthistory) The Art History Textbook of the Future Smarthistory is a nonprofit that produces free educational resources, aim...
Machine learning trains computers through trial and error with massive datasets. Humans, on the other hand, are born with innate sensibilities that help them learn rapidly about the world around them. Now, researchers are trying to get AI to learn and think more like babies. Right now, AI has been relying on neural nets that must use big data to build and create associations. Babies don’t use big data, but they have the incredible ability to make assoc...
Scientists at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have pioneered a technique that allows users to control a robotic arm via brain patterns and muscle signals. Research participants were first fitted with a brain scanning cap and muscle sensors. Users were then able to correct a robot doing simple tasks just by thinking about it and with a flick of the wrist. The researchers referred to this breakthrough as "supervis...
Fakey is a game that aims to teach media literacy by having players interact with a simulated newsfeed. The game was created by the Indiana University Network Science Institute’s Observatory on Social Media (OSoMe) to study how people react with real news and misinformation.. Pros: In Fakey, players ...
The Citation Machine is an online writing tool that corrects grammar or spelling errors, provides proper formatting to various aspects of papers, such as citations, and finds potential plagiarism. The site offers some functions for free but its full features cost $9.95 per month. The service is owned by the edtech company Chegg. Pros:
Marbotic is a French-based educational toy company that believes tablets are innovative educational tools, but that learning and playing must comprise of more than just swiping a finger. They’ve invented specialized wooden blocks that can be paired with tablets to allow interaction between the physical world and digital spaces. Pros The blocks are shaped like numbers or letters and when they are pressed upon an i...
"We cover a wide range of topics across many academic disciplines: trends in health, food provision, the growth and distribution of incomes, violence, rights, wars, culture, energy use, education, and environmental changes are empirically analyzed and visualized in this web publication." (Our World in Data) Data on the Changing World Quality data shouldn’...
Michael Fricano II is a Technology Integration Specialist at 'Iolani School, a private K-12 school in Honolulu, Hawaii. He also runs the EdTechnocation blog, where he shares EdTech ideas, resources, or other materials. Michael is a passionate proponent of technology and an active voice on the edtech Twittersphere. ...
10 years ago, journalist Lenore Skenazy let her nine-year-old son take the subway home from a nearby department store. That simple act created a media firestorm around parenting and supervision of children. Skenazy believed that kids should have more independence and that parents often smothered them with constant hovering, a practice that...