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In a nondescript parking lot in Brooklyn sit several shipping containers alight with a bright pink glow. While it may not look like it from the outside, a farming revolution is happening inside these small spaces. Square Roots is an urban farming accelerator that aims to empower the next generation of food entrepreneurs by using new tech to coach passionate people to grow GMO-free greens (and more). Using the latest farming technologies, like full spec...
How might GIFs increase students’ learning? What about mimicking or using a motion? Recently, animations and the use of gesturing as instructional strategies have received attention as ways to improve learning outcomes. This study describes two experiments that investigate the effect of gesturing when learning a new language from animations and static images. Participants across this study’s two experiments learned unfamiliar alph...
Lala Lunchbox is a free meal planning app designed to help kids and parents plan school lunches. Families can meal prep together by using this fun app to involve kids in the meal planning process. Pros: New ideas in nutrition and family meal planning are inspiring new products like
Every day our staff writers share their favorite stories on technology and learning: 1. The three gates that prevent women from breaking tech’s glass ceiling. Full story on Medium 2. #TechMeetsTurnUp
ThingLink is a multimedia editing platform that allows students and teachers to easily annotate images or videos. The ThingLink editor gives teachers and students the power to create their own interactive visuals, 360-degree virtual reality images, and videos. Pros: With this platform, educators can move beyond static slides and create rich interactive media. ThingLink is...
YAKiT Kids is an app that lets kids record audio over static photos to bring them to life. Voice capturing allows cartoon mouths to move in time with recorded speech so characters appear as if they are talking. Pros: YAKiT gets kids started making short simple movies on their own. While YAKiT Kids isn’t a strictly educational app, the tool could...
Mobile devices have been lauded as having changed the face of education. From personalizing learning to addressing educational inequality, the movement to integrate mobile learning into the classroom has claimed many benefits. While there has been much anecdotal evidence on the positive effects of mobile devices, there is a need for increased research on the benefits of devices in classroom settings. New research examines how using mobile devices en...
Epic! is an eBook subscription service with over 20,000 books for children 12 and under. This mobile technology syncs across devices so kids can read on the go. Pros: While other eBook services for kids certainly exist, Epic! has lots of notable names in children’s publishing in their library. Aside from big name appeal, the service provides several other features that make the $4.99/month su...
Blake Harrison is co-founder of Flocabulary, a learning program that uses hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement across curriculum subjects. Blake co-founded Flocabulary in 2004 and originally wrote many of the Flocabulary songs himself. How have your education and professional experiences shaped your work? I don’t have much of a resume since I stumbled into foundi...
Projection mapping, gesture control, and a 3D volumetric display combine to create a cool experimental display. Artist Joanie Lemercier uses the unusual medium of mist to create a floating light projection. In his description of the project, Lemercier explains how he became fascinated with creating displays in mid-air. To avoid the misleading term hologram the artist describes this project as a...