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Osmo Coding combines toys, programming, and learning

Osmo Coding combines toys, programming, and learning

While major players like Disney and Activision, to some extent, are abandoning the "toys-to-life" ship that they helped establish, their departure leaves room for more takers and innovators to take the market in new directions. Activision, for example, wants to try its luck in the card collecting and battling genre. Osmo, on the other hand, is doing what it does best, make educational toys. Osmo Coding attempt to bridge the divide between physical and digital while, at the same time, giving the young ones what could be their first taste of programming.

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Google Classroom update gives devs coursework integrations

Google Classroom update gives devs coursework integrations

Google Classroom is being joined by a new Coursework API that will allow developers to have their applications further integrate with the aforementioned Classroom service. Classroom is Google’s educational management system for teachers and schools, and it uses the company’s own Drive platform. Today, Google has announced updates to its Classroom offering, saying that, among other things, reporting systems and gradebooks can now be setup to sync students’ grades with Google Classroom, removing the time sink of manually transferring grades.

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Chernobyl VR is a tour of fallout and educational devastation

Chernobyl VR is a tour of fallout and educational devastation

The folks at The Farm 51 Group have decided to allow you to visit the site of one of the most devastating human errors in modern history. Chernobyl - a place you might LIKE to visit, but really shouldn't, ever, really go to. This is an educational experience - much like we saw with Everest VR, this time bringing you to a place that's a lot closer to sea level - and a little less dangerous, depending on which part you're exploring.

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Amazon has an open educational platform in the works

Amazon has an open educational platform in the works

Amazon has plans to launch a “free and unlimited” online learning materials portal for educators, though it is staying quiet about the details at this point. A new waiting list has cropped up on the company’s website offering a waiting list through which educators can sign up for more information (which hasn’t yet been released). If everything goes as expected, this platform will operate as some sort of open educational resources (OCR) destination.

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Play as a goat in the FBI’s new bizarre anti-extremism game

Play as a goat in the FBI’s new bizarre anti-extremism game

The FBI has a new website that educates the public about violent extremism and encourages visitors with the slogan "Don't be a Puppet." That’s great, except it is all joined by a new odd online game called Slippery Slope where visitors play as a goat running down a blocky virtual field. Use your arrow keys to avoid the blocks (hay bales?), or else you’ll crash into them and suffer what appears to be a goat-tactic explosion (intentional or unwittingly isn’t clear).

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Google’s new grant gets Chromebooks to refugees

Google’s new grant gets Chromebooks to refugees

Google has announced a grant that will go toward getting Chromebooks into the hands of nonprofits working with refugees in Germany. The grant will be for $5.3 million and will come from Google.org in support of NetHope’s Project Reconnect with the ultimate goal being “easier access to education” for refugees.

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Google’s new VR tours: Buckingham Palace, Great Barrier Reef

Google’s new VR tours: Buckingham Palace, Great Barrier Reef

Google has a couple new VR tours under its Expeditions Pioneer Program, a platform that enables teachers and others to introduce students to various places around the world: Buckingham Palace and the Great Barrier Reef. According to Expedition’s program manager Jennifer Holland, the Great Barrier Reef experience is “designed and produced by Sir David Attenborough and Alchemy VR.” In addition, and due to popular request, Google has also added a Buckingham Palace VR tour.

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Thimble delivers DIY electronics to your door monthly

Thimble delivers DIY electronics to your door monthly

Thimble is a way for adults and children alike to learn about electronics and build small projects together that will get kids interested in science and engineering. Thimble isn't one kit that you build and walk away from, it's a monthly service that ships new projects to your door to explore. The very first project from Thimble is a WiFi enabled robot.

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This free OS turns the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero into a kids coding class

This free OS turns the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero into a kids coding class

The Raspberry Pi Zero has, with its $5 price tag, made prototype computing even more affordable, but what if you want to turn it to education? Enter Kano, best known for its kid-friendly DIY computer, but which now offers a version of its OS intended for young coders for the stick form-factor computer.

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Google Expeditions Pioneer Program makes VR educational

Google Expeditions Pioneer Program makes VR educational

Once only associated with gaming and entertainment, virtual reality is now working its way into sports, news, and soon, classrooms. The latter is what Google was aiming for when it revealed its Google Expeditions plan at Google I/O late last May. Those plans are now coming to fruition, as the company formally launches its Expeditions Pioneer Program, inviting teachers and schools to try out the new technology that could almost literally open students' eyes to the vast world existing outside the four corners of their classrooms.

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NYC wants all its public schools teaching computer science

NYC wants all its public schools teaching computer science

The present generation is well advised to study computer science as a preparation for their future career prospects, and some school districts are adjusting their curriculums to include the area of study. Back in early 2013, New York City’s former mayor Bloomberg announced the state’s Software Engineering Pilot program would be launched in 20 public schools. Now the city is taking that a step further, with the next decade bringing a big change.

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Cambridge plans on hiring a professor of LEGO

Cambridge plans on hiring a professor of LEGO

The University of Cambridge is about to hire its most fun-sounding professor — a Professor of LEGO. This comes after a recommendation from the university’s general board for a LEGO professorship who will get his or her own research department. The move comes after the LEGO Foundation gave the university £4 million in donations, and the eventual role will (likely) be within the Faculty of Education. Furthermore, the role will be starting in October of this year if it follows the recommendation.

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