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Distance Learning will force you to learn one vital skill

Distance Learning will force you to learn one vital skill

In the Fall of the year 2020, students will learn how to troubleshoot on a computer. This is a skill that they'll use for the rest of their lives. Because of the way one must learn how to work with a computer, and fix issues with a computer, they'll become familiar with the way our modern, connected, technology-infused world must be handled if they want to be successful. Students are going to need to learn how to turn it off and turn it back on again.

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LEGO Education Spike Prime: Resources and a glorious new brick [UPDATE]

LEGO Education Spike Prime: Resources and a glorious new brick [UPDATE]

There's a new brick (actually several new parts, but one key brick) in the new LEGO Eductation SPIKE Prime set. The LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set was released today as the 2020/2021 school season begins, ready to roll for STEAM, coding, and all sorts of LEGO robot adventures. And there'll be new LEGO elements! The brick I'm most excited about here is the "Integrator Brick" (with cross axle). UPDATE: New resources were launched for educators and parents for students this season!

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Our galaxy’s glowing center is a mystery renewed

Our galaxy’s glowing center is a mystery renewed

It's called the Galactic Center GeV Excess (GCE), and it's not what we'd expected. New research into the GCE suggests that the glow isn't what the as-yet best explanation of said glow was expected to be. First discovered by the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope in 2009, it was expected that the GCE glow was the result of an annihilation of dark matter. Now it would seem that this is not true - it's something else entirely.

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LEGO Braille Bricks are awesome and not for the public

LEGO Braille Bricks are awesome and not for the public

LEGO Braille Bricks were revealed by LEGO as a "pioneering project that will help children with blindness or visual impairment learn Braille in a playful and engaging way." This system is created with LEGO bricks made with the same materials as standard LEGO bricks, but made specifically to assist in learning and developing an understanding of Braille and associated systems.

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Laptops are in high demand but short supply for schools

Laptops are in high demand but short supply for schools

The PC market has experienced one of its first highs in a long, long time last quarter as production and supply has finally caught up with the growing demand for desktops, laptops, and even tablets for remote work use and home entertainment. Things, however, aren't as rosy as they may seem, especially when you consider the overall computer market. Despite slowly catching up, manufacturers and component suppliers are still coming up short with the needed volumes to supply the flood of virtual students that will need a laptop soon.

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Google Lens, Chromebooks, and Meet gear up for school

Google Lens, Chromebooks, and Meet gear up for school

School is starting soon for many kids in the US and some countries around the world but it won't be the same kind of school they've been used to for years. For many, school will be synonymous to home as educational institutions try to grapple with the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. School will now be dependent on technology and the Internet more than ever and Google is more than ready to meet the growing needs of learning with its suite of products and features geared towards education.

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Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebooks is ready for school

Minecraft: Education Edition on Chromebooks is ready for school

It isn't just work that was suddenly plunged into a new world. Schools are also scrambling to adjust to the "new normal", which mostly means holding lessons remotely without direct teacher supervision. That also means relying more heavily on devices, of which Chromebooks and iPads are fiercely competing in the market. Whichever of the two you choose, there will now be a Minecraft learning world ready for you as developers Mojang (owned by Microsoft) rolls out at long last Chromebook support for its Education Edition.

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Beetle camera research shows turning tiny head better than whole body

Beetle camera research shows turning tiny head better than whole body

Researchers from the University of Washington have revealed a new "wireless steerable vision" system for live insects and teeny tiny robots. Solutions presented in this research were created to investigate insect vision, and the study the trade-offs made by insects between small retinal regions and the movement of said retinal regions independent of an insect's body through head motion.

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3Doodler Build & Play lets kids in on the 3D printing fun

3Doodler Build & Play lets kids in on the 3D printing fun

3D printing has definitely changed how hobbyists and tinkerers make things, allowing them to be more in control of their projects rather than being at the mercy of professional manufacturers and assemblers. All that, however, has been mostly the purview of grownups who don't have a monopoly on imaginative creations. Just as the likes of LEGO are trying to get kids started early on robotics and programming, 3Doodler is doing the same with its new Build & Play set, designed for the youngest makers and dreamers.

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LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor revives the DIY robotics brand

LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Inventor revives the DIY robotics brand

For some kids, there's not thing cooler than seeing robots and machines moving on their own. Actually, some might find it even cooler to be the ones to build those robots and tell them what do. LEGO's MINDSTORMS theme was born out of that idea, helping fuel the STEM eductional thrust. After almost a decade in hiatus, LEGO is back with another set that taps into one of the current trends in technology, robots with personalities.

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Read Along by Google tries to improve kids’ reading and speaking skills

Read Along by Google tries to improve kids’ reading and speaking skills

The current global situation with COVID-19 has paved the way for a surge in both the demand and supply of apps for young ones. Many of these take the form of games or videos that keep kids distracted while there are a few try to impart lessons as well. Google is unsurprisingly jumping in on that trend and, just as unsurprisingly, it is putting its favorite AI and machine learning features to work in helping kids get better at reading and speaking even while stuck at home.

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Coursera makes 3,800 online classes free for unemployed users

Coursera makes 3,800 online classes free for unemployed users

Online learning company Coursera has announced a new initiative designed to help people who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. Under this initiative, various governments can sign up to participate in the program, making it available to unemployed individuals as a way to help them score new jobs. The initiative includes 3,800 classes, as well as professional certificates.

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