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Google Doodle marks 50 years of teaching kids to code

Google Doodle marks 50 years of teaching kids to code

Teaching kids to code at an early age might be a hot and sometimes hotly debated topic these days, but as early as the 60s, there were already some computer scientists and educators blazing that trail. Sure, it may not have the sophisticated robotics or even fancy graphics of today’s tools, but the Logo programming language has been the first blush with programming of those who would eventually run Silicon Valley and, by extension, the world. Now Google and MIT celebrate 50 years of Logo with the first ever coding Google Doodle. Targeted at the young and young of heart, of course.

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Duolingo finally adds Chinese course after much difficulty

Duolingo finally adds Chinese course after much difficulty

Given its popularity and use as the lingua franca in the world, especially over the Internet, you’d think that English is the most used language in the world. Not quite. That distinction belongs to the Chinese language, spoken by nearly two billion people all over the planet. But despite having the numbers, it is considered to be one of the hardest languages to learn. Which is why, despite being the most requested language in its five years of existence, it is only now that language learning service Duolingo is able to add Chinese to its roster.

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Animoodle plushies spark creativity by mixing up parts

Animoodle plushies spark creativity by mixing up parts

Kids these days are exposed to technology at very early ages. On the one hand, it’s good that they become immediately familiar with the technology that will define their future. On the other hand, they are trained early on to become consumers when they should be learning to become creators instead. Enter Animoodles, a collection of plush toys from the collective minds and skills of Disney, Apple, and Pixar veterans that aim to inspire imagination, creativity, and fun all at the same time. How? By letting kids, and grown-ups, mix and match body parts.

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Google Assistant now plays games, trivia for kids

Google Assistant now plays games, trivia for kids

A lot of the new toys that Google recently announced are designed for the big kids, but that doesn’t mean the tech giant has nothing for the little ones. With the Google Home, in original, Mini, and Max sizes, poised to become a fixture in living rooms, it’s only fitting that Google also embrace the little tykes that will inhabit those places as well. Google Assistant, both on that speaker as well as on your smartphone, can now entertain as well as educate kids with over 50 games, activities, and stories designed to be completely safe for a younger audience.

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Stephen Hawking PhD thesis released for free, crashes website

Stephen Hawking PhD thesis released for free, crashes website

Stephen Hawking is arguably one of the greatest minds of our time. But like any genius, he didn’t spring forth fully formed like Athena from Zeus’s head. Before Hawking, the scientist, was Hawking, the postgraduate student. And while we can’t travel back through time (yet), we can at least try to get a glimpse of the young man of 24 through his 1966 thesis. Now anyone can try to do that now that Cambridge University has made it available to anyone for free.

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Udacity and Lyft team over new self-driving nanodegree program

Udacity and Lyft team over new self-driving nanodegree program

Udacity has announced a new 'nanodegree' program that revolves around self-driving cars, and it is available to anyone who signs up (and pays the fee, of course). The program is designed to help kick off a career in self-driving automotive technologies, though it is an introductory course and not something you're likely to get a job solely with. The course opens early next month and lasts for four months, about the length of a typical semester.

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Amazon Music Unlimited just dropped its price for college students

Amazon Music Unlimited just dropped its price for college students

The fall semester is upon us and many students are returning to school for another few months of college coursework. If you're counted among them -- and you have a valid college/university documentation -- Amazon is hoping you'll sign up for its Music Unlimited service. Why choose it over competitors? Because it just got considerably cheaper.

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Amazon’s new writing curriculum helps students learn to write

Amazon’s new writing curriculum helps students learn to write

Amazon acquired a company called TenMarks several years ago, and today it has released a writing curriculum through it for teachers and students. This online curriculum is designed to help teachers guide students through the maze that is learning to write; it involves online activities that can be completed using a smartphone or other connected device.

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Duolingo is adding a Game of Thrones language course

Duolingo is adding a Game of Thrones language course

The popular language-learning app Duolingo plans to add a new language course, one for the fantasy language High Valyrian from Game of Thrones. The course itself was created by David J. Peterson, a UC Berkeley alumnus who is also behind the show's Dothraki language. If you use Duolingo with the mobile apps, you'll have to wait a while before getting access to the course; those on desktop, though, can access a beta version of it now.

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Cozmo Code Lab makes robot programming easy as dragging blocks

Cozmo Code Lab makes robot programming easy as dragging blocks

Anki's Cozmo may have looked like a toy by way of Wall-E when it launched last year, but the personality-filled robot has bigger ambitions than mere entertainment. Launching today is Cozmo Code Lab, an incredibly simple way to unlock the many talents of the robot, even if you can't string together a single line of code.

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Google’s latest educational coding project brings in Wonder Woman

Google’s latest educational coding project brings in Wonder Woman

The new Wonder Woman movie is about to launch in theaters, and ahead of its release comes a new educational product from Google based on the movie. Released as part of its Made with Code initiative, Google has released a Wonder Woman-themed educational coding project that teaches kids (and adults!) the basics of coding using fun, interactive tools with instant results.

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LEGO Boost educational coding set goes up for preorder

LEGO Boost educational coding set goes up for preorder

Back during CES 2017, LEGO unveiled a new product called 'Boost' that aims to teach children the fundamentals of coding. The company describes its new product as a 'supercharged building and coding set,' one that is intended for young kids (ages 7 and younger). The coding component of the set is simple and app-based, while the LEGO element itself includes a sensor and motors for movement.

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