China’s education authorities are about to take some burden off parents with school-aged children. A proposal posted last week by the Department of Education in China’s eastern province of Zhejiang said teachers should be banned from using WeChat, QQ or other mobile apps to assign homework or ask parents to grade students’ assignments. As mobile internet […]View More China tells teachers to quit assigning homework through WeChat
There’s a lot you can make with a 3D printer: from prosthetics, corneas, and firearms — even an Olympic-standard luge. You can even 3D print a life-size replica of a human head — and not just for Hollywood. Forbes reporter Thomas Brewster commissioned a 3D printed model of his own head to test the face […]View More 3D-printed heads let hackers – and cops – unlock your phone
Shaun Moore and Nezare Chafni didn’t initially intend to develop a new standalone facial recognition technology, when they first got started developing the technology that would become their new company, Trueface.ai. When the two serial entrepreneurs were planning their next act five years ago, they wanted to ride the wave of smart home technologies with […]View More Five years and one pivot later, Trueface emerges with a promise for better facial recognition tech
This simple spreadsheet of machine learning foibles may not look like much but it’s a fascinating exploration of how machines “think.” The list, compiled by researcher Victoria Krakovna, describes various situations in which robots followed the spirit and the letter of the law at the same time. For example, in the video below a machine […]View More How machine learning systems sometimes surprise us
French watchmaker Unitam and 3D printing company Stainless teamed up to build a unique 3D printed watch, essentially the first of its kind. The team created the watch case using laser sintering to melt stainless steel 316L powder on a Renishaw AM250 printer. The watch, which uses French-made hands and a Miyota movement, isn’t completely […]View More French designers build a 3D-printed metal watch
Creating unbiased, accurate algorithms isn’t impossible — it’s just time consuming. “It actually is mathematically possible,” facial recognition startup Kairos CEO Brian Brackeen told me on a panel at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. Algorithms are sets of rules that computers follow in order to solve problems and make decisions about a particular course of action. Whether […]View More Unbiased algorithms can still be problematic
Discover the butterfly lifecycle firsthand from the comfort of your home with this live caterpillar kit. Get your own Insect Lore Live Butterfly Growing Kit for $29.99 here. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Learning, Bugs, Real Time, and DealsView More Bring nature into your home with this butterfly kit
The educational backgrounds of VC investment professionals are in some ways surprisingly diverse, even if the population of investors generally isn’t. Still, there are some definite trends to suss out at all levels of the educational continuum, and that’s what we’re going to do today. Read More
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Edtech startup Kidaptive, an adaptive-learning company that begin its life with a suite of curriculum-focused iPad games for kids, announced today it has closed on $19.1 million in Series C funding, in a round led by Formation 8 and Korean education company Woongjin ThinkBig. The investment follows a deal with Woongjin that will see Kidaptive powering an English language learning system… Read More
View More Edtech company Kidaptive raises $19.1 million for its adaptive learning platform
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This may not have been that big of a deal 20, or even 10 years ago — if you could operate Microsoft Excel, you were golden. However, today’s job market is competitive AF. Middle school students are now learning the stuff previously taught in college and the rest of us are just trying to play catch up. (Since when are coding and Photoshop “preferred skills”?) And if you’ve been out of school for even a minuscule amount of time, you may have forgotten what it’s like to learn. Read more…View More Going back to school or changing careers? Re-learn how to learn first.
Sometimes the simplest ideas make the biggest difference. Take SnapType, for example. Created by a husband and wife team – Ben and Amberlynn Slavin – this app lets kids take pictures of their homework and simply type in answers instead of having to hand-write them. Amberlynn, a pediatric occupational therapist, works with kids with ADHD, Autism, Down Syndrome, and dyslexia. Many… Read More
View More SnapType makes it easy for kids with learning disabilities to do their homework
We spoke with someone who compiles dictionaries about the meaning of ‘basic’. Turns out, there’s a geographical hook to its meaning that makes defining ‘basic’… anything but. Read more…More about Mashable Video, Girl, Mashable Video, Learni…View More How have we changed the meaning of the word ‘basic’?