Chrome add-on lets users annotate the web
One of the problems of conducting research on the internet, or even partaking in online discussions, is that misinformation can often go unchecked and spreads easily. In the past we’ve seen platforms such as TruthMarket aim to bring to account those making statements in public, and now Factlink enables anyone to add a comment or reference to any piece of text on the web. READ MORE…

Chrome add-on lets users annotate the web

One of the problems of conducting research on the internet, or even partaking in online discussions, is that misinformation can often go unchecked and spreads easily. In the past we’ve seen platforms such as TruthMarket aim to bring to account those making statements in public, and now Factlink enables anyone to add a comment or reference to any piece of text on the web. READ MORE…

Kids’ book teaches young girls to code
Books still play a major part in the development of children’s understanding of the world, of which new digital technologies are most definitely now a part. We recently wrote about MakerBot’s LEO the Maker Prince kids’ book, which teaches readers about 3D printing, and now Hello Ruby is another title — this time designed to appeal to girls — that hopes to get them inspired by the web and programming. READ MORE…

Kids’ book teaches young girls to code

Books still play a major part in the development of children’s understanding of the world, of which new digital technologies are most definitely now a part. We recently wrote about MakerBot’s LEO the Maker Prince kids’ book, which teaches readers about 3D printing, and now Hello Ruby is another title — this time designed to appeal to girls — that hopes to get them inspired by the web and programming. READ MORE…

Open-source educational quizzes aim to teach without the teacher
The web has now become a great tool for learning — whether through Wikipedia or YouTube tutorials — but these channels sometimes lack the kind of interactivity of the physical classroom, where teachers can offer encouragement or help children work their way through a math calculation they’re stuck on. Aiming to replicate this, Oppia is a new open-source platform from Google that lets anyone create interactive online learning activities that give feedback at every step. READ MORE…

Open-source educational quizzes aim to teach without the teacher

The web has now become a great tool for learning — whether through Wikipedia or YouTube tutorials — but these channels sometimes lack the kind of interactivity of the physical classroom, where teachers can offer encouragement or help children work their way through a math calculation they’re stuck on. Aiming to replicate this, Oppia is a new open-source platform from Google that lets anyone create interactive online learning activities that give feedback at every step. READ MORE…

Free lecture series replaces inane bar conversations with stimulating talks
The web has made higher education-level learning more accessible, and even free, through programs such as MIT and Harvard’s EdX and the nonprofit Khan Academy, but it’s actually inspiring adults to want to learn new skills and knowledge that can be difficult. New York’s Raising The Bar is an event placing 50 lectures in 50 bars across the city, replacing drunken conversation with stimulating talks. READ MORE…

Free lecture series replaces inane bar conversations with stimulating talks

The web has made higher education-level learning more accessible, and even free, through programs such as MIT and Harvard’s EdX and the nonprofit Khan Academy, but it’s actually inspiring adults to want to learn new skills and knowledge that can be difficult. New York’s Raising The Bar is an event placing 50 lectures in 50 bars across the city, replacing drunken conversation with stimulating talks. READ MORE…

Broswer extension automates academic citations of online material
Plagiarism is a major concern for colleges today, meaning when it comes to writing a thesis or essay, college students can often spend an inordinate amount of time ensuring their bibliographies are up to scratch, to the detriment of the quality of the actual writing. In the past, services such as ReadCube have made it easier to annotate and search online articles, and now Citelighter automatically generates a citation for any web resource, along with a number of tools to help students organize their research. READ MORE…

Broswer extension automates academic citations of online material

Plagiarism is a major concern for colleges today, meaning when it comes to writing a thesis or essay, college students can often spend an inordinate amount of time ensuring their bibliographies are up to scratch, to the detriment of the quality of the actual writing. In the past, services such as ReadCube have made it easier to annotate and search online articles, and now Citelighter automatically generates a citation for any web resource, along with a number of tools to help students organize their research. READ MORE…

Service charges users when they don’t do their study, pays them when they do
One way to motivate humans to do anything is to provide rewards when they achieve and punishment when they fail, which has been the basis of apps such as GymPact, the platform that uses money as a tool for stimulus for keeping fit. Reworking the model for students, StudyPact gives students financial prizes for completing a set amount of work each week, with penalties for missed deadlines. READ MORE…

Service charges users when they don’t do their study, pays them when they do

One way to motivate humans to do anything is to provide rewards when they achieve and punishment when they fail, which has been the basis of apps such as GymPact, the platform that uses money as a tool for stimulus for keeping fit. Reworking the model for students, StudyPact gives students financial prizes for completing a set amount of work each week, with penalties for missed deadlines. READ MORE…

This printable smart hive could save bees from dying out
Not everyone enjoys having bees in their back garden, but the insects’ pollination is vital to the global ecosystem and there has been a dramatic decrease in their number past few decades. Companies such as Bee Landing have in the past created handcrafted hives to encourage more homeowners to help the creatures thrive. Now the Open Source Beehives project, currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, has developed a downloadable and printable beehive that can be equipped with smart tech to help crowdsource data about the insects living inside. READ MORE…

This printable smart hive could save bees from dying out

Not everyone enjoys having bees in their back garden, but the insects’ pollination is vital to the global ecosystem and there has been a dramatic decrease in their number past few decades. Companies such as Bee Landing have in the past created handcrafted hives to encourage more homeowners to help the creatures thrive. Now the Open Source Beehives project, currently seeking funding on Indiegogo, has developed a downloadable and printable beehive that can be equipped with smart tech to help crowdsource data about the insects living inside. READ MORE…

MakerBot’s kids’ book teaches them about 3D printing
We featured Brooklyn-based MakerBot on these pages back in 2010 thanks to its efforts to bring 3D printing to the masses with its initial range of build-your-own desktop machines. Now the project has created LEO the Maker Prince, a children’s storybook that helps them learn about 3D printing and then download files to bring the characters to life. READ MORE…

MakerBot’s kids’ book teaches them about 3D printing

We featured Brooklyn-based MakerBot on these pages back in 2010 thanks to its efforts to bring 3D printing to the masses with its initial range of build-your-own desktop machines. Now the project has created LEO the Maker Prince, a children’s storybook that helps them learn about 3D printing and then download files to bring the characters to life. READ MORE…

In Peru, beach cleanup scheme helps disadvantaged people become entrepreneurs
The ocean is full of waste produced by humans, and beaches often end up collecting the debris that washes ashore, which is unsightly and potentially deadly to marine animals. While cleanup initiatives have the obvious benefit of ridding trash from coastlines, the recyclable waste can also be used for creating products and opportunities. In the past we’ve seen schemes in the UK develop the Sea Chair — a stool made entirely of trash trawled from the ocean — and now Plastic Bank is enabling those participating in beach cleanups in Peru to exchange their help for training, micro-loans and access to 3D printing facilities. READ MORE…

In Peru, beach cleanup scheme helps disadvantaged people become entrepreneurs

The ocean is full of waste produced by humans, and beaches often end up collecting the debris that washes ashore, which is unsightly and potentially deadly to marine animals. While cleanup initiatives have the obvious benefit of ridding trash from coastlines, the recyclable waste can also be used for creating products and opportunities. In the past we’ve seen schemes in the UK develop the Sea Chair — a stool made entirely of trash trawled from the ocean — and now Plastic Bank is enabling those participating in beach cleanups in Peru to exchange their help for training, micro-loans and access to 3D printing facilities. READ MORE…

Crowdsourced app translates any text, voice or image into 75 languages
For those needing help with conversations abroad, we’ve already seen the SIGMO device, which can translate speech in real time into 25 different languages. Now the new Translate.com app helps users make sense of almost any piece of language — written or spoken — using crowdsourcing translation. READ MORE…

Crowdsourced app translates any text, voice or image into 75 languages

For those needing help with conversations abroad, we’ve already seen the SIGMO device, which can translate speech in real time into 25 different languages. Now the new Translate.com app helps users make sense of almost any piece of language — written or spoken — using crowdsourcing translation. READ MORE…