Posts Tagged "computing"

How to Teach Young Children to Code

Coding has gained the stigma for being a “mature” technical skill. In reality, much like reading and writing, it’s a skill that should be taught during elementary education. As intimidating as coding may seem, the cognitive and critical thinking skills

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Duke robotics research team creates chip to expand robots’ motions

A team in Duke’s electrical and computer engineering department has made strides in robotics research by developing a prototype chip capable of helping robots plan efficient motions. The effort was led by George Konidaris, assistant professor of computer science and

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New technology could turn your skin into a touch screen

Technology can be awkward. Our pockets are weighed down with ever-larger smartphones that are a pain to pull out when we’re in a rush. And attempts to make our devices more easily accessible with smart watches have so far fallen

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When Tech Meets Project-Based Learning

Almost 20 years ago, when Paul Curtis was a social studies teacher at the just-opened New Technology High School in Napa, Calif., there wasn’t much “tech” to support project-based learning. “We didn’t even give the kids email addresses back then,”

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The MIT Professor Obsessed with Building Intelligent Prosthetics

One Saturday morning in January 1982, Hugh Herr and Jeff Batzer set out to climb Mount Washington, the highest peak in the Northeastern United States at 6,288 feet. To even the most dedicated climbing aficionados, it appeared a foolhardy mission.

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Tech can help the elderly…if they use it

Bev Dutro’s 82-year-old mother has trouble remembering things. Sometimes she can’t recall what she wore or who visited her last. Dutro and her two siblings found caring for their mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s five years ago, increasingly difficult.

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Don’t Tell This Robotics Team That STEM Is For Boys

At the Javits Center in Manhattan last Saturday, hundreds of teenagers milled about in sneakers and safety goggles, tinkering with the robots they had brought to the FIRST Robotics Competition New York City Regional. Requests for parts (dowel rods, PVC

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Education Technology Graduates From the Classroom to the Boardroom

Judging by the number of learning apps available to classrooms around the country, the education technology market aimed at elementary through high schools is booming. There are more than 3,900 math and reading apps, classroom management systems and other software

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Accessible gaming: changing the way we play

Most people spend a few hours a day on a computer, smartphone or in front of their TV. We’re all wrangling with remote controls and keyboards, or staring at bright computers and smartphone screens for work and play, but a

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