Setting the scene for an open and engaging approach to tech education

There’s a lot of talk about the skills shortage in the UK at the moment, and rightly so. According to the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, 43% of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) vacancies are proving difficult to fill. If the UK is to hold on to its position as the digital capital of Europe it is vital that we produce enough graduates with the right skills to meet demand. “Putting coding on the school curriculum is a serious step forward and puts us ahead of many of our European neighbours”  …

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Out with the old school? The rise of ed tech in the classroom

There was a time classrooms were a bastion of tradition, dominated by blackboards, chalk and textbooks. But the rapid evolution of technology means there’s a need to advance how education is delivered to young people. Schools now spend £900m on education technology every year, and it is estimated the global market will be worth £129bn by 2020. It’s making a difference – the 2017 consumer digital index [pdf] suggests that 97% of those aged 15–24 in the UK have basic digital skills – a 4% improvement on 2015. Among the emerging “edtech” ventures…

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How CSR Activities are Changing the Face of Indian Education

Education is the backbone of every society in this world. But what matters the most is quality education – which still remains a dream for many. Out of 260 million students enrolled in schools and colleges in India, there are only few who get quality education with good teachers and teaching aids. Several private organizations are joining hands with the Government to make that ultimate dream of offering quality education in India come true. As an important part of it, the role of corporate with their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)…

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Merge VR Unveils the Merge Cube and Miniverse

Merge VR, makers of the kid-targeted mobile VR headset Merge Goggles, announced the release of their newest augmented reality project, the Merge Cube. The Cube’s companion app replaces the toy with a variety of augmented reality objects. These objects can be educational, such as a fully articulated and labeled human skull, or just for fun, like an interactive pet alien. Wal-Mart will exclusively sell the Merge Cube for $14.99. Merge also announced their new VR/AR platform, Merge Miniverse. With curated apps designed to work with both the Goggles and Cube, Miniverse is a…

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Miniwalla: The Forest Story, Free New Educational App for Young Children from Award-winning Composer Shirley Choi

HONG KONG, July 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Miniwalla is an animal sanctuary located in the unique setting of Java in Indonesia. Children ages four and up will enjoy meeting fun new animal friends and diverse human characters as they explore the forest alongside Henry, a young boy who lives with his parents in Miniwalla. From parrots to tigers to komodo dragons, young audiences will learn about animals they might not ever have heard of before. They will also learn of the threats to these creatures as they watch Henry take care of his…

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Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public

Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super-accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality. One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360-degree photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. The program has enabled trips to the Taj Mahal, the Colosseum and behind the scenes of Alexander Hamilton’s life. Today, the company announced it is opening the educational VR tours to the public through a new Expeditions App. All you need is…

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The 6 WORST Ways to Study for Tests

Most of us don’t spend a whole lot of time thinking about our study habits or lack thereof until a low score on a critical exam knocks us into reality or a threatening “thou will not pass unless” warning shocks us straight. We turn over the bad grade or obsess about the warning for days and weeks on end, all the while trying to make sense of the very blurry lines between outright procrastination and our potential. I want to say here that stellar grades and A1 test scores are not the…

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The rise and revival of the ancient Rampuri cuisine

Say Rampur, and one in all likelihood be reminded of Rampuri Chaaku of Bollywood fame (the long, foldable switchblade that the villain would often carry, and which the Indian government had to ban after Dawood Ibrahim became big). The town, which was once home to poets like Mirza Galib, is today a relatively obscure place in India’s modern geographical layout. But this was not always the case. There was a time when Rampur, a free kingdom tucked behind the lush boundaries of Lucknow, was the place to be in for…

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Everything you need to know about the deadly Blue Whale suicide game

Something macabre has been brewing on the internet, and it sounds like the perfect plot for a third rate horror film. A depressed youngster comes across a social media group called Blue Whales. The group encourages him to take his life. It also promises to make his exit from this world fun by turning the suicide into a thrilling game. After signing up, the youngster is assigned daily tasks for the next 50 days. It includes inflicting self-injury, watching horror movies, waking up at odd hours to wrap the task…

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How to make the perfect staffordshire oatcakes

Shrove Tuesday may have been and gone, the annual greasy round wiped from the kitchen ceiling, the dog back on non-burnt offerings – but this is one pancake that deserves to stay on the menu all year round. These floppy flatbreads are just as delicious as their crisp Scottish cousins, and certainly make a better bacon butty. Though there are spurious links to India, with claims that the local oatcake was inspired by the chapatis the North Staffordshire regiment enjoyed while stationed there in the days of the Raj, in fact oat breads…

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