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Today's Young Kids Learn Tech Skills Before 'Life Skills,' Study Says

Share There's a good chance that young children growing up in today's world will learn how to use an iPad before learning how to tie their shoes. That's the takeaway from a new study by online security firm AVG, which found that 58-percent of kids between the ages of 2 and 5 know how to play a "basic computer game," while a full 63-percent know how to turn a computer off and on. Most young chi...

Lazy Florida Schools Replace Teachers With Computers

Walk into just about any classroom in the developed world, and you'll see the same basic things: desks, chairs, students -- and, of course, a teacher. You won't always find those things in the sunny state of Florida, however, where someone has had the bright idea to replace teachers with computers. It's all part of a new program in the public schools of Miami-Dade County, and involves 54 school...

JFK Presidential Library to Digitize Entire Collection

The library honoring John F. Kennedy is about to publish all of its documents online, just days before the 50th anniversary of the late President's inauguration. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation will formally announce the launch later today, making it the first presidential library to make its entire collection available on the Internet. Today's announcement caps a four-year, $10 million...

'POND PONG' and 'PAC-mecium' Games Run on Living Organisms

Most video games offer some sort of escape from reality, but researchers at Stanford University are now working to inject actual life back into the gaming ecosystem -- one single-celled organism at a time. As NBC Bay Area reports, the scientists recently developed a series of games involving microscopic organisms, which players must move around various obstacle courses. Thus far, the team has ...

Cell Phone Cheats Caught Using Spectrum Analyzer

Cell phones, particularly fancy new smartphones, have become the bane of teachers across the nation -- not just because they provide an in-class distraction, but also because they've made it increasingly easy to cheat on exams. Officials in Taiwan have devised a solution to catch cheaters in the act using spectrum analyzers. Officials monitoring exams for government jobs used Rohde and Schwarz FS...

Google Science Fair Is Global Competition for Genius Kids

Google appears to be tired of waiting for potential genius engineers to do things like graduate college. The company has instead decided to launch the Google Science Fair, a competition that asks 13- to 18-year olds with bright scientific minds to pit their projects against one another for prizes. While ostensibly encouraging students to get involved in science and engineering, it is also likely...

Sifteo Hands-On: We're In Love With These Little Interactive Gaming Blocks

We had the chance to do a hands-on with one of the most innovative gadgets we've seen this year: Sifteo's modular, digital gaming blocks. These tiny cubes sport touchscreen LCD displays, along with three-axis accelerometers, neighbor-sensing technology and wireless networking, to create a hybrid physical and digital gaming experience that was difficult to put down. While we've seen some concepts ...

Robots Now Teach English in South Korean Schools

We always thought intimate, human-to-human interaction was a crucial element to learning any foreign language. But officials in the South Korean city of Daegu apparently think that human-to-robot interaction can be just as effective. On Monday, the city unleashed an army of 29 robot English teachers, designed by the Korea Institute of Science of Technology. The 'bots conducted classes across 2...

Oregon Students Will Be Able to Use Spell Check on Writing Tests

It was bound to happen eventually. Oregon, one of the first states to offer online testing and digital writing exams, has decided that students will be allowed to click the spell check button while taking their state-wide writing tests. State Superintendent Susan Castillo told Oregon Live, "We are not letting a student's keyboarding skills get in the way of being able to judge their writing abilit...

Facebook Now Offers M.B.A. Alongside 'FarmVille'

Getting an education online isn't anything new; even respectable universities offer degrees entirely online (depending, of course, on your definitions of both "respectable" and "degree"). But these usually involve bulletin boards, electronic texts and streaming lectures hidden behind college Web portals and pay walls. The London School of Business and Finance is breaking down that barrier, though...

New Jersey Passes 'Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights' to Combat Cyberbullying

Yesterday, both houses of the New Jersey state legislature passed an 'Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,' just a few months after 18-year-old Rutgers student and cyberbully target Tyler Clementi committed suicide. The bill, which is now awaiting the signature of Governor Chris Christie, would require most public school employees to take training courses on how to pick up on cyberbullying, while forc...

Is Facebook Destroying Our Ability to Spell? IDK, Y U Askin?

We don't know what the big deal iz, but they're are all these ppl saying Facebook makes our spelling worse. The English Spelling Society says that 66-percent of kidz like us think dictionaries should include "variant spellings" to address common typos. So what do we think? Its whatev....

Professor's Viral Lecture on Ethics Compels (Innocent?) Cheaters to Confess

University of Central Florida professor Richard Quinn has been a professional educator for over 20 years. Despite his decades of experience, Quinn recently delivered an unprecedented lecture that he "hoped [he] would never have to give." Prior to the lecture (which is currently going viral), Quinn had grown concerned about widespread cheating after he recognized an unlikely pattern in his class's ...

Chinese Students Throw a Rockin' Robot Extravaganza

China might not openly celebrate certain forms of technological freedom, but the nation certainly knows how to throw a free-wheeling, frivolous tech fiesta. This week, China's Zhejiang Province hosted a monumental robot contest, which pitted 115 different teams and their diverse crews of 'bots against one another. The teams represented 50 different schools, and the budding engineers reportedly...

Can Twitter Boost Class Participation and Grades?

We've previously discussed the potential of technology and social media to alter the classroom experience. Many schools and professors are looking to boost student engagement by using Facebook and Twitter, but can that tech actually lead to better grades? A study just published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning suggests that it might. The researchers monitored the engagement and grades ...