From the Archives – November 2011 :: The Need for a STEM Gateways Program

Before the Mobile STEM Lab we recognized the need for what we called a “STEM Gateway Program”  (The original post is here – http://www.greenbushlabs.com/LabsBlog/?p=1589) Another good piece regarding STEM and further fuel for an argument for a deeper “STEM Gateways” project http://www.techi.com/2011/11/can-stem-fix-america/ And the infographic with stats on it: (Dan and I have been stewing over many of these numbers for several years through the Immersive Education work, many of the stats are stunning {O_o})

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When Virtual Reality and Education Collide

Perhaps this is the year this jumps the shark ! http://social.techcrunch.com/2016/01/23/when-virtual-reality-meets-education/ … All Minecraft In other areas of education, many classes have used VR tools to collaboratively construct architectural models, recreations of historic or natural sites and other spatial renderings. Instructors also have used VR technology to engage students in topics related to literature, history and economics by offering a deeply immersive sense of place and time, whether historic or evolving.

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Smart Glass that Won’t Make You Look Tacky

I managed not to fall prey to the Google Glass Hype … though the functionality seemed interesting the design was just plain horrific and almost painful to look at … but Zeiss give me hope that design is coming into play with the smart glass technology. http://www.wired.com/2016/01/zeiss-smart-glasses/ Just Glass There’s plenty to say about wearing Zeiss’s smart glasses, but the most important point—at this stage, maybe the onlypoint—to make is that they feel like glasses. Not clunky glasses, not heavy glasses, not glasses with Coke-bottle lenses or a dorky attachment that telegraphs just how many years in the future you live. They feel like the glasses you wear every day.  

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Google Focuses On Virtual Reality With New Lead For Cardboard (TechCrunch)

Perhaps THIS is the year VR takes off ? Google is doubling down on virtual reality, with its VP for product management, Clay Bavor, dropping his responsibilities for other apps like Gmail and Drive to focus solely on Cardboard and VR. Bavor has been with Google for over 10 years, so trusting this budding unit with him is a massive signal that Google is in it to win on as far as VR goes. Its success with Cardboard, bringing the likes of the NYT into the new medium, is paying off.         http://techcrunch.com/2016/01/12/google-shifting-its-focus-squarely-on-virtual-reality/?sr_share=facebook

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Immersive Environments & The Future of Virtual Reality in Education

I have been a gamer for 35 years, a childrens user interface developer for 15 years, an immersive environments user interface and platforms developer for around 10 years, and the chief designer of the Edusim project (more on that here) . Needless to say I’ve seen quite a few iterations and generations of immersive environments and virtual reality platforms, so below are a few of my observations regarding where I see them heading (these questions were posed to me for an interview of EdTech magazine and I am sharing them here.). * What’s on the horizon for K–12 virtual education? —————————————————- # I believe the gap between real and virtual educational content will close to the point of being insignificant, and extremely rich educational experiences will become a daily opportunity for students to learn and understand at a very deep level. …

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Platform Updates: High Fidelity get closer to being useable

High Fidelity, the San Francisco-based startup from Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, has raised another $11 million in funding in a round led by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital. The funding was noted in a SEC filing that went through today and was confirmed to TechCrunch by Rosedale. Founded in 2013, High Fidelity is building deployable virtual worlds, combining the ease of rolling out a VM instance on a modern cloud platform with the interactivity of Minecraft and the immersion of virtual reality. Over the course of several hours at High Fidelity HQ yesterday, Rosedale demonstrated the state of the startup’s tech and the vision he has for turning it into a viable business. Get the rest at Tech Crunch here

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FETC 2015 Wrapup

I spent most of last week at the annual FETC conference in Orlando Florida. I took particular note of the gaming, 3D environments, & maker focus. I was very encouraged by the emphasis this conference took regarding gaming in particular. Below are some notes & observations: * Several Keynotes – the most insightful in my eyes (& the real show stopper for me) was Jane McGonigal’s regarding games & gamers – This is basically the Keynote she delivered (many of the same ideas & slides) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzLjXF–G1w * MakeBlock – I Seen this before and really like it – http://www.makeblock.cc * Birdbrain – They had a small but well attended booth – seen their new Hummingbird board based on Arduino (it can actually be programmed with the Arduino IDE when the kids area ready to move from Scratch blocks to a…

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Greenbush Labs: Duct Tape Robotics Project

The “Duct Tape Robotics” projects originated at the Greenbush Education Service Center to serve as a platform for encouraging kids to use easily accessible everyday resources like duct tape, cardboard, and paperclips coupled with widely available electronics parts like servos, light sensors, LED’s and Arduino boards to create cool and useful robotics projects. Below is a proecjt we call the “Trap” 😀  

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How Better Tech Education Can Unlock a Half-Trillion Dollar Opportunity – via re/code

A great piece by re/code and Hadi Partovi of http://code.org … Teaching kids to code is a big deal … particularly that: “Technology is changing the world around us,” Partovi said. “But we’re leaving behind the vast majority of our children who aren’t getting basic knowledge about how to participate in the new world.” “Ninety percent of schools don’t offer computer science classes — that seems to me un-American,” – Hadi Partovi read the rest here ! http://recode.net/2014/05/28/how-better-tech-education-can-unlock-a-half-trillion-dollar-opportunity/

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