PBS Kids is launching its first tablet — the Playtime Pad. Produced by electronics company Ematic, the 16 GB children’s tablet is designed to provide a one-stop destination for PBS Kids’ educational content, with more than 25 games and 120 video clips and music videos pre-loaded, along with more than 100 hours of video on the PBS Kids video app.
Dig-It! Games has launched episode one of its new game ExoTrex, the first in a planned series of three episodes that aim to educate and motivate students through scientific space adventures.
The full version of Minecraft: Education Edition is slated to be released Nov. 1 with new features, including a "Classroom Mode." Nov. 1 will also be the cut-off date for users of the free early access edition.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached settlements with four major companies, blocking them from using tracking technology on their popular children’s websites.
More than 46,000 students worldwide are expected to build robots and STEM skills during the FIRST Tech Challenge, “Velocity Vortex,” which kicked off Sept. 10 and continues through 2017.
The popular video game Angry Birds has been turned into a mobile app designed to help kids learn English. Finnish game developer Rovio Entertainment is collaborating with papagei.com, a video language learning platform, to create “Learn English with Angry Birds,” an app for iOS and Android devices.
GameSalad has introduced its STEM-based education initiatives, reaching more than 6,700 students.
A new guide book aims to help adults better use technology with young children and assist them when they are using digital products. “Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors” (Routledge, 2017) features case studies, best practices and helpful hints in chapters written by 25 of the country’s influential early childhood thought leaders.
A summer-time enrichment experience for high schoolers at Penn State has taken on a heightened level of excitement with the use of the same development toolset behind the global phenom Pokémon Go.
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Galxyz, a company that develops game-based science education apps for elementary school students, has partnered with Popular Science to launch a new co-branded microsite featuring Galxyz's intergalactic science adventure game, Blue Apprentice.