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3 Keys to Introducing Virtual Reality in E-Learning Courses

Virtual reality (VR) has found its way into the educational space, and by all indications, it’s here to stay. Since VR glasses can be obtained for as low as $10 apiece, cost is becoming less of an issue. Here are three guidelines toward introducing VR in e-learning courses.

Q & A with Educator Reinventing Mobile Carts in the Classroom Space

Charri Stratton, director of instructional technology for Putnam City Schools in Oklahoma City, OK, has plenty of experience with mobile carts and their incorporation into classrooms. Stratton oversaw the deployment of the 15,000 iPads and about 375 mobile carts, and has witnessed teachers using the carts in creative ways.

Charter Communications Joins with Harlem Fund to Open Spectrum Learning Lab

Charter Communications has joined with the Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HAEF) to open a Spectrum Learning Lab at HEAF’s main program site, located at 2090 Seventh Ave. in Manhattan.

Chinese Robotics Startup Wins Two Awards for Excellence in Product Design

Makeblock, a DIY and STEM education robotics construction company, has received the Red Dot Award 2017 for product design for two products: Airblock, a modular and programmable drone designed for STEM education; and Neuron, a programmable building blocks platform that teaches kids gadget building.

Shmoop Releases Side-by-Side Translations of Shakespeare Online

Every year, legions of K–12 students read through Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets in their English and language arts classes, but do they really understand what they’re reading? One website aims to make sense of the Bard’s poetic yet perplexing lines in modern English for contemporary young readers.

NASA, Google Expeditions Celebrate Women in STEM With Virtual Tour

To celebrate International Women’s Day Wednesday and Women’s History Month in March, NASA and Google Expeditions have teamed up to launch a series of virtual experiences that bring students into the careers of seven women working in STEM.

High-Tech Sleep Pods Help New Mexico Students

In New Mexico, two high schools in the Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS) district and two in the Gadsden Independent School District (GISD) are using sleep pods — EnergyPods made by MetroNaps.

Council for Economic Education Releases New Content for Minecraft Education

The New York-based Council for Economic Education (CEE) has released new content for Minecraft: Education Edition, produced by Mojang and Microsoft.

Google Cloud Acquires Kaggle, Releases New Machine Learning Products

Google Cloud has acquired Kaggle, home to the world’s largest community of data scientists and machine learning enthusiasts. Google Cloud is also releasing new machine learning products, including a Video Intelligence API that automatically recognizes objects in videos and makes them searchable and discoverable.

New Education Think Tank Debuts, Offering Online News and Research

FutureEd, a new education policy think tank, has launched today, offering online news, analysis and research that’s independent, nonpartisan and “solution-oriented.”

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