What do teachers want in the classroom? A new survery reveals they want more technology, primarily so they can engage the students more and help them retain what they learn. The biggest hurdle to purchasing all the new tech - no surprise - is budget.
PBS LearningMedia has designed an infographic revealing “WHAT TEACHERS WANT” when it comes to classroom tech (pictured above.) All pretty obvious so far.
But PBS LearningMedia also created a a free, media-on-demand service for parents and teachers, which provides easy, instant access to tens-of-thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives , ie.for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans.
We gave it a spin and especially liked some of the videos with popular authors, such as Jerry Spinelli (creator of the wonderful Maniac Magee character) who explains to his youthful audience that sports and books are not mutually exclusive. He encourages kids to emulate Maniac Magee and read books as much as possible.
There's also a "PBS TeacherLine" which helps educators build a repertoire of teaching strategies and knowledge of "research-based instructional concepts" for the new school year.
The school year just got a lot more interesting.
This week Canon has launched its highly anticipated compact, large-sensor camera, the EOS M.
The brand's first mirrorless, interchageable lens camera comes with a whole host of awesome features, including 18MP shooting, touchscreen control, HD video recording, ISO 100 - 12800 and an APS-C CMOS sensor.
The lenses are interchangeable and Canon has included one with the camera to begin with and has brought out a second that you can buy as an add-on later.
At around $800 the EOS M is by no means the cheapest option on the market, but it takes brilliant photos and it's surprisingly light and compact for a mirrorless device.
[Via Like Cool]
A new project has been featured on Yanko Design this week that combines audio and visual tech to create a pretty and rather clever art installation/music instrument...
The Audible Colours project developed by Hideaki Matsui and Momo Miyazaki connects a canvas to a webcam, so when certain colours are dropped onto it a certain note that corresponds to that colour is played.
Each primary colour has a note and interestingly when you combine two you get different notes and when you apply different sizes of paint you produce different volumes and frequencies.
Check out the video above to see Audible Colours in action, although it may just be an interesting project for now it'll be interesting to see how this kind of tech can be used in the future, particularly for music and gaming.
[Via Yanko Design]
Even the most advanced mice often feel a bit clunky, so we're not surprised that researchers have been working on a much more intuitive experience designed so that you can move around the screen with ease.
The Airmouse is almost like a glove that generates movements from the user's elbow, not only does this mean it's comfier and easier to use, but there's less chance you'll develop more serious repetitive strain injuries over time too.
Check out the Deanmark Airmouse video on YouTube for an in depth explanation of the gadget, its unique technology and why the creators are so keen to create a more intuitive kind of mouse for our tired hands.
[Via Like Cool]
For all of us who fight tangled earphone wires, XSories has come up with a simple, yet clever solution. Using the basic zipper concept, you just zip up to store, and unzip to use.
Easy? Yes. Genius? We think so.
Every summer we come across a new bottle opening gadget, whether it's attached to a phone case or looks like a kitten. However, this is probably the most handy and sensible one we've ever seen...
The Beer Tracker opens up your bottles for you, but also keeps track of how many you've consumed throughout the night. So, assuming you can still see the numbers, you'll know when you've had one too many.
Available from FredFlare for $10.
[Via Like Cool]
If Grandpa isn't texting, Face Book-ing, or running up the data plan, then chances are he doesn't want a new-fangled phone with lots of buzzers and bells. Not to mention that the keyboard may be too small for him to see.
So buy Pops the re-designed Jitterbug Plus the original easy-to-use cell phone, with only the features he'll need in an easy-to-use package.
It doesn't get more intuitive than the “YES” and “NO” buttons, a backlit keypad and big, legible numbers. Also, the improved speaker helps eliminate all the "WHAT? I CAN'T HEAR YOU" proclamations.
And since chances are they might forget to charge it, the Jitterbug Plus comes with one of the longest lasting batteries on the market – up to 25 days of standby time – so they won't discover they've run out of power the next time they go to use it.
Since older folks have said that the one feature they wish they had was photo sharing, The Jitterbug designers came up with a built-in camera and simple app that doesn't need computer cords or complicated uploading.
Along with the 24/7 assistance, the 5Star Urgent Response transforms their JitterBug it into their own personal safety device.
It comes in snappy red or fashionable silver for $99. We'll all be trading in our smart phones for one of these someday, so no making fun!
There could be no more queuing in the office kitchen waiting to use the microwave in the not so distant future, as the handy My Lunchbox gadget allows you to carry your food to work in style AND heat it up straight from your desk.
All you need to get the My Lunchbox working is your computer or laptop nearby, as it comes with a USB-enabled base, which enables you to hook it up and then heat it up. The clever device will even send a message to your desktop once it's ready to eat. Awh how thoughtful!
[Via Yanko Design]