"Emily -- a 25-pound, remote-controlled robotic lifeguard that can travel up to 22 mph. It might not have biceps and legs to die for, but it has already rescued tons of people, including 300 Syrian refugees off the Greek island of Lesbos. The machine's name stands for Emergency Integrated Lifesaving Lanyard, and it's the product of a collaboration between the Navy and Tony Mulligan, the CEO of maritime robotic company Hydronalix."
"What Was the Greatest Era for Innovation? A Brief Guided Tour
Which was a more important innovation: indoor plumbing, jet air travel or mobile phones?
By NEIL IRWIN MAY 13, 2016"
Very cool Tickle project with WeDo! Thank you @pau_nin
"The Pentagon is building a ‘self-aware’ killer robot army fueled by social media. Official US defence and NATO documents confirm that autonomous weapon systems will kill targets, including civilians, based on tweets, blogs and Instagram"
"Published on 8 May 2016
BRIXO's electric bricks are normal sized building blocks that are anything but normal. It's like Lego® on steroids, if steroids also gave you superpowers and taught you new languages. Basically, they're bricks that safely conduct electricity and connect to your phone to enable you to do all sorts of cool things with your designs. And no, you don't need to buy a whole new set, because they're used interchangeably with your favorite building blocks to add an element of interactive awesomeness. BRIXO bricks include LED lights, motor blocks and even sound, light and proximity sensors. They’re powered by a low voltage Bluetooth controlled built-in battery brick and coated in chrome, a non-toxic metal, to ensure your safety."
"#digitalEDchat is a global twitter chat every Monday during New Zealand term time. I created this chat in 2015 as I became increasingly frustrated with traditional professional learning channels and wanted to share and learn from the best educators possible, regardless of where they lived or where they worked. The success of #digitalEDchat is down to the awesome group of participants each week who are highly qualified, competent and prepared to share their educational hopes, dreams, successes and fails! Anyone can join in just by using the #twitter hashtag and responding to either the questions or someone else's response. If you have never ever taken part in a twitter chat, one way to understand how they work is watch one in action before jumping in. I thoroughly recommend this as great fun AND great learning!"
The ABS is Australia’s national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.
"Data.Vic is the place to discover and access Victorian government open data. You will find data that Victorian government departments and agencies have opened and made available to the public. You can use it anyway you like build apps and tools, use it for research, gain insights and understanding."
"We’re in the golden age of innovation, an era in which digital technology is transforming the underpinnings of human existence. Or so a techno-optimist might argue. We thought a better way to understand the significance of technological change would be to walk through how Americans lived, ate, traveled, and clothed and entertained themselves in 1870, 1920, 1970 and the present. This tour is both inspired by and reliant on Robert J. Gordon’s authoritative examination of innovation through the ages, “The Rise and Fall of American Growth,” published this year. These are portraits of each point in time, culled from Mr. Gordon’s research; you can decide for yourself which era is truly most transformative."
The Research Map helps education leaders, policymakers, and technology developers quickly access education and learning science research findings that can inform their work. Three ways to navigate the tool:
Visit the interactive views, which show research topics and subtopics, and how they connect to one another. Click on a topic to see research articles and more in-depth information.
Select “Topics” in the top toolbar to jump directly to one of the 12 topic pages. Each topic page includes a summary of relevant research, blog posts, and related links.
Use the “List View” in the “About” tab to see data for each topic in a list format.
This is the DET Makerspaces blog which contains details of the makerspace kits for loan
"In this project, we will use a Particle Photon, powered by solar energy with a battery backup cell to push soil saturation data for six tree zones up into the Azure cloud for visualization in Power Bi. The purpose being that we will be able to monitor availability of water for these trees and eventually optimize the watering pattern to ensure optimal growth using the collected data."
"Published on 4 May 2016
Using a Wi-Fi enabled micro-controller that is the size of a matchbook, we can attach sensors to gather information about the world around us.
We can then take that data and publish that up into cloud services for either online archival, real-time analytics, building predictive models, or using visualization software to create new insights into the date that we are gathering.
We are going to show you exactly how to do that using the Particle Photon and the Microsoft Azure Cloud.
We will do this using a project known as the .
A project that uses solar power to capture readings from multiple soil sensors attached to a variety of fruit trees and publish them into Azure Storage for perusal in Power BI."
"I like Sphero and am impressed by their ability to execute as a company. Their customer service is terrific and their ability to attract the Star Wars license, publicity, and this recent New Yorker profile are unprecedented.
Sphero makes terrific toys. However, companies and reporters would be well-served by speaking with educators who understand learning and have paid some dues before making grand pronouncements about education. Simply comprehending the differences between teaching and learning would be a welcome first step."
"Consistent and uniform standards are admirable, and maybe even workable, when we’re talking about, say, the manufacture of DVD players. The process of trying to gauge children’s understanding of ideas is a very different matter, however. It necessarily entails the exercise of human judgment, which is an imprecise, subjective affair. Rubrics are, above all, a tool to promote standardization, to turn teachers into grading machines or at least allow them to pretend that what they’re doing is exact and objective. Frankly, I’m amazed by the number of educators whose opposition to standardized tests and standardized curricula mysteriously fails to extend to standardized in-class assessments."
"So often, people ask for a resource list, a curriculum, and how to organize the room. These are the wrong questions. We should be talking about what is missing in the classrooms and how we can find entry points to slowly make change in learning that is open ended, contains trial and error, documentation of learning, charting our own paths, and being able to showcase where we ended up."
"Researchers are using low-cost drones and artificial intelligence to test water quality in some of Europe's most important rivers and lakes in one of the sector's most ambitious projects this year. For geolocation, for instance, a smartphone's GPS is used. The main controller is an Arduino board, and the batteries that power up the devices are similar to those used for hobby modeling."
"For those interested in reading more, following is a (non-comprehensive) roundup of nine recent books, essays, and research studies exploring Maker education in K-12. The list is drawn in part from work presented this past weekend at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, held here."