This Cute Computer Could Cultivate Children's Coding Capabilities

In the early '80s, the state-sponsored British Broadcasting Corporation decided that computers were going to be kind of a big deal, and created the BBC Micro desktop PC to promote computer literacy. Now, they're doing it again—this fall, one million UK schoolkids will receive a free Micro Bit. » 3/13/15 8:45pm 3/13/15 8:45pm

UMass Has Banned Iranian Students from Engineering and Science Programs…

Starting this month, the venerable University of Massachusetts at Amherst will no longer allow Iranian nationals to matriculate as graduate students in many of its programs in engineering and the natural sciences, including physics and electrical/computer engineering. » 2/17/15 1:32pm 2/17/15 1:32pm

You Can Learn How to Be a White Hat Hacker for $60

Do you or someone you love have ambitions to become a hacker for good? Well today you can buy a White Hat Hacker Bundle with over 40 hours of tutorials on everything from web scraping to penetration testing for just $60. The bundle normally costs over $600. » 12/09/14 5:00pm 12/09/14 5:00pm

Microgravity University: Testing the Future of Spaceflight in Zero G

How do you test a new method for CPR in space without actually going into space? You take flight in a microgravity plane, obviously. For the last 20 years, NASA's Reduced Gravity Office has opened up its zero-g planes to college students from around the country, who get the once in a lifetime opportunity to test… » 11/28/14 12:00pm 11/28/14 12:00pm

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Is Trying To Bring Wi-Fi to More Schools

Tom Wheeler, the FCC Chairman who's been a bit of an internet villain lately, is expected to announce a pretty good idea later today. He reportedly wants to raise federal funding for in-school Wi-Fi by a whopping $1.5 billion. That brings the annual cap on helping kids learn via Wi-Fi up from $2.4 billion to $3.9… » 11/17/14 12:14pm 11/17/14 12:14pm

5 Books For Expanding Your Photography Knowledge

There are many ways to learn about photography, not least of which are the vast depths of the internet, replete with tutorials and how-to videos. But getting past mere technical proficiency and learning valuable lessons about the art form isn't as easy as a Google search. Luckily, there are those old things called… » 10/23/14 2:56pm 10/23/14 2:56pm

A 7-Year-Old Could Build This Computer That Fits Together Like Lego

Kano is a new kind of computer company, a startup that's totally devoted to teaching a new generation about the craft of silicon. Its first product, a Raspberry Pi-based system so easy a child could build it, makes it easy to build a PC practically from scratch. » 10/07/14 9:23am 10/07/14 9:23am

The iPad Education Revolution Stalls Out

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported that its sprawling hometown's school system, the second largest in the US, would be withdrawing from last year's ambitious promise to supply all 640,000 students with an iPad. Good. The Los Angeles United School District just dodged a $1 billion, tablet-shaped bullet. » 8/26/14 2:45pm 8/26/14 2:45pm

This 1960s Computerized Desk Was Supposed to Make Classrooms Extinct

The technology of the future was going to provide all kinds of new possibilities for the classroom of tomorrow — including eliminating the classroom entirely. Interestingly enough, it would seem we're still chasing that dream. » 6/24/14 4:48pm 6/24/14 4:48pm

LeVar Burton Enlists the Internet To Help Resurrect Reading Rainbow

You loved Reading Rainbow as a kid. Everyone did! But since the show went off the air in 2006, your ol' pal LeVar Burton's now trying to bring it back via the internet. He just needs a little Kickstarter help to do it. » 5/28/14 9:49am 5/28/14 9:49am

Animation teaches you all that happened in World War II in 7 minutes

I really wish YouTube and the Internet as we know it today existed when I was in high school. So instead of reading textbooks and taking notes in class, I could just watch YouTube videos and Wikipedia entries on any test I had coming up. Seriously, I could have dozed off in class and just watched this animation… » 5/20/14 9:04pm 5/20/14 9:04pm

The Simplest Explanation of What the World Wide Web Is That You'll See

We all know someone who still manages to confuse the Internet and the World Wide Web, and no amount of frustrated, rambling description seems to help them understand the difference. Now, you can just show them this video. » 5/13/14 5:00am 5/13/14 5:00am

This Graphic Is a Rough Guide to Bad (Or Badly Reported) Science

Science is amazing, but science reporting can be confusing at times and misleading at worst. The folks at Compound Interest put together this reference graphic that will help you pick out good articles from bad ones, and help you qualify the impact of the study you're reading. » 4/25/14 10:47am 4/25/14 10:47am

300 empty desks were placed in the street outside Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters earlier today as part of a protest demanding extra funding for disadvantaged youth. The 300 desks are meant to represent the approximate number of students who drop out of LAUSD every month. [Photo by Richard Vogel/AP] » 4/08/14 5:15pm 4/08/14 5:15pm

One Laptop Per Child Isn't Quite Dead Yet

Fans of the One Laptop Per Child program were shocked and saddened to hear of the organization's imminent demise this week. There's only one problem: OLPC isn't actually dead. Despite what some blogs are reporting, the organization is alive and well… just not as alive and well as it once was. » 3/11/14 6:32pm 3/11/14 6:32pm

Should Students Be Able To Take Coding Classes For Language Credits?

The Kentucky Senate just passed a law that will let students take computer programming classes to satisfy their foreign language requirements. Do you think that's a good move? » 2/03/14 12:40pm 2/03/14 12:40pm

Depression-Era Teachers Predicted Online Schools Would Look Like This

15 Technologies That Were Supposed to Change Education Forever

Every generation has its shiny new technology that's supposed to change education forever. In the 1920s it was radio books. In the 1930s it was television lectures. Here in the second decade of the 21st century, it seems the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is the education tech of tomorrow. Let's hope it pans out… » 1/16/14 12:21pm 1/16/14 12:21pm

Abandoned Warehouse From The Wire Is Now a Fantastic Design School

Recognize this Baltimore building? Today, it's the gleaming Baltimore Design School. But not long ago, it was an abandoned warehouse used by HBO for scenes of urban decay in The Wire. Talk about a comeback story. » 11/21/13 12:40pm 11/21/13 12:40pm