Technology

12:59pm

Thu August 28, 2014
NPR Ed

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 1:46 pm

LA Johnson NPR

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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2:01pm

Wed August 27, 2014
All Tech Considered

Weekly Innovation: A Sad Desk Microwave For Your Sad Desk Lunch

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 6:02 pm

When not in use, this desk oven can be stowed upright and can serve as a whiteboard.
Steve Gates

Too busy to walk all the way to the kitchen to heat up a meal? The prototype for the BrainWave desktop microwave is the answer. It's exactly what it sounds like: a phone book-size microwave to heat up your frozen lunch, at your desk.

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1:32am

Wed August 27, 2014
NPR Ed

The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 9:32 pm

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy exchanged multiple emails with executives at Pearson PLC about the potential for working together.
Damian Dovarganes AP

A massive expansion of classroom technology has come to a grinding halt in Los Angeles.

The LA Unified School District had planned to buy some 700,000 iPads for its students and teachers. The Apple tablets would include learning software built by publishing giant Pearson. But Superintendent John Deasy announced earlier this week he is canceling the contract and restarting the bidding process.

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1:27am

Wed August 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

Build A Toothbrush, Change The World. Or Not

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 8:08 am

The MD Brush has an unusual grip that automatically angles the brush head at 45 degrees.
Meredith Rizzo NPR

Some people dream of climbing Mount Everest or riding a bicycle across the country. Mike Davidson's dream has been to create the perfect toothbrush, and now he thinks he's done it.

The saga of this brush tells a lot about the passion and persistence to take an idea and turn it into a product.

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6:03am

Tue August 26, 2014
NPR Ed

Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:55 am

LA Johnson/ NPR

Kaitlin Morgan says, this year, her school district is going "full Google."

Morgan teaches U.S. and world history and advises the yearbook at Woodlake Union High School in California's Central Valley. At Woodlake, "full Google" means a plan to have one Google Chromebook for every two students by the spring, running Google Apps.

The Chromebook is a relatively cheap, stripped-down laptop. It's become popular in the education world, with 85 percent of its U.S. sales last year going to the ed market.

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