May 7

Thinkfinity.org is Closing

Thinkfinity.org has announced that they will be closing up on June 30, 2014.

From their blog post, it looks like Verizon has decided to stop funding for Thinkfinity.org.  That’s too bad, Thinkfinity.org was a good repository of resources from Kindergarten through 12th Grade.  In their announcement, they have listed several of their content partners who provided many of their resources. In addition, their updated FAQ section suggests saving information and your favorite Thinkfinity pages as PDF’s for use later on.  After June 30, 2014 most of the content on their site will be gone. Unfortunately, this is one of the risks of using “free” content sites.

May 7

California Needs More Computer Science Students

Several tech industry leaders have contacted the Governor of California to try to boost Computer Science Education across the board in California.  Right now there are approximately 70,000 Open Computer Science Jobs in California.  Based on the current estimates of students in that state taking Computer Science, this is about 16 jobs for every Computer Science Student in California.

To help meet the needs, executives from Microsoft, Salesforce, Netflix, Twitter, and Google want the State of California to increase Computer Science Education in all grades from K through 12.

Read more here.

May 7

A Crowdfunded Plan for a 3D Printer in Every School

Makerbot has a plan to use crowdfunding to get a 3D printer into every school.

3D Printing is taking off.  However, while 3D Printers have gradually been coming down in price, they are still cost prohibitive for most school (and school systems).  With Makerbot’s Crowdfunding initiative, perhaps this may change.

3D Printing can be used in wide range of areas within schools.  Teachers and Students in just about any subject area can find clever ways to use 3D printed models in the classroom.  If you are interested in applying for a crowdfunded 3D printer, check out Makerbot’s link on donorchoose.org.

For more information on 3D Printing, check out these links …

May 7

Google is looking at getting into the Classroom

Today, Google announced their Google Classroom LMS.  Its still very early and not much information exists about Google’s entry into the Learning Management System neighborhood.  They do have some details about signing up for their Beta test and an assurance that Google will not be placing ads into their LMS.  Click here for more information from Google’s Blog.

It will be interesting to see how Google Classroom affects the established LMS’s such as Moodle, Instructure, and Edmodo.