MEL Science Launches Daydream VR App for Chemistry Education

Highlights MEL Science wants to bring together chemistry kits and VR It wants students to explore the inside of atoms to understand reactions It’s starting with Google Daydream, with Cardboard and Gear VR next Virtual reality is slowly gaining steam, and although gaming takes up the lion’s share of attention, many experts believe that areas like education will be powerful drivers for growth when it comes to VR. This is steadily becoming reality, according to Vassili Philippov, Founder and CEO of MEL Science. In an emailed conversation with Gadgets 360,…

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CBSE Proposes ‘Khadi-Wearing Day’ In Schools To Commemorate 150th Gandhi Jayanti

CBSE has proposed that schools celebrate Khadi-Wearing Day to mark 150th Gandhi Jayanti   NEW DELHI: Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has proposed that schools observe Khadi-Wearing Day once in a week, fortnight or month. The board has proposed the measure to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Khadi was Mahatma Gandhi’s preferred fabric. He said in ‘Young India’, “Khaddar (Khadi) can unite us as nothing else can”. ‘Young India’ was a weekly journal in English published by Mahatma Gandhi between 1919 and 1931. In its notice to…

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37-Year-Old School Teacher-Turned-Entrepreneur Is India’s Newest Tech Billionaire

Photo Credit: Bloomberg India’s newest billionaire is a former classroom teacher who developed an education app that’s grown to a valuation of almost $6 billion in about seven years. Byju Raveendran joined the rarefied club after his Think & Learn Pvt scored $150 million (roughly Rs. 1,000 crores) in funding earlier this month. That deal conferred a value of $5.7 billion (roughly Rs. 39,000 crores) on the company in which the founder owns more than 21 percent, people familiar with the matter said. Its closing coincided with the announcement that…

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MEL Science Launches Daydream VR App for Chemistry Education

Highlights MEL Science wants to bring together chemistry kits and VR It wants students to explore the inside of atoms to understand reactions It’s starting with Google Daydream, with Cardboard and Gear VR next Virtual reality is slowly gaining steam, and although gaming takes up the lion’s share of attention, many experts believe that areas like education will be powerful drivers for growth when it comes to VR. This is steadily becoming reality, according to Vassili Philippov, Founder and CEO of MEL Science. In an emailed conversation with Gadgets 360,…

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5 best education apps for Android

Mobile technology is an amazing thing. It’s one of the most revolutionary productivity tools of all time, but it doesn’t end there. You can use your smartphones and tablets to help teach yourself new skills and learn new things. Here are the best education apps for Android! HERE ARE SOME MORE EXCELLENT EDUCATION APPS! EdX Price: Free DOWNLOAD ON GOOGLE PLAY EdX is one of the more unique education apps. Instead of offering courses from professionals, it offers courses from actual colleges. You won’t get a legitimate college degree out of…

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‘We can’t just fold our arms and watch inequalities’

Speed read Africa must build on young female population to achieve development Attention to gender meets need for cohesion within scientific community Business incubators for young girls one way to meet challenges facing the continent By: Amzath Fassassi , Bilal Taïrou Women make up just under a third of all scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa (31 per cent), on par with the global average of 29 per cent. But this figure hides many disparities, which can be seen, for example, between South Africa’s 43.7 per cent compared with Togo’s 9.5 per…

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Few preschool apps are developmentally appropriate, report finds

Preschooll is a major market in the world of apps, with more than half of apps on the Apple and Android platforms geared toward kids 5 and under. But few of these apps are developmentally appropriate and most fail to teach in ways preschoolers need to learn. Those are the findings of a report recently released by researchers at the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. The researchers looked at 171 apps from the top 10 paid and free Apple and Android math and literacy apps available on Amazon and Google Play and found…

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Lewd educational apps

More Chinese children own their own mobile phones now as China becomes increasingly dependent on digital devices. The idea of using one’s beloved phone for educational purposes is in fact scientifically sound, hence the boom of many educational apps for kids made by businesses driven to profit from this emerging market. However, lewd content has been found in many so-called educational apps targeting Chinese children and students. These apps, designed by unscrupulous businesspeople, are disguised as either homework tutoring or providing mentoring help or Q&A wikis, but are in fact…

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Most preschool math, literacy apps not designed to help children learn, UCI study finds

  Most literacy and math educational apps for preschoolers are not designed to help youngsters actually learn, according to a new study from the University of California, Irvine. Few incorporate features informed by evidence-based best teaching practices or age-appropriate in-play guidance. Youngsters under 5 process information very differently from older kids. They have shorter attention spans, less working memory capacity and more limitations in visual interpretation and are also still developing the fine motor skills needed for accurate touch-screen interactions. “More than half of the educational apps on the market…

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Marrying technology and home language boosts maths and science learning

Technology, like mobile apps and online learning platforms, is becoming an increasingly important teaching tool all over the world. That’s also true in emerging markets; accessible technologies can essentially be used to take information and digital resources into remote, rural and under-resourced schools. But is this technology useful if it’s not also provided in diverse languages? In subjects like maths and science, pupils must have a certain level of competency to comprehend and effectively respond to tasks. Extensive research shows how important language is in helping pupils better understand concepts. I set out to evaluate the…

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