Sesame Workshop Tackles Literacy With Technology. Elmo and his “Sesame Street” buddies could soon be having two-way conversations of sorts with children. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit producer of “Sesame Street,” and the children’s speech recognition company ToyTalk plan to announce Monday that they have signed a two-year research partnership agreement to explore how to use conversational technology to teach preschool literacy. Read more at www.nytimes.com.
With College So Expensive, How Do You Choose Where to Visit and Apply? How do you know which colleges to visit? When? What to do? Here’s how to choose the right college amidst fierce competition and rising costs and how to determine the ROI (return on investment) of a college education. Huge numbers of students and families are visiting colleges now as the pressure to get into excellent colleges is extremely high. All the same, college tuition costs are growing quickly.Read more at www.huffingtonpost.com.
How Google Glass Apps Showcase the Potential of Wearable Educational Technology. Last month Google made its wearable Glass product available to the general public for the first time. While you no longer need to be an invited Google Glass Explorer to play around with the pioneering (albeit unfashionable) platform, you still need $1,500 to get one shipped to you from the Google Play Store. It’s unclear whether this high profile focus on wearable computing will come anywhere close to matching the success of Google’s Android operating system. Many, including famed tech commentator Robert Scoble, believe that Glass is not ready for prime time and will ultimately sink like Google’s once trendy Wave messaging platform. Read more at www.huffingtonpost.com.