Posts By: Mike Mallia

Pioneer in the gamification of education in Malta

Gabby Govus, a teacher at St Catherine’s High School, Pembroke, shares her experience of conducting digital literacy lessons in classrooms using Microsoft’s innovative IT tools over the past four years. A group of students from our school were recently hosted by the Microsoft Innovation Centre for a Minecraft Education in the Classroom session. The event… Read more »

Google for Education Launches Beta for ‘Create Your Own’ Virtual Reality Experience

Educators and their students can now be part of a beta program to create their own Google Expeditions virtual reality experiences. The opportunity was unveiled this week at Bett, the world’s largest educational technology show here. Classes enrolled in what Google calls its “pioneer program” will be able to create their own immersive virtual experiences with a… Read more »

Mozilla’s Latest Version of Firefox Is Made for VR

Mozilla unveiled a new version of its popular Firefox web browser today, but instead of being on your computer or mobile phone it’s designed to be used with a virtual reality headset. “The future of mixed reality is about delivering experiences, not about building applications. There shouldn’t be friction moving from one experience to another,” Sean White,… Read more »

Oculus announces new privacy dashboard and policy ahead of new European regs

Oculus is updating its privacy policy ahead of May 25, when the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect. Facebook’s virtual reality division will debut its new privacy policy tomorrow, followed by a May 20 rollout of a new dashboard for users to view the data they’ve already shared. “My Privacy Center” will enable users to… Read more »

MIT-Boeing educational collaboration aims to scale learning in additive manufacturing

A new online course from MIT and Boeing uses a 3-D-printed kit to enrich the learning experience. Similar to a textbook, the kit is used as a reference throughout the course. The kit has metal and polymer parts made by industry-relevant 3-D-printing processes, including stereo-lithography, multi-jet fusion, and direct metal laser sintering. The parts interlock… Read more »

Researchers develop device that can ‘hear’ your internal voice

New headset can listen to internal vocalisation and speak to the wearer while appearing silent to the outside world Researchers have created a wearable device that can read people’s minds when they use an internal voice, allowing them to control devices and ask queries without speaking. The device, called AlterEgo, can transcribe words that wearers… Read more »

RIP passwords: new web standard designed to replace login method

WebAuthn will eliminate need for passwords by moving to methods of authentication such as biometrics, says web standards controller A new web standard is expected to kill passwords, meaning users will no longer have to remember difficult logins for each and every website or service they use. The Web Authentication (WebAuthn) standard is designed to… Read more »

DeepMind explores inner workings of AI

As with the human brain, the neural networks that power artificial intelligence systems are not easy to understand. DeepMind, the Alphabet-owned AI firm famous for teaching an AI system to play Go, is attempting to work out how such systems make decisions. By knowing how AI works, it hopes to build smarter systems. But researchers… Read more »

Apple reportedly unveiling a cheaper iPad next week

Apple is holding an education-focused event on Tuesday that teases “creative new ideas for teachers and students.” While rumors previously suggested a cheaper MacBook will arrive soon, it appears Apple will be focusing on the iPad next week. Bloomberg reports that a “low-cost iPad” will be announced alongside new education software next week. Rumors previously suggested Apple is preparing to launch a $259… Read more »