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Khan Academy and BitTorrent partner to deliver P2P educational video

Despite what some detractors say, torrents have plenty of legitimate uses -- one of which is helping organizations distribute digital content at little or no cost. That's especially important for a non-profit like Khan Academy, which is why its partnership with BitTorrent Inc. makes perfect sense. Khan Academy is a provider of free, online educational videos. A wide range of subjects are...

Gain a superpower by learning to touch-type - Back to School

If you're a fan of life hacks of any kind and you can't touch-type, you're wasting your time. Just like the best current upgrade you can give your computer in terms of overall speed improvement is a solid-state drive, the best overall speed improvement you can give yourself when it comes to the time you spend on a computer is the ability to touch-type. I'm not kidding, and if you're skeptical I...

Swerveball is part of a new Web game that helps you be better at life (Time Waster... or not!)

Swerveball is part of a new game called SuperMe. If you think it sounds a bit new-age self-helpish, don't worry: it is. With the rather hopeful headline of 'Be better at life', SuperMe is a collection of mini-games, quizzes, inspirational interviews and 'cheat codes for life'. And, despite it being angled at teenagers, I think there might just be something for everyone on SuperMe. Anyway,...

Microsoft Small Basic is an ideal programming language and environment for small people and beginners

By 'small' I obviously mean children, and not the supporting cast of Gulliver. Anyway, Microsoft Small Basic is here, ladies and gentlemen -- and with it, you now have the perfect teaching aid for beginners and children alike! Small Basic is so awesome that I'm actually struggling to find the right words, but I'll try... First, you have a simple and undaunting developer environment. You get a...

pElement is an awesome periodic table app for Windows

Whether you're a hard-working chemistry student or a megalomaniacal mad scientist bent on taking over the world, a copy of the periodic table is a good thing to keep on hand. Even better is pElement, a free application for Windows that packs loads of information into an easy-to-use interface. Click an element and the info window appears, displaying its abbreviation, full name, periodic number,...

Qimo Linux teaches kids to be penguins from an early age

Want your kid to love Linux as much as you do, but worried that he or she might be learning too much about Windows and OS X on the streets (or at school) to feel comfortable with an open source operating system? Qimo is here to help. Qimo Linux is based on Ubuntu, but it's designed for children over the age of 3. It features large cartoon-like program icons and comes with a bunch of open source...

Educational software for your computer

A reader dropped us an email recently, requesting information on where to find educational software for elementary and middle-schoolers. That's a great question -- there are plenty of Web-based sites to choose from but, as our reader pointed out, it can be tough to find things to put on your computer to use later without an Internet connection. If you dig around a little, though, you can find a...

Three (more) educational Web sites to make your kids smarter

Now that school is officially underway throughout most of the country, help your kids flex their brain muscles with these three terrific educational sites: NickNews - Yes, that Nick. The folks at Nickelodeon have done a great job putting together a news Web site just for kids. It covers everything from the presidential election to poverty in America in a way that teens and pre-teens can grasp....

Waste time and learn something with YouTube

If the television landscape is a "vast wasteland," YouTube must be a vast waste universe. But the thing about YouTube is that for every Chris Crocker there's a UC Berkeley. The University of California Berkeley has begun posting full length lectures on the video sharing site. There are already over 200 videos online covering topics from biology and physics to the "principles of nonviolence," and...

Teach programming concepts with Alice 3D environment

It's like welcoming LOGO to the 21st century. Alice is a Java based 3D toolkit which serves as an excellent foundation for teaching youngsters the basics of programming. The Alice 3D Authoring system is developed and maintained by the Stage3 Research Group at Carnegie Mellon University Through a simple drag-and-drop interface you can build all sorts of animation by attaching object methods to...