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Gamer News: Minecraft Education

Minecraft Education: A Gamer’s World for Learning


When gamers open the popular game Minecraft, Microsoft doesn’t simply wish for them to explore dark caverns, limitless moors, and digitally generated mountains. Truthfully, Microsoft’s intention is to let kids explore real locations of the historical world – in virtual form.

These realistic historical recreations like Pompeii, the pyramids of Giza, and Greek temples are just a few of the locations they will study over the course of the game. To begin the journey towards learning about these historical structures through the game, Microsoft is right now developing Minecraft Edu, a brand new model of Minecraft that is custom-made for education.

The largest modifications are for educators, mainly, rather than the students taking part in the game.  For now, the adjustments aren’t dramatic. MinecraftEdu is basically the very same Minecraft you have been taking part in for years, with just a few further options geared towards education rather than gaming. These features enhancing Minecraft‘s mapping characteristic so that a class can really discover its approach round, letting educators provide a valuable resource for college kids to make use of, including an in-game digital camera and gallery to gather screenshots of the places you’ve reached during the course of the game. Microsoft emphasized that the strategic decision to keep the modifications minor is because they do not wish to make Minecraft into a straightforward academic product – after all, we all know it as a game first. But even though it’s known as a game, it is a game that has great potential to help students in the classroom and offer an excellent technology option for learning.

The success of MinecraftEdu could relaxation on one other massive piece of Microsoft’s announcement: it is also launching an internet site meant to be a place for educators to submit Minecraft worlds and lesson plans that go along with them. There are already a few sites up. One features a map of ancient Japan to provide a learning resource for Japanese poetry, while another contains huge molecules that students can explore. Children will not be fixing puzzles or taking quizzes in these worlds: Minecraft will simply be an option that allows them to step into historic and scientific settings and gain a greater understanding of what they are being taught.

This Alarm Clock Gadget Will Get You Out of Bed in the Morning

Have trouble getting up in the morning? This new alarm clock gadget may be a solution.

Here is a helpful gadget prototype for anyone who hates getting out of bed in the morning (everyone?) – the Ruggie. This alarm clock is a great new gadget that might seem a bit evil at first – it has no snooze button. That’s right. The Ruggie is a new alarm clock that makes you physically get out of bed to shut it off.

This equal parts annoying and helpful alarm clock gadget makes you rest both of your feet on a memory mat sensor for an ample amount of time before it shuts off. Evil? Maybe. Useful? Definitely. So if you love to sleep in but just can’t afford to, the Ruggie is the perfect wake up call.

the ruggie

Image Via Kickstarter.com

It’s not all bad, though. The Ruggie – once it finally shuts off and gets you out of bed – can be customized to play fun speeches and sayings you love after you wake up, making your morning a little more fun.

We all know that one person who won’t get out of bed no matter what. So, once again, technology has a solution. The Ruggie is raising money to bring it from contemplation to creation on Kickstarter right now, and it has already passed its initial funding goal. It looks like your favorite sleepyhead might be getting a harsh wake-up call sooner rather than later.

Gadgets are catapulting our lives forward in every way these days, literally from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep and all the seconds in between. If you need a wake-up call in the worst way (with no snooze button) check out The Ruggie on Kickstarter to support the cause. Wake up, everyone – we know you have something better to do than sleep.

New Gadget “SoundBrake” Helps You Tune Into Important Noises

Ever get so caught up in a game or working with your headphones on that you miss the everyday sounds happening in real life, like your phone ringing or a knock on the door? Yes, it happens to the best of us. So can a new gadget help with this common tech problem?

Sundae Electronics has a solution. They have created SoundBrake, a cool and helpful new device that actually alerts you if there’s an important sound that you are tuning out. SoundBrake creates an outside volume alert level that is higher than the average background noise. For example, if you put a fan on, the volume alert would be higher than the consistency of the fan. Check out this video courtesy of Sundae Electronics on YouTube to learn more about how Soundbrake works:

This project is on the crowd funding site Kickstarter right now to raise funds to get SoundBrake from concept to production. Think you could benefit from something like this? Check out SoundBrake on Kickstarter to support this new gadget and make it a reality.

Gadgets for your Kitchen

Whether you’re an amateur in the kitchen or a Master Chef, these kitchen gadgets will make your time in the kitchen a little more fun.

Gadgets have come into play in just about every aspect of our daily lives. That includes gadgets for your home, for the shower, for your car, for working out, and just about any other part of your everyday routine. Gadgets for the kitchen have emerged onto the tech scene in a major way. Check out these awesome gadgets for your kitchen that help you speed up the process of cooking at home.

Silicon Lid with Steamship Design

pot steamshipThe best way to top off your culinary masterpiece in progress. This lid for your crock pot puts some fun into cooking.

Drum Stick Mixing Spoons

drumstick spoonsMultitask while you’re cooking and make your meals even more creative. Check out a fun drum stick / mixing spoon combination kitchen gadget.

Marinade Supplying Meat Tenderizer

meat tenderizerThis awesome meat tenderizer adds in your glaze and tenderizes at the same time. Perfect for lazy cooks!

Kitchen Emergency App

kitchen emergencyNest’s Protect smoke/carbon monoxide detector offers top quality sensors for every kitchen emergency – even though those emergencies make great stories. This kitchen gadget has an app for your phone to alert you of any potential
kitchen problems.

Automatic Pot Stirrer

enhanced-13272-1438190656-2Another great kitchen gadgets for the lazy home cooks out there – this automatic pot stirrer will stir your culinary masterpiece for you! No effort required here.