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Humans exhibit a nearly universal desire to learn and share news, which they satisfy by talking to each other and sharing information. Technological and social developments, often driven by government communication and espionage networks, have increased the speed with which news can spread, as well as influenced its content. The genre of news as we know it today is closely associated with the newspaper, which originated in China as a court bulletin and spread, with paper and printing press, to Europe.

Twitter can help teachers engage with students

Get ready to say good morning to Twitter in classroom soon as the micro-blogging can help teachers engage students in a more efficient way and better prepare them to take on New-Age challenges, researchers reveal.

Twitter, if used properly, can produce better outcomes among middle school students and enhance the way children learn in the 21st century.

“Our work adds a critical lens to the role of open social networking tools such as Twitter in the context of adolescents’ learning and raises new questions about the potential for social media as a lever for increasing the personalisation of education,” explained Penny Bishop, professor and director of the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at University of Vermont.

Lead researcher Ryan Becker used his middle school science classes to conduct the research in conjunction with co-author Bishop.

Becker found that 95 per cent of his students agreed or strongly agreed that Twitter enabled them to follow real science in real time as it develops around the world.

Particularly motivating was the ability to interact via Twitter with leading organisations like the US space agency NASA and science-related programmes.

The findings highlight the potential of Twitter as a means to personalise learning and to expand secondary students’ encounters with science professionals and organisations.

The study revealed that 93 per cent of students surveyed think Twitter enabled them to interact and share perspectives with a global audience outside the classroom.

“When I have something important to share about science that I like, as many as 52 people (Twitter followers) can see what I tweet instantly,” said one student.

Another student said they use Twitter for academic support by tweeting with other students about concepts, assignments and projects.

Ninety-one per cent said Twitter helped them make connections between science and their own lives and interests.

“Twitter has made me think about things that I like and had me think about the science related to them,” added another student.

Others said Twitter helped them learn about science in new ways that related to their everyday lives.

Additionally, 81 per cent of students agreed that Twitter helped them think creatively about new ways to communicate science.

Twitter is also an extremely powerful assessment tool, according to Becker, who recommends displaying tweets on an electronic “smart” board so students and teachers can assess and discuss them together.

Teachers can also ask students to tweet examples of specific scientific concepts like the students in Becker’s class who tweeted personal examples of Newton’s First Law.

Teachers can also have students respond to scientific poll questions and share instant results with their class.

Students continued to tweet outside of class making certain topics a constant conversation.

The 140-character limit also forces students to distill down major concepts like “what is chemistry,” Becker noted in a paper forthcoming in Middle School Journal.


India’s First 3D Printed Humanoid Robot ‘Manav’

Manav is two-feet tall and looks like an over sized toy. But that’s where the similarity ends. Built with 21 sensors, two cameras in its eye sockets and two mikes on either side of its head, Manav is India’s first 3D (three-dimensional) printed humanoid robot.


A humanoid robot is defined as one that is shaped to resemble a human.

Weighing 2kg, Manav—which means man in Sanskrit—has in-built vision and sound processing capability, allowing it to talk and act exactly like a human. It was completed two weeks ago and made a debut at the recently-concluded Techfest 2014-15 at IIT Bombay (IIT-B).

Unlike other robots, Manav’s in-built processor and pre-programmed sensors allow it to perform tasks such as walking, talking and dancing “without the help of a laptop, just in response to human voice commands”, explained the maker of Manav, 22-year-old Diwakar Vaish, head of robotics and research at A-SET Training and Research Institute in New Delhi since 2010.

“It also has two degrees of freedom in its head and neck, allowing it to move its head sideways and up and down—a feature that is not seen in other robots in India. Besides, we are also working on adding a grabber to its arms, so that it can lift objects too,” he added.

Manav, according to Vaish, uses an open-source code so that it can also be taught to learn and respond like a human child. It also has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and has a rechargeable lithium polymer battery that can work for an hour with a single full charge.

“Given that all the parts are made in India, we were able to manufacture Manav at a very low cost. We are selling it at just Rs.1.5-2 lakh, compared with other robots available in India today that are priced between Rs.18 lakh and Rs.20 lakh,” said Vaish.

Primarily meant for research purposes, Manav will be made available to some of India’s top engineering colleges like all the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS) Pilani, Rajasthan, within the next one-two months, and to other research institutes that offer robotics as a subject of study, but often do not have enough robots for practical research.

“The lower price point will allow more colleges to avail of it, and this plays in very well with the government’s recent ‘Make in India’ campaign. Besides, parts can be easily replaced at a reasonable cost since they are available in India,” said Vaish.

“The government’s incentives to the manufacturing industry to ‘Make in India’, similar to its incentives to the hardware industry, could boost the use of robotics in India, to bridge the gap between the technological progress in robotics in India and the rest of the world. That said, humanoids are still at the periphery of the robotics space even globally, as their use for everyday human tasks is still quite a few years away,” he concluded.