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Move over Pokeman, say hello to NBA Topshot

Buying and trading basketball video clips at NBA Toopshot can be compared to collecting trading cards, but in a digital format.

NBA Top Shot is an online company launched by Vancouver-based blockchain company Dapper Labs, and backed by the NBA, that allows users to procure a collection of digital basketball highlights, and then show off that collection to others. To get these NBA highlights, which are referred to as “moments,” actual money must be spent in some way, either through purchasing digital packs containing a random assortment of these moments, or through spending money in the marketplace.”

Read more about it at CBS Sports.

How memory, focus and good teaching can work together to help kids learn

“The problem with multitasking is it interferes with forming memories … when students rely on the Internet for knowledge, they are programming themselves to look for information on the Internet and not in their heads … when asked to recall the information they just looked up, they don’t remember it as well. Instead, they remember how to find the same information again on the Internet.”

Discover more great tips on helping your kids learn better at home and in the classroom at KQED.

FCC approves $50 monthly internet subsidies for low-income households during pandemic

CNN reported yesterday that he FCC just approved a $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit Program that could provide struggling families up to $50/month to pay for internet service during the pandemic. The FCC hopes to get the plan rolling within 60 days. Lower income families can currently request help lowering the cost of their phone or internet service through the Lifeline program at Universal Service Administrative Co.

Five ways to nurture a teenage hacker

eschool News shares some good tips on how teachers and parents can keep an eye out for students that show an interest in hacking. It also has good ideas on how to put the kid’s computer skills to work in a positive and productive manner.

First of all, look for kids with a high technical aptitude. This mean you should keep an eye out for kids that like changing a teacher’s password or accessing something on the network they’re not supposed to. Also, listen to and learn the lingo. According to eSchool News, “Odds are that a student who is using the following terms is a student with whom you want to have a discussion about their interest in cybersecurity and hacking.”

● (WiFi) Pineapple – A wireless auditing platform that allows the conduction of penetration tests.
● (LAN) Turtle – A covert systems administration and penetration testing tool.
● Hashcat – A password cracking tool.
● Netcat – Network Cache Attack; a side-channel attack method.
● Kali Linux – An advanced penetration testing Linux distribution used for penetration testing, ethical hacking and network security assessments.
● Tor – free software that lets you operate on the internet anonymously.

Go to eschool News to discover the other four tips you need to know when it comes to identifying and supporting the young computer wizards in your home or classroom.

Northrop Grumman sends the S.S. Katherine Johnson to space

Northrop Grumman named the Cygnus spacecraft after Katherine Johnson, the late Black mathematician who supported early NASA missions and was a central figure in the book and movie Hidden Figures. Johnson died last year at the age of 101.

According to Space News, the S.S. Katherine Johnson will arrive at the space station early Feb. 22 and remain at the station for about three months.

“The spacecraft is carrying 3,810 kilograms of cargo, primarily crew supplies, science payloads and station hardware. That hardware includes equipment to support the station’s life support systems and spare parts for the station’s toilet, as well as an additional “alternate sleep accommodation” for the station now that there are regularly seven people on the station rather than the six that had been the standard for years.”

Teachers are calling two screens a game changer

EdSurge shows how Two Screens for Teachers lets teachers see their students on one screen and teach lesson plans on the other.

Matt Lerner, former student-turned-benefactor, is trying to provide a second screen to as many public school teachers as possible. Called Two Screens for Teachers, his effort has delivered almost 22,000 screens to public school K-12 teachers across the country. The nonprofit has raised $3.25 million to pay for them and it has a waiting list of 180,000 teachers U.S. public K-12 teachers can request one here.

“Having a second monitor is the number one thing on the must-have list,” says Jessica Valera, a district instructional technology coordinator and a former high school biology teacher at San Mateo Union High School District in California.

Learn how to track your digital footprint

Whether you’re teaching kids or simply navigating the web, it’s a good idea to track your digital footprint. Also known as a record or trail left by the things you do online, your digital footprint includes “your social media activity, the info on your personal website, your browsing history, your online subscriptions, any photo galleries and videos you’ve uploaded — essentially, anything on the Internet with your name on it.” According to Teach Thought, today’s students often put their names on things online, so their footprints can be pretty wide.

Learn more about how to manage your digital footprint at Teach Thought.

The Super Bowl Will Look Like Madden IRL

Watching the Super Bowl this weekend will make you feel like you should have a controller in your hand. The broadcast will use 120 different cameras and often resemble a video game when shot with a shallow depth of field. That’s the shot where the camera focuses on the player and everything behind him is blurry.

“Not having fans in the front rows will also allow the CBS crew to place two 8K cameras at field level for the first time, effectively serving up images with eight times the resolution of the standard 1080p shots. Those cameras will provide instant high-definition replays of players running along the sidelines.

The broadcast will use 120 different cameras in total, 50 of which will either be static (like the devices in the coordinators’ boxes or embedded in the pylons) or controlled remotely by the production team. For comparison, a typical regular season game has 15 to 20. According to Cohen, viewers may never see the shots being produced by some of them.”

Read more about the latest camera technology at Wired.