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Ink Space

Creative app by Zach Lieberman lets you create 3D doodles with your Android smartphone (and even save your results as GIFs):

Inkspace is an experimental drawing tool which uses the accelerometer on your Android device to move the drawings you make in 3d. 

The project itself it fairly straight forward you can draw, move the phone by tilting in different directions, adjust line that you are drawing, create an animated line which pulses and re-draws itself and record an animated gif of whatever you make. Double-tapping (or hitting the trash icon in the menu) clears the app.

As an artist I’m constantly thinking about new types of drawing tools, and what does drawing in the 21st century look like – ink space is research in that realm. If have a drawing basically in your hands, what does it look like to move around that drawing and experience more as a dimensional form that requires you to both draw and move.

The project is featured in Android Experiments, a new initiative highlighting creative coding on the Android platform (including smart watches).

You can find out more about Android Experiments here

You can find out more about the project (including links to free download and even the code) here

“I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think,” Steve Jobs said in a lost interview from 1995.

But for a beginner, learning to code from scratch can be intimidating.

Enter CodeSpells. UC San Diego computer scientists developed this video game to teach people how to code. The story line is simple: you’re a wizard that uses spells (i.e. code) to navigate through the world, fight off foes, and solve problems.

While experienced coders can delve deep into the programming to create some truly devastating spells, newbies can easily experiment with the simple drag-and-drop coding interface.

Learn more about CodeSpells

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Video Games in the Classroom

What can you learn from a video game?

There’s an emerging body of research that suggests there are some benefits to gaming. Gamers often show persistence, attention to detail, and problem-solving — all important qualities for learning.

Educators like UC San Diego’s Sarah Guthals want to bring video games into the classroom — not just to make school fun, but to make it effective. She developed a video game called CodeSpells to teach people (young and old) how to program. 

Learn more the video game

I think, all in all, I’m a very curious person. I love to challenge myself to learn new things — be it code, or business, or baking, or even different industries. Being back in a school environment is only going to help compel those curiosities and allow me to study what I’m really interested in.
—  Karlie Kloss (x)

“I feel fortunate that modeling has given me a platform that I can use to make my ‘marc’. I want to use this platform to ignite the same excitement I have for coding in other young women. That’s why I started Kode With Karlie.”

Kloss hopes it will encourage young women to enroll in computer science classes. Marc Fisher does too and is creating the hashtag #MAKEYOURMARC, meant to accompany images and stories of women who are making an impact in their communities. He’s confident that people will join the conversation and promises to donate $1 to Kode with Karlie each time the hashtag is used. Kloss personally selected three styles from the brand’s fall line, so that for every purchase of one of the three pairs of shoes, $20 will be donated to her Kode cause. The funds provided by #MAKEYOURMARC will allow Karlie to expand her reach creating programs for high school kids, additional scholarships to the Flatiron School with 100% of the contribution supporting education around coding.

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