Google Announces New Educational Tools | Crunch Report | Summary and Q&A

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June 28, 2016
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Google Announces New Educational Tools | Crunch Report

TL;DR

Google introduces Project Blox for teaching kids to code, opens up expeditions platform for virtual reality field trips. Facebook launches slideshow feature to encourage personal sharing. Twitter allows users to add stickers to photos.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is Project Blox and what is its purpose?

Project Blox is a hardware platform introduced by Google to teach kids coding. Its goal is to make programming a more tangible experience by allowing kids to assemble physical units that represent different commands to control robots.

Q: How can users create movie slideshows on Facebook?

Facebook suggests creating a slideshow when users have taken at least five photos or videos in the past 24 hours. The app automatically generates a slideshow, but users can also customize it by adding or removing images and changing the theme.

Q: What is the purpose of Twitter's sticker feature?

Twitter's sticker feature aims to liven up photos by allowing users to add hundreds of accessories, emojis, and props. Users can use multiple stickers in one photo and tap on a sticker to see other photos shared with the same sticker.

Q: How does Facebook help users find events?

Facebook now displays a carousel of featured events at the top of the events page, selected by a team at Facebook. This feature offers users an additional way to discover parties, arts and culture events, sports games, and more in their city.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Google announces Project Blox, a hardware platform for teaching kids to code, and opens up expeditions platform for virtual reality field trips.

  • Facebook rolls out slideshow feature to encourage personal sharing and offers the ability to create customized movie slideshows.

  • Twitter introduces stickers for photos, allowing users to add multiple accessories, emojis, and props to their pictures.

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