April 7, 2013 |
When Silicon Valley wizard John Hanke developed Google Earth a little more than a decade ago, he put advanced, interactive mapping technology in the hands of consumers. It was a major breakthrough, but Hanke has moved on since then. As director of Google's Niantic Labs, he masterminded Field Trip, an app that provides real-time, location-based information about shops, buildings and services. It's available for smartphones and tablets. When used used in conjunction with Google Glass, expected to be released by the end of the year, the Field Trip app will be accessible to by voice-activated, futuristic spectacles, thereby freeing users' hands.
March 20, 2013 |
Where'd you graduate from? Food University . Where's that? Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Possibly that would get you somewhere on the Eater Dating site. Er, maybe not so far in the real world. But if you just want to hang out with prominent food world figures and in the process learn about ingredients, knives and celebrity chefs at this three-day event, even those with less-than-stellar grade point averages can get in. That is, if there's still space left for the event which runs March 27 to 29. "Food University is the collaboration among Caesars Palace, philanthropist and hospitality industry leader Larry Ruvo, Food Network co-founder the ever ebullient Robin Leach and veteran culinary entertainment producer Richard Gore," trumpets a release.
March 8, 2013 |
Google Field Trip, an app that alerts users of interesting places as they travel, has arrived on the iPhone and iPod Touch. The app, which launched for Android devices last September, sends users notifications as they near interesting locations, such as landmarks or popular restaurants. "Field Trip can help you learn about everything from local history to the latest and best places to shop, eat and have fun," the app's description says. QUIZ: How much do you know about Google ?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2013 |
The state Senate is taking a rare field trip, heading to Long Beach on Tuesday to learn how career technical education programs are working in some model schools. Most of the 40 senators are expected at the bipartisan California State Senate Policy Conference on Education, which includes tours of career academy classrooms to review how academics and technical training are being merged. "We know that one of the best ways to improve outcomes for our students and to close achievement gaps is to align rigorous academics to the world of work and careers," said Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
HOME & GARDEN
January 26, 2013 |
All went well on the recent school outing to the tall-masted ship, which I helped chaperon. I had to pull only three kids from the water, and two of them were easy because the shark had just spit them out -- pit-ewwwwwey -- and I was able to snag them in the air, in sort of mid-somersault. Pit-ewwwwwey ... gotcha. The third kid, Snot, was a little trickier because he was covered in the traditional fourth-grade goo of Cocoa Puffs, grape juice and chocolate-flavored mucus. "Yum," thought the shark, which released him only when I explained that fourth-grade boys cause vomiting and trichinosis in most sea creatures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2012 |
Students from Western Avenue Elementary's special education classes sat in the shade and counted rings on "tree cookies" taken from redwoods on a recent field trip. "This is where learning comes alive and is more meaningful," said teacher Mysie Dela Pena about the Christensen Math Science and Technology Center in San Pedro. "We talk about a lot of these elements in the classroom, but this is where they get the experience firsthand. " The interactive life science classroom is a beleaguered survivor of the Los Angeles Unified School District's budget cuts.