David Merrill demos Siftables, the smart blocks | Video on TED.com

These are educational manipulatives on steroids! The educational possibilities for this are incredible, not to mention how they can be used for musical performance.

We really need to look at how new technologies like this, as well as currently available technologies, can be integrated into schools to support learning and socialization. With $150 billion in the education budget, there has got to be some money around to put this in motion...