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Only three major cities in the country seem interested in advancing education so their students will have a better shot at co-mingling with their…
Earlier this year, a bipartisan bill was put forward in Congress to fix one of the biggest impediments preventing hopeful American high…
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America’s youth isn’t getting a decent education when it comes to the basics of technology, and now we’re seeing some data on…
An education startup called Galvanize, which focuses on tech workers and entrepreneurs, has acquired a San Francisco company called Zipfian Academy that…
Osmo’s kids game suite, which combines real-world objects with iPad apps, has been pre-ordered more than two million times. Now, the company is adding customization options.
Ardusat revealed its educational platform today, which provides tools for teachers to integrate Ardusat’s small satellites into their curriculum.
In order to figure out whether Duolingo’s Test Center certification is an effective exam, I sat down and took it.
Soon you’ll be able to take a foreign language standardized tests on an Android smartphone as Duolingo opens up its certified, proctored Test Center. But will institutions accept the credential?
Global competition for STEM graduates is heating up. And although American universities are training some of the world’s top talent, we’re losing this investment upon graduation. Mediaocean’s John Bauschard proposes several changes to immigration policy to help stop the loss.
Education-focused children’s mobile app network Fingerprint has raised more than $20 million in funding to date.
The quality and number of education apps has increased over the last few years. The following guide identifies apps that students and parents can use to stay on top over summer vacation.
Duolingo, the translation game app founded by CEO Luis von Ahn, wants to offer standardized tests through its app, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Friday.
TinkerBots sets include modules that snap together to form robots that move and interact with their environment. They are on sale on Indiegogo starting today.
The SPARK Competition challenged teams to create a chemistry kit suited to the modern day. The winning design crams a whole kit onto a single computer chip.
Who should learn data science skills? UC Berkeley Dean AnnaLee Saxenian believes that everyone could benefit from knowing how to interpret data.
Semantic search will combine natural language processing and compute to help people learn and share information quickly.
Collecting student data digitally isn’t solely something for massive open online courses. Even university professors and their students can benefit from transforming the lecture experience into one designed to go anywhere and collect data all along the way.
Google is using Helpouts to help kids apply for federal student loans. The initiative hints at more possible Helpouts uses in education and volunteerism.
Tech companies from Apple to Autodesk and three of the nationwide mobile operators are contributing hardware, software and services to help fund the Presidents plan to connect 15,000 schools with broadband.
Alma modernizes school administration software, with help from the cloud.
Education startup Curious released its first app today for iOS, focusing on its small, skill-focused courses.
Ed-tech marketplace Udemy is expanding its reach with a new Android app, available today.
The university is launching a flagship course for a new professional-focused online program.
MOOCs have difficulties keeping students engaged in forum discussions, according to new study.
When Apple(s aapl) posted its year in review on Tuesday, it did something it has never done before: award an education app…
Educational startup Koru, armed with $4.35 million in Series A funding, wants to help millennials get their first jobs.
RobotsLAB’s Box kit includes four robots and a tablet loaded with a Common Core-specific curriculum. The company just translated all of its lesson plans into Spanish.
Language-learning app Duolingo has released an entirely new version of its app, which introduces more gamified features to keep users engaged. In…
Coursera has finally released an app for iPhone, bringing MOOCs to mobile.
In conjunction with Computer Science Education Week’s “Hour of Code,” Codecademy has released its very first mobile app.
In order to make kid-friendly apps more accessible, Samsung has partnered with kids app curator Fingerprint to create a dedicated app network.
The latest blockbuster Kickstarter project is an unlikely one: an open source computer science education kit with Raspberry Pi. This one is targeted at kids, and it’s finding fans.
The free “picture a day” drawing challenge app is now available portably, thanks to a new version for iPhone.
How do you bring people into an open source community? Mozilla developer Brian Bondy has taken ideas from online education to create a training curriculum for Firefox.
Just a day after announcing Data Science courses with Cloudera, online educator Udacity has added a completely new facet of learning to…
Udacity and Cloudera have a new partnership to bring online Data Science training to the masses
Rosetta Stone is going mobile, and tapping into the youth market with the second installment of their Spanish/English app program.
MakerBot is bringing a 3D printer to every classroom — with some help from the public and Donors Choose.
Co-founder Jenny Young grew up building things in her garage with her dad. In Brooklyn, kids don’t have garages. So she provides them with one.
Hullabalu has released its second app, expanding on Pandora the panda’s journey for the pre-K set.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-24435809 The United Kingdom isn’t much of a manufacturing hub these days, except for… computers? Yes, the Raspberry Pi Foundation, which makes…
Yesterday, Google (s goog) announced the winners of its annual Science Fair, which rewards kids who push beyond the standard baking soda…
A Harvard professor’s campaign would allow his pilot class of MOOC students to conduct their very own neuroscience experiments.
There doesn’t need to be a fight between teaching and technology in the classroom. The right combination of the two can deliver personalized learning to improve kids’ understanding and enable success.
One Laptop Per Child’s newest offering, a low-cost tablet, will get an Internet boost thanks to a crucial partnership with Open Garden.
The $1.25 million program, with participants including Intel and Xively, will use sensors and data visualizations to train pupils in the use of emerging technologies and bring other subjects to life.
After playing with augmented reality glasses all week, I was shocked by how mature zSpace’s tablet technology is. It is especially suited to educators, medical professionals and industrial designers.
Ever wished for a spell check function for handwritten notes? With this connected pen on Kickstarter, that misspelled word will generate a gentle buzz so you know to try again. Or grab a dictionary.
iPads will replace books, classrooms and, in some ways, teachers. A principal of the Steve Jobs school says in seven years their model will be totally normal.
For $100 (and with a little bit of surgery), you can get the RoboRoach to control a cockroach’s brain patterns to make it move via smartphone app. It’s a new way to teach kids about neuroscience.
There has been rapid growth in the number of online-only college courses that have accredited professors teaching audiences that can number in the tens of thousands. This development could be a huge boon for students, professors and universities.
The program formerly known as the Boston Startup School, which was co-founded by the managing director of TechStars Boston, has changed its name to the Startup Institute and is expanding to New York.
Apple’s educational initiative hit a pretty big number this week, a year after it got its own dedicated app.
According to Harvard business professor and best-selling author Clay Christensen, the disruptive effects of the web are being felt the most by the media and advertising industries, but the education business is next in line.
In his State of the Union speech, President Obama recognized the IBM-backed Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) in New York. Rashid Davis, P-TECH’s principal, chats with GigaOM about what makes his school work and how it could be replicated around the country.
For years, newspaper subscribers who go on vacation have donated their papers to classrooms where students would do things like cut out pictures. Now, Boston readers will be donating iPads instead.
According to GE’s annual Innovation Barometer, business leaders around the world ranked improving education and encouraging a more entrepreneurial school environment as priorities in encouraging innovation.
Pave, a New York-based startup, on Wednesday said it’s piloting its crowdfunding platform that matches up students and other young people pursuing new careers with established professionals who invest money and time in exchange for a share of future earnings.
Cerego, a company that has operated out of Tokyo since 2000, has opened an office stateside and is launching a new memory management tool based on principles drawn from cognitive science.
Kajeet plans to offer some kind of 4G mobile broadband service for kids, though it was a bit stingy with the details. Chances are it will start selling dongles and hotspots directly to families, turning modems into virtual nannies.
Despite a grim economy, the tech sector is booming. For entrepreneurial people, there are lots of ways to get a foot in the door, even in a completely new field. This is how Brendan O’Brien, of Aria Systems, did it.
USEED is like a Kickstarter for education that helps students raise money for research and philanthropic programs, but also provides guidane and encouragement for skills like idea pitching and social media marketing.
With $1 million in seed funding from Khosla Ventures, Palo Alto-based LearnStreet is launching in public beta Wednesday to help beginners learn to code online. Inspired by the Maker Movement, LearnStreet describes coding as a vehicle for self-expression, not just a skill for professional advancement.
In the past year, leading technology companies have made big strides in bringing tablet computers into classrooms across the country. But while the availability of new devices is certainly critical, the successful transition to digital textbooks relies on many interconnected factors.
Agility is increasingly recognized as one of the main advantages of cloud computing, replacing earlier justifications such as cost reduction and reduced…
Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino once said the FT would be sold “over my dead body”. Now her exit after 15 years is calling some to wonder whether things might change.
Duck Duck Moose, a San Mateo, Calif.-based company that makes educational smartphone apps for kids, has raised $7 million in Series A funding from Sequoia Capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Stanford University.
TreeRing, a San Mateo, Calif.-based company that brings social networking into the creation of school yearbooks, has raised $3.6 million in Series A funding from Flipboard CEO and co-founder Mike McCue, Second Ave Partners, Cedar Grove Investments and other angel investors.
On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook declared that the adoption of the iPad by educational institutions was “unlike anything I’ve seen in technology.” It’s not just a cheaper iPad 2 that’s driving record K-12 iPad sales, but Apple’s total education apps package.
Lots of founders wear sleep deprivation like a badge of honor. Eli Luberoff thinks this is silly and has implemented a “don’t come to work tired” policy at his company, Desmos. In this video interview, he explains how rested employees are more productive.
LittleBits, a New York-based startup that developed a system of electronic modules that snap together to make simple electronics projects, announced Wednesday that it has raised $3.65 million in new funding and forged a critical partnership with supply chain management company PCH International.
Remind101 co-founder, Brett Kopf’s dyslexia and ADD led him to create a text messaging service for students. After failing to find an audience, Kopf starting talking to users. In this video, Kopf explains how important that communication was to finding the right business.
Pathbrite, a San Francisco-based startup that has created a digital platform for storing and sharing artifacts of educational and professional achievement, on Wednesday announced that it had raised $2.5 million in new funding.
Education startup Codecademy — which promises to help anyone learn to program with its game-like online courses — is stepping up to the international market with a $10 million round of funding from new backers including Index Ventures and Kleiner Perkins.
An interactive education and books crossover started by some of the founders of Zynga’s main social gaming rival is taking on $4 million in venture funding.
Like last month, California and Hawaii lead in new iPad activations, accounting for nearly 18 and 16 percent, respectively. But Nebraska is a surprise No. 3. A big part of that isn’t due to your regular gadget consumers, but one of the state’s public education initiatives.
Bringing new technology into a bureaucratic university environment can be a challenge, but colleges seem to be learning that if they want to attract new students, they need to meet them on familiar ground.
Worldreader gives Kindles to students in sub-Saharan Africa. The nonprofit’s new report, funded by USAID, shows that access to e-readers improved primary school students’ reading skills significantly. But a lot of e-readers broke and results for older kids were mixed.
As the smart city opens up new types of services and looks to address new technical, environmental and economic challenges, all stakeholders need to reconsider their roles and how those impact their business models, modes of operation and partnering strategies.
Many school districts are rolling out student programs, where most computing is done with the iPad. By more closely integrating with iOS, the upcoming OS X Mountain Lion release should help in schools that make heavy use of iPads and still want to use Macs.
App developer Readdle has been busy lately. A big update arrived recently for its PDF Expert software for iPad, and now the company is also launching a new note-taking and PDF annotation app called Remarks. Here’s a hands on look at what the app offers users.
YouTube isn’t just about cat videos anymore: Educational content has been growing rapidly on the site, with views of educational videos doubling in 2011. Google is investing some of its money to give videos about biology and world history a more professional look and feel.
Codecademy, the startup that makes an interactive and social web application aimed at teaching people how to write computer code, has gone the platform route. On Monday, the company debuted Course Creator, a platform that allows anyone to make educational courses to teach programming techniques.
The battle for the college digital textbook market — including startups like Inkling and Kno — gets a fair amount of attention. But the K-…
In talking with an executive from Apple iBooks partner McGraw-Hill, it’s clear the company has high hopes but also concerns about maintaining consistently high-quality textbooks that are published with iBooks Author. Here are some of the most interesting points from our conversation.
According to Apple (NSDQ: AAPL), education in the U.S. is plagued both by major institutional problems — low high-school graduation rates,…
In university, I used a single clipboard/portfolio to store my notes from every class, then mostly piled the day’s work on the floor according to subject matter. Apple’s iTunes U app makes keeping track of course material ridiculously easy compared to my days of academic foraging.
Apple’s e-textbook tools and platform announcement wasn’t a huge surprise. But what’s become more clear after hearing Apple’s pitch, which is aimed at K-12 school teachers, school districts, homeschooling parents, publishers and students themselves, is that the future of textbooks isn’t a book at all.
Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue announced a revamp of iTunes U on Thursday, designed to help teachers create full online courses instead of just creating videos or lectures. The new iTunes U will have its own app, which is similar to iBooks.
We’re here at Apple’s education event at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The company is expected to launch a set…
Personal security app Guardly, which launched back in April 2011 on the iPhone and iPod touch, announced Thursday morning that it will now offer a special program for students at 67 universities and colleges across Canada, designed as an extension of on-campus security measures.
Chegg, a Santa Clara, Calif.–based startup that made its name in textbook rentals, has made its first piece of software that it says will aid the transition to digital learning for students by offering e-textbooks that act an awful lot like physical textbooks.
Since before Apple announced its press event taking place this week, there’s been speculation that a logical step would be to sell digital textbooks directly through its iBookstore. But it turns out, what the company announces might not be that complicated.
Apple is holding an event in New York next week, in which the company is planning to make “an education announcement.” Many are connecting the event with comments Steve Jobs made to his biographer and expecting Apple to announce a digital textbook initiative through the iBookstore.
As expected, Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) has started to send out invitations to an event in New York, and now we know what it will be about: educatio…
Piazza, the social network that lets college students and instructors discuss material online, has closed on $6 million in a new Series A funding round. Piazza’s service is meant to counteract study group snobbery and eliminate students’ fear of asking “dumb” questions.
Inkling, the company that makes interactive, digital versions of textbooks for the iPad, is set to release its version of The Professional Chef, the official textbook of The Culinary Institute of America. It’s the first Inkling title that could have major appeal beyond the classroom.
Thinking about getting a new iPhone and not sure what to do with the old one? Give it to the kids. Basically, what you’re doing is turning the iPhone into a kid-friendly iPod touch, which is a great way to put old tech to constructive use.
Chalk up another victory for the halo effect of Apple’s iOS devices: the company’s iTunes U service doubled its overall downloads during the last year alone, adding more than 300 million downloads for a total of over 600 million since the service’s introduction in 2007.
Skillshare is riding the P2P wave and has built a platform for users to offer real-world classes of any kind to interested students. It is expanding to San Francisco and Philadelphia later this month and is closing its Series A round soon.
The latest IBM CEO study reports, “More than 62% of development projects fail to meet the intended schedule and 30% of project costs are due to rework and poor execution of requirements.” IBM Jazz is working to address these problems through greater support of developer collaboration.
It’s no secret that most college students aren’t crazy about textbooks. But will moving required reading materials to an e-book format really change all that? Recent market research indicates that it just might — and that college students are demanding to go digital more than ever before.
Sal Khan, a former hedge fund manager, turned some personal tutoring videos for his niece into an online educational academy with backing from Bill Gates and Google. The Khan Academy is providing students with powerful online tools to accelerate their learning in ways traditional teaching hasn’t.
Kno Inc. scrapped its plans to make a signature tablet device and announced a new, singular focus as an educational software company. Although Kno CEO Osman Rashid told me he’s “extremely excited” about the new direction, he was pretty mum on the details.
Mobile technology, and the easy access to information it provides, is the next major disruption to education. If teachers can take advantage of it, they can teach not only the potential of mobile learning but also the benefit of education everywhere.
A private university called the London School of Business and Finance is offering its MBA course as a Facebook app, complete with video lectures and case studies. While the app itself is free of charge, however, students have to pay in order to get full accreditation.
Apple’s tooting its own horn again, and this time it’s to the tune of 300 million downloads for iTunes U, the service that allows iTunes account holders to download lectures and other educational materials from various academic institutions, including Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, MIT and more.
While Liam opined about the challenges an iPad can face in education here, I thought I’d tackle some potential real-world pluses and minuses from the viewpoint of a college student. I think the iPad is going to succeed in education marvelously for students and teachers.
Apple (s aapl) has started making the iPad available on its online education store in packs of 10 with an appallingly–stingy discount…
Thanks to World of Warcraft and social games on Facebook, gaming is becoming a bigger part of our culture than it has ever been. Web sites like Wikipedia and Slashdot use game-style principles to control behavior, and some see these principles moving into education and the workforce.
The cat is only just out of the bag, and still there are iPad-related websites, accessories, and apps being promoted across the…
The Apple (s aapl) tablet, when (and if) released, will be a multimedia device. There’s little to no question about that. It’ll…
If you check out the webcams at the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s CMS project, you may just observe something rather unexpected.…
Every so often, a friend or relative of mine decides that they want to be able to handle more of their work…
iTunes U (iTunes Link), part of the iTunes Store, is an amazing venue for top-notch educational content from the world’s greatest universities,…
Snow Leopard (s aapl) is selling like hotcakes. It’s selling much better than Tiger, and a lot better than Leopard, too. If…
Distance learning has gone mainstream. The U.S. Department of Education report “Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning” states that “on average,…
Many web workers welcome August and September because their kids head back to school, making work a little easier. But some web…
With the academic year about to begin, and having already tackled the important issues of iWork vs. Office, it’s time to turn…
It appears that rumors of the death of the e-book on the iPhone platform were greatly exaggerated, at least that’s what Apple…
This time of year, it seems almost inevitable. There’s a forum post somewhere, a plea for help in the middle of the…
Whenever a friend who’s new to Apple (s aapl) picks up a new Mac of their own, I’m sure to tell them…
Apple (s aapl) arguably could do a better job of educating their non–tech oriented customers about the advisability and desirability of periodic…
It wasn’t so long ago that the Internet was ablaze with news of the “new” 17-inch iMac for education priced at $899,…
News “broke” over the weekend via a leak from Apple (s aapl) itself that the company still offers the low-end iMac model…
In marked contrast to the disappointing Mac mini update today, the iMac’s upgrades make great strides in keeping the value proposition for…
Wednesday saw an interesting development in the academic world when Yale’s Dean of the School of Management announced he was departing for…
Today Apple quietly launched iTunesU-K12, a resource for K-12 schools and districts throughout the United States. So far, only a few states…
Many schools foot the bill to get good Macs into their teachers’ hands. Mac developers know this and there are many different…
Chimoosoft created this fantastic little donationware app called TubeTv. With this app, you can save video files from YouTube and other sites…