Education

It’s time to stem the loss of STEM graduates

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.

How Apple is replacing Macs with iPads at school

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.

Don’t be a startup martyr, get some sleep!

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 raises $3.65M to become the Legos of a new era

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.

A reminder to talk to your users relentlessly

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.

Red hot Codecademy gets $10m from Index and KPCB

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.

New U.S. iPad activations move inland

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.

What happens when you give Kindles to kids in Ghana?

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.

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Key technologies for the future of the smart city

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.

What schools need to know about OS X Mountain Lion

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.

Cool for school: Education is a big hit on YouTube

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 launches platform to let anyone create coding lessons

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.

McGraw-Hill is Apple partner, but still has questions about iBooks

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.

Hands on with Apple’s iTunes U: An education

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.

Why textbooks of the future are not books

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.

Chegg to bridge gap between digital and physical textbooks

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.

Will Apple make iMovie for interactive books?

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.

How does Apple fit into digital education?

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.

Piazza gets $6M Series A to help with college homework

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 takes iPad textbooks mainstream with cookbook launch

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.

How to get your old iPhone ready for the kids

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.

iTunes U doubles downloads in last year alone

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.

College kids hate textbooks. Can e-books really help?

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.

Khan Academy Leverages YouTube For Online Learning

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.

What’s Next for Kno? Wouldn’t We Like to Know

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: The Key to Education Anywhere

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.

Study For an MBA While Playing FarmVille

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.

iTunes U Passes 300 Million Downloads Milestone

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.

Pros and Cons of the iPad in Education

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.

Why Everything Is Becoming a Game

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.

Apple U: Education or Indoctrination?

Wednesday saw an interesting development in the academic world when Yale’s Dean of the School of Management announced he was departing for…

iTunesU-K12

Today Apple quietly launched iTunesU-K12, a resource for K-12 schools and districts throughout the United States. So far, only a few states…