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Samsung outs the first Windows Phone 8 handset: Ativ S

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Fresh off a legal setback to its Android devices, Samsung is now turning its attention to Windows Phone, debuting the world’s first Windows Phone 8 device, the Ativ S. The South Korean conglomerate showed off the new device at the IFA show in Berlin, stealing some thunder from Nokia, which...
Samsung outs the first Windows Phone 8 handset: Ativ S

Microsoft melds Windows Phone 8 with bits of Windows 8

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Microsoft previewed Windows Phone 8 to developers on Wednesday at its Windows Phone Summit event, showing off new features and a key strategy for the new platform. Windows Phone 8 will share a common core of code with Windows 8 on desktops and laptops, much as Apple has used OS...
Microsoft melds Windows Phone 8 with bits of Windows 8

A kids’ reading app that reports back to parents

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Children’s e-book reading is still in very early stages — but with parents increasingly handing iPads down to their kids, publishers see room for fast growth. Scholastic launched a children’s e-reading app, Storia, last month. Launching today is Ruckus Media Group’s new iPad app, which offers books for 3- to...
A kids’ reading app that reports back to parents

New Halo exclusive gives gamers a reason to switch to Windows Phone 8

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In the “what took you so long?” news category, a Halo game for both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 was announced on Tuesday. The game, an exclusive for Microsoft devices called “Halo: Spartan Assault”, will cost $6.99 when it launches in July. It marks Microsoft’s biggest effort yet to...
New Halo exclusive gives gamers a reason to switch to Windows Phone 8

Microsoft: Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will share a common core

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Microsoft this morning confirmed that Windows Phone will share a common underlying core with Windows 8 starting later this year, blending the company’s mobile and PC platforms. The company just made the announcement at an event previewing Windows Phone 8, the next version of its mobile operating system, launching this...
Microsoft: Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 will share a common core

Two Socratics Labs startups that want to make the classroom more like the real world

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At the inaugural demo day for the New York-based ed tech accelerator Socratic Labs on Thursday, I heard plenty of compelling pitches from education entrepreneurs set on conquering student debt, using cutting-edge cognitive science to build educational apps and bringing big data and machine learning to literacy. But one of my...
Two Socratics Labs startups that want to make the classroom more like the real world
LearnZillion gets $7M to help teachers align with Common Core Standards
With $2M From Zynga Co-founder & More, Sokikom Wants To Use Social, MMO Gaming To Help Kids Learn Math

Windows Phone reaches 100k apps, still taking a back seat for top titles

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Microsoft's Windows Phone chief Terry Myerson announcing the milestone at the event. (Via webcast) Microsoft just wrapped up the keynote at its Windows Phone Summit down in San Francisco with the announcement that its Windows Phone Marketplace has reached the milestone of 100,000 published apps. In addition, the company said...
Windows Phone reaches 100k apps, still taking a back seat for top titles

Coursera makes first foray into K-12 education with online courses for teachers

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Coursera, one of the driving forces behind the MOOC (massive open online course) movement reshaping higher education, is bringing its disruption to K-12 schools. But its target audience isn’t the students; it’s the teachers. On Wednesday, the startup said it had partnered with several schools of education and other institutions...
Coursera makes first foray into K-12 education with online courses for teachers

Windows Phone 8 gets 'Data Sense' and 'Kid's Corner'

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Jessica Alba at the Windows Phone event (via webcast) Two new Windows Phone 8 features unveiled by Microsoft this morning aim to address some of the biggest challenges faced by smartphone users — mobile broadband data limits, and kids. To promote the launch of the new mobile platform, and the...
Windows Phone 8 gets 'Data Sense' and 'Kid's Corner'

Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

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Readers react to a proposal for a longer school year and day.    ...
Letters: Sunday Dialogue: A New School Schedule?

Learnist - a 'Pinterest for Education' - releases apps for iPhone, iPad

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Learnist, a Pinterest-like social learning platform from ed tech company Grockit, launched in May to let teachers and students of all kinds can create “learn boards” for everything from 8th grade English standards to data visualization to punk music. On Thursday, the company is announcing that it is rolling out...
Learnist - a 'Pinterest for Education' - releases apps for iPhone, iPad
Social learning startup Grockit raises $20M, led by Discovery Communications
Wonderville Launches An Interactive Content Library And Virtual Classroom Network For Kids
Former Yahoo India CTO develops search engine to transform K12

Kno starts offering K-12 textbooks on tablets, scores industry-first deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Kno's tablet textbooks have only ever been available to the college crowd; the younger among us have typically had to get a comprehensive digital education from either the tablet maker's own solution, like Apple's iBooks 2, or less-than-integrated options. A new deal for K-12 books is giving the students,...
Kno starts offering K-12 textbooks on tablets, scores industry-first deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

OMG! Cursive Education On the Chopping Block

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Cursive may be going the way of the Dodo bird and newspapers: Kansas is mulling a decision to cut cursive education and prioritize typing skills. “Parents want to know what your school is doing to teach kids to be prepared for the world of technology,” said Bob Voboril, superintendent of...
OMG! Cursive Education On the Chopping Block
Goalbook Nabs $915K From NewSchools & More To Help Teachers Transform Special Education

Coursera Aims to Help Teach K-12 Teachers to Teach

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So how will MOOCs reach kids? By teaching their teachers. Coursera said today it had partnered with seven schools of education as well as multiple museums in order to provide K-12 teachers and parents with free courses on ”content development, the common core curriculum, teaching through tinkering, character education, and implementing...
Coursera Aims to Help Teach K-12 Teachers to Teach

LearnZillion Lands $7M From DCM, O'Reilly, NewSchools & More To Help Schools Adopt The Common Core

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In an effort to improve the quality of K-12 public education, schools across the country have begun to adopt the Common Core State Standards, which are designed to align the diversity of state curricula under one consistent, standardized guidebook of what students are expected to learn — and teachers are...
LearnZillion Lands $7M From DCM, O'Reilly, NewSchools & More To Help Schools Adopt The Common Core
Education apps maker Duck Duck Moose nabs $7M in funding led by Sequoia

Students to solve 250,000 algebra equations in one week with iOS app

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Video games are making their way into Washington schools early next month and for all the right reasons. Using an iteration of a learning app called DragonBox, the Washington State Algebra Challenge is a one-of-a-kind campaign to get students across the state to solve 250,000 equations in just one week. Scheduled for...
Students to solve 250,000 algebra equations in one week with iOS app

Does ed tech need its own Consumer Reports?

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The recent surge of investment and energy in education technology is bringing a new wave of tools to schools across the country. But determining which options are most appropriate and effective for specific classrooms is becoming an increasing challenge for teachers and administrators. Education blogs and newsletters, as well as...
Does ed tech need its own Consumer Reports?

Mathletes: Students solve 375K algebra equations in 4 days with iOS app

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Students across Washington did some serious algebra work this week — and I mean serious like 400,000 problems in four days kind of work. As part of the Washington State Algebra Challenge, K-12 students used an iteration of a learning app called DragonBox to try and solve 250,000 equations in just one week. They did that and...
Mathletes: Students solve 375K algebra equations in 4 days with iOS app

How Unbound Concepts crunches readability, or how big data could help improve literacy

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It’s easy enough to understand why Curious George books are first grade fare and why Camus is often saved for the 12th grade. But what about all the books in between? For the most part, teachers and literacy experts are the ones charged with considering sentence complexity, word difficulty, themes...
How Unbound Concepts crunches readability, or how big data could help improve literacy
With $4.1M In New Funding, MasteryConnect Wants To Give Teachers A Better Way To Track Student Progress
Electronic Arts announces 'SimCity' for the classroom
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