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Backed by $1.25 million, TED launches revamped education platform with customized learning tools

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It seems that nearly every week we report on groundbreaking news from TED, the global nonprofit known for its “Ideas Worth Spreading”. Today, it announced its latest efforts in the education space: a dynamic TED-Ed site with new teacher tools for customized learning experiences. The new platform allows educators to customize TED-Ed videos...
Backed by $1.25 million, TED launches revamped education platform with customized learning tools

The problem with virtual training: instructional design, not distance

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Training at a distance is more hassle than it’s worth, several CEOs have warned. But when we recently reported their cautions against onboarding new employees virtually, a senior analyst at training consultancy Bersin & Associates named Janet Clarey took exception with their point of view in the comments. Not that...
The problem with virtual training: instructional design, not distance
FCC: Digital textbooks could save US $60 per student annually, $2.94 billion overall

Microsoft Launches New Social Network That Looks Exactly Like Google+

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There are approximately zero flattering pictures of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on the Internet. (picasaweb.google.com) Looks like Steve Ballmer has a new product to hype. While the rest of us were recovering from our post-IPO hangovers, Microsoft decided that the weekend after Facebook went public was the perfect time to...
Microsoft Launches New Social Network That Looks Exactly Like Google+

Alzheimer's early diagnosis - can we 'Google' it? | Lawrence O'Dwyer

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Diagnosing Alzheimer's disease now relies on extensive questionnaires, but algorithms like those used by search engines could be the futureA doctor has a brain scan on a screen in front of her. Her patient has been complaining of increased forgetfulness so the doctor feeds the scan into her diagnosis software...
Alzheimer's early diagnosis - can we 'Google' it? | Lawrence O'Dwyer
Hopscotch iPad app looks to teach building blocks of coding to girls

How low-end smartphones could democratize education in rural China

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Roughly 70 percent of China’s population lives in rural areas. This also means that more than 70 percent of China’s students live in rural areas, making up some 160 million students of compulsory-education age. With the rapid decline of the price of smartphones to sub-$80, there is a huge opportunity...
How low-end smartphones could democratize education in rural China
Why Amazon, Apple tablet releases won't be a big deal until they're $100 or less

Should School be Taught in the Cloud?

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Should School be Taught in the Cloud? is a post from Chris PirilloOn March 5th, the U.S. Department of Education released its National Educational Technology Plan, which they named Transforming Education: Learning Powered by Technology. Some of the recommendations made in the report include things like having a computing device...
Should School be Taught in the Cloud?
Lynda.com raises $103M to tackle the tech talent crunch

Y Combinator-Backed Clever Launches A Twilio For Educational Data

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We’re all a bit tired of the “X is Twilio for Y” brand of analogies (though it’s refreshing to see more of Twilio in this equation than Airbnb these days), but if ever there were an industry in need of some modern, standardizing APIs it would be education. Thankfully, Clever,...
Y Combinator-Backed Clever Launches A Twilio For Educational Data

Vodafone Wants European Devs To Build Apps That Do Good, Puts €200K Up For Grabs

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Here’s an opportunity for European app developers to work on a project aimed first and foremost at helping others, rather than on the off-chance it will catch Yahoo!’s eye and lead to insane riches. Carrier Vodafone’s philanthropic arm, the Vodafone Foundation, has kicked off its first Mobile for Good Europe...
Vodafone Wants European Devs To Build Apps That Do Good, Puts €200K Up For Grabs
Online education wins big as TED awards $1 million to pioneer Sugata Mitra
Udemy Rolls Out New Publishing Platform To Helps Teachers Create Quality Online Courses

Intel's Studybook reignites rivalry with OLPC

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Intel on Tuesday announced a reference design for a new 7-inch education tablet, which will rekindle the chip maker's rivalry with nonprofit organization One Laptop Per Child in the area of providing computing devices as learning tools....
Intel's Studybook reignites rivalry with OLPC
YogiPlay Debuts "YogiMeter," An Educator-Based Rating System For Children's Learning Apps
Dispelling myths: Personalized learning tools will not replace teachers

News: Accio releases Mega Multilingual Word Find

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Accio has released Mega Multilingual Word Find, a new word search game with a multilingual spin. The app features 20 categories, 10 languages and four board levels for hours or gameplay and language aficionados can unlock additional language packs to mix and match words from different languages, such as...
News: Accio releases Mega Multilingual Word Find
Language-learning tool Busuu gains $5.6M and a boardmember from LastMinute.com

Some schools in Australia now requiring iPads for students

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A church-based private school, along with several other private educational institutions in Sydney, Australia are now informing parents that most students will be required to own an iPad beginning in the next school year. The move to tablets has become compulsory at the schools because educators believe they are significantly...
Some schools in Australia now requiring iPads for students

The five key features of a quality ebook

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Ebooks can make an important contribution to knowledge but quality remains an issue for the academic community. Sophie Tergeist lists five ways to ensure your ebook is up to scratchAs one of the commissioning editors at an online publishing house specialised in e-textbooks, I have been at the coalface of...
The five key features of a quality ebook

Encyclopedia Britannica's 2010 edition to be its last

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The 244-year-old Encyclopedia Britannica will be going out of print this year, abdicating to the likes of Google and Wikipedia. Most adults will remember looking up information in the IRL knowledge-base's volumes, but the iconic encyclopedia only represents 1 percent of the company's total sales today. Britannica traditionally published...
Encyclopedia Britannica's 2010 edition to be its last
Always Prepped Grabs $650K From True Ventures, Former Blackboard EVP To Launch A Mint.com For Education

Instructure Launches App Center To Let Teachers, Students Install Third-Party Apps Across Learning Platforms

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Props are owed to companies like Blackboard and Moodle for being early movers in the educational software space, particularly in helping catalyze innovation in learning management systems (LMS). The problem is, of course, they began over a decade ago and there haven’t exactly been a flurry of raving reviews since....
Instructure Launches App Center To Let Teachers, Students Install Third-Party Apps Across Learning Platforms
Babble curtails language learning costs using iPad subscriptions

Microsoft Wins USPTO Award for Machine Learning Tool

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Here’s your feel good moment for the week: Microsoft won one of two slots in the in the technology category of the USPTO’s Patents for Humanity Award. Winning alongside of Microsoft was Sproxil, a company that provides a service that allows for the verification of goods by consumers to ensure that they...
Microsoft Wins USPTO Award for Machine Learning Tool

Codecademy takes on $10M from Index, Union Square, and Kleiner to expand internationally

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Codecademy, the company that is working to create a set of digital learning tools to teach anyone to code who wants to do so, has taken on a new round of funding, this one clocking in $10 million. The round was led by Index Ventures, and participated in by Kleiner...
Codecademy takes on $10M from Index, Union Square, and Kleiner to expand internationally

Big Data For Higher Ed: With $4.1M From First Round, Floodgate, Former Kaplan Exec Launches Civitas Learning

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As colleges and universities strain their resources to accomodate an ever-growing, diverse student body, it becomes increasingly difficult to track the progress of individual students and figure out what’s working in their curricula, coursework, testing, and teaching styles. An appalling number of students in the U.S. are still dropping out...
Big Data For Higher Ed: With $4.1M From First Round, Floodgate, Former Kaplan Exec Launches Civitas Learning

LeapFrog's Latest Gadget for Kids: Magic Pen for Both E-Reading and Writing

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If you can tear your kid away from the iPad long enough, you might want to hand him or her the latest gadget from LeapFrog Enterprises. The California-based company known for its educational-based LeapPad tablets for kids has just introduced a new device aimed at helping young kids learn to...
LeapFrog's Latest Gadget for Kids: Magic Pen for Both E-Reading and Writing
Instructure launches open Canvas App Store to turn education into an ecosystem
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