Education

Osmo Coding combines toys, programming, and learning

Osmo Coding combines toys, programming, and learning

While major players like Disney and Activision, to some extent, are abandoning the "toys-to-life" ship that they helped establish, their departure leaves room for more takers and innovators to take the market in new directions. Activision, for example, wants to try its luck in the card collecting and battling genre. Osmo, on the other hand, is doing what it does best, make educational toys. Osmo Coding attempt to bridge the divide between physical and digital while, at the same time, giving the young ones what could be their first taste of programming.

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Chernobyl VR is a tour of fallout and educational devastation

Chernobyl VR is a tour of fallout and educational devastation

The folks at The Farm 51 Group have decided to allow you to visit the site of one of the most devastating human errors in modern history. Chernobyl - a place you might LIKE to visit, but really shouldn't, ever, really go to. This is an educational experience - much like we saw with Everest VR, this time bringing you to a place that's a lot closer to sea level - and a little less dangerous, depending on which part you're exploring.

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Amazon to provide eBooks for New York City Schools

Amazon to provide eBooks for New York City Schools

When I was in school, at the end of every school day, I'd need to head back to my locker, and decide just how many books I needed to cram into my bag for the night. Sometimes that meant three or four large books strapped to my back as I made my way to the bus. But thanks to the power of technology, New York City students won't have to deal with any of that.

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Minecraft Education Edition early access launches in June

Minecraft Education Edition early access launches in June

Minecraft: Education Edition will be coming to more than 100 schools in 30 countries as part of a beta program kicking off in May. Following that, Microsoft will release the software for any educator to download as part of an early access program starting in June. The educational edition will be available in 11 languages and 41 countries upon the June launch, and it’ll be free for teachers to download and use. In return, Microsoft seeks feedback for the product.

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Amazon has an open educational platform in the works

Amazon has an open educational platform in the works

Amazon has plans to launch a “free and unlimited” online learning materials portal for educators, though it is staying quiet about the details at this point. A new waiting list has cropped up on the company’s website offering a waiting list through which educators can sign up for more information (which hasn’t yet been released). If everything goes as expected, this platform will operate as some sort of open educational resources (OCR) destination.

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Sony unveils KOOV robotics kit for education

Sony unveils KOOV robotics kit for education

Never before has robotics taken a more mainstream role in the world, from Amazon's busy workers to drones to self-driving cars. Thanks to advancements not only in technology but also in the science of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the promise, and to some the threat, of robots are near fulfillment. Suffice it to say, robotics will be a one of the main topics in science and technology education in the years to come. Which is why Sony is announcing KOOV, an educational kit for robotics and programming for primary schools.

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Apple acquires education startup LearnSprout

Apple acquires education startup LearnSprout

Apple has acquired the education startup LearnSprout, the company has confirmed. LearnSprout offers a simplistic but robust way for schools and educators to monitor their students’ academic performance, and according to its website, thousands of school districts across the United States already use the platform. The acquisition is reportedly to help Apple bolster the educational tools available on its iPad.

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Google’s new grant gets Chromebooks to refugees

Google’s new grant gets Chromebooks to refugees

Google has announced a grant that will go toward getting Chromebooks into the hands of nonprofits working with refugees in Germany. The grant will be for $5.3 million and will come from Google.org in support of NetHope’s Project Reconnect with the ultimate goal being “easier access to education” for refugees.

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HP offers students a budget-friendly Chromebook 11 G4 EE

HP offers students a budget-friendly Chromebook 11 G4 EE

The low-resource, low-cost Chromebooks were initially designed for use cases that didn't exactly require a lot of computing power but still needed the basics, including connecting to the Internet. In other words, while Chromebooks might not make much sense for power users, they shine bright inside classrooms. Adding to the growing roster of Chromebooks designed for schools, HP has unveiled the Education Edition or EE of its Chromebook 11 G4, with a price and ruggedness that any student of any age can handle.

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Google’s new VR tours: Buckingham Palace, Great Barrier Reef

Google’s new VR tours: Buckingham Palace, Great Barrier Reef

Google has a couple new VR tours under its Expeditions Pioneer Program, a platform that enables teachers and others to introduce students to various places around the world: Buckingham Palace and the Great Barrier Reef. According to Expedition’s program manager Jennifer Holland, the Great Barrier Reef experience is “designed and produced by Sir David Attenborough and Alchemy VR.” In addition, and due to popular request, Google has also added a Buckingham Palace VR tour.

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Minecraft headed to your classroom, again

Minecraft headed to your classroom, again

The folks at Microsoft in charge of Minecraft's gaming universe have revealed their next step in total world domination. It's called Minecraft: Education Edition, and it brings a new version of Minecraft to the classroom. Sort of. What this program does is to put control of MinecraftEdu, a program that already exists, into the hands of Microsoft. They'll be calling it Minecraft: Education Edition. It's very similar, but now it'll be controlled by Microsoft.

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Norwegian high school adds eSports to the curriculum

Norwegian high school adds eSports to the curriculum

School was a lot different back when I attended. Only in the later years did we spend time in the computer lab more than a couple of times per year. I distinctly remember having an exam in the 8th grade that consisted only of playing and completing Oregon Trail. Well, if you live in Norway, you might have a Counter-Strike match for your final exam.

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