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Amazon Prime Student promo offers discounted loan interest rate

Amazon Prime Student promo offers discounted loan interest rate

Amazon Prime Student subscribers have a new oddball offering: a discounted interest rate for private student loans through Wells Fargo. The Prime product, of course, is intended specifically for students and offers many of the same perks as a regular Prime subscription, plus some extra promotions and offers targeted at students. If shelling out for a Prime Student account wasn't attractive enough, Amazon seems to hope getting discounted interest rates will be enough to draw in new customers.

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Duolingo Tinycards for iOS take learning beyond languages

Duolingo Tinycards for iOS take learning beyond languages

Duolingo is known for its language-learning app, but soon enough it'll be known for its more general educational offerings, too. The company has launched a new iOS app called Tinycards, which will be heading to other platforms in the near future, and it expands beyond languages to help users memorize all sorts of things. The app is currently available for both iPhone and iPad.

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Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple's first iOS App Development Center in Europe will be opening in a few months, and it's been confirmed that the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy will be hosting the incubator. Originally announced back in January, the center will be a place for aspiring developers to better learn about the iOS app environment, as well as for educators to receive additional support. The Apple-sponsored course will run for nine months, and is open to applications from anywhere in Europe.

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One Laptop Per Child debuts new, larger Infinity:One model

One Laptop Per Child debuts new, larger Infinity:One model

You don't hear about the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative much anymore, but with its partner One Education, it made waves with its cheap, simple, and rugged XO laptop designed for children in poorer countries. Now the Australia-based One Education is back with a new, larger laptop: the Infinity:One. It's scheduled to start shipping in August, and along with a number of changes from previous OLPC models, it's priced at just $230 — just over double the original $100 XO model.

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BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

Bose may not be the first name you associate with learning about electronics, but the company's BOSEbuild educational division is aiming to change that with a DIY speaker. The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is a $149 Bluetooth speaker broken down into its component parts, intended to teach kids not only what goes into a modern gadget but how principles like sound operate.

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Amazon Inspire crowdsources resources for educators

Amazon Inspire crowdsources resources for educators

In this Internet age, a lot of information flows freely on the Web, but not all of them are reliable or even factually correct. A whole market, led by the likes of Coursera and Udacity, have sprung up to give a bit of formality to "online education." Now Amazon is jumping in with its new Amazon Inspire platform, but with a very different twist. Instead of catering to students looking online instruction, Inspire practically crowdsources educational materials and resources that other teachers and educators can use and customize for their particular use cases.

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Google has a basic Android nanodegree program on Udacity

Google has a basic Android nanodegree program on Udacity

Google has partnered with Udacity to create an “Android Basics” Nanodegree, an educational program that teaches those with no experience all the basics needed to create their own Android app. The program is designed for those who “have little or no programming experience,” says Google; by the end of the program, those who complete it will be able to create their own basic apps, a couple examples of which are educational apps “Dr Malaria” and “ROP Tutorial."

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Sphero SPRK+ robo-ball to get kids rolling with programming

Sphero SPRK+ robo-ball to get kids rolling with programming

Analysts, researchers, and even governments believe that IT jobs will still be en vogue by 2020, but the number of jobs will outnumber the roster of students capable of filling those openings. That's why a lot of companies and programs are trying to start kids young by introducing them to the world of computers and robotics, in the form of games, of course. One of those is Sphero, which is releasing its new and improved SPRK+ robot ball (ro-ball? ballbot?) and updated Lightning Lab app to get kids developing apps at a very early age.

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Minecraft Education Edition enters beta for teachers

Minecraft Education Edition enters beta for teachers

Microsoft's attempt at turning Minecraft into an educational tool will finally debut this September in form of Minecraft: Education Edition. However, the beta has just been opened for teachers, giving them the chance to try out the game's new features (as well as the game itself, if they're not too familiar), and figure out how to incorporate it into their lesson plans.

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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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