Education

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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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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