Education

SEC reportedly looking into LAUSD’s ‘iPads for schools’ program

SEC reportedly looking into LAUSD’s ‘iPads for schools’ program

On the heels of a report suggesting the Los Angeles School District (LAUSD) was trying to back out of a deal that brought iPads to every student in their system, the SEC has reportedly opened an informal inquiry on whether or not the money used for those iPads was within legal guidelines. The SEC is specifically interested in whether or not the LAUSD properly disclosed to investors how the bond money would be used, according to The Los Angeles Times.

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Apple, LA Schools may soon be in court over iPads

Apple, LA Schools may soon be in court over iPads

In 2013, The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) started an ambitious plan to get an iPad in the hands of every child in their schools. The $1.3 billion plan was going to bring tech as well as Internet connectivity to schools in the Los Angeles area, but those days are gone. According to a new report, not only is the LAUSD’s Board of Education possibly getting away from iPads in schools, but may be looking to press Apple for a change to the existing agreement as well.

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Open Source Virtual Reality Academia heads to Universities worldwide

Open Source Virtual Reality Academia heads to Universities worldwide

Earlier this year amid Razer's introduction of OSVR (Open Source Virtual Reality) to the masses, an announcement was made for the program's approach to higher-education. This program provides OSVR virtual reality headsets to participating VR programs for students, along with software for development. Now here near the end of March, the OSVR Academia program is partnering with universities in Germany, Italy, Canada, Spain, the UK, Austria, and Poland. And the United States, of course, where 18 Universities have connected with the program in the short time it's been visible to the public.

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Apple to make it easier to setup, share iPads for schools

Apple to make it easier to setup, share iPads for schools

Apple's devices, particularly iPad tablets, have been the darling of the academic industry for quite some time, but now it is seeing its turf threatened by more affordable, more general purpose computers, namely Google's myriad Chromebooks. iPads definitely still have advantages in terms of looks and tech savvy-ness, but some things need to change if the devices are to remain relevant and useful in today's school settings. It seems that Apple has been listening and a leaked email to its iPad for education customers reveal that the storms of change are coming.

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Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos goes to school with Android, Windows, Chrome OS devices

Archos is probably well known for its almost endless list of budget smartphones and tablets, and even odd ones like a gaming handheld or a kid's ablet. Now the French manufacturer is trying its hands at a slightly different market. The company has just announced its first ever formal venture into the world of the academia, revealing tablets and notbeooks of varying sizes, as well as varying operating systems, that are specifically designed and priced to cater to the younger crowd, particularly students.

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OLPC, One Education to launch a modular tablet/laptop hybrid

OLPC, One Education to launch a modular tablet/laptop hybrid

The One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project had a laudable goal, but unfortunately those plans materialized in very different, and sometimes disappointing, ways. But for all their failures, you have to give them props for never knowing when or how to give up. Now OLPC's Australian partner One Education is said to have a new XO device ready to be unveiled in a few weeks and it is probably more ambitious than ever. Not only will it be a tablet/laptop hybrid, it will also be a modular one.

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CogniToys packs IBM’s Watson into a smart-talking toy

CogniToys packs IBM’s Watson into a smart-talking toy

IBM's Watson supercomputer may not be the first pseudo-teacher you'd think to leave with your child, but startup Elemental Path thinks wrapping the cognitive computer in a cute dinosaur casing might change that. CogniToys - currently a cute green dino, but with other shapes and species expected to follow - pair Watson's ability to learn, remember, and adapt with a speech recognition engine, so that - so the theory goes - as kids play the dinosaur can quietly broaden their learning while personalizing it to keep them engaged.

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Colleges banning smartwatches ahead of Apple Watch release, fear rampant cheating

Colleges banning smartwatches ahead of Apple Watch release, fear rampant cheating

There have been a handful of smartwatches from a number of manufacturers on the market for some time now, meaning the release of the Apple Watch sometime in the next few months makes it somewhat late to the wearables game. But because it's from Apple, its release is expected to kick the popularity of smartwatches up to a whole new level. In preparation for this forthcoming popularity, universities are already imposing bans on the wrist-worn devices out of fear they will be used for cheating.

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Amazon unveils its first staffed pick-up and drop-off location

Amazon unveils its first staffed pick-up and drop-off location

Amazon has a lot of projects up its sleeve, and just as students have settled into their spring semester the company has shifted its focus to colleges and universities. The company revealed yesterday that it has partnered with a trio of colleges under its Amazon Campus initiative, and not long after we heard rumbles that the Internet retailer is eyeing those RadioShack stores that'll soon be up for grabs. Among it all, Amazon has unveiled its first-ever staffed location for order pick-ups and drop-offs, representing a big milestone for the company.

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Amazon partners with 3 campuses in bid to entice college students

Amazon partners with 3 campuses in bid to entice college students

Kindles may come in handy for literature and other linearly consumed print media, but textbooks are something many still prefer in physical form, and many students turn to Amazon to get them. The company is apparently looking to capitalize on this, as it has just unveiled its new Amazon Campus service in partnership with a trio of higher education institutions: Purdue University, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and the University of California Davis. Students at all three will get access to textbooks and university-specific gear like branded shirts, among other things, along with the promise of next-day shipping.

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