Education

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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Too much phone, tablet use may gimp kids’ development

Too much phone, tablet use may gimp kids’ development

Back in the days, our folks would tell us that watching TV would turn us into brainless zombies. Today, that might have some truth as well when it comes to heavy use of mobile devices. Boston University Medical Center researchers are now questioning the effects that these devices have, especially on children below 2 years of age, theorizing that a heavy dose of mobile could, in fact, be detrimental to social, emotional, and even mental skills that can only be learned through human-human interaction.

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TI Educations rolls out new TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator

TI Educations rolls out new TI-84 Plus CE graphing calculator

If you took math classes in high school or college that required a graphing calculator, you probably worked using a TI model of some sort. One of the most popular calculator lines that TI offers is the TI-84 Plus family and the company has announced a new color screen calculator that fits into that family of products. The new calculator is called the TI-84 Plus CE.

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Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator lets users create educational content

Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator lets users create educational content

Amazon has introduced its new Kindle Textbook Creator, a tool that lets users create digital textbooks and related materials that include educational elements, not the least of which are flashcards. Students will then be able to access this content on the same devices other Kindle content can be accessed on, including their Fire tablets. The tool is currently in a beta stage, and as with the Kindle Direct Publishing platform, those interested are able to directly upload their content for others to enjoy.

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Google and more join pledge to protect student data

Google and more join pledge to protect student data

Both Khan Academy and Google, as well as thirteen others, have joined the growing list of companies pledging to protect students' privacy. President Obama spoke about the pledge last week, and before doing so several companies including Apple and Microsoft had signed. A total of 75 companies had signed last week, and Google and Amazon were both criticized for not doing so. On Monday, 15 new companies -- including Khan Academy and Google -- jumped aboard. This follows the administration's increased push for data security.

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Google Classroom app now available for Android, iOS

Google Classroom app now available for Android, iOS

For a long time, teachers tried to manage smartphone usage in class, trying their best to make sure kids weren’t screwing around instead of learning. Now, educators have a reason to let kids stare at screens, as the Google Classroom app is now available on the Play Store. The app will let students and teachers stay on track, digitally. Homework assignments, future work deadlines, and assignment collection are all part of the app’s feature list. The app is free for anyone with a Google Apps for Education account.

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Three ways to learn Android programming in 2015

Three ways to learn Android programming in 2015

Now that the new year is firmly off and running, what about you? Are you just plodding along, or did you come up with a resolution for the new year? Some want to lose weight or quit a nasty habit, but we’d like to suggest a new habit: programming. If you’ve always been curious to learn how to make an app on your own, there’s never been a better time to do learn. Several do-it-yourself courses are available for your Android coding desires, and we’ve got a few you should check out.

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Google Chromebooks trump Apple iPads in schools, says IDC

Google Chromebooks trump Apple iPads in schools, says IDC

While some might contend Google's dominance in certain markets, like smartphones and tablets, there is one sector where Apple's products usually reign supreme: education. Initially a source of controversy because of price, iPads have become the gadget of choice for schools upgrading to current technology. But apparently, not anymore. According to IDC's latest figures, Google's Chromebooks have surpassed the iPad in shipping numbers as far as schools are concerned, revealing a shifting preference and mindset in the education sector and probably a new source of worry for Apple.

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