Education

Half the devices in US classrooms are now Chromebooks

Half the devices in US classrooms are now Chromebooks

Starting out at only 1 percent in 2012, Chromebooks have leapt to 50 percent when it comes to its presence in classrooms in the US. That's a monumental feat in three years for a device and a platform whose reason for being is still being questioned to this day. It was definitely an uphill battle for Chromebook makers but most especially for Google, who had to wrestle with more established brands like Apple and Microsoft in the education sector. And that battle is far from over as well.

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Google refute’s EFF’s “spying on students” allegations

Google refute’s EFF’s “spying on students” allegations

This is quickly going to be a he/she said, he/she said case. Google has naturally responded to privacy watchdog EFF's accusations that the search company is semi-secretly tracking students' online comings and goings, despite promising not to do so and going against the law. Google even cites the support of some of the very people who penned the Student Privacy Pledge, saying it is confident that it isn't doing anything illegal or even morally long. And naturally, the EFF has also responded, saying its critics are missing some critical points.

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EFF claims Google spies on students with Chromebooks, Google Apps

EFF claims Google spies on students with Chromebooks, Google Apps

The FCC may have decided not to impose any standard Do Not Track rules on services like Google or Facebook, but that doesn't mean that their tracking activities will remain unfettered, especially from the sanctions of a different government agency. Privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation or EFF has filed a formal complaint against Google with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). It's beef? That Google has been collecting students' private information through devices like Chromebooks and services like Google Apps for Education (GAFE), despite promising not to do so.

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One Education’s Infinity modular laptop/tablet hits Indiegogo

One Education’s Infinity modular laptop/tablet hits Indiegogo

It was way back in February that the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative and its partner One Education announced a modular laptop/tablet hybrid, dubbed the XO-Infinity, promising a debut in the following weeks. Well, it's a bit later than expected, but One Education finally has working prototypes, and, after dropping the XO part of the name, has now launched an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the Infinity.

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Learn to code your own Star Wars game in just an hour

Learn to code your own Star Wars game in just an hour

Technology is everywhere these days. The earlier you're able to learn how to work with it, the better-equipped you'll be in the rest of your life. Kids already have access to smartphones and tablets, and the internet is always at their fingertips. However, if you have a kid that's interested in learning how to do more than just use these gadgets, some Star Wars heroes are here to help teach them how to program like a pro.

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Chicago mayor calls for national coding graduation requirement

Chicago mayor calls for national coding graduation requirement

Recently, New York City announced plans to add computer science classes to all of its public schools over the next decade. Chicago's mayor is taking that a step further, calling for coding classes to be a national graduation requirement -- under such a mandate, all students would have to take such classes to get their high school diploma. Of course, such a mandate would likely end up being very burdensome for school districts.

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Google Expeditions Pioneer Program makes VR educational

Google Expeditions Pioneer Program makes VR educational

Once only associated with gaming and entertainment, virtual reality is now working its way into sports, news, and soon, classrooms. The latter is what Google was aiming for when it revealed its Google Expeditions plan at Google I/O late last May. Those plans are now coming to fruition, as the company formally launches its Expeditions Pioneer Program, inviting teachers and schools to try out the new technology that could almost literally open students' eyes to the vast world existing outside the four corners of their classrooms.

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NYC wants all its public schools teaching computer science

NYC wants all its public schools teaching computer science

The present generation is well advised to study computer science as a preparation for their future career prospects, and some school districts are adjusting their curriculums to include the area of study. Back in early 2013, New York City’s former mayor Bloomberg announced the state’s Software Engineering Pilot program would be launched in 20 public schools. Now the city is taking that a step further, with the next decade bringing a big change.

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Facebook education project brings free student progress tracking to schools

Facebook education project brings free student progress tracking to schools

Facebook has just revealed a new project its been working on with an education app for teachers that helps track students' progress and makes it easier to create custom learning plans. The software is a result of partnering with Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit organization with some of the best ranked schools California. A Facebook stepped in to help the organization rebuild its Personalized Learning Plan (PLP) software, which wasn't proving very useful.

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Sphero SPRK edition unboxing: robot education inside-out

Sphero SPRK edition unboxing: robot education inside-out

This morning we're getting our first opportunity to take a peek at the Sphero SPRK edition up close. This device is transparent - as is its charger - aiming to show students how the robot rolls. SPRK stands for Schools, Parents, Robots, Kids, and here we're taking the machine out of the same box the public will, one step at a time. Here we witness the insides of the remote-controlled sphere for the first time - without having to tear the ball apart.

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Sphero SPRK edition gets education rolling

Sphero SPRK edition gets education rolling

Sphero might have been commissioned to create what could be the new Star Wars mascot, but it's definitely not pouring all its resources into that lone one hit wonder. While its main focus is still on its programmable robot ball, it is expanding its reach beyond just grownups. With the new SPRK edition, Sphero is trying to entice inquisitive young minds to take and adventure into the world of robotics, programming, and, in the final analysis, science and technology. All the while probably thinking they're just playing with a rather sophisticated toy.

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Livescribe Echo smartpen 8GB Pro Edition stores up to 800 hours

Livescribe Echo smartpen 8GB Pro Edition stores up to 800 hours

Livescribe smartpens have been around for a long time now and they all do the same thing, record your notes digitally and record audio synced with your notes. Livescribe pens are used widely by students and business pros who need to take lots of notes at meetings or seminars. Livescribe has unveiled its Echo Smartpen 8GB Pro Edition that is on sale now for $199.99.

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