Education

Play-i robots teach kids to code, available summer 2014

Play-i robots teach kids to code, available summer 2014

The Google-backed venture Play-i will start shipping robots to future programming geniuses in the summer of 2014, the company has announced. The colorful, round little robots--dubbed Bo and Yana--receive commands from a smartphone or tablet through a programming interface app designed for children ages 5 and up. The capabilities of Bo and Yana are pretty complex, but early testing by the company indicates the age-graduated programming languages are working.

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Apple Volume Purchase Program coming to Mac Apps for Education

Apple Volume Purchase Program coming to Mac Apps for Education

If you've seen the likes of the Apple Volume Purchase Program in the past, you're likely part of an Education or Enterprise-based organization, and you've likely wished they had the same program for Mac Apps as well. While this program had only worked with iOS-based apps and books in volume in the past, Apple has issued a note to developers today letting them know about a Mac-aimed program appearing soon. This Mac Apps for education and enterprise program will work with the same sort of setup - purchasing apps in bulk for a discount then distributing them to students, administrators, teachers, and employees.

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Chromebooks now being utilized by 22% of K-12 US school districts

Chromebooks now being utilized by 22% of K-12 US school districts

Google's Chromebooks are now being used in 22-percent of all K through 12 school districts in the United States, according to Google's Vice President of Product Management for Chromebook Caesar Sengupta. Likewise, Chromebooks now represent 3-percent of the back to school PC market share, having achieved that figure in a one year time span, something the VP is reportedly happy with.

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Google Constitute unveiled as site to explore the world’s constitutions

Google Constitute unveiled as site to explore the world’s constitutions

Google, with support coming from the Comparative Constitutions Project have announced Constitute. This newly launched site provides access to digitized copies of the world's constitutions. And as a side effect, also makes these same constitutions browsable and searchable. In fact, it was shown that you will be able to narrow searches down to specific topics and even specific time periods.

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Google Glass reaching out to film students in newest Creative Collective bid

Google Glass reaching out to film students in newest Creative Collective bid

It's time for Google to expand their reach with Project Glass again, this time through their Glass Creative Collective program aimed at the more artistic citizens of planet Earth. Google's reach includes the The American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and University of Southern California.

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iPad-only “Steve Jobs Schools” set to appear in the Netherlands

iPad-only “Steve Jobs Schools” set to appear in the Netherlands

As several large tech-based companies continue to unleash their own education initiatives this year, it appears that this totally unofficial (for now) iPad-based solution may take on one of the most radical. Initiated by Amsterdam public opinion researcher Maurice de Hond and announced this week in the Netherlands were 11 "Steve Jobs schools" for children that'll make major efforts to bring students into the future with an iPad-based system. No more pencils, no more books, as they say.

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