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Software Engineering Pilot program launches at 20 NYC schools

Software Engineering Pilot program launches at 20 NYC schools

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott announced today, at the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology in Brooklyn, that the Software Engineering Pilot program will be launching at 20 public schools in New York City beginning this fall. The pilot program will offer an extensive computer science and software engineering curriculum to over 1000 students.

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Google Chromebooks now in 2,000 schools

Google Chromebooks now in 2,000 schools

If you weren't sure if Google was ramping up their education efforts within the last few months, maybe this will confirm it for you. Google now has Chromebooks in 2,000 schools globally, which is twice as many schools that had Chromebooks equipped from three months ago. It's not said how many Chromebooks have been handed out so far, but a high school in Florida, which recently joined the program, has 2,200 Chromebooks at its disposal.

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EA and GlassLab announce SimCityEDU

EA and GlassLab announce SimCityEDU

SimCity is a video game that allows you to build, run, and even destroy your very own city. One of the things I always liked about SimCity was building up your city and then setting loose monsters or other plagues on its inhabitants. A lot of schools are using video games to help kids learn while having fun.

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Shakespeare gets an iPad upgrade

Shakespeare gets an iPad upgrade

Shakespeare has been brought kicking and screaming up into the iPad generation, with the launch of a new set of apps intended to leverage the tablet's multimedia flexibility with a splash of Leonardo DiCaprio. The Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth apps, the handiwork of developers Agant and Cambridge University Press, match the classic texts with audio recordings featuring actors such as Michael Sheen and Kate Beckinsale, interactive timelines showing key themes, and glossaries to better understand arcane English.

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Climate Change rate said to kill more species than it creates

Climate Change rate said to kill more species than it creates

This week evolutionary ecologist Peter Mayhew has presented a set of findings which show the rate of climate change in the Earth to be detrimental to the number of species of animals on our planet. While findings in the past have shown that periods of warmth on our blue globe have also been times when the number of different species of animals has risen, the speed at which the Earth is warming here in the present is, as Mayhew suggests, too rapid for the increase in species to outweigh the number of species that are becoming extinct. The new study Mayhew presents works with a new way of looking at the number of species in each geological period studied with only well-sampled periods rather than with simple tallies of the first and last appearances of each species.

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LeapPad2 tablet launches at $99.99

LeapPad2 tablet launches at $99.99

Leap Frog has announced that its LeapPad2 tablet is now available, and it's aimed squarely at your children. Leap Frog says that this is a significant upgrade over the original LeapPad, as it comes with a better CPU - an LF 2000 processor to be precise - and 4GB of memory. It also comes with a pretty tough exterior, which will definitely be a major selling point for most, as children aren't know to have that delicate touch required for more conventional tablets.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Student Edition bundle brings on bonuses

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Student Edition bundle brings on bonuses

Education-minded minds at Samsung have come forth with a deal made perfect for the upcoming school season: the Galaxy Tab 2 Student Edition bundle. This bundle includes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (7-inch tablet) in a limited edition white color included in a package with a keyboard dock and a USB adapter as well. This package will be sold by Samsung for a competitive $249.99 to keep up with recent releases of rather inexpensively priced competitors such as the Nexus 7 by Google.

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KNO platform lands digital textbook deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

KNO platform lands digital textbook deal with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

There's a huge benefit to going digital with textbooks compared to traditional print textbooks. Not only are digital textbooks significantly smaller and easier to handle than a traditional print textbook, they can also be changed and upgraded much more easily than a print book that would need to be reprinted to change the information. One of the biggest benefits of digital texts for education is the ability to add 3-D models and video to make learning more interactive.

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