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LA Unified’s iPad contract nixed as concerns arise

LA Unified’s iPad contract nixed as concerns arise

The contract between LA Unified and Apple was nixed earlier this week following revelations that LA's superintendent and one of his deputies had "close ties" to executives from both education-centric Pearson and Apple. News that the current contract will no longer be used was revealed on Monday.

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Collective aims to create a 4D digital archive of Kung Fu moves

Collective aims to create a 4D digital archive of Kung Fu moves

As with many things, Kung Fu traditions are in danger of fading away, and with them would go "an intangible cultural heritage", according to the City University of Hong Kong and International Guoshu Association. Fortunately, the digital world provides ample ways to make something live on -- Kung Fu included -- and that's where a new crowdfunding campaign comes in.

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Google Classroom now available, makes paper assignments obsolete

Google Classroom now available, makes paper assignments obsolete

Google Classroom, first introduced back in May, has officially been launched for users at large, providing an alternative to paper-centric lesson plans for teachers and other educators. With the service, one can create digital assignments and monitor students' progress.

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Rare look at “University” shows what makes Apple so good

Rare look at “University” shows what makes Apple so good

Since Steve Jobs re-took the reigns at Apple, things have run famously. After his passing, the word waited with anticipation that Tim Cook would somehow mess it all up. Still, nothing bad happened; Apple was still running smooth. A new look at the internal Apple training school shows why.

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Duolingo Test Center now live, ready to certify your tongue

Duolingo Test Center now live, ready to certify your tongue

Duolingo today announced their Test Center feature is going live. The app, available now for Android and the web (in September for iOS), will now let users take an administered language test right from their mobile device. There isn’t a proctored test other than English right now, but Duolingo hopes to expand on that quickly.

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LeapTV video game system gets kids to move and have fun

LeapTV video game system gets kids to move and have fun

Ask any parent and they will most likely put "playing games in front of the TV", or even with a tablet, at the bottom of their list. But what if you could get kids learn while they're playing, and keep on moving while they're playing? This is the kind of thinking that led LeapFrog, who specializes in all kinds of electronics for kids, to develop LeapTV, a video game console, you can't really call it a "box", that is designed to get kids' bodies and minds moving.

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MIT students make 3D ice cream printer

MIT students make 3D ice cream printer

The filament used for 3D printing is useful, but not terribly interesting. Others have taken to printing using other substances, some for notable purposes, others more or less for novelty. The 3D pancake printer is one such machine, but in recent times MIT students have trumped it.

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Facebook pilot program puts WiFi in homes of students

Facebook pilot program puts WiFi in homes of students

The FCC is putting WiFi in schools, but what about when kids leave for the day? Not all kids have access to the Internet, much less a reliable WiFi connection. Facebook is working on that, and are piloting a program that could see kids get free WiFi access at home.

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Google and Udacity want you “thinking like a Developer”

Google and Udacity want you “thinking like a Developer”

Google is practicing their own version of Inception. Three Developer Advocates from the company are using an app to teach you how to make apps. A new, free course on Udacity, called “Developing Android Apps: Android Fundamentals”, teaches you all you need to know in starting your path toward app development.

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FCC will green-light disputed $2 billion school WiFi grant

FCC will green-light disputed $2 billion school WiFi grant

The FCC has approved a funding grant that will bring WiFi to more schools. The $2 billion influx has come under fire, and likely won’t leave key groups happy. Still, the FCC is pushing forward with improving Internet access to schools nationwide.

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Three ways to learn programming on iTunes U

Three ways to learn programming on iTunes U

If you’d like to pick up some programming know-how, there are several methods for doing so. One of the neatest ways is iTunes U, which offers up several ways to learn on your own time. Often free, you can get up to speed in no time — and on your time.

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Chromebooks replacing iPads in some LA Schools

Chromebooks replacing iPads in some LA Schools

A decision by the Los Angeles Unified School District to give students iPads for use in the classroom was widely applauded last year, bringing students technology where they otherwise might not have access to it. The LAUSD is now changing course, and will begin giving 27 area high schools the option of laptops for use.

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