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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As announced at Google I/O this week, Google is partnering with Code School to help boost tech knowledge for minorities and women in particular. This follows the lukewarm diversity statistics the company released earlier this year, aiming to increase the pool of qualified applicants in the tech industry.