Education

iPad at the head of Apple’s Education event in NYC

iPad at the head of Apple’s Education event in NYC

Apple held an event this week promising no less than an education-heavy set of announcements, Phil Schiller starting the event off right with a series of affirmations that Apple has always been dedicated to helping students learn. Putting the same passion and energy into every product Apple makes is the same that they've done for their education business, and now a new page is being turned. "Students are being introduced to the iPad."

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Apple Education Event Liveblog Reminder!

Apple Education Event Liveblog Reminder!

Apple's education-focused New York City event kicks off in just ninety minutes time, and SlashGear is warming up the liveblogging machine to bring you all the details. Expected to see Apple's first interactive textbook creation app revealed, described by leaky tipsters as "GarageBand for eBooks", the new tool is believed to mark the Cupertino company's assault on the education market, doing for textbooks what it has already done for music.

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Apple e-textbook project code-named “Bliss,” inspired by Al Gore’s “Our Choice”

Apple e-textbook project code-named “Bliss,” inspired by Al Gore’s “Our Choice”

We've heard plenty of speculation surrounding Apple's upcoming event in New York City, where the company is expected to unveil an educational product. It's believed to be a digital textbook publishing tool or a "GarageBand for eBooks," a project that Steve Jobs himself worked on for several years before his death. And now, tips from AppleInsider reveal some more details about the project, including that it's internally code-named "Bliss."

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iWork chief at helm of Apple digital textbook project

iWork chief at helm of Apple digital textbook project

Apple's digital textbook tools, which the company is expected to unveil at an event in New York City on Thursday this week, were the handiwork of the exec credited with bringing the iWork suite to Mac, according to new rumors. VP Roger Rosner's involvement, so the WSJ's sources claim, can be taken as an indication of exactly how strongly Apple has focussed on digital education resources; Steve Jobs is also believed to have worked closely on the textbook project for several years before his death in 2011.

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Here’s the Apple textbook that’ll be presented on Thursday

Here’s the Apple textbook that’ll be presented on Thursday

Apple is about to have an event in NYC, and by all looks and whispers, it appears that it'll be surrounding something like a "Garage Band for Texbooks" - that sounds pretty darn interesting - let's talk about what it'll really be. I don't pretend to have any inside lines with Apple, nor do I have any tip that should lead you believe that I'm quoting someone else - instead what you're about to read is completely built on my own experience with Apple's past and how I and my former and current student colleagues interact with books. Apple will not, if my mind is cranking out right and telling me the right answers, be revealing a new device, but a new environment where students and colleges can connect to writers in a way that's been possible but not entirely realistic up until now.

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Apple “GarageBand for eBooks” textbook tool tipped for Thursday

Apple “GarageBand for eBooks” textbook tool tipped for Thursday

Apple is preparing an interactive digital textbook creation toolkit described as "GarageBand for eBooks", reports have suggested ahead of the company's education-focused event later this week, with the project supposedly occupying Steve Jobs for several years before his death in 2011. Rather than the currently complex portfolio of tools required to author a truly interactive digital book at present, Apple is set to unveil a straightforward multimedia creation platform, Ars Technica's sources tell them, along with an upgraded distribution system that would position the iPhone and iPad as a student's best friend.

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Lenovo unveils smarter, more rugged Classmate+ laptops

Lenovo unveils smarter, more rugged Classmate+ laptops

Lenovo announced its second-generation Classmate+ laptops that are designed for use in classrooms. They come in both traditional clamshell and convertible laptop form factors based on the Intel Learning Series reference designs. The new models are smarter and more rugged with several improvements including greater spill resistance and extended battery life.

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Rebound Rumble pushes robotics development with will.i.am and Bill Clinton

Rebound Rumble pushes robotics development with will.i.am and Bill Clinton

Robots playing basketball, with former US presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, along with will.i.am and Segway inventor Dean Kamen in the audience, sounds like the setup to a bizarre South Park joke, but it's actually the kick-off of Rebound Rumble. A brand new game designed to encourage robotic development, Rebound Rumble sets two alliances - each consisting of three independently controlled 'bots - against each other to score points through a cluster of basketball hoops.

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Google chairman blasts UK education focus

Google chairman blasts UK education focus

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has taken time out from telling people to get over their fear of real names on Google+ to smack down the UK education system, citing "a drift to the humanities" that has left the country floundering when it comes to digital development. "I was flabbergasted to learn that today computer science isn't even taught as standard in UK schools," Schmidt said during the MacTaggart lecture in Edinburgh The Guardian reports, pointing out that "your IT curriculum focuses on teaching how to use software, but gives no insight into how it's made." According to the Google exec, while the UK "invented computers in both concept and practice" it is currently "throwing away" that heritage.

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