Education

MIT Center for Mobile Learning Revealed with Google Support

MIT Center for Mobile Learning Revealed with Google Support

Today we're to understand that MIT has hooked up with Google for a single project, the result of a long-standing relationship based on interests in both technology and education. This project will take the form of a MIT Center for Mobile Learning, a place where education and learning itself will be transformed through innovation in mobile computing. This new center will be working in part through actively studying and engaging with App Inventor for Android, a program recently made open source by Google.

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Raspberry Pi $25 USB-Sized Computer Nearly Ready for Public Release

Raspberry Pi $25 USB-Sized Computer Nearly Ready for Public Release

Before we begin speaking about how awesome it is that the Raspberry Pi Alpha version boards are ready for shipping, it would be remiss of us not to explain what Raspberry Pi is in the first place. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a group which is preparing to release a single-board computer for right around $25 USD (aka approximately £ 15 GBP) meant to stimulate basic computer science in schools around the world. What's happening this weekend is that we're being treated to a video filmed by Eben Upton, Director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, as he shows of the newly shipped alpha boards for this project.

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Marshalltown High School to use wakeup calls for tardy students

Marshalltown High School to use wakeup calls for tardy students

I can remember having to get up to get ready for school each day. It really sucked. Actually, it was no worse than having to get up for work each day only now, I don't have to study. If you are a high school student at Marshalltown High School that is chronically tardy, you will get wake up calls courtesy of your school. MHS has a new program to help kids get up on time and make it to class. The program will have the school sending automated wake up calls to students.

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UK game dev creates $25 Linux computer for education

UK game dev creates $25 Linux computer for education

A lot of schools in the US and abroad have such a tight budget that things for kids to learn with like computers are hard to come by. When I was a kid, we learned some basic computer programming in school, but today many schools simply tech a child how to use basic things on the computer like word processing and general computer skills. Some schools don’t have enough computers for the students to use and having enough machines for each student to take on home to learn on is generally out of the question.

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iPad 2s to Mainers in Kindergarten, Free

iPad 2s to Mainers in Kindergarten, Free

This fall, Kinder-gardeners in Auburn, Maine are going to all be getting Ipad 2's, for free. One of the teachers in the reading development labs started using her personal Ipad 2 with some of her most troubled students. They showed such remarkable progress so quickly that the school board decided to jump in and give it to all of the kids this next year.

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Steve Wozniak Urges Educators To Embrace Technology

Steve Wozniak Urges Educators To Embrace Technology

“Be brave, use the new technology, because it’s going to change our lives so much.” These were Steve Wozniak’s words of advice to educators and students this past week. The co-founder of Apple spoke last week in Abilene, TX at Abilene Christian University’s Connected Summit about his views on education and technology. Technology and computers are more present than ever in our classrooms now with interactive whiteboards and laptops becoming more of the norm, but Steve Wozniak feels that we need to make technology in teaching more effective on younger students.

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IBM and Nuance – “Dr. Watson is on his way”

IBM and Nuance – “Dr. Watson is on his way”

This week IBM's Watson has been going up against Jeopardy champs in the Jeopardy challenge. Now, IBM has announced that it will collaborate with Nuance to apply Watson's advanced analytics to the healthcare industry. The initiative will combine IBM's Deep Question Answering (QA), Natural Language Processing, and Machine Learning capabilities with Nuance's speech recognition technology and Clinical Language Understanding solutions. They hope to assist doctors in making patient diagnoses, by helping them to process large amounts of information more quickly.

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