Education

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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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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