Education

Play-i robots teach kids to code, available summer 2014

Play-i robots teach kids to code, available summer 2014

The Google-backed venture Play-i will start shipping robots to future programming geniuses in the summer of 2014, the company has announced. The colorful, round little robots--dubbed Bo and Yana--receive commands from a smartphone or tablet through a programming interface app designed for children ages 5 and up. The capabilities of Bo and Yana are pretty complex, but early testing by the company indicates the age-graduated programming languages are working.

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Intel acquires interactive education startup Kno

Intel acquires interactive education startup Kno

The proliferation of tablets have made using digital textbooks a more feasible choice than they were even a handful of years ago, and with them has come a growing number of textbook-related digital bookstores. Kno is one such company, and following rumors of such, Intel has officially acquired the startup, boosting its own Education business.

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Apple Volume Purchase Program coming to Mac Apps for Education

Apple Volume Purchase Program coming to Mac Apps for Education

If you've seen the likes of the Apple Volume Purchase Program in the past, you're likely part of an Education or Enterprise-based organization, and you've likely wished they had the same program for Mac Apps as well. While this program had only worked with iOS-based apps and books in volume in the past, Apple has issued a note to developers today letting them know about a Mac-aimed program appearing soon. This Mac Apps for education and enterprise program will work with the same sort of setup - purchasing apps in bulk for a discount then distributing them to students, administrators, teachers, and employees.

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Chromebooks now being utilized by 22% of K-12 US school districts

Chromebooks now being utilized by 22% of K-12 US school districts

Google's Chromebooks are now being used in 22-percent of all K through 12 school districts in the United States, according to Google's Vice President of Product Management for Chromebook Caesar Sengupta. Likewise, Chromebooks now represent 3-percent of the back to school PC market share, having achieved that figure in a one year time span, something the VP is reportedly happy with.

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Google Constitute unveiled as site to explore the world’s constitutions

Google Constitute unveiled as site to explore the world’s constitutions

Google, with support coming from the Comparative Constitutions Project have announced Constitute. This newly launched site provides access to digitized copies of the world's constitutions. And as a side effect, also makes these same constitutions browsable and searchable. In fact, it was shown that you will be able to narrow searches down to specific topics and even specific time periods.

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Google Play Store launches textbooks in time for fall semester

Google Play Store launches textbooks in time for fall semester

On July 24, we reported that Google would be adding textbooks to the Play Store some time this month, doing so in time for students to get their hands (er, tablets) on digital textbooks before the fall semester kicks off. As it turns out, today was that day, and the Google Play Store is now home to a nice array of educational ebooks.

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Google Glass reaching out to film students in newest Creative Collective bid

Google Glass reaching out to film students in newest Creative Collective bid

It's time for Google to expand their reach with Project Glass again, this time through their Glass Creative Collective program aimed at the more artistic citizens of planet Earth. Google's reach includes the The American Film Institute, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television, and University of Southern California.

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Acer C7 Chromebook expanded for K-12 educational market with two new models

Acer C7 Chromebook expanded for K-12 educational market with two new models

Acer has expanded its C7 Chromebook line for the educational market, tossing in some small hardware changes and tacking on a starting price of $259 ESP. The models are being aimed towards all levels of the K12 market - students, teachers, and administration, with Acer saying its combination of features offer the kind of things such an environment requires.

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Apple sued by Boston University over semiconductor patent infringement

Apple sued by Boston University over semiconductor patent infringement

In what is probably the most interesting patent lawsuit we've seen in a while. Boston University is suing Apple over claims that the company is infringing on a patent that the university obtained in 1997 dealing with a method of making thin and compact semiconductors that can produce blue lasers on the cheap.

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iPad-only “Steve Jobs Schools” set to appear in the Netherlands

iPad-only “Steve Jobs Schools” set to appear in the Netherlands

As several large tech-based companies continue to unleash their own education initiatives this year, it appears that this totally unofficial (for now) iPad-based solution may take on one of the most radical. Initiated by Amsterdam public opinion researcher Maurice de Hond and announced this week in the Netherlands were 11 "Steve Jobs schools" for children that'll make major efforts to bring students into the future with an iPad-based system. No more pencils, no more books, as they say.

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Apple lands major iPad contract with LA Unified School District

Apple lands major iPad contract with LA Unified School District

The iPad will be in even more schools come this fall when classes start up again, as Apple has landed a huge contract with the Los Angeles Unified School District that will see them pay $30 million to Apple for the ability to use iPads in classrooms once the school season starts back up again later this year.

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Microsoft Surface RT discount unveiled for educational institutions

Microsoft Surface RT discount unveiled for educational institutions

Summer is upon us, and as such Microsoft has rolled out a steep discount on the Surface RT for educational institutions, something revealed by Ryan Lowdermilk of the Windows Developer Show. The post in which he detailed the program has since been pulled, as well as the Microsoft order form that was available online earlier. We have the details after the break, however.

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