Education

Phil Schiller says iPad is better than “cheap” Chromebook for students

Phil Schiller says iPad is better than “cheap” Chromebook for students

Today Apple's Phil Schiller had some words for the education market with specific regard for Google's Chromebook platform. He spoke to CNET about their new MacBook, mainly, but also responded to a question on how Chromebooks seem to be taking a foothold in the education market. "In the K-12 market, particularly for the lower grades -- K through six to nine," said Schiller, "iPad is doing really well."

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M-Blocks 2.0 revealed: Now these cube robots can collaborate

M-Blocks 2.0 revealed: Now these cube robots can collaborate

Almost exactly six years ago, we reported on the first iteration of the self-assembling cube robots called M-Blocks. Since then, they've become exponentially more radical. Here in October of 2019, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) revealed their newest edition of the robotic cubes they call M-Blocks 2.0. The newest edition has many upgrades, the most amazing of which is a communication system with which the blocks can communicate, and thereby collaborate.

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‘Rabbids Coding’ teaches kids the basics of coding for free

‘Rabbids Coding’ teaches kids the basics of coding for free

Late last month, Ubisoft introduced Rabbids Coding, a new educational game featuring the company's rabbid characters that helps teach kids the basics of coding. In an update on the game today, Ubisoft has revealed that the game is now free for anyone to download through the company's Uplay launcher on PC. Parents can expect kids to learn about algorithms, optimization, and more.

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Osmo brings AI to learning with Frozen 2 Super Studio, Little Genius Kit

Osmo brings AI to learning with Frozen 2 Super Studio, Little Genius Kit

Most of the technologies, be it hardware or software, that gets mainstream media attention are often targeted at adults, sometimes teens, that are, admittedly, the biggest market for such products. But just as technology should be accessible to everyone, including those with physical handicaps, it should also be usable for people of all ages, especially the children that will become the adults of the future. There is no shortage of educational apps for smartphones and tablets but their actual beneficial effects are still hotly debated. That's why Osmo is taking a different approach that brings AI, augmented reality, mobile and physical activity to promise a more holistic approach to learning for kids.

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New 10.2-inch iPad released today for $329

New 10.2-inch iPad released today for $329

Before today, Apple had an iPad lineup that included 5 unique models. Starting with their next launch, they'll have a sixth. Apple's Greg Jozwiak took to the stage at today's Apple event and spoke about how the 9.7-inch iPad is the most popular iPad in the world. He suggested that the 9.7-inch iPad is the first iPad "60% of people" use. Today Apple revealed a slightly larger device so that those people can ramp up - the 7th-gen iPad.

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Quizlet alternative app Studier makes Dark Mode free

Quizlet alternative app Studier makes Dark Mode free

A new app was made by a high school student disenchanted by the methods for success used by the folks at Quizlet. They didn't think that a "dark mode" should be hidden behind a paywall, so they decided to take action. The result is an app that, as one Reddit user said, is "lightweight, looks aesthetically pleasing, has fluid animations, has a dark mode, and just plain works with no fuss? And you released it for free?" It's like a rare unicorn, really.

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Apple Wallet student ID support released at 12 new universities

Apple Wallet student ID support released at 12 new universities

We're fast approaching the time when students across the country will be heading back to school. When that happens, students at 12 universities here in the US will find that they have access to Apple Wallet support for their student IDs. That, of course, means that they'll be able to load their student IDs onto their phones and then use it at contactless readers around campus.

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Brave New World predictions are coming true with hyphens

Brave New World predictions are coming true with hyphens

The amount of hyphens in the title of a research paper has a direct effect on the number of times it's cited. The more hyphens in the title, the less likely it was to be cited. Our fears were wrong - we're not living in the future described by the book "1984" (from George Orwell). Instead we're living in "Brave New World", and Aldous Huxley's dystopia is made real.

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2019 National Spelling Bee: How to watch live video feed, list 12 most challenging words

2019 National Spelling Bee: How to watch live video feed, list 12 most challenging words

We're near the end of the 2019 official Scripps National Spelling Bee, and it's time to tune in. This world-renowned bee started with 550 spellers from across the United States, and we're down to 12. Today we're going to list all the most important information you'll need to know to immerse yourself in the bee, from video streaming sources to the most challenging words yet spelled.

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Google Rivet helps kids learn to read using speech recognition and AI

Google Rivet helps kids learn to read using speech recognition and AI

There still an ongoing debate on the positive and negative effects mobile devices and apps have on kids today but the cat is already out of the bag. Phones and tablets and apps are here to stay and some would rather turn those into learning tools than burn them at the stake. Unsurprisingly, Google is one such proponent of crafting tools to educate rather than hinder and its skunkworks arm Area 120 has developed Rivet exactly for that purpose.

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Simple activity anyone can do found to improve skill learning

Simple activity anyone can do found to improve skill learning

Popular methods to improve skill learning and information retention span from legit to bizarre, some more effective than others. Getting enough sleep is a common, perhaps crucial element -- lack of sleep makes it hard to concentrate and may decrease how much info one remembers. New research hints that a simple related activity may have a greater impact, helping individuals learn new skills and remember what they've been studying.

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LEGO SPIKE Prime programmable kit aims to build STEAM confidence

LEGO SPIKE Prime programmable kit aims to build STEAM confidence

It sounds like a fusion of Transformers and Amazon for gaming and, in reality, LEGO Education's latest product may actually have elements of those. This is, after all, what happens when you take a DIY robot that you can program like a game and sell as a commodity for kids of all ages to enjoy and learn from. LEGO SPIKE Prime takes all the company has learned from its years in education-oriented robotics and packages them into colorful kits that it hopes will spark the confidence young learners need to excel not just in STEAM subjects but in school overall as well.

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