Education

Minecraft Hour of Code Designer tutorial is free and available now

Minecraft Hour of Code Designer tutorial is free and available now

Microsoft has announced the launch of Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a new tutorial that’s part of the House of Code campaign held from December 5 to December 11th (the Computer Science Education Week). The new tutorial is freely available on the Code.org website, where it exists as a simple interactive tutorial for young children (and interested beginners) who want to make and then share their own little Minecraft game.

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Minecraft: Education Edition has fully landed in classrooms

Minecraft: Education Edition has fully landed in classrooms

When Markus “Notch” Persson made Minecraft, he probably never envisioned it to be anything other than a sandbox video game. When Microsoft acquired developers Mojang, people feared that, in typical Microsoft fashion, the company would integrate and then kill Minecraft. Both, however, were proven wrong. Surprisingly, Minecraft branched out into more, unexpected places under Microsoft’s stewardship, and it is now officially and formally an educational tool. But unless you’re a school or educational institution or a student, you really won’t be able to get your hands on Minecraft: Eduction Edition.

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Using a Kindle for textbooks

Using a Kindle for textbooks

The fall semester is well underway at this point, and if you've been lugging around heavy textbooks for the last two months, you're probably ready for an alternative. Most people look toward the Kindle as that alternative; it makes sense, as the Kindle is billed as a slim, long-lasting and lightweight alternative to traditional books. Making this work, though, usually proves tricky once you give it a try. In fact, just loading digital versions of your textbooks onto something like a Kindle Paperwhite or Voyage will be little more than utterly frustrating.

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Google adds detailed college info cards to Search

Google adds detailed college info cards to Search

It’s that time of year — a bunch of people are agonizing over which college to attend, and Google plays a large part in their research. To help expedite and flesh out that research process, Google has announced the addition of detailed college data cards in Search, presenting a bunch of information about the institution in one easy-to-read place. The data presented is gathered from the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, says Google.

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Apple adds real-time collaboration to iWork

Apple adds real-time collaboration to iWork

Apple is adding real-time collaboration to iWork, allowing multiple people to make changes to a document in the cloud at the same time. The update, one of the most requested for Apple's document suite, ticks a significant box which until now rival platforms like Google Docs have had as an advantage over iWork.

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Amazon Prime Student promo offers discounted loan interest rate

Amazon Prime Student promo offers discounted loan interest rate

Amazon Prime Student subscribers have a new oddball offering: a discounted interest rate for private student loans through Wells Fargo. The Prime product, of course, is intended specifically for students and offers many of the same perks as a regular Prime subscription, plus some extra promotions and offers targeted at students. If shelling out for a Prime Student account wasn't attractive enough, Amazon seems to hope getting discounted interest rates will be enough to draw in new customers.

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Duolingo Tinycards for iOS take learning beyond languages

Duolingo Tinycards for iOS take learning beyond languages

Duolingo is known for its language-learning app, but soon enough it'll be known for its more general educational offerings, too. The company has launched a new iOS app called Tinycards, which will be heading to other platforms in the near future, and it expands beyond languages to help users memorize all sorts of things. The app is currently available for both iPhone and iPad.

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Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple is opening an iOS Developer Academy in Italy this fall

Apple's first iOS App Development Center in Europe will be opening in a few months, and it's been confirmed that the Università di Napoli Federico II in Italy will be hosting the incubator. Originally announced back in January, the center will be a place for aspiring developers to better learn about the iOS app environment, as well as for educators to receive additional support. The Apple-sponsored course will run for nine months, and is open to applications from anywhere in Europe.

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One Laptop Per Child debuts new, larger Infinity:One model

One Laptop Per Child debuts new, larger Infinity:One model

You don't hear about the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) initiative much anymore, but with its partner One Education, it made waves with its cheap, simple, and rugged XO laptop designed for children in poorer countries. Now the Australia-based One Education is back with a new, larger laptop: the Infinity:One. It's scheduled to start shipping in August, and along with a number of changes from previous OLPC models, it's priced at just $230 — just over double the original $100 XO model.

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BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

BOSEbuild aims to teach kids tech with DIY speaker

Bose may not be the first name you associate with learning about electronics, but the company's BOSEbuild educational division is aiming to change that with a DIY speaker. The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is a $149 Bluetooth speaker broken down into its component parts, intended to teach kids not only what goes into a modern gadget but how principles like sound operate.

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Amazon Inspire crowdsources resources for educators

Amazon Inspire crowdsources resources for educators

In this Internet age, a lot of information flows freely on the Web, but not all of them are reliable or even factually correct. A whole market, led by the likes of Coursera and Udacity, have sprung up to give a bit of formality to "online education." Now Amazon is jumping in with its new Amazon Inspire platform, but with a very different twist. Instead of catering to students looking online instruction, Inspire practically crowdsources educational materials and resources that other teachers and educators can use and customize for their particular use cases.

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Google has a basic Android nanodegree program on Udacity

Google has a basic Android nanodegree program on Udacity

Google has partnered with Udacity to create an “Android Basics” Nanodegree, an educational program that teaches those with no experience all the basics needed to create their own Android app. The program is designed for those who “have little or no programming experience,” says Google; by the end of the program, those who complete it will be able to create their own basic apps, a couple examples of which are educational apps “Dr Malaria” and “ROP Tutorial."

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