Education

LEGO Titanic set is a 9,090-brick boat based on original blueprints

LEGO Titanic set is a 9,090-brick boat based on original blueprints

This is definitely not a joke - LEGO is about to officially release the Titanic. The LEGO Titanic is "one of the longest and largest LEGO models to date", officially authentically realized with more pieces than you've likely ever placed in a single model. This monstrous build is over 1.3 meters long and is most certainly not intended for children under the age of 18.

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Comcast offers ultra-cheap Internet to Federal Pell Grant recipients

Comcast offers ultra-cheap Internet to Federal Pell Grant recipients

Comcast offers a low-cost Internet plan for eligible subscribers called Internet Essentials. In an announcement about the plan today, the service provider revealed that it will open the Internet Essentials plan to undergraduate college and university students who received the Federal Pell Grant, enabling them to get online for ten bucks a month.

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Amazon reveals new college tuition benefit for its US warehouse workers

Amazon reveals new college tuition benefit for its US warehouse workers

Amazon has announced a new plan to cover its warehouse workers' college tuition costs, among other educational options, as part of its Career Choice program. Though some details are lacking at this time, the company says that some of its workers can qualify for the tuition coverage after only three months spent working for the company.

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Duolingo updated with family plan, handwriting tool, and new languages

Duolingo updated with family plan, handwriting tool, and new languages

Language-learning app Duolingo has announced a major update to its platform that adds two big features: a new family plan for users who have more than one learner in the house, as well as a new tool that teaches users how to write symbols and scripts for certain languages. The announcement comes alongside details about the company's technology and more.

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New iPad release will likely focus on price

New iPad release will likely focus on price

In September of 2021 it's fairly likely Apple will reveal several iPad devices, each with their own set of key features. This isn't an altogether new strategy for Apple - iPad mini, iPad Air, and the base iPad are all in places right now where a new iteration needn't include much more than a spec boost. With the potential for students heading back to physical classrooms this year, Apple will also likely once again focus on enticing pricing for their most basic iPad model.

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LEGO Education SPIKE Essential set for STEAM also aims for social skills

LEGO Education SPIKE Essential set for STEAM also aims for social skills

This week LEGO launched a new primary school STEAM teaching system with LEGO Education SPIKE Essential. This newest release is part of the greater LEGO Learning System and is aimed at enriching both STEAM skills and social skills. The first product in this series is the LEGO Education SPIKE Essential Set, and it'll go on pre-order starting this week and shipping starts on August 31, 2021.

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NASA rolls out fun challenges and materials for the new school year

NASA rolls out fun challenges and materials for the new school year

We're only a couple of weeks away from students returning to school in the US, and here to make it a little more fun and educational is NASA with its freely provided materials. The space agency often shares fun projects and educational content with the public, including everything from simulation games to space 'passports' and more.

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CDC updates COVID-19 school rules: In-person learning, vaccines & masks

CDC updates COVID-19 school rules: In-person learning, vaccines & masks

New CDC schools guidance pushes in-person learning as K-12 classrooms prepare for the fall 2021 return, though masks will remain a key part of the COVID-19 strategy. The US Centers for Disease Control has been criticized in the past for its policies around classroom learning, blamed on one side for impractically strict guidance, while accused of pushing for premature in-person schooling too rapidly by others.

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Apple Back to School 2021 promo adds free AirPods to select iPad and Mac

Apple Back to School 2021 promo adds free AirPods to select iPad and Mac

Apple has launched its new Back to School deals, and if you've been considering a new iPad or Mac for the classroom - either remote or in-person - you could get a treat for your ears, too. The Cupertino company is adding to its usual education discount with an AirPods promo, and a discount for Apple Care+.

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Sphero Indi robot aims directly at early learners

Sphero Indi robot aims directly at early learners

Sphero has designed robots for education that are aimed at children in grades three through high school. The company says it realizes that kids in pre-K through second grade also need a robot to help them learn designed specifically for their needs. To address that need, Sphero has revealed a robot called Indi.

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Gmail, Google Classroom, Docs are down or have issues [Update: They’re back]

Gmail, Google Classroom, Docs are down or have issues [Update: They’re back]

This morning a variety of Google services had a bit of a kerfuffle. Status for Google Drive, Google Dogs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Classroom were marked by Google as having a "Service Outage." Per the Google Workspace Status Dashboard, it was only these services that were having a full "outage." However, a significant number of Gmail users reported issues starting at around 8AM central time.

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South Carolina plans 8 Apple computer labs to fill in broadband deserts

South Carolina plans 8 Apple computer labs to fill in broadband deserts

If families suddenly forced into home-schooling during the pandemic has highlighted anything, it's that all things are not created equal when it comes to technology and internet access across the US. Projects like the US government's rural broadband rollout are trying to fill in the gaps, but now individual states and universities are weighing in, with South Carolina the latest to establish strategically-located computer labs.

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