Education

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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Researchers plan new Noah’s Ark in Moon’s giant lava tubes

Researchers plan new Noah’s Ark in Moon’s giant lava tubes

In March of 2021, researchers delivered a proposal for a "lunar ark" with cryogenically frozen samples of 6.7 million Earth species. A new take on the biblical Noah's Ark, this new lunar ark would be housed in a lava tube just below the surface of Earth's moon. This ark would house preserved spore, seed, and sperm samples from Earth species of many sorts.

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China’s Tianwen-1 sends first photo of Mars

China’s Tianwen-1 sends first photo of Mars

On February 5, 2021, the China Academy of Space Technology relayed details of Tianwen-1 and its journey to Mars. Per the Fifth Academy of the Aerospace Science and Technology Group noted that the engine ignition of Tianwen-1 "successfully completed the fourth midway correction of the ground fire transfer section to ensure that Mars capture was implemented as planned." This craft also took a lovely photo of the red planet with its grayscale navigation camera.

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HP reveals five new Chromebooks made for home-schooling

HP reveals five new Chromebooks made for home-schooling

CES 2021 might be over, but that isn't stopping companies like HP from revealing new products. Today, HP announced a collection of new Chromebooks meant primarily for education, whether those Chromebooks are for teachers or students. Given that there's seemingly no end to the pandemic in sight, these Chromebooks are being positioned as machines that are good for blended or remote learning.

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Hulu student price dropped to $2 per month (with ads)

Hulu student price dropped to $2 per month (with ads)

Hulu announced a "students" plan this week with an apparent "65% discount valid as long as you're a college student." This price would be for the "ad-supported plan" for approximately $1.99 USD per month, where it'd otherwise be $5.99 USD per month. Just so long as student enrollment status remains verified, the price shall remain, as verified by SheerID.

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Microsoft and EAA partner to launch Flight Simulator scholarships

Microsoft and EAA partner to launch Flight Simulator scholarships

The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a community of pilots and others passionate about aviation, has teamed up with Microsoft to launch scholarships and educational material for 'young aviation enthusiasts.' The new partnership revolves around Microsoft Flight Simulator, a popular and highly realistic game for those who dream of piloting aircraft.

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AT&T offers discounted wireless data to help close the homework gap

AT&T offers discounted wireless data to help close the homework gap

AT&T has announced a new discounted wireless data offering to help more students get connected to remote schooling services. The move aims to address the 'homework gap,' which refers to the millions of students in the US who lack Internet access, preventing them from accessing online schoolwork and classes.

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NatGeo virtual backgrounds released for video chat

NatGeo virtual backgrounds released for video chat

Today the folks at National Geographic released a wild collection of virtual backgrounds / wallpapers for students doing video chats for school. Virtual school, remote schooling, remote classroom work is currently more popular than it's ever been before, thanks to COVID-19 and the likely resurgence of the global pandemic thanks to winter - so National Geographic just stepped up to the plate.

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CrowPi2 Review : STEM education, Minecraft, and Raspberry Pi in a box

CrowPi2 Review : STEM education, Minecraft, and Raspberry Pi in a box

So you've got a kid who wants to learn how computers work. Or you're an individual that likes to fiddle around with electronics and want to make it count with a kit that'll teach you what all the plugging and playing means. That's what this device delivers. That's what CrowPi2 was made for - discovering not only how computer parts fit together and function, but how computer code makes the whole thing run.

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Distance Learning will force you to learn one vital skill

Distance Learning will force you to learn one vital skill

In the Fall of the year 2020, students will learn how to troubleshoot on a computer. This is a skill that they'll use for the rest of their lives. Because of the way one must learn how to work with a computer, and fix issues with a computer, they'll become familiar with the way our modern, connected, technology-infused world must be handled if they want to be successful. Students are going to need to learn how to turn it off and turn it back on again.

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LEGO Education Spike Prime: Resources and a glorious new brick [UPDATE]

LEGO Education Spike Prime: Resources and a glorious new brick [UPDATE]

There's a new brick (actually several new parts, but one key brick) in the new LEGO Eductation SPIKE Prime set. The LEGO Education SPIKE Prime Set was released today as the 2020/2021 school season begins, ready to roll for STEAM, coding, and all sorts of LEGO robot adventures. And there'll be new LEGO elements! The brick I'm most excited about here is the "Integrator Brick" (with cross axle). UPDATE: New resources were launched for educators and parents for students this season!

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