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Amazon is bringing computer science classes to 130 high schools

Amazon is bringing computer science classes to 130 high schools

Amazon will help the next generation learn vital coding skills under a new program that will involve bringing computer science classes to 130 high schools in the New York City area. The classes will be rolled out over the next year leading into 2020, and they'll cover both introductory and Advanced Placement courses. Notably, the classes will be offered in more than 30 high schools in Queens, the destination for Amazon's upcoming new headquarters.

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Excessive screen time may lead to delayed preschool learning

Excessive screen time may lead to delayed preschool learning

As we more and more become people of screens and digital media, questions surrounding both the benefits and dangers of screen time also grow in number and variety. Concerns are even greater when children, who have less self-control than their older counterparts, are involved. Parents may now have even great reason to fret over their kids’ use of mobile devices and viewing habits after research shows how too much screen time could cause a delay in learning when the child enters preschool.

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Acer Chromebook reveals just keep on coming

Acer Chromebook reveals just keep on coming

Like a couple of its competitors, Acer has showed up to BETT with a slate of new Chromebooks for education. Today the company announced four new Chromebooks altogether, and they all share a few key specifications. Chief among those shared specifications is an 11.6-inch display and a fair degree of ruggedness that comes with meeting MIL-STD 810G in tests for temperature, humidity, mechanical shock, rain, dust, and sand.

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Acer TravelMate B114-21 is a tough, AMD laptop for students

Acer TravelMate B114-21 is a tough, AMD laptop for students

AMD is really pushing heavily into Intel territory. It is challenging its old-time rival in markets where Intel used to reign alone, and that includes the education sector. AMD has recently partnered with OEMs to start putting its A series of notebook chips into previously Intel or ARM exclusive Chromebooks. Now it’s spreading its wings even further with Acer’s latest TravelMate B114-21, the PC maker’s first education-centric notebook powered by AMD.

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Microsoft Code Jumper is a physical programming tool for blind kids

Microsoft Code Jumper is a physical programming tool for blind kids

Microsoft has developed a product that introduces blind children to the world of coding. Called Code Jumper, this product is the result of Project Torino, a research project that was beta tested at New College Worcester in 2018. According to Microsoft, Code Jumper presents a physical programming language that increases coding accessibility.

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Acer’s newest Chromebook has a camera on its bottom

Acer’s newest Chromebook has a camera on its bottom

Today's most 2019 story is that the newest Acer Chromebook has a camera under its bottom. This camera is not below the display, and it's not hidden under a key in the keyboard. This is one of two cameras, the other of which sits above the display in the body of the machine, where a webcam usually sits. It's the one under the bum we're looking at right now.

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Acer Chromebook 512, Spin, made for rugged students

Acer Chromebook 512, Spin, made for rugged students

This week at BETT, Acer revealed a pair of hardcore chromebooks for education customers. These devices are the first two 12-inch Chromebooks offered by Acer. One goes by the name Chromebook 512, the other goes by the name Chromebook Spin 512. Both devices are called "sturdy" and "safe for young students at school and home." Also one has a camera on its bottom.

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Microsoft Education news today: New notebooks, Classroom Pen

Microsoft Education news today: New notebooks, Classroom Pen

In the mix today is a whole lot of Windows 10 devices for education plus a brand new Microsoft Classroom Pen. The Microsoft Education team announced a bunch of news at the annual Bett conference this week, starting with devices, complete with big fat discounts for schools. It's almost as if Microsoft wants to make a big dinger in Google's Chromebook business - the business that used to be unquestionably dominated by Windows machines.

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HP announces two new Chromebooks in education push

HP announces two new Chromebooks in education push

HP is bolstering its Education Edition Chromebook lineup today by announcing two new devices aimed primarily at the classroom. The Chromebook x360 11 G2 EE and the Chromebook 11 G7 EE will be joining the company's existing G-series in April, with a few details about both computers being revealed today.

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YouTube Music and Premium get special student pricing plans

YouTube Music and Premium get special student pricing plans

YouTube has added YouTube Music and YouTube Premium plans targeted at college students. Eligible students receive a discount on subscriptions, offering them an ad-free experience with the plans' extra features and lower rates. The new option better enables the service to compete with the likes of Spotify and other competitors that already offer student discounts.

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Sprint reveals CTL Chromebook NL7 LTE for students and business

Sprint reveals CTL Chromebook NL7 LTE for students and business

Sprint has teamed with CTL to launch the new CTL Chromebook NL7 LTE with support for the carrier's mobile network. The new model works with Google's G Suite for Education, offering on-the-go Internet access even in the absence of a WiFi network. Customers can get the Chromebook under a monthly device payment arrangement.

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Nintendo Labo flexes its education muscle

Nintendo Labo flexes its education muscle

It was just a matter of time, we suppose: Nintendo Labo is heading to classrooms around the United States. Nintendo announced today that it has teamed up with the Institute for Play to come up with elementary curriculum centered around Labo and its educational capabilities. At the moment, this new initiative is going through a test in New York City before rolling out to more classrooms around the country.

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