Education

Pi-top Review – Building the Future

Pi-top Review – Building the Future

While the Raspberry Pi is undoubtedly the darling of makers and tinkerers, it has always been envisioned for use in education. But in order to keep the single board computer (SBC) affordable and accessible, the Raspberry Pi had to remain what it is today: a bare bones board that, by itself, isn’t exactly useful. You need at least an external display, keyboard, and mouse, not to mention a compatible OS installed on a memory card. This simplicity it both a boon and a bane, the latter because of the nearly infinite amount of choices users, particularly educators, have to make. Fortunately, there are those like pi-top that build greatness on top of greatness. We take its flagship product, the pi-top, to build ourselves a laptop powered by the Raspberry Pi, with a bent towards educating and empowering the next generation.

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Duolingo is adding a Game of Thrones language course

Duolingo is adding a Game of Thrones language course

The popular language-learning app Duolingo plans to add a new language course, one for the fantasy language High Valyrian from Game of Thrones. The course itself was created by David J. Peterson, a UC Berkeley alumnus who is also behind the show's Dothraki language. If you use Duolingo with the mobile apps, you'll have to wait a while before getting access to the course; those on desktop, though, can access a beta version of it now.

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Cozmo Code Lab makes robot programming easy as dragging blocks

Cozmo Code Lab makes robot programming easy as dragging blocks

Anki's Cozmo may have looked like a toy by way of Wall-E when it launched last year, but the personality-filled robot has bigger ambitions than mere entertainment. Launching today is Cozmo Code Lab, an incredibly simple way to unlock the many talents of the robot, even if you can't string together a single line of code.

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Sony KOOV robotics kit finally out a year later, on Indiegogo

Sony KOOV robotics kit finally out a year later, on Indiegogo

Sony has a rather strange relationship with consumer robotics lately. It's definitely no stranger to them, having had at least two in the past. Now it is taking a more educational spin to these robots, but it isn't going directly to the market. Toio, revealed last week, is on Sony's internal "First Flight" crowdfunding platform. And now the KOOV coding and robotics kit has made its way to Indiegogo as well, finally making a real public appearance a year after Sony was supposed to launch it.

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Sony Toio is a mashup of tiny cube robots and game consoles

Sony Toio is a mashup of tiny cube robots and game consoles

Sony might not be a name you'd immediately associate with robotic toys, but it does, or rather did, have a few under its name, from the dog-like Aibo to the the "dancing" Rolly to, more recently, the KOOV robotics kit. It isn't done yet, however, and a Toio product may be just over the horizon. Aimed at very young learners, Toio mixes papercraft, tiny rolling robot cubes, and a system that resembles a gaming console, complete with controllers and even cartridges.

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Google’s latest educational coding project brings in Wonder Woman

Google’s latest educational coding project brings in Wonder Woman

The new Wonder Woman movie is about to launch in theaters, and ahead of its release comes a new educational product from Google based on the movie. Released as part of its Made with Code initiative, Google has released a Wonder Woman-themed educational coding project that teaches kids (and adults!) the basics of coding using fun, interactive tools with instant results.

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LEGO Boost educational coding set goes up for preorder

LEGO Boost educational coding set goes up for preorder

Back during CES 2017, LEGO unveiled a new product called 'Boost' that aims to teach children the fundamentals of coding. The company describes its new product as a 'supercharged building and coding set,' one that is intended for young kids (ages 7 and younger). The coding component of the set is simple and app-based, while the LEGO element itself includes a sensor and motors for movement.

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Duolingo Japanese course finally arrives for all users

Duolingo Japanese course finally arrives for all users

The language-learning app Duolingo has announced the addition of a new course, one that users far and wide have been requesting for years: Japanese. The course, like ones before it, offers learners free lessons on the language, starting at a basic level and working up toward 'fluency.' Duolingo announced the new course today, explaining some of the difficulty that went into developing the system.

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Windows 10 S gotchas you need to know

Windows 10 S gotchas you need to know

Microsoft just made an aggressive and rather daring attempt to reclaim its spot in the education sector. A new class of laptops, with prices ranging from $189 to $2,199, was born, and at the heart of it is Windows 10 S. Call it Secure, Streamlined, or Stunted, this new flavor of Windows 10 S is designed to sing to educators and system administrators. But, almost like a siren's song, it comes at a cost. So before you set your eyes and your heart on it, here are a few hidden traps in Windows 10 S you might want to be aware of.

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This is Windows 10 S: What you need to know

This is Windows 10 S: What you need to know

Microsoft kicked off its education-centric event today by introducing the world to a new version of Windows 10. Dubbed Windows 10 S, Microsoft Executive Vice President Terry Myerson took the stage to show off this pared-back version of Windows. There are a few features in Windows 10 S that make it useful not just in classroom settings, but perhaps for personal use as well.

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Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition beta available now

Code Builder for Minecraft Education Edition beta available now

Microsoft is leveraging Minecraft Education Edition for schools, with a new Code Builder tool that wraps coding in with building. Announced alongside Windows 10 S at the company's MicrosoftEDU event in New York City today, the add-on will be available in beta today. It's designed to make coding more immediate.

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Microsoft’s Chromebook-eating Windows 10 S notebooks start at $189

Microsoft’s Chromebook-eating Windows 10 S notebooks start at $189

Microsoft revealed Windows 10 S today with word that notebooks running the software would be available soon starting at less than 200-dollars. As the presentation of Windows 10 S centered on education, Microsoft sent a rather clear message to Google. Microsoft's goal right this minute is to stop the movement of schools turning to Chromebooks to suit their low-cost, needs-met notebook needs, while turning them on to a new, more streamlined version of Windows.

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