Education

Fortnite is now an official high school sport – yes, really

Fortnite is now an official high school sport – yes, really

Fortnite joined the ranks of official esports league play, sanctioned by the NFHS and CIFSS in association with the group PlayVS. The NFHS is the National Federation of State High School Associations, the nonprofit organization that writes the rules of competition for "most high school sports and activities" inside the United States. California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section is the athletic and educational association that governs high school athletics in Southern California - or MOST of SoCal.

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HP Chromebook 11, x360 11, and 14 get an education-centric refresh

HP Chromebook 11, x360 11, and 14 get an education-centric refresh

After what seems like a period of slumber, Chromebooks are making headlines again. Part of that is thanks to the recent premium models announced at CES earlier this month, like the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. The other part is thanks to a reinvigorated campaign to push Chromebooks to schools and students. This particular segment, however, requires more affordable price tags, which is what HP's four new Chromebooks are trying to offer to educational institutions around the world.

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Lenovo VR Classroom 2 soldiers on without Google Daydream

Lenovo VR Classroom 2 soldiers on without Google Daydream

Virtual reality, more than its cousin augmented reality, is often seen as an entertainment platform. Save for a few notable exceptions, most of the experiences available on VR platforms today revolve around games and multimedia. There are, of course, applications that take advantage of VR's capability to take people places they've never been to before or see things they normally couldn't. Lenovo is trying to build upon that with the VR Classroom 2 kit which ditches Google's abandonware for its own ThinkReality platform.

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ESA Foundation announces its first esports scholarship

ESA Foundation announces its first esports scholarship

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) has announced a new scholarship process for the 2020 - 2021 school year, offering women and minority students access to its first esports scholarship. The scholarship will be available to eligible college students in the United States who are attending a four-year accredited college or university.

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LEGO Education SPIKE Prime set released for $330

LEGO Education SPIKE Prime set released for $330

There's a next-level DIY robotics LEGO set out in the world starting this week, and it's called SPIKE Prime! This is a LEGO Education set, which means it's geared toward students - but you're not the sort of person to let a silly thing like that stop you from using the newest in LEGO power enhance the builds you've had brewing, right?

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LEGO as insulation: Better, cheaper than industry standard

LEGO as insulation: Better, cheaper than industry standard

Physics students at Lancaster University did a study which revealed a bit of a shock about standard, commercially available LEGO bricks. The material with which LEGO bricks are made* as well as the method with which LEGO bricks connect made for a perfect test element for thermal conductivity. They created structures made of LEGO and tested their abilities to isolate elements from extreme cold. Not only could they insulate, they provide solid support without any 3rd-party adhesive - they're their own connectors!

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Phil Schiller says iPad is better than “cheap” Chromebook for students

Phil Schiller says iPad is better than “cheap” Chromebook for students

Today Apple's Phil Schiller had some words for the education market with specific regard for Google's Chromebook platform. He spoke to CNET about their new MacBook, mainly, but also responded to a question on how Chromebooks seem to be taking a foothold in the education market. "In the K-12 market, particularly for the lower grades -- K through six to nine," said Schiller, "iPad is doing really well."

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M-Blocks 2.0 revealed: Now these cube robots can collaborate

M-Blocks 2.0 revealed: Now these cube robots can collaborate

Almost exactly six years ago, we reported on the first iteration of the self-assembling cube robots called M-Blocks. Since then, they've become exponentially more radical. Here in October of 2019, the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) revealed their newest edition of the robotic cubes they call M-Blocks 2.0. The newest edition has many upgrades, the most amazing of which is a communication system with which the blocks can communicate, and thereby collaborate.

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‘Rabbids Coding’ teaches kids the basics of coding for free

‘Rabbids Coding’ teaches kids the basics of coding for free

Late last month, Ubisoft introduced Rabbids Coding, a new educational game featuring the company's rabbid characters that helps teach kids the basics of coding. In an update on the game today, Ubisoft has revealed that the game is now free for anyone to download through the company's Uplay launcher on PC. Parents can expect kids to learn about algorithms, optimization, and more.

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Osmo brings AI to learning with Frozen 2 Super Studio, Little Genius Kit

Osmo brings AI to learning with Frozen 2 Super Studio, Little Genius Kit

Most of the technologies, be it hardware or software, that gets mainstream media attention are often targeted at adults, sometimes teens, that are, admittedly, the biggest market for such products. But just as technology should be accessible to everyone, including those with physical handicaps, it should also be usable for people of all ages, especially the children that will become the adults of the future. There is no shortage of educational apps for smartphones and tablets but their actual beneficial effects are still hotly debated. That's why Osmo is taking a different approach that brings AI, augmented reality, mobile and physical activity to promise a more holistic approach to learning for kids.

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New 10.2-inch iPad released today for $329

New 10.2-inch iPad released today for $329

Before today, Apple had an iPad lineup that included 5 unique models. Starting with their next launch, they'll have a sixth. Apple's Greg Jozwiak took to the stage at today's Apple event and spoke about how the 9.7-inch iPad is the most popular iPad in the world. He suggested that the 9.7-inch iPad is the first iPad "60% of people" use. Today Apple revealed a slightly larger device so that those people can ramp up - the 7th-gen iPad.

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Quizlet alternative app Studier makes Dark Mode free

Quizlet alternative app Studier makes Dark Mode free

A new app was made by a high school student disenchanted by the methods for success used by the folks at Quizlet. They didn't think that a "dark mode" should be hidden behind a paywall, so they decided to take action. The result is an app that, as one Reddit user said, is "lightweight, looks aesthetically pleasing, has fluid animations, has a dark mode, and just plain works with no fuss? And you released it for free?" It's like a rare unicorn, really.

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