Education

Acer outs new Chromebook pair and Chromebox for classrooms

Acer outs new Chromebook pair and Chromebox for classrooms

It's clearly affordable education notebook week, and Acer is joining the party with a trio of new classroom-minded Chrome OS machines. Unveiled at Bett 2018 today, the three new models - two Chromebook notebooks and a Chromebox desktop - each pack niceties like USB Type-C and even, on one model, includes the option of baked-in 4G LTE.

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Lenovo’s new Chrome OS and Windows notebooks are toughened for class

Lenovo’s new Chrome OS and Windows notebooks are toughened for class

Lenovo has a gaggle of new education notebooks but, while it may be part of Microsoft's new push to seize back STEM from Google's Chromebooks, it's hedging its bets with new Windows and Chrome OS models. Seven new models are arriving today, spanning form-factors and ranges that include Yoga and ThinkPad, and in some cases offered in either Chrome OS or Windows 10 forms. Pricing will kick off from just $219, too.

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Microsoft puts Chrome OS in schools on notice with $189 laptops

Microsoft puts Chrome OS in schools on notice with $189 laptops

Microsoft is taking on Google's Chrome OS direct, announcing a new push in sub-$200 notebooks that will target Chromebooks' market share in classrooms. Launching at the Best education expo today, the new range of laptops kick off from as little as $189, competing directly with affordable Chromebook hardware from ASUS, Acer, and others. However, there are also software and service updates which Microsoft expects will sweeten the deal.

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Google offers free IT support certification, but there’s a catch

Google offers free IT support certification, but there’s a catch

Google has announced its new "Google IT Support Professional Certificate" program through Coursera, offering anyone the chance to get certified for an entry-level job in the field. The course doesn't require any previous experience and takes between 8 and 12 months to complete, according to Google. Some individuals will be able to take the course and complete the certification process for free.

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Google Doodle marks 50 years of teaching kids to code

Google Doodle marks 50 years of teaching kids to code

Teaching kids to code at an early age might be a hot and sometimes hotly debated topic these days, but as early as the 60s, there were already some computer scientists and educators blazing that trail. Sure, it may not have the sophisticated robotics or even fancy graphics of today’s tools, but the Logo programming language has been the first blush with programming of those who would eventually run Silicon Valley and, by extension, the world. Now Google and MIT celebrate 50 years of Logo with the first ever coding Google Doodle. Targeted at the young and young of heart, of course.

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Apple now has a fully-year app dev course in 20 universities

Apple now has a fully-year app dev course in 20 universities

Today’s world runs on code, be it on the smartphone you’re using to read this or the hidden servers that make the Web go round. Unsurprisingly, the biggest tech giants are pushing for coding to become as common in schools as the traditional three R’s. Apple’s Everyone Can Code initiative is one such program that targets institutions of higher learning. Today, Apple is pushing that program to more than 20 colleges and universities around the globe to ensure that the next generation of programmers will have a solid foundation in making apps for iPhones and iPads.

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Stephen Hawking PhD thesis released for free, crashes website

Stephen Hawking PhD thesis released for free, crashes website

Stephen Hawking is arguably one of the greatest minds of our time. But like any genius, he didn’t spring forth fully formed like Athena from Zeus’s head. Before Hawking, the scientist, was Hawking, the postgraduate student. And while we can’t travel back through time (yet), we can at least try to get a glimpse of the young man of 24 through his 1966 thesis. Now anyone can try to do that now that Cambridge University has made it available to anyone for free.

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The Oregon Trail returns to schools in Minecraft: Education Edition

The Oregon Trail returns to schools in Minecraft: Education Edition

Many kids who attended school in the 1980s and 1990s will probably have fond memories of The Oregon Trail. An educational game meant to show children what life was like for the 19th century Pioneer family traveling the trail to the US west coast, The Oregon Trail is something of a legendary game these days. Though it's received number remakes throughout the years, The Oregon Trail will soon get a new lease on life with schoolchildren, and it's all thanks to Minecraft.

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Amazon’s new writing curriculum helps students learn to write

Amazon’s new writing curriculum helps students learn to write

Amazon acquired a company called TenMarks several years ago, and today it has released a writing curriculum through it for teachers and students. This online curriculum is designed to help teachers guide students through the maze that is learning to write; it involves online activities that can be completed using a smartphone or other connected device.

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ASUS VivoBook W202 laptop joins the Windows 10 S stable

ASUS VivoBook W202 laptop joins the Windows 10 S stable

It’s back to school time, which means that for some students or their parents, it’s also time to invest in a new, or their first, school laptop. Taking advantage of this unique shopping season, Microsoft and its OEM partners have gotten the ball rolling with a team of Windows 10 S computers. The latest to join the team is ASUS’ very first Windows 10 S laptop, the VivoBook W202, which is, quite honestly, going to have a hard time standing out from the rest.

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Laptops for back-to-school students: best budget to top-tier models

Laptops for back-to-school students: best budget to top-tier models

Later this month, thousands of students will return to college, and thousands more will be heading out for their first semester. Just as necessary as dorm room mini-fridges and a comfortable backpack is a laptop, the tool through which you will complete seemingly endless course work and Netflix binging. Whether you're in the market for a top-tier laptop that'll last you four plus years or just something cheap to get you through your first semester, this list has got you covered.

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Windows 10 S devices now available, but you can test it too

Windows 10 S devices now available, but you can test it too

Last May, Microsoft both disappointed power users but also pleased the education sector with its announcement of Windows 10 S. This version of Windows 10 has been locked down for school use and designed to run even on low-powered notebooks. Three months later, Microsoft is finally making such devices available for both academic institutions and consumers to buy. But if you’re just curious to see if Windows 10 S is even worth its salt, you can do install it on your existing Windows 10 Pro system as well.

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