Education

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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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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