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Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Here are the genius winners

Nintendo Labo Creators Contest: Here are the genius winners

Nintendo has probably struck gold twice with the Switch, first with the console itself and then with its Labo platform. The cardboard-based educational platform was meant to teach younger owners things like programming and crafting but naturally appealed to users of all ages. To test that goal, Nintendo announced a Creators Contest last month, looking for innovative creations using the platform. And boy did they get open the floodgates of creativity, whimsy, and, in a way, insanity.

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Apple Back to School deal: free Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3

Apple Back to School deal: free Beats Solo3 and Powerbeats3

Apple has revealed its latest Back to School promotion, a deal it offers every summer for college students and faculty who are looking for a new laptop or tablet. This year, in addition to its usual student perks, Apple is offering various Beats headphones for free, assuming the customer purchases a new Mac computer or an iPad Pro.

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Acer Chromebook Tab 10 gets Android-like features

Acer Chromebook Tab 10 gets Android-like features

While Google is probably wishing the world forgot about its less than stellar history with Android tablets, it isn’t writing out the device form factor completely. It is, instead, reframing tablets within the context of Chrome OS, particularly with its first tablet, the Acer Chromebook Tab 10. But in order to do that, it has to bring some features over from Android to Chrome OS, which is what it’s doing now with its education-themed update.

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Wikipedia will be printed on tiny metal plates and sent to the moon

Wikipedia will be printed on tiny metal plates and sent to the moon

A non-profit called Arch Foundation is hoping to send millions of Wikipedia pages to the moon, only with a twist: they'll be "written" on small metal plates. The pages will be sourced from the English version of Wikipedia, and assuming everything goes according to plan, the content will be on the lunar surface within the next couple years. The total archive size will be similar to a CD.

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Fortnite esports scholarship arrives at Ashland University this fall

Fortnite esports scholarship arrives at Ashland University this fall

Ashland University, a private university located in Ashland, Ohio, is the first of its kind to add Fortnite to its esports gaming list. The university's head coach Josh Buchanan announced the addition on Wednesday, expressing an optimistic outlook about the title and its massive popularity. Players with the university will have a chance to get an esports scholarship.

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Google Grasshopper free coding app is made for beginners

Google Grasshopper free coding app is made for beginners

Google's experimental products workshop Area 120 has released a mobile app that teaches adults how to code in JavaScript. The Grasshopper app, which is free, supports both Android and iOS, walking beginners from the very basics toward more sophisticated skills, but also helping individuals who already have some coding knowledge. The app is one of many that offer similar lessons.

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2018 iPad vs. Acer Chromebook Tab 10: education showdown

2018 iPad vs. Acer Chromebook Tab 10: education showdown

Last week, two tech giants made a big attempt at grabbing our future. Google and Apple, long-time rivals and frenemies, announced two education-centric device. Both are interesting in their own right. One is the first Chrome OS tablet, the other the first non-Pro tablet that supports the Apple Pencil. Both are trying to sell themselves not just to individual buyers or even students but to educational institutions and school districts as well. Given a choice between the 2018 iPad and the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, which should consumers and educators choose? We took seven key factors and made the two tablets face off to find out.

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Microsoft AI educational 10-course program opens to the public

Microsoft AI educational 10-course program opens to the public

Microsoft has made some of its artificial intelligence courses available to the public, expanding them beyond their initial employee-only availability. Called the Microsoft Professional Program in AI, the courses enable anyone with an interest to learn about artificial intelligence, starting with the basics and working up to crucial skills. The program has a total of 10 courses that cover 10 skills over dozens of hours.

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Google Rolling Study Halls project brings WiFi to school buses

Google Rolling Study Halls project brings WiFi to school buses

Google has expanded its Rolling Study Halls initiative, bringing connected buses to another 16 school districts to help students learn and complete homework during their commutes to and from school. The expansion is starting with Colorado's Deer Trail School District, which will join the initial pilot locations in South Carolina and North Carolina. The program, for now at least, is focusing on rural communities that have long commutes and poor Internet availability.

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Apple helps Chicago teachers bring coding into the classroom

Apple helps Chicago teachers bring coding into the classroom

Apple has teamed up with Chicago Public Schools and Northwestern University to help bring coding skills to students. The company says it is providing teachers across Chicago with tools for teaching computer science and coding in the classroom, that in part involving Apple's Everyone Can Code curriculum. Lane Tech College Prep High School will soon be home to a Center for Excellence that gives teachers access to the content.

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This Apple event was about progress

This Apple event was about progress

This week's education-focused Apple event was as much about who was on stage as it was about the subjects of which they spoke. Included were more women than men, three teachers and one former-teacher (also a woman of color,) and a whole lot of recognition of the efforts of teachers in general. This was a presentation for people.

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New iPad release dates and pricing for education and everyone else

New iPad release dates and pricing for education and everyone else

As expected, Apple took to the stage in Chicago this morning to reveal a new iPad meant for use in the classroom. This new device served as the headliner of Apple's event, and it renews Apple's attempt to win over educators and students. Before the event kicked off, rumors claimed that this would be a low-cost iPad to better compete with the dominance of Chromebooks, but as it turns out, that isn't really the case.

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