Education

Read Along by Google tries to improve kids’ reading and speaking skills

Read Along by Google tries to improve kids’ reading and speaking skills

The current global situation with COVID-19 has paved the way for a surge in both the demand and supply of apps for young ones. Many of these take the form of games or videos that keep kids distracted while there are a few try to impart lessons as well. Google is unsurprisingly jumping in on that trend and, just as unsurprisingly, it is putting its favorite AI and machine learning features to work in helping kids get better at reading and speaking even while stuck at home.

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Coursera makes 3,800 online classes free for unemployed users

Coursera makes 3,800 online classes free for unemployed users

Online learning company Coursera has announced a new initiative designed to help people who have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic. Under this initiative, various governments can sign up to participate in the program, making it available to unemployed individuals as a way to help them score new jobs. The initiative includes 3,800 classes, as well as professional certificates.

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Netflix posts some educational documentaries on YouTube for free

Netflix posts some educational documentaries on YouTube for free

Netflix is helping educators and parents who have found themselves in home-teaching roles with the release of some documentaries on YouTube. The documentaries are free for anyone to stream, unlike the documentaries found on its streaming platform, which requires a monthly subscription. Netflix says that it decided to make this content available for free after receiving requests from teachers.

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Researchers training dogs to smell coronavirus

Researchers training dogs to smell coronavirus

Detecting COVID-19 was the aim in a new dog-focused study done in the UK in April 2020. Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LHTSM) believe they've got a real shot at training dogs to detect the illness in humans. This project's outline suggests they're aiming to have these dogs deployed in as little as two months, here in the year 2020.

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Duolingo’s new app helps kids learn to read, but only on iOS

Duolingo’s new app helps kids learn to read, but only on iOS

Duolingo, the company that has been teaching people to speak foreign languages for years, just made a surprise announcement: it has a new app. Called Duolingo ABC, the app is designed specifically for young kids; it will help them learn to read using what the company describes as 'bite-sized lessons.' Only Apple customers will be able to access it, however.

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Google, ALA, Kahn Academy push for home education during quarantine

Google, ALA, Kahn Academy push for home education during quarantine

Today Google, ALA, and Kahn Academy expanded upon the efforts they've made in the last few weeks for those students and teachers in quarantine for coronavirus (COVID-19). Google's released a portal for information, tips, training, and tools for teachers called "Teach From Home." They've also announced a $10 million USD Distance Learning Fund "to support organizations around the globe that help educators access the resources they need to provide high quality learning opportunities to children, particularly those from underserved communities."

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

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

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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