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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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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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Apple’s Swift Playgrounds gets robot hook-up with LEGO, Parrot, more

Apple’s Swift Playgrounds gets robot hook-up with LEGO, Parrot, more

Swift Playgrounds, Apple's software developing toolkit intended to encourage kids to learn code, is breaking out of the iPad and connecting with educational toys from LEGO, Parrot, and more. Launched at WWDC 2016 a year ago, Swift Playgrounds took Apple's programming language and wrapped it up in an iPad app that aimed to be equal parts education and entertainment. Now, the fruits of Swift Playgrounds will be able to engage with devices in the real-world.

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Duolingo Japanese course finally arrives for all users

Duolingo Japanese course finally arrives for all users

The language-learning app Duolingo has announced the addition of a new course, one that users far and wide have been requesting for years: Japanese. The course, like ones before it, offers learners free lessons on the language, starting at a basic level and working up toward 'fluency.' Duolingo announced the new course today, explaining some of the difficulty that went into developing the system.

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Google teams with American Library Association to get kids interested in coding

Google teams with American Library Association to get kids interested in coding

Google has teamed up with the American Library Association for a new “Libraries Ready to Code” project, something that aims to get kids interested in computer science. The initiative hails from the ALA’s own Office for Information Technology Policy, which is getting its support from Google. The project, in this case, focuses on librarians and equipping them with the info they need to get kids interested in computer science and direct them to further resources on the topic.

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Pixar teams with Khan Academy to teach animation, simulation and more

Pixar teams with Khan Academy to teach animation, simulation and more

Khan Academy, the online service that provides free instructional videos on a wide range of educational topics, has announced a new major partnership with the animation studio Pixar. The team-up has resulted in Pixar creating and sharing a huge course covering the basics of everything animation creation, including things like using virtual cameras, Pixar’s own storytelling process, simulation processes, ‘color science,’ and more.

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Acer Chromebook Spin 11 launches with Wacom tech, 360 hinge

Acer Chromebook Spin 11 launches with Wacom tech, 360 hinge

Acer has introduced the new Chromebook Spin 11 (R751T), a convertible laptop with military-grade durability, according to Acer. It seems the company has created its new Chromebook for classroom use, and appropriately it has revealed it at the British Education and Training Technology Show in London. Among the Spin 11’s unique features is a 360-degree hinge and integrated Wacom technology.

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Leka robot ball hands-on: bigger than Sphero (with a face!)

Leka robot ball hands-on: bigger than Sphero (with a face!)

While Sphero might have the tiny remote-control ball market cornered, it would seem that Leka is aiming for the next size up. Leka is a robotic companion ball aimed at children. While it might be aimed specifically at children with special needs, we couldn't help but be entranced by the possibilities in everyday mobile play. This ball has a face, after all, and far be it for me to deny the joy of chasing a cartoon robot creature across the floor.

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Minecraft Hour of Code Designer tutorial is free and available now

Minecraft Hour of Code Designer tutorial is free and available now

Microsoft has announced the launch of Minecraft Hour of Code Designer, a new tutorial that’s part of the House of Code campaign held from December 5 to December 11th (the Computer Science Education Week). The new tutorial is freely available on the Code.org website, where it exists as a simple interactive tutorial for young children (and interested beginners) who want to make and then share their own little Minecraft game.

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Using a Kindle for textbooks

Using a Kindle for textbooks

The fall semester is well underway at this point, and if you've been lugging around heavy textbooks for the last two months, you're probably ready for an alternative. Most people look toward the Kindle as that alternative; it makes sense, as the Kindle is billed as a slim, long-lasting and lightweight alternative to traditional books. Making this work, though, usually proves tricky once you give it a try. In fact, just loading digital versions of your textbooks onto something like a Kindle Paperwhite or Voyage will be little more than utterly frustrating.

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