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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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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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Duolingo just got more useful for advanced language learners

Duolingo just got more useful for advanced language learners

Educational app Duolingo continues to help anyone learn a language for free, but it's not for everyone. The app enables users to test their current proficiency, work at their own speed, and more. However, many users feel they reach a plateau after which point the app stops helping with their progression, requiring them to look elsewhere for advancement. The company's latest update may solve that problem.

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Apple publishes iPad tutorial videos on Pencil, Files and more

Apple publishes iPad tutorial videos on Pencil, Files and more

Apple has released a handful of tutorial videos that show new iPad owners how to proficiently use their new tablet. This isn't the first time Apple has released instructional videos; it did something similar for the iPhone camera, for example. The videos are short, simple, and no doubt exist to demonstrate just how easy it is for anyone to understand and use iOS on a tablet.

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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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Apple March 27th event will put spotlight on education

Apple March 27th event will put spotlight on education

Apple has announced an unexpected event on March 27, focusing on education and to be held at a high school in Chicago. Rather than bring media to Cupertino and Apple Park, as the company did last year for the unveil of the iPhone X, this new event will take place in the midwest.

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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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Duolingo finally adds Chinese course after much difficulty

Duolingo finally adds Chinese course after much difficulty

Given its popularity and use as the lingua franca in the world, especially over the Internet, you’d think that English is the most used language in the world. Not quite. That distinction belongs to the Chinese language, spoken by nearly two billion people all over the planet. But despite having the numbers, it is considered to be one of the hardest languages to learn. Which is why, despite being the most requested language in its five years of existence, it is only now that language learning service Duolingo is able to add Chinese to its roster.

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Animoodle plushies spark creativity by mixing up parts

Animoodle plushies spark creativity by mixing up parts

Kids these days are exposed to technology at very early ages. On the one hand, it’s good that they become immediately familiar with the technology that will define their future. On the other hand, they are trained early on to become consumers when they should be learning to become creators instead. Enter Animoodles, a collection of plush toys from the collective minds and skills of Disney, Apple, and Pixar veterans that aim to inspire imagination, creativity, and fun all at the same time. How? By letting kids, and grown-ups, mix and match body parts.

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