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It’s perhaps as perfect a marriage as two educationally-minded can have: PBS and TED (of the famous TED Talks) are teaming up to produce a one-hour special on the public network called “TED Talks Education”, which airs Tuesday evening at 10/9 central. Although TED Talks tend to be fascinating, PBS and partner WNET (a New York public broadcaster) reworked the 18-minute TED format down to 5- to 8-minute segments per speaker. Topics will focus on education and in particular issues surrounding high school dropout rates, and the show will mix in clips of young people talking about... Read more...
Talk about schooling the competition (quite literally) -- Apple on Wednesday announced that iTunes U content downloads have surpassed one billion. According to Apple, iTunes U is the largest online catalog of free educational content from top schools and prominent libraries, museums, and organizations, which educators can use to put together lectures, assignments, quizzes, and so forth. "It’s inspiring to see what educators and students of all types are doing with iTunes U," said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. "With the incredible content... Read more...
It's quite possible that Google's Chromebook launched ahead of its time. Is the world truly ready to embrace a cloud-centric operating system? Chromebook adoption has been sluggish for sure, but in the areas that Google is concentrating on, progress is still being made. Specifically, enterprise and education. In a recent report, Google has noted a surge in uptake in the latter department. As of now, 2,000 schools are using Chromebooks for Education, which is actually twice as much as just three months ago. The most recent schools to join the fray include: Transylvania County Schools in rural North... Read more...
Lenovo added to its education portfolio with the release of the ThinkPad X131e, a Chromebook designed to withstand the substantial abuse doled out by kids in grades K-12.  The laptop includes a rubberized bumper around the top cover, reinforced corners for the inevitable drops, and strengthened hinges and brackets that are built to be opened and closed 50,000 times before giving out. "With the rugged features we added to the X131e, we've seen reduced failure rates in the field”, said Jerry Paradise, executive director of product marketing for the ThinkPad Product Group. “This is... Read more...
What if you could take an online course from a third-party site (not necessarily a university), and get college credit for it? Wouldn't that be ideal? In today's take on "Living In The Future," we're seeing a Silicon Valley start-up partner with San Jose State University in order to make those kinds of dreams come true. Udacity is in the business of creating online college courses, while SJSU is in the business of handing out degrees to those who complete coursework, and preparing the younger generation for the working world ahead. Udacity falls into the MOOC sector -- also known as "massive open... Read more...
Mobile devices cater to a multitude of needs, but one of the most important and perhaps interesting is learning. Even in a country like the United States, where education and learning content isn't hard to come by, many parents have begun introducing their children to tablets. It's a way they can learn interactively, while having fun. Now, imagine the potential this sort of learning could have in a country like Ethiopia, where many kids don't have access to something we consider basic on these shores: a teacher. Early this year, the One Laptop Per Child project delivered 20 tablets to a village... Read more...
The iPad Mini is still technically a rumor, but it’s all but been confirmed from various inside sources to any numbers of news and rumor outlets. We’re fairly certain that Apple will announce the device in short order, and among the likely true reports are that this smaller iPad will have a 7-inch (or so) form factor and will cost far less than the full-size iPad--possibly as low as $249. One of the aspects of the iPad Mini that hasn’t been discussed ad nauseum is it’s intended purpose. Obviously, on the one hand Apple needs a smaller tablet to compete in the growing 7-inch... Read more...
If you're late to the game, you might as well bring some serious naming heat to get noticed. That's what Oregon Scientific are doing, with the unveiling of the "MEEP!" Android tablet. That's correct; there's now a tablet named MEEP! It's pretty tough to believe, but true nonetheless. Not surprisingly, it's designed for children, and will reportedly feature music, movies, e-books, parental controls and other kid-friendly attributes. It's clearly aimed to take some of Leapfrog's market share -- not that of the iPad -- offering a 7" touchpanel, Wi-Fi, an SD card slot, internal storage and a G-Sensor.... Read more...
Chrome is doing great. Android is doing great. Google is doing great. But what about Chrome OS? And what about Chromebooks? These machines were set to revolutionize the notebook industry, and we've heard radio silence on them ever since Google I/O 2011. But it sounds like Google's working overtime behind the curtains in order to get these positioned in places where adoption is going to be easier than in the consumer market. According to TechCrunch, reporting from the Florida Educational Technology Conference, Google has placed "hundreds" of Chromebooks across schools in 41 U.S. states. Even today,... Read more...
Apple announced its new foray into education today with a presentation that included details on iBooks 2 (and the digital textbooks available therein), iBooks Author (an app for the creation of digital textbooks), and the latest on iTunes U. iBooks 2 Apple wants to reinvent textbooks, and it’s starting with iBooks 2. Via the free iBooks 2 app, iPad users can download gorgeous digital textbooks, which are incredibly interactive. It’s a breeze to get to the table of contents and jump to pages from there, and the entire book is searchable. The pages have beautiful hi-res photos, embedded... Read more...
The cost of textbooks has driven every college student crazy. They’re pricey, new editions flow from the textbook pipeline with great frequency, and schlepping a backpack full of them across campus every day is exhausting. Printing textbooks (or anything, for that matter) is expensive, so it makes lots of sense for digital textbooks to take big bites out of print textbook market share, especially with the emergence of powerful tablet computers that can store a small mountain of textbooks digitally. Let users simply download educational materials; and enhance the learning, researching, and... Read more...
Apple isn't making a big deal about a new $999 iMac model from its Higher Education store, perhaps because the discounted rig is a bit feature stripped. Another reason could be that it only applies to bulk orders. Whatever the reason, Apple's secret is out, and we have the 411 on what's included with this sub-$1,000 iMac. It's a 21.5-inch iMac equipped with an Intel Core i3 dual-core processor clocked at 3.1GHz running the show. Other features include: 2GB DDR3-1333 memory 250GB hard drive (7200RPM) AMD Radeon HD 6750 graphics card with 256MB of GDDR5 memory FaceTime HD camera Built-in speakers... Read more...
We've heard many people talk about the educational value of a tablet, but the majority of schools still aren't using tablets in the classroom. The University of Southern Mississippi believes tablets can be a useful asset in education and is working with Samsung Mobile to prove it. This fall, students who participate in an Honors College pilot program will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from the university. These tablets will come preloaded with Blackboard Mobile Learn. University of Southern Mississippi to Provide Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1 Tablets to Students Samsung Mobile and Blackboard... Read more...
Blackboard is a name that fits right into education these days. In fact, it's hard to encounter a college course-load today that doesn't use Blackboard in some form or fashion. With online courses, it's nearly always Blackboard as the tool that delivers the coursework and returns the grades. There are a few rivals, but Blackboard is far and away the most commonly used. Due to that, the company has been quick to jump aboard the mobile revolution. People aren't just completing coursework on the go anymore, they're completing coursework on their slates and smartphones. An iOS app already exists for... Read more...
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