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American companies tend to reserve their best promotional offers for their U.S.-based customers, and if they’re lucky, to our northern neighbors in Canada. Microsoft has offered Office 365 free to students in the U.S. since September 2014. Microsoft announced this week that millions of students and teachers around the world will now be eligible to sign up to receive Office 365 for free — there’s a rather extensive list of supported countries and languages that you can view here. There’s just one catch, however, and it’s a pretty big one. Schools first need to buy Office 365 subscriptions for faculty... Read more...
Google’s Chrome OS has seen plenty of success in the education market, and it’s easy to see why. Chromebooks running Chrome OS are relatively inexpensive, a web-based management console allows for admins to easily manage/monitor deices, and the built-in keyboard makes them a bit more useful in the classroom than your average tablet. Dell obviously sees the benefits of Chromebooks, especially in the education market, hence its announcement of the new Chromebook 11 that replaces last year’s model. You’ll still find an 11.6-inch 1366x768 display (compete with a 180-degree hinge) that can be equipped... Read more...
You could argue that the modern backpack is cloud storage, and if that's the case, you'd be hard pressed to find an offline bag that can compete with Google's "Drive for Education" initiative. Not that you'd want to -- the weight of such a thing would be overbearing, because what Google is offering is unlimited Drive storage. "For many of the 30 million students and educators using Google Apps for Education, Drive has even replaced their bookbags. Why lug around piles of paper or overstuffed binders when every type of document or file can be retrieved from the nearest Chromebook, tablet, smartphone... Read more...
Microsoft will offer a discounted version of Windows 8 Pro to students beginning February 1, 2013, the company announced. It's the upgrade edition, and it will be available for students online at the Microsoft Store for $70 in the U.S., with more countries being added on February 21st, March 7th, and March 19th. "For students, Windows 8 offers the best for work and play and with the new Start screen that makes it super easy to organize, access and find what matters most to you," Microsoft stated in a blog post. "With Windows 8, students can download apps from the Windows Store like Microsoft OneNote... Read more...
Lenovo is hoping to attract the attention of schools and students with the introduction of a new laptop that has been ruggedized for education. Lenovo recognizes that kids can be hard on electronics, so the company has designed the new ThinkPad X130e with a reinforced and extra durable top cover, keyboard and hinges. Key durability features include a top cover rubber bumper, reinforced and recessed ports, stronger hinges, and a stronger bezel. This 11.6-inch ultraportable laptop offers AMD Fusion E-300 and E-450 or Intel second generation Core i3-2367M ULV processors. You'll also find AMD Radeon... Read more...
Microsoft announced a new discount program on Thursday, one that would allow eligible students to get a $30 price on Windows 7 Home Premium (upgrade).  There is also a mention of Windows 7 Professional, but it is unclear from the site what the price on that product would be. The program, announced via Twitter, is similar to other such student discount programs Microsoft has run in the past.  It also follows an earlier, less generous pre-order campaign, where consumers could pre-order Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Home Professional upgrades for 50% off.  That program ended on... Read more...
Hey, kids -- how would you feel about taking your next round of end-of-quarter exams without even having to pick up a pencil? No, we're not talking about telepathy (though, we kind of like the idea!), we're talking about laptop testing. In a move that we can only hope spreads encouragement to classrooms around the world, about 6,000 students in the nation of Norway are being allowed to complete examinations on their laptops in a trial run that could soon be rolled out across the country.Every single 16 to 19-year old in Nord-Trondelag county in Norway has been involved in the notebook-based system,... Read more...
Forget the quest to build the $100 computer; a group of graduate students think they can create the $12 computer--the perfect PC for developing countries. And no, this is not the $10 computer than India announced last week--which turned out to actually be a $100 computer. But India does play an important role in this story...Graduate student, Derek Lomas who lives in India, noticed inexpensive "TV Computers" being sold in India for 500 rupees (less than $12 based on today's exchange rates). Lomas was intrigued by the low price and wide availability of the TV Computers, but was skeptical as to their... Read more...
Not deterred by bad press, it seems that the RIAA is content to continue their latest campaign against piracy.Their latest group of lawsuits has included numerous institutes of higher education:“The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), on behalf of the major record companies, this week sent a new wave of 407 pre-litigation settlement letters to 18 universities nationwide as part of an ongoing campaign against online music theft. The letters reflect evidence of significant abuse of campus computer networks for the purpose of copyright infringement.”Strangely enough, it would seem that... Read more...
Look, if the OLPC can be used to surf for porn, why would this surprise anyone? These are MacBooks, after all ... built-in webcam ... and as Apple likes to say, great for multimedia!The State Bureau of Investigation is looking into three Greene County Central High School students accused of creating and sending pornographic material with their school-issued computers.In one case, a 16-year-old student reportedly sent video of himself with his 15-year-old girlfriend to a teacher by mistake.Lesson one: if you're going to email something like this, zip it and encrypt with a password, then double-check... Read more...
In their latest promotion, Microsoft is giving students a chance to "steal" (as they put it) Office Ultimate for $59.95.  The promotion started yesterday in the US, UK and Canada, and expands to Spain, Italy, and France on 9/20.  Office Ultimate includes: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneNote, Groove, and Infopath.In order to qualify you must: Hold a valid email address at a U.S. educational institution ending in .edu (for example, leina@contoso.university.edu) AND Be actively enrolled with at least 0.5 course load. Naturally, if they... Read more...
Last month, nearly 10% of the Class of 2008 at Duke University's business school were caught cheating on a take-home final exam. But is it really cheating to collaborate on projects anymore? How dumb would you have to be to work that way in the real world? Still, many believe that a rethinking of the assessment process is in store. The Stanford University Design School, for example, is so collaborative that "it would be impossible to cheat," says D-school professor Robert I. Sutton. "If you found somebody to help you write an exam, in our view that's a sign of an inventive person who gets... Read more...
Wikipedia is a great source of information, few would argue against that. The accuracy of the information is a whole different matter though, and it's a problem that's starting to trouble some teachers. The ability for anyone to edit almost any article is a double-edged sword for Wikipedia. It allows for massive amounts of information to be entered into the site, information that can be updated anytime. However it has led to a host of problems ranging from inaccurate information, to article vandalism. So while it may be tempting to use Wikipedia as a source for information, it's not... Read more...
3 Million Teachers Help Students Learn To Develop 21st Century Skills Intel(R) Teach to the Future Reaches Milestone; Expands to South Korea and Nigeria SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2005 – A major milestone was reached by Intel Corporation today in its worldwide effort to help students and teachers develop 21st century learning skills. Three million teachers have now completed training through Intel(R) Teach to the Future, a professional development program designed to help teachers effectively integrate technology with learning. Armed with strategies to develop digital literacy, creativity,... Read more...