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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... Read more...
Barnes & Noble's NOOK started as just an e-reader. It was the primary rival to Amazon's Kindle, and it offered something major that Amazon couldn't: another screen. But the lower color LCD that enables users to wade through book titles isn't the only thing. B&N can also showcase their device in their wide... Read more...
Who would have guessed years ago that an entire sector of laptops could be created just for education, and then regular consumers would go out and buy them for themselves? That's practically what happened with the OLPC XO and netbook craze, and amazingly, it's all still going strong. HP has been a huge player in the netbook market, and today... Read more...
A lot of work is being done to bring more software and hardware to students across the world who couldn't normally afford to own a PC or interact with an operating system in one way or another. OLPC's XO laptop has certainly found its way into a great many classrooms around the globe, but they can't do it alone. Sugar Labs is another company... Read more...
The education market is changing rapidly, and in major ways. Just ten years ago, there was just one way to get a degree, and that was to show up at campus each day throughout the year and work away class after class. Today, you've got a variety of options, and the amount of alternatives are growing by the day. There are online courses and... Read more...
Uniforms, tighter schedules, banning of cellphones; could school possibly get any less organized? We're sure it could, but the higher-ups at Nintendo want to affect schools in a positive way by introducing their products into them, of course.  We have previously heard of Dance Dance Revolution being used in... Read more...
The OLPC XO computer set out to change the way laptops were viewed and used in schools everywhere. It ended up costing a bit more to manufacture than originally planned, so it didn't make the vast impact than was intended. It still made a small impact, though, and now loads of poorer schools worldwide have computers that they otherwise wouldn't.... Read more...
AMD Changing the Game Education Initiative Expands Beyond United StatesAMD’s co-sponsorship of Malaysian Cybergames Festival to bring power of digital game development to hundreds of students in first international deployment SUNNYVALE, Calif. - 2/23/2010 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced it is expanding its... Read more...
Intel Partners with White House to Advance Math and Science Education November 23rd, 2009 - Today, we had the honor of joining President Obama as he announced a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiative, called the “Educate to Innovate” campaign. This is the first time a president... Read more...
Anyone paying even the slightest attention to the evolution of Dell designs would know that the company has come a long way since the beige box days in the late 90s, but even for the newer, fresher, hipper Dell, this one's pretty radical. Just as the company decided to dump its Inspiron Mini 12 in favor of keeping just the Mini 10 around,... Read more...
Putting off those college applications to the last possible minute? Can't get motivated to further your education? Well, have a look at what's offered over at ACU. Years after Duke University began handing out iPods to incoming freshmen, Abilene Christian University in Texas has one-upped the aforesaid institution by distributing the new iPhone... Read more...
Maine may be about as far from Cupertino as one can get in America, but there's still a serious connection between the state and company. In an effort to distribute even more OS X-based machines to students within its public school system, Maine has ordered up 64,000 additional Apple notebooks for schools. In case you couldn't guess, Maine... Read more...
One could say it was just a matter of time, but it seems as if Dell is following in the footsteps (in principle, at least) of the likes of OLPC (with its XO) and Intel (with its Classmate PC). Today, the company responsible for the gorgeous Studio XPS line and the heralded Inspiron family has introduced a different breed of notebook, the Latitude... 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... Read more...
Penton Overseas is taking language learning to the next level with products made specifically for the iPod, iTouch and iPhone, with compatible formats supported by other video players and cell phones.  With the most foreign language learning titles for Apple's popular iPod format out of any other foreign language audio book Publisher,... Read more...
It's a well known fact that puzzle games and other brain training exercises actually enhance mental stimulation, but what about titles such as Crysis and Gears of War? Microsoft, of all companies, is looking to find a definitive answer to that by sinking $1.5 million into a research initiative that will, at its core, explore the educational... Read more...
College students are always looking for new and creative reasons to ditch class.A new study has just given them teflon ammo: New psychological research suggests that university students who download a podcast lecture achieve substantially higher exam results than those who attend the lecture in person.The reasoning behind it, according to... Read more...
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