Items tagged with education

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 note-taking experience for students. It doesn’t hurt that a tablet weighs a fraction of what... 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 Mini DisplayPort Firewire; four USB 2.0 ports; SDXC card slot 8X DVD burner 802.11n Wi-Fi The price... 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 team up to bring a revolutionary learning experience to the classroom DALLAS, August 1, 2011 –... 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 Blackboard, but in an effort to continue that rollout, Blackboard Mobile Central has been developed... 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 array of stores, and getting the device in front of faces is also a huge plus. But one thing that B&N has done that's more interesting than any of that is turn NOOK into more than a product; today, it's a brand. NOOK now stands for all-things-ebook with relation to Barnes & Noble, and if you thought that the bookseller was content just moving titles to regular consumers, think... 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 they're introducing yet another small notebook. This one's an education-focused Mini netbook designed to help schools around the world acquire affordable, reliable computing technology, and it goes by the name Mini 100e. The e, of course, stands for education. And much like Intel's Classmate PC, this unit has lots of cute curves and is designed to withstand... 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 aimed at providing educational software to developing nations. The company has been rather quiet of late, but they're shaking things up somewhat with a new version of Sugar On A Stick. It's a unique name for a unique software set, with Mirabelle being the code-name for the third version of it. It's described as a "collaborative learning environment that can... 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 video conference classes for starters, but one thing that has continued to plague distance learners is exams. In a lot of scenarios, students have still been forced to show back up on campus to take vital exams, often because they simply "need" to be supervised. An American company is hoping to lend a hand. U.S. firm Software Secure has engineered a software... 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 select Physical Education programs in order to get students to become active when they otherwise wouldn't, but we have yet to hear of any school making a sweeping measure to accept gaming consoles as a part of their teachings.   Nintendo Game Designer, Shigeru Miyamotocredit:  Associated PressShigeru Miyamoto, who has had a hand in some of Nintendo's most popular titles,... 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. Marvell is obviously looking to pick up where OLPC left off, and now that prices have sunk somewhat, they just be able to pull it off. The new device is called the Moby, and according to Marvell, it's going to spark an "education revolution." The main reason is the $99 price point, which is low on anybody's scale. Believe it or not, the Moby is said to... 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 signature education initiative, AMD Changing the Game, beyond North America, by co-sponsoring a digital game development and design workshop at the Malaysian Cybergames Festival. The festival aims to expose primary school children across Malaysia to computing technology and potential careers in the IT industry. AMD Changing the Game, the flagship initiative of the AMD Foundation, is... 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 has made this level of commitment to math and science education. At Intel, math and science education has been a focus of more than $1 billion of investment and the catalyst to train more than 6 million teachers. We are very excited to be working with the Administration’s Office of Science and Technology on this effort and, in support of the President’s campaign, Intel has committed... 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, it has decided to tag-team with what's likely the most popular network for kids on television today: Nickelodeon. In a cute, almost slimy joint announcement today, the two are trying to prove that "fun and education can mix" with the Dell Inspiron Mini Nickelodeon Edition, a Mini 10v-based netbook that's obviously designed for kids aged 6 to 106. The giveaway... 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 3GS to new students for "mobile learning." As the first college to do so, ACU has already handed out a wave of the handsets to incoming freshmen so that they can get familiar with the features over the summer. According to ACU, the second phase of implementation of mobile devices will continue ACU’s efforts to provide new opportunities for professors and... 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 is the only state in America that provides laptops to every last public school student.The move was part of the Department of Education's decision to expand the Maine Learning Technology Initiative into all public high schools, a program that has been ongoing since 2002. Apple competed with an undisclosed amount of other computer makers for the first and latest... 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 2100. This machine is aimed specifically at K-12 students, and Dell notes that it is its first 10.1" netbook to be designed for education.Built with a "student rugged" rubberized design and offered in five kid-friendly colors, the new Latitude boasts built-in Wi-Fi that can be monitored by educators with a network activity light and an optional touchscreen,... 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, and it's no surprise to see officials testing things out on the oldest, most "mature" 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, Penton Overseas announced today that all 22 titles are now available for immediate download from their website. The use of an iPod for teaching foreign language is only now being explored. Audio alone won't cut it, especially in the 21st century; Penton Overseas believes you need to utilize all of the iPods multimedia capabilities to maximize learning. Since... 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 link to video games. Many gamers have confessed that even first person shooters have sharpened their reaction time and taught them to think in more quantitative ways, and while it's obviously possible to go overboard and allow games to become a distraction, Microsoft thinks there could be a balance where it's actually beneficial. According to John Nordlinger,... 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 study author Dani McKinney, a psychologist at the State University of New York - Fredonia, is that the students who attend via podcast can rewind parts they miss or don't understand the first time. They can take better notes that way and absorb the content of the lecture more deeply.A couple years ago, Apple launched iTunes University, where professors can upload... Read more...
IBM and Business Partners Collaborate to Further Mainframe EducationNew Scholarship Program Supports Increased Channel Demand in Mainframe Computing ARMONK, NY - 03 Oct 2008: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is collaborating with Business Partners and universities to launch a jointly developed scholarship program for students focused on furthering mainframe education. The new program is designed to support increased demand in education and training in mainframe and large enterprise computing.The new initiative -- called the IBM Destination z Enterprise Computing Scholarship Program -- will allow students to receive scholarship funding for educational courses that will increase their technical... Read more...
AMD'S 50X15 INITIATIVE EXPANDS EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES IN UGANDA - AMD shows power of the ecosystem approach; Teams with more than 15 organizations to narrow the digital divide in Africa - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - Aug. 4, 2006 - A consortium led by AMD (NYSE: AMD) today launched three digital inclusion programs in schools in and around Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. As part of the 50x15 Initiative, AMD is collaborating with the Ugandan Government, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and 13 additional organizations as part of the company's commitment to connect 50 percent of the world's population to the Internet by the year 2015. Led by African Heads of State and the African... Read more...
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