Education

  • Apple Brings Better Discussion, iPad Course Creation To iTunes U

    Apple Brings Better Discussion, iPad Course Creation To iTunes U

    Apple has updated iTunes U with a bunch of new features, cranking the version number up to 2 and introducing improved discussion features and the ability to create and update courses directly from the iPad app, which previously has been mostly a user-facing client for consuming content. Read More

  • Zap Zap Fractions Makes Learning Math Fun

    Zap Zap Fractions Makes Learning Math Fun

    Zap Zap Fractions is an iPad and iPhone math app for children that manages to be both instructional and beautiful. When I saw the game demoed by its creators, Malaysia-based Visual Math Studio, at the recent Echelon event, I was impressed by its illustrations of aliens and spaceships, as well as its entertainment value. The concept behind the game, which teaches kids the basics of fractions… Read More

  • Printeer Is A 3D Printer Designed For Schoolkids

    Printeer Is A 3D Printer Designed For Schoolkids

    Meet Printeer: a colourful 3D printer that’s being designed to appeal to kids. Ergo it looks fun, with brightly coloured parts displayed safely behind clear perspex panels, and also aims to be child’s play to use — using object design software that will run on an iPad. Read More

  • President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

    President Obama Hits Up The Youths On Tumblr

    The President took to Tumblr today, answering users’ questions on topics relating to education. It was another example of the President using alternative mediums to attract the attention of young Americans. Notably, and infamously to some, the President answered questions on “Between Two Ferns” with Zach Galifianakis to promote Healthcare.gov. That effort led to a spike… Read More

  • These Tween Girls Created An Android App For The Blind

    These Tween Girls Created An Android App For The Blind

    A group of six grade school girls in Los Fresnos, Texas took it upon themselves to solve a problem for blind kids. They built an app for them. The app, Hello Navi, first came from the imagination of a particular girl in the group, Grecia Cano. She says her heart went out to the blind students in her school who had a hard time figuring out how to get around. The girls 6th grade… Read More

  • Apple Includes The Entire iPad Lineup In Education Discounts

    Apple Includes The Entire iPad Lineup In Education Discounts

    The iPad is graduating; to Apple’s discount Education store, that is. The tablet now gets a price cut for qualifying education shoppers looking to buy either an iPad Air or iPad mini either in-store at its retail locations or online at Apple.com. The discounts aren’t massive, but they still get you $30 off the Air or $20 off the mini if you’re a student or teacher, or… Read More

  • Mystery Science Launches A Program Aimed At Inspiring Kids To Love Science, Not Just Learn Its Conclusions

    Mystery Science Launches A Program Aimed At Inspiring Kids To Love Science, Not Just Learn Its Conclusions

    A former Facebook Product Manager has teamed up with the former science director from Southern California-based LePort Schools to create a new educational platform designed to inspire kids to learn to love science. Called “Mystery Science,” the program is being offered to teachers and schools, and involves a combination of short videos, classroom discussion topics and… Read More

  • Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication

    Google Debuts Classroom, An Education Platform For Teacher-Student Communication

    Google is tackling the persistent need in education for better software with Classroom, a new tool launching in beta preview to help teachers make, collect and track student assignments, and to help them better communicate with their classes. The Classroom app is part of Google’s Apps for Education lineup of products, and it uses Docs, Drive and Gmail to make assignment creation and… Read More

  • Top Hat Raises $10M Series B Round For Its Classroom Response System

    Top Hat Raises $10M Series B Round For Its Classroom Response System

    Top Hat, the mobile and web-based classroom response and engagement tool, today announced that it has raised a $10 million series B led by Georgian Partners, with participation from Emergence Capital Partners, iNovia Capital, SoftTech VC, Version One Ventures and Golden Venture Partners. With the exception of Georgian, all of the other investors in this round also participated in Top… Read More