• Craig Barrett Takes On Vivek Wadhwa In The Tech Education Debate

    Craig Barrett Takes On Vivek Wadhwa In The Tech Education Debate

    Editor’s note: The most valuable employees of any technology company are the engineers and scientists, which is why everyone in Silicon Valley does whatever they can to ensure the continuous supply to this talent pool. The size of the talent pool is ultimately determined by the number of people who graduate from colleges and universities with science, technology, engineering, or… Read More

  • Terrible grammar? Blame Twitter.

    Who didn’t see this coming? Waterloo University, a fine institution of higher learning, in Canada, has found that 30 percent of incoming freshman cannot pass a “simple” English test. New communication methods, primarily Twitter, texting, and social networking sites like Facebook, are to blame. To quote a classic line from The Simpsons, “Me fail English? That’s… Read More

  • School district buys 131 iPod touches, for education

    A school district in North Carolina just placed an order for 131 iPod touches to be used to help kids with their readin’ and writin’. The money to buy the Apple devices came from a combination of grants and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as “the stimulus.” Read More

  • Got degree envy? No worries, you can still make it big.

    An Ivy League degree may get you a job as an investment banker or VC, but it won’t increase your odds of becoming a successful entrepreneur. So you couldn’t get into Stanford, Berkeley or Harvard, huh? Don’t sweat it. You can still make it big. Some people might believe that an Ivy League education provides a huge advantage in entrepreneurship. But after researching this… Read More

  • Recession slows the sales, adoption of Intel's Classmate PC

    The worldwide recession looks to have taken a bite out of sales of Intel’s Classmate PC, a computer that was supposed to bring the power of, um, computers to the developing world. Since governments have been devoting resources (read: money) to fighting the recession, they have less money to buy “superfluous” items like computers for kids. Read More

  • Traveling Geeks – On the road in the UK

    The following is a guest post by Ayelet Noff, who is part of the Traveling Geeks contingent of bloggers. This morning we had a breakfast with Tristan Wilkinson, Intel’s Director of Public Sector and other Intel execs. We had an interesting discussion about the use of  technology in the Western world, in developing countries, in the classroom. For example, we talked about how parents… Read More

  • Can you name a scientist? Not too many Americans can, it turns out.

    Some hard science-related news for you now. Try this: name a scientist. Go ahead, name one, any one. If you’re like me the first name that pops into your head is Bill Nye or Michio Kaku. And if you’re also like me you can name several others. The average American? Not so much. USA Today ran a little poll a few days ago asking Americans to name a scientist, and a whopping 23 percent… Read More

  • One Laptop Per Child heads to Australia, helps improve Aboriginal literacy

    Talk about perspective. On this day when Manchester United announced that it had accepted Real Madrid’s £80m bid for Cristiano Ronaldo (who will make something like €211,000 per week in Spain), we here at CG now turn our attention to the efforts being made to improve literacy. One Laptop Per Child—remember them?—has been handing out free laptops to children on Elcho Island… Read More

  • Dell goes to school with Latitude 2100 netbooks

    Dell’s previously-rumored educational netbooks are here. The Latitude 2100 series has the guts of your typical netbook — 1.6GHz Atom CPU, 1GB RAM, 10.1-inch screen, etc. — but adds a tough and rugged rubberized exterior, slightly larger keyboard and trackpad, and a carrying handle. Read More

  • What, if anything, can be done to stop ‘sexting’?

    There’s a rather sad story out of Cincinnati where a high school girl hanged herself because a nude photo she sent to her boyfriend via cellphone ended up spreading around the school, if not the town itself. It’s called “sexting,” and it’s apparently a big deal on high school campuses. And because of this legitimate tragedy‐why on Earth would kids tease… Read More

  • Hey, at least the $10 Indian ‘computing device’ runs OpenOffice

    Who cares about that stimulus package, right? Jobs, smobs, I say. No, what we’re concerned about is the nitty gritty of that so-called $10 Indian laptop. Is it even a laptop? What can it do? What’s can’t it do? Where’s Waldo? Read More

  • Follett's new eBook reader is all software

    Follett, a distributor of educational materials, has announced that it has developed an eBook reader for education that is aimed at classrooms and libraries. Now, don’t be mistaken. This isn’t a portable eBook reader. It’s a software reader that is paired with its own online store. They claim that this reader should protect publisher content while introducing new… Read More

  • ED-E robot for edumacation

    This 17 servo robot is specially designed to teach kids about robotics and programming. To make ED-E move you select a few motions on a computer and upload the file to the toy. He then acts out the actions you see on screen. Read More

  • Study: 18% of people can't tell if they're watching true HDTV content or not

    Well this is shocking news. Apparently some 18 percent of HDTV owners can’t tell the difference between high-def programming and standard-def programing when viewed on their screens. That’s what Leichtman Research Group concludes based on a survey of 1,302 households. That’s a telephone survey, mind you; there’s some controversy surrounding that type of poll these days. Read More

  • LeapFrog's Crammer: Flashcards be damned

    This $59.99 gadget holds quizzes for kids. You can study vocabulary, math, science, and just about anything else simply by picking questions from LeapFrog’s online system or typing in questions and answers yourself. And, unlike a set of flash cards, no one will pants you for staring at the Crammer. They’ll just think you’re using a cellphone. Interestingly, you can even… Read More

  • Portugal keeps its promise, delivers Classmate PCs to schoolchildren nationwide

    Not Portuguese children Looks like the Portuguese Ministry of Education kept its promise to deliver a whole bunch of Classmate PCs to students ’round the country. The laptops will only cost students €50, or around $73. Quite the deal, then. Apparently the laptops have been [nick]amed Magalhães. You might better recognize that name in its Anglicized form of Magellan, as in the… Read More

  • Cramster Raises $3 Million to Expand

    Cramster on Thursday announced that it has raised $3 million in a Series A funding round, which was led by Shai Reshef, an online education industry veteran. Reshef has also been appointed Chairman to help steer the company in the right direction. Cramster is a global study community that helps students across the globe understand math, science, and engineering. Students can share notes on… Read More

  • Brazilian foundation adopts Intel Classmate PC

    Brazil will be joining its cousin Portugal in deploying Intel’s Classmate PC in the classroom. Cnet has an adorable story of a Brazilian foundation, Fundação Bradesco, that has introduced the tiny laptops at a school in Campinas. What’s different about this particular program and other is that the students don’t get to keep the Classmates, as the surrounding neighborhood… Read More

  • For education: Intel Classmate PC deployed en masse in Portugal

    Intel’s Classmate PC, the company’s answer to the XO Laptop, will soon be in the hands of Portugal’s schoolchildren. Some 500,000 laptops will be given to the country’s six-to-10-year-olds as part of a government initiative to improve education. Laptops for educations? Sounds familiar. While the Classmate will no doubt help the youngsters, Portuguese teachers recognize… Read More

  • India developing $100 laptop for higher education

    Not the laptop in question No stranger to creating low-cost devices, India has now turned its attention to creating inexpensive laptops. One of the country’s ministers said yesterday that it is developing a $100 laptop (not $10, as previously thought) to benefit higher education. Note that the emphasis is on higher education, not the basics, which is what the XO Laptop is (was?) all… Read More