Education

  • 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

  • They use computers in classrooms now!

    Reuters, the chain of family restaurants that doubles as a news organization, has an adorable piece today illustrating the type of impact technology had had on education in the United States. Kids now type answers to math problems on their state-subsidized MacBook in Boston; Google Docs is used to write “What I did during my summer vacation” (“Daddy drank a lot of beer and… Read More

  • Parents blame kids' failing test scores on Wikipedia

    Dumb kids in Scotland are failing tests not because they’re dumb, or because they haven’t properly prepared, but because Wikipedia is evil and mean and “littered with inaccuracies.” Shucks, and I thought Wikipedia was to be trusted 100 percent of the time. Right, so the Scottish Parent Teacher Council, which just sounds like a fun group, hated on Wikipedia the other… Read More

  • UK sorely lacking properly educated game developers

    Where have all the [UK] game designers gone? Not to a proper school, apparently. Yup, a new report out of the North East shows that there aren’t nearly enough accredited universities in Britain to properly feed the growing video games industry. Too many students are obtaining too many Mickey Mouse degrees from no-name universities, often without the hard math and science background… Read More

  • AMD's charity trifecta: gaming, education, and global issues


    When I first saw the information on AMD’s “Changing the Game” effort, I thought it was just another kind of pandering. But then I caught myself in the act of not taking games seriously — something the mainstream media is too often guilty of, resulting in people like Jack Thompson and Kevin McCullough. The fact is, if the AMD Foundation were helping kids make their… Read More

  • Japan is running out of engineers!

    Looks like Japan is running out of engineers, the guys who design all the neat high-tech toys (among other things) so many of us fawn over. And you can blame “Western” ideology for the shortage. Young Japanese are fleeing the sciences, including mathematics and engineering, to pursue “easy” careers like banking, finance or the arts. Whereas post-WWII Japan was all… Read More

  • UK's £99 'Elonex ONE' to enter student notebook game

    Move over OLPC, here comes another “ONE.” That was terrible, I’m sorry. I’m really sorry. Coming February 28th to the toughest, meanest industry show in all of the United Kingdom (Education Show 2008), the ONE is setting up to bear its lower-power, open-source fangs for all the world to see. Details include this beautiful stick-figure-computer photo, a £99 price tag… Read More