Education

Amazon’s chat fiction app Rapids ties up with Amazon Studios with launch of ‘Signature Stories’

Today’s kids aren’t just reading books. They’re also tapping and playing with interactive stories on tablets as preschoolers, then delving into instant messaging-like chat fiction ap

MateLabs mixes machine learning with IFTTT

If you’ve ever wanted to train a machine learning model and integrate it with IFTTT, you now can with a new offering from MateLabs. MateVerse, a platform where novices can spin out machine learn

Apple will toss in a pair of Beats headphones for students who buy a Mac or iPad Pro

Starting today, Apple’s sweetening its education discount program by tossing in a free pair of Beats headphones for qualified students. The deal is timed to coincide with the looming back-to-school

YC-backed Vidcode raises $1.5M to teach teens to code using Snapchat filters, videos, memes and more

Vidcode, a Y Combinator-backed startup focused on teaching teens how to code, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding for its curriculum. While there are a number of learn-to-code platforms out there

CMU researchers create a huge dome that can read body language

The Panoptic Studio is a new body scanner created by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University that will be used to understand body language in real situations. The scanner, which looks like something

In the knowledge economy, we need a Netflix of education

With as much as half of all current jobs going away in the next 10-12 years, let’s adopt the following mission: making learning accessible and feasible for every single employee.

Udacity’s latest Nanodegree will teach React

In its quest to reduce persistent skills gaps, Udacity has been designing condensed courses to get students up to speed on trendy topics to improve employment outcomes. The startup’s “Nano

VR’s killer app: business services

Enterprise adoption is trumping entertainment uses and will spring VR and AR into the mainstream.

Top Hat takes on textbook publishers with the launch of its content marketplace

What it launched back in 2012, Toronto-based Top Hat (or “Top Hat Monocle,” as it was still known then) offered a phone-based classroom response system but little else in terms of content

Educating the next generation of robotics engineers, a workshop at TC Sessions: Robotics

TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics will feature the industry’s best roboticists, technologists and investors. But what about the next generation? Everyone knows that there are not enough robotics eng

Sesame Workshop and IBM team up to test a new A.I.-powered teaching method

Can A.I. help build better educational apps for kids? That’s a question Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind the popular children’s TV program “Sesame Street” and

Epic! raises $8 million to keep kids reading in a digital age

The makers of Epic!, one of many apps jockeying to become a "Netflix for books," have raised $8 million in a round led by Reach Capital, the education-specialized venture firm. Epic! at its core is an

Raspberry Pi Foundation and CoderDojo to code club together

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced it's merging with another code club charity, Dublin-based CoderDojo. The aim is to advance shared goals around furthering the march of computing education for

Apple launches a new website for its expanded set of educational classes, now open for sign-ups

Last month, Apple announced its plans to offer an expanded set of educational sessions at its stores, which will now feature more in-depth training on how to use its devices and products, along with

Epigrammar uses student annotations to improve classroom discussions, tests and comprehension

Classroom collaboration software exists, but Epigrammar thinks its approach better tackles the issue of student grammar, test creation and comprehension. Teachers can help facilitate student conversat

Microsoft’s new education push plays to its strengths, the cheap and familiar

Microsoft never mentioned Chromebook by name, but it’s clear that Google’s browser-based hardware offering was at the front of everyone’s mind at today’s education event in New York City. The

Windows 10 S will fuel Microsoft’s Chromebook competitors

At an event today in New York, Microsoft unveiled its plan to recapture the classroom market share the company has steadily lost to Google’s Chromebook here in the States. Windows 10 S is a streamli

As Chromebook sales soar in schools, Apple and Microsoft fight back

Few saw the Chromebook coming. When it launched half a decade ago, the category was broadly maligned for its limited feature set, middling hardware specs and operation that required an always-on inter

Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man Ozobots are on the way

Ozobot, a golf ball-sized toy robot that helps kids learn to code, will be available in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man characters as of this summer. Evollve Inc., which makes the O

Of course Microsoft is working on its own version of the Chromebook

Windows Central has gotten its hands on an internal document highlighting the hardware performance of Windows 10 Cloud, a rumored operating system spinoff expected to be unveiled at next month’s big
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