Education

Google is making Chromebooks even more useful for schools

Google made a number of major announcements about its Chromebook program at the Bett education technology conference in London today. Besides disclosing that there are now over 20 million teachers and

MOOC enrollment drops at HarvardX and MITx after free certifications disappear

An internal study of the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by Harvard and MIT shows a serious decline in the number of students choosing to enroll and certify via these internet-accessible c

Udacity launches deep learning nanodegree foundation program

Greater compute power and power efficiency has made deep learning algorithms ubiquitous in our world. Deep learning has found its way into self driving cars, convenience stores and hospitals. Ye

Researchers find that “moderate” screen use is OK for teens

Parents rejoice! Researchers have found that “moderate” screen use “has no detectable link to well-being and levels of engagement.” This means your kids can play on the iPad fo

AWS moves into IT training and job placement with re:Start, a UK cloud skills program

Amazon’s cloud storage business AWS has been gradually expanding into a range of cloud services for people not to simply host their business or app with AWS, but to use the platform for produc

Duolingo gets social

Duolingo, the popular language learning app, has long made learning a new language accessible to anybody with a computer or smartphone. Unlike being in a traditional class environment, though, using

Unity releases EditorVR preview so game designers can build VR inside VR

Unity is making a huge bet on VR and is aiming to ensure that developers have plenty of reasons to build their virtual reality titles on the company’s game engine. Today, the company has releas

Google acquires Qwiklabs to teach developers cloud skills

Google today announced that it has acquired Qwiklabs, a hands-on learning platform for those who want to become more familiar with operating cloud environments and writing applications that run on th

Firefly takes $5.6M Series A for its online learning tool for schools

Firefly Learning, a London-based edtech company that launched its SaaS teaching and learning support platform for schools back in 2009, has taken its first VC investment as it looks to accelerate grow

Shining light on Facebook’s AI strategy

In a speech today at Web Summit, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer laid out a vision for the role artificial intelligence and machine learning will play in the company’s ambitions to improve global

Minecraft: Education Edition officially launches

Following months of testing and free trials for early adopters, Microsoft announced this morning that its learning-focused version of the popular Minecraft game, Minecraft: Education Edition, is now a

Primo Toys rolls out Cubetto, a wooden robot that teaches kids to code

A startup called Primo Toys today began online and retail sales of its latest educational product, the Cubetto, a programmable wooden robot for kids as young as 3. The London startup, which is a gradu

Play My Way app aims to turn kids’ love of mobile devices on its head

Parents despairing of ever being able to separate their offspring from the mobile devices glued to their fingertips might be interested in an app called Play My Way that's being built by a startup fro

Coursera’s new monthly subscriptions could monetize procrastination

Edtech giant Coursera has launched a monthly subscription payment option in the hope that learners on its platform can be enticed into ongoing educational activity, rather than a more piecemeal pay-pe

Talent crunch makes BMW, McLaren and others look to Udacity for engineers

Today, Udacity announced partnerships with an additional ten companies to help graduates of its new self-driving car nanodegree program find jobs. The program, launched on the stage of TechCrunch Dis

Check I’m Here raises a million dollars for its student engagement platform

Check I’m Here, a platform that helps colleges and universities track student engagement with campus activities, has raised a million dollars in a Series A round of funding to continue to grow i

Udacity open sources an additional 183GB of driving data

On stage at TechCrunch Disrupt last month, Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun announced that the online education company would be building its own autonomous car as part of its self-driving car nano

CodeSpark raises $4.1 million for games that teach kids how to code

A Los Angeles startup called codeSpark has raised $4.1 million in seed funding for web and mobile games that teach kids how to code, even before they know how to read and write effectively. CodeSpark&

LinkedIn doubles down on education with LinkedIn Learning, updates desktop site

LinkedIn, the social network for the working world that now has some 450 million members and is in the process of being acquired by Microsoft for $26.2 billion, today took the wraps off its newest ef

Why VR matters, especially in rural schools

All children benefit from new experiences which expand their mental map of the world, but the need is especially acute for children from low-income families.
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