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In Education Technology, Startups With Big Impact Tend to Be Rather Simple

Edmodo, Remind101, ClassDojo and StudyBlue break out from the pack, but not because of some complex technology.<p>After years of meager investment, early-stage education technology has seen a boom time in the past three years. There was $1.1 billion worth of funding for ed tech in 2012, up from a …

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A free education online: too good to be true? – video debate

The promise: free education for all. The reality: the well-educated elite tweak their qualifications. When universities began offering Moocs – free online courses open to all – the idea was that people in developing countries would get access to the best teachers in the world. But so far the …

Free Educational Movies on the Web and How to Find Them

Whether you're an educator looking for great multimedia to explain a new concept, a parent supplementing your child's education, or just an aspiring …

How businesses can help solve the education crisis

Companies know a sustainable future requires an educated workforce. What's their role in making it happen?<p>What is the optimal role for business in improving global education?<p>We've danced around this question for years. It's touchy, fraught with politics and real concerns about doing well by kids. …

Innovation

Bill Gates pitches in for online education resource Graphite

The Microsoft chairman and longtime donor to educational causes partners with Common Sense Media to launch a Web site that offers free apps, games, and curricula to teachers.<p>Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is putting his money where his mouth is. He is backing a new initiative called Graphite that is …

Education Technology

Google Admits Mining the Data of Students Through Apps for Education Tools

Google has acknowledged gathering data from millions of student emails through its Apps for Education suite of tools which are used by schools around …

Khan Academy’s free SAT classes: A sign that online education could be awesome

Last week’s big news about the new SAT redesign included a very important footnote: In the name of fairness to students who can’t afford $999 …

SOCIAL MEDIA in the EDUCATIONAL SPHERE

No notes for slide<p>Source: Jerry Chih-Yuan Sun - Rossier School of Education & Davis School of Gerontology - University of Southern California – The Digital Divide and Its Impact on Academic …

Want a market in higher education? Here’s how

Ed Miliband is mooting a tuition fees cut, to a maximum of £6,000 a year according to reports. I graduate in 2016. If Labour wins the next election, I’ll be in one of only 4 cohorts to pay £27,000 for their education. If I’m really unlucky, I might get lumped with a graduate tax too.<p>It’s not my …

KQED

Why haven’t education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century …

Verizon's giving $1M to world-changing startups in education, health, & more

Verizon seems to have caught the startup competition bug.<p>Last year, the company launched its first-ever Powerful Answers award, which awarded $1 million prizes to innovative startups working on education, healthcare, and sustainability solutions. Now the contest is back for 2014, and it’s adding a …

Twitter now shows emoji characters on the web

There's a good chance that some of your smartphone-toting friends use emoji to express themselves on Twitter -- wouldn't it be nice to see those icons while you're surfing the web? As of today, you can. Twitter has updated its web client to display emoji, giving you all the colorful characters that …

How to Actually Succeed on Google+

“Our philosophy and strategy is platform agnostic, so, it can tie into many different platforms,” said Curtis Midkiff, Director of Social Engagement at the American Red Cross.<p>According to Midkiff, this philosophy is to craft a visually focused story about the Red Cross and to engage with people …

Front Helps Companies Collaborate With Shared Inboxes

Email may or may not have a long and prosperous future lying in wait, but for now it’s showing no <i>real</i> signs of weakening its grip on the enterprise.<p>With that in mind, Front has been building a new desktop application geared towards making it easier to collaborate around emails with shared …

Google Music 'All Access' iOS app is coming within weeks

RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. — Just a few weeks after announcing its music subscription service, Google is bringing it to iOS.<p>Sundar Pichai, the senior vice president overseeing Android and Chrome at Google, made the promise today at D11, a tech conference here. Google Play Music “All Access” will …

Google Invests $12m in South African Solar Plant

Google has announced its first ever renewable energies investment in Africa, putting $12m (103 million Rand) in the Jasper Power Project, a 96 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant in South Africa.<p>Once it’s complete, the Jasper Power Project will be among the largest solar installations in Africa, and …

Apple Releases a New iPod Touch (Without a Rear Camera) for $229

In a somewhat surprising unannounced launch, Apple has released a new model of the iPod touch with a 4-inch screen, and no rear camera – while …

Atheer bringing 3D augmented reality and gesture control to Android

Atheer hopes to integrate its augmented reality and gestural control platform into existing mobile operating systems, such as Android, iOS, and Xbox.<p>If you push virtual content next to peoples' eyes, you need correct calibration, response time, and 3D rendering," said Atheer's computer vision …

Augmented Reality

Adobe Kuler color selection iPhone app is now available, redesigned web interface in tow (video)

Although the shiny new iOS app and retooled web interface were demoed a few weeks back at MAX 2013, Adobe has released both facets of its new and improved Kuler color selection tool into the wild. The iPhone software enables hue selection with the handset's camera or selecting a previously captured …

Edukart Raises $500K To Bring Better Online Education To India And The Developing World

Launched in late 2011 by Stanford grad and ex-Facebooker Ishan Gupta and Indian Institute of Management grad Mayank Gupta, Delhi-based EduKart is on a mission to bring online education to India and the developing world. Today, the startup announced that it has raised $500K in seed capital from a …

Amazon opens office for 1,600 staff in London

Amazon is opening an office for 1,600 staff in central London as the internet retailer seeks to expand its UK business.<p>"This new office location will …

Microsoft Gives In To The Old Guard, Adds Start Button And Boot To Desktop To Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1, which will be available for download in a preview version on June 26, will feature the good old Start button in desktop mode. Users who dislike the new Modern UI/Metro interface will also be able to boot right to the desktop. While rumors about the return of the Start button had long …

Google wants you to make ‘smart choices’ when it comes to food

Hey, how many calories are there in that cup of popcorn? Google will tell you: “It’s 31 calories per cup.”<p>Google today announced the addition of nutrition information for more than 1,000 fruits, vegetables, meats, and meals to its search results.<p>The nutrition information will also be available …