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How Google Took Over the Classroom

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill.<p>In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where teachers make assignments. Then …

Education

Apple is selling Final Cut, Logic, and other editing apps for $199 in new educational bundle

A $430 discount!<p>Professional creative apps cost hella money, but a new bundle from Apple could help alleviate the costs for students and educators. For $199, you can snag Logic Pro X, Final Cut Pro X, Motion 5, Compressor 4, and Main Stage 3 — a $430 savings versus buying each separately. …

Apps

Six Common Mistakes People Make With Their Student Loans

There are ways to both cut debt payments—and end up with more money for retirement<p>As millennials struggle to repay record levels of student-loan debt, many are making costly mistakes that threaten to undermine their long-term financial security.<p>For instance, roughly one in four is behind on …

Personal Finance

Difference Between Time Management and Task Management

If there is something that everyone in the world was given in equal measure then it must be time. Yes, even oxygen is not equally distributed. People …

Time Management

This 11-year-old is selling cryptographically secure passwords for $2 each | Ars Technica

Girl makes Diceware passwords, rolled with real dice, written by hand, sent by mail.<p>We now live in a world where a New York City sixth grader is …

Selling

These 'Lord Of The Rings' Illustrations Are Just Precious

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has published a book of J.R.R. Tolkien's sketches for the 60th anniversary of the series. Edited by Christina Scull and Wayne Hammond, <i>The Art of The Lord of the Rings</i> contains over 180 of Tolkien's drawings.<p>Only a few of the featured maps and landscapes were initially …

University of Oxford

How to Start Investing With Less Than $500

<i>By Jason Larkins, Contributor</i><p>There is a common belief that the best investment options require a lot of money to get started, but the reality is there are investments that allow you to start with as little as a $10 per month contribution, or a one-time deposit of $25.<p>While saving for a comfortable …

Investing

Classkick Raises $1.7 Million To Tackle The Student Achievement Gap

Classkick, an edtech startup out of Chicago, has raised $1.7 million to help teachers narrow the achievement gap with its student learning app.<p>The seed round came from Kapor Capital, Mitch and Freada Kapor’s social impact fund, Lightbank, Yammer founder Adam Pisoni, and Great Oaks Venture …

Education Technology

The NSA hides surveillance software in hard drives

It's been known for a while that the NSA will intercept and bug equipment to spy on its soon-to-be owners, but the intellgency agency's techniques are apparently more clever than first thought. Security researchers at Kaspersky Lab have discovered apparently state-created spyware buried in the …

BAM! The FCC just defined broadband as 25 Mbps down and 3 Mbps up

Image copyright Alex Wong/Getty Images.The Federal Communications Commission just took a bold step and redefined broadband as 25 Mbps for downstream …

Telecoms

Meet the artist who creates surreal masterpieces with his iPhone

“Really I just download some apps I think sound interesting and play around with them for some time.”<p>The iPhone makes creativity-on-the-move a reality

Building iOS math game a family affair

At 9, Mariah Martin already has a handle on future careers. “Veterinarian, professional figure skater, fashion model and teacher – not all at once.”<p>For now, she must settle for tech entrepreneur.<p>The Seattle fourth-grader and her father, Scott, understand learning math for many children is no …

Huge trove of Smithsonian art digitized; over 40,000 works

Over the holiday, the Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler art galleries put more than 40,000 works of art online; that’s their entire collection available …

The Big Picture: Monitoring the brains of online game addicts

Online game addiction is a real problem, and some countries are willing to take drastic measures to get these players living a healthier lifestyle. Need proof? Just look up. Photographer Fernando Moleres recently visited an internet gaming rehab camp in Beijing, and saw the facility monitoring the …

The Google-backed password-killer just crossed a major milestone

In October, Google unveiled a surprising new way to log into Chrome and Gmail: a USB key. It only worked as part of a two-factor setup, standing in for an authentication code, but it served as a wakeup call to anyone tired of the standard username-and-password login. Smart people are thinking of …

Everyone should learn to drive in a simulator

Georgia native Luke Pye was 18 years old, driving with his high school girlfriend on the highway when a van cut him off. He reacted by turning his wheel toward the guardrail, avoiding the surrounding cars and oncoming traffic.<p>The situation could have played out in many different ways that …

This iOS 8 keyboard translates your texts into other languages as you type

From Klingon to GIF-based keyboards, we’re seeing some really interesting examples of new third-party keyboards with iOS 8.<p>Here’s a particularly exciting one, though: a keyboard which translates messages into other languages as you type. It does the opposite, too, which means that if you receive a …

Radical Ideas for Reinventing College, From Stanford's Design School

<i>This talk is from WIRED by Design, a two-day live magazine event that celebrated all forms of creative problem solving.</i><p>Massive Open Online Courses, …

This week’s top new iPhone app is helping kids cheat on their math homework

The hottest recent iPhone app debut isn’t about photo sharing or social networking: PhotoMath, which just launched last week, uses an iPhone’s camera to read and solve math problems in real time. It led Apple’s iOS store in overall US downloads last Wednesday and remained there into early this …

Apps

Automatic launches a ‘driver’s ed’ mode that will evaluate your kid’s highway skills

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Automatic<p>Ever since I’ve written about Automatic Labs plug-in car device, I’ve heard a common refrain “This would be …

You Can Now Make Your Own Wall Prints on Flickr

Though sharing images through digital media has become the norm today, some of us still appreciate having physical prints to decorate our homes. If you’re on Flickr, making your own wall prints may have just gotten a little easier.<p>The image-sharing company today announced that it would begin …

Google Glass App Gives Conversations Real-Time Closed Captioning

Georgia Tech researchers have come up with an app that turns Google Glass into a real-time closed-captioning display for the hearing-impaired, using …

Chrome Show: Virtual desktops are front and center on Chromebooks

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Gigaom Illustration<p>The Chrome Remote Desktop client can help get around some of the limitations of a Chromebook: Just …

High school students can now design and run experiments on satellites

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: ArduSat<p>Unless they’re a member of Mrs. Frizzle’s class, most students don’t get to touch space in any meaningful way. …

The 5 Best Books for Your Kids This Summer (According to Other Kids)

Looking for an engaging summer read for your child? TIME For Kids Magazine asked its kid reporters to review the season’s hottest new books. The …

Books

Bill Gates' behind-the-scenes work to make sweeping education reforms a reality

Over the past few years, lawmakers have quickly enacted major, sweeping education reforms, and they've done it largely under the radar. The US' new education standards for kindergarten through 12th grade, known as the Common Core, were instituted across the majority of states with little pushback …

Education Technology Startups Raised Over Half A Billion Dollars In Q1

Education technology-focused startups raised over $500 million already in the first quarter of 2014, marking the single biggest quarter for capital committed to the sector in the past five years.<p>What began as a trickle in 2009, with 20 companies raising over $64 million at the beginning of the …

How One Teacher Is Making High School–and Physics–Fun by Gamifying The Classroom

Shawn Young turned physics class into a role-playing game, and now he’s made the game available to teachers everywhere.<p>For the students at Le Salésien High School in Sherbrooke, Quebec, physics will never be the same. Instead of jocks, loners, and preppy kids, the kids in Shawn Young’s class are …

Teaching