Tech Ed

By Jeanette Delaplane | Educational News with a techie twist

Lifetime Access To Over 5,000 Adobe Authorized Training Videos

Wouldn’t it be great to have lifetime access to over 5,000 Adobe Authorized training courses, covering such subjects as Photoshop, Illustrator, …

Apple iTunes U Update Lets Teachers Create Class Content On The iPad

There’s surely little Apple loves more than seeing an iPad in the classroom. Being associated with education provides its own brand halo effect. Plus, the even bigger bonus is getting to expose young impressionable minds to your technology and platforms — when they are young and impressionable. As …

iOS

E-Learning Platform Lynda.com Buys Compilr To Add In-Browser Coding Tools, Price Around $20M

Lynda.com, the online education platform that raised its first and only round of $103 million about a year ago, is today announcing an acquisition that will further Lynda.com’s reach with developers and expand the kinds of services it can offer to users. It’s acquiring Compilr, a Halifax, Canada …

Learning

We MUST Tell Young Women: Math Is Cool. Here's Why...

, NetApp<p>I love math. I’ve always loved math.<p>I’ve loved math since before it was cool, when being a girl and liking math was not just uncool, it was downright dorky. Despite this awkward social positioning, I loved math because it’s so powerful.<p>With data, analytics, and statistics you’ve got the …

Mathematics

Adobe makes huge $300 million contribution to Obama's technology-education program

Adobe has joined President Obama’s ConnectED initiative to help bolster technology education in US schools. The company plans to contribute $300 million in software to teachers and students, including Photoshop Elements, Premiere Elements, Presenter, Captivate, and even EchoSign, which Adobe hopes …

Education

Code.org Lets You Program Your Own Game Of Flappy Bird

Flappy Bird-sized hole in your heart? Code.org will let you program your own.<p>Code.org is putting the incredible popularity of Flappy Bird to good use. It just released a new initiative to help young people (or whoever, really) learn how to code by building their own customized version of the …

Programming

Women Outnumber Men For The First Time In Berkeley’s Intro To Computer Science Course

For the first time in its history, Berkeley saw an introductory computer science course with predominantly female students – 106 women vs. 104 men. This slight turnaround signals a promising trend in the male-dominated STEM world.<p>To be sure, Berkeley is an exception: according to the National …

Computer Science

How CodePath Trains Developers To Build In A Mobile World

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Semil Shah works on product for Swell, is a</i> TechCrunch <i>columnist, and an investor. He blogs at Haywire, and you can follow him on Twitter at @semil.</i><p>Late in 2013, I stumbled upon two bootstrapped entrepreneurs with deep backgrounds in mobile development — Timothy Lee and Nathan …

Learning

Atlassian And Room To Read Have Raised $3M To Help Educate Children In Developing Countries

As mobile devices become increasingly common, the world’s largest tech companies are focused on grabbing the next billion users by targeting developing economies.<p>But the excitement over the masses of potential new customers makes it easy to forget that many of those countries still suffer from low …

Startups

Can This Children’s Book Help Make The Internet A Better Place?

With Hello Ruby, Linda Liukas is trying to inspire a new generation of young women armed with the technological knowledge to build awesome new tools.<p>Like many people with grand ideas, Linda Liukas talks fast. It’s as if her bubbling inspiration and enthusiasm is searching for an escape hatch. And …

Al Gore

Apps to Get Your Kids Coding on the iPad Part 2

This is Part 2 of my rundown on <b>Coding with Your Kids on an iPad</b>. Part 1 highlighted iPad apps that teach younger children the concepts behind programming. The following apps take these concepts further and introduce different elements to learning how to code. These apps are suitable for children …

Hello Ruby

<i>Hello Ruby is a children’s book that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities.</i>Created by Linda LiukasHello Ruby …

LA Board of Education approves $115-million deal to bring iPads to classrooms

In an ongoing effort to equip more classrooms with tablets and computers, the Los Angeles Board of Education has green lighted a plan to distribute and integrate iPads in nearly 40 campuses throughout the school district, the <i>Los Angeles Times</i> reports. The deal which was approved allots $115 million …

Smart Speaker

Rosetta Stone releases new app to corner the market on mobile language learning for kids

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Rosetta Stone<p>Conventional wisdom indicates that learning a second language is enriching for <i>everyone</i><i>,</i> especially for …

More professors using social media to teach

According to a study released in October, 41% of college professors use social media as a teaching tool, up from around 34% in 2012.<p>A month before they walked into her classroom last fall, Krista Jackman told her freshmen writing students to join Twitter.<p>Their assignment: get to know each other.<p>"My …

Social Media Marketing

Intel acquires Kno to boost its digital education library

Intel has long been cozy with the e-textbook developers at Kno, going so far as to license their hardware and preload their software on its own tablets. The chip giant clearly wants to take that relationship further, however, as it just acquired Kno outright. While Intel isn't providing the terms …

A Radical Way of Unleashing a Generation of Geniuses

You can read a version of this story in Spanish here. Pueden leer una versión de esta historia en español aquí.<p>José Urbina López Primary School sits …

A new Blackboard? 4 ways the ed tech giant’s new CEO hopes to win back market share

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>As the giant among learning management systems (LMS) for higher education, Blackboard is an easy target. And as its market …

Why video is the unlikely common denominator in ed-tech

<i>Dr. Michal Tsur is the cofounder and president of</i> <i>Kaltura</i><i>.</i><p>Anyone who has attended an ed-tech conference is bound to hear one of the following terms and acronyms: flipped classroom, MOOC, BYOD, personalized or social learning — all pretty diverse area of the education tech space. Yet, the one common …

Learning

5 startups to watch from Kaplan’s TechStars-powered ed tech accelerator demo day

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: OHiShiapply<p>When education giant Kaplan and startup accelerator TechStars announced a joint ed tech accelerator back in …

General Assembly further expands its virtual footprint with online tool for learning to code

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Over the past three years, General Assembly has opened up campuses and offered classes on technology, business and design in …

Catching Up With Quick Key, The App That Helps Teachers Grade Faster And Better

Back in February, we wrote about a smartphone app for school teachers called Quick Key, the low-fi demo video that had just gone viral. The app’s optical scanner quickly grades SAT-style bubble answer sheets, uploads the results to teachers’ electronic grade books, and runs analytics on the data. …

Education

14 Music Games and Apps for Budding Composers

By Shira Lee Katz, Director of Digital Media, Common Sense Media<p>My friend Nina's teenage son, Carlo, is impressive. He's not a typical achiever in the A's-and-honor-roll sort of way, but he's quietly determined and creative. The kind of kid who has a lot going on under the surface.<p>The thing is, …

Kids

Coding for technophobes: how to teach the new computing curriculum

Do wake you up in a cold sweat about teaching code and algorithms? Sarah Byrne offers tips for confident tech teaching<p>The ICT curriculum is changing. For a start, it has a new name: computing. The hope is that the new curriculum will equip children with the skills they need to become active …

Teaching