06/26/2012, It seems that tablets being used in our education system are becoming more commonplace these days. To that effect, the San Diego Unified School District has recently purchased about 26,000 iPads that will be making its way into the hands of its students this fall, thus making it one of the largest programs to date. This is part of a voter-approved funding program known as “Proposition S”, which basically sets […]
05/30/2012, A couple of researchers over at the University of Wisconsin-Madison called Bilge Mutlu and Dan Szafir have been messing about with a Wakamaru humanoid robot to work in such a way that it can deliver information and at the same time, maintain a student’s retention capability. The duo has experimented with various techniques human teachers use to keep their students focused such as changing the pitch or tone of their […]
05/25/2012, If you’re someone who’s quite shy and don’t really like answering or asking questions while in class, there’s an app for that! Perry Samson, a professor at the University of Michigan has developed an iPad app that aims to make use of technology in order to make interactions within the classroom more engaging and less intimidating. Dubbed LectureTools (which is also the name of the company the app is launched […]
05/22/2012, Teachers are now seeing the benefits of gadgets as educational tools. Virginia Beach is joining other schools in allowing its students to bring their own tablets, cellphones and other devices to the classroom. Others were less enthusiastic and worried that factors including cheating and cyber-bullying might arise if students are given access to gadgets in the classroom. But the initial reactions have already been anticipated. “There are going to be bumps […]
05/14/2012, This is not the first time we are hearing about how tablets are increasingly being used in the field of education. The Thai government has put pen to paper to seal a deal for what has been touted as being the widest tablet deployment to date. The government has agreed to purchase a staggering 400,000 tablets from Shenzen Scope at a unit price of $81 which brings the grand total […]
05/03/2012, We’re sure that some of you guys have pretty good relationships with your teachers and might even have them on Facebook. Unfortunately if that’s one of ways that you and your teacher keep in contact socially or academically, that could soon change thanks to New York City’s Education Department. The Education Department has since released a set of guidelines that will not allow teachers to communicate with students through their […]
05/03/2012, Have you always wished that you could have gone to top tier universities such as Harvard or MIT? Well thanks to Harvard and MIT’s newly announcement partnership, you will now be able to get a taste of the sort of classes and courses that students at Harvard and MIT have been experiencing. The initiative dubbed edX will be run by a non-profit organization controlled by both schools, with each school […]
04/23/2012, Mark Campbell, a Pittsburgh Public Schools chief information technology officer has asked the school board to purchase 6,000 iPads instead of desktop computers. This will use the money that the school board has planned for a refresh of 5,000 old desktop computers (out of 8,890 in the district) in favor of iPads. His argument is that not only do the old computers take about 15-20 minutes to boot up, but […]
03/27/2012, In Walter Isaacson’s biography of the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, it was revealed that Jobs had a vision where technology such as iPads would eventually make its way into classrooms, ultimately replacing whiteboards, books and actual paper. At the moment various institutions have taken it upon themselves to introduce technology into the classrooms ranging from offering students netbooks to tablets in the iOS and Android variety, and it looks […]
02/29/2012, Students, we have bad news headed your way. If you thought that you were off the hook once class was over, you could be mistaken thanks to ClassPager, a newly launched SMS service that allows teachers to send quizzes and reminders to students outside of the classroom.
02/14/2012, If you might recall, we reported a while back that the white MacBooks were being reported as reaching end of life status. The devices while no longer available for regular consumers like you and I, were still being made available for the education market, at least until recently. So with Apple removing the white MacBook from the education sector, which models will students turn to? If you’re a student and […]
01/16/2012, Last week we reported about Apple sending out invitations to an “education event” in New York this Thursday, and while there has been speculations about what the event will be about – the Wall Street Journal and Ars Tecnicha seem to have confirmation about the event’s agenda, provided that their inside sources are on the dot. According to the WSJ, Apple’s event will be focusing on the launch of a […]
01/11/2012, Apple certainly places a lot of priority on education just like how the tiger moms do in order to eke out the very best in kids, and this trend does not look as though it is about to stop anytime soon after Apple announced an education event that will be happening at New York’s famous Guggenheim Museum on January 19th later this month. Cupertino’s latest efforts will include introducing an […]
12/12/2011, YouTube can be used as a valuable teaching tool in the classroom, but while it is chockfull of educational content and useful knowledge – it is also filled to the brim with distracting videos. Cute kittens, people “failing”, music videos, cartoon series, and more – content that distracts kids from using YouTube as a learning channel. Fortunately Google recognized this problem and has launched a solution called YouTube for Schools.