Skype Translator Preview

Skype Translator Preview features Connected Classrooms at Launch

Cross-published on Fair Languages.

Skype today officially launched the Skype Translator Preview with a video showing how the technology can be used to connect classrooms across the globe. In the demo a class from Tacoma in the USA and a class from Mexico City play a game of “Mystery Skype”, asking each other questions to determine in which city they are located respectively.

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In the Slipstream of 2U’s Success Everspring raises another $10 million

Everspring, a Chicago-based edtech startup that helps universities to get their courses online, has raised a $10 million venture round from Park Loop and existing investors Carrick Capital Partners and Accretive reports Crain’s Chicago Business.

Everspring raised another $10 million earlier this year and currently counts University of Kansas, Kent State University, the College of William and Mary, and Auburn University as its customers.

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Digital Einstein

Digital Einstein gives Online Access to Thousands of Documents

When Albert Einstein died in 1955 he left the world a treasure trove of more than 80.000 documents, from postcards to notebooks and love letters.

Over the past decades Princeton University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem which is disposed of the copyright by Einstein’s will, have worked together to collect, sort and publish these documents in 30 volumes. Curated by Dr. Diana Kormos-Buchwald, The Einstein Papers Project already published 13 volumes, covering the work and life of the physicist until 1923. The 14th is planned for early 2015 and will contain 1000 documents.

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Microsoft Nook partnership

Barnes & Noble buys out Microsoft from Nook Partnership

In an effort to clear the way for an upcoming separation of its College bookstore and Nook business from its retail business, Barnes & Noble bought out Microsoft’s from their joint venture for $120 million in cash and common stock.

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Nature makes its Article Archives Free to View

Macmillan Science and Education announced today that from now on it will enable subscribers to journals on to share articles with colleagues not having a subscription. The same is true for readers of 100 media outlets and blogs from around the world who can now direct their readers to the original paper via a link.

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LinkedIn Add-to-Profile Certifications

LinkedIn launches Add-to-Profile for Certifications

One year after the launch of the Direct-to-Profile Certifications pilot LinkedIn announced the launch of Add-to-Profile for Certifications, opening the pilot to any professional education provider interested in offering the service to its learners.

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Pluralsight Smarterer acquisition

HEDLINE: Pluralsight acquires Skill Test Platform Smarterer for $75 million

Pluralsight, an online training platform for professionals in the tech sector, has acquired skill test platform Smarterer for $75 million. Smarterer raised $4.6 million in four rounds from various angel investors, True Ventures, Rethink Education, Google Ventures and Boston Seed Capital. The Smarterer team will remain in Boston.

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Course Hero Series A

HEDLINE: Course Hero raises $15 million Series A

Class notes and peer learning community Course Hero has raised a $15 million Series A led by GSV Capital Corp. and IDG Capital, with participation of existing investors SV Angel and Maveron.

GSV Capital is one of the most active investors in education technology counting startups like 2U, Coursera, Declara, Knewton, General Assembly, Parchment, Dreambox Learning to its portfolio. IDG Capital recently invested in a $15 million Series C of Chinese test preparation platform Yuantiku.

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UNESCO World Library of Science

UNESCO launches World Library of Science – Free Online Science Education Resource

UNESCO officially launched a free online science education resource portal in partnership with Nature Education and Roche. The project is called World Library of Science (WLoS) and aims to provide students with free access to the latest science information as well as a hub to connect and discuss with peers from around the globe.

The World Library of Science wants to especially support students in underdeveloped regions by equalizing learning opportunities, improving the quality of teaching and learning and promoting the use of Open Educational Resources.

At launch the World Library of Science features over 300 articles, 25 eBooks, and over 70 videos from the publishers of Nature. Through the portal students can join classes and create groups to connect with other learners and teachers.

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Skype Translator

How Skype Translator will Revolutionize Language Teaching

This week Skype opened up registrations for its upcoming Skype Translator feature which translates speech in real time and displays the translation as captions on the video call. Skype itself markets the feature as a replacement for language learning, albeit as a former language coach I am actually pretty excited about the technology’s potential for language teaching.

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