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The latest edtech news from around the globe.

Google Play for Education

Acer to preload Tablets with Google Play for Education

Taiwanese hardware manufacturer Acer and Google announced a partnership to make Android powered tablet devices pre-loaded with educational content for U.S. K-8 schools.

The 10 inch tablets will be equipped with Google Play for Education, giving teachers and learners access to a wide variety of teacher approved applications.

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Google Translate App

Google adds Word Lens to its Google Translate App

Over the past couple of weeks Microsoft has provided us with more information and a demo of its new Skype Translator feature which translates speech in real-time and displays the translated sentences in the form of captions in the video call.

Today, as reported by the New York Times earlier this week, Google announced an update to their own automatic voice translation for its Android and iOS apps. The new version of the Google Translate mobile apps will now also give live translation from spoken word into written text for select languages and also include the Word Lens technology that Google acquired last year.

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Indonesia Textbook Tablets

Indonesia plans to replace Textbooks with Tablets

Indonesia is expected to become the fourth largest market for mobile devices, surpassing 100 million active monthly users in 2018, according to a recent report by eMarketer.

To better serve students in remote areas of the country, to cut down cost and to overall improve the quality of education, the Ministry of Education and Culture announced that it will replace physical textbooks with tablets and ebooks in the coming years.

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Duolingo for Schools

Duolingo launches Duolingo for Schools

After announcing a more serious approach to language learning based on behavioural data last month, Duolingo launched its latest feature this week: Duolingo for Schools.

Like the web based portal and the mobile apps, Duolingo for Schools is 100% free to use with no upsells or advertisement which makes it an interesting addition to language learning classrooms in schools, universities or for tutors.

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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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