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The latest edtech news from around the globe.

Google Translate Community

Google enters Crowdsourcing with launch of Translate Community

Google announced the launch of the Translate Community with the aim to improve Google Translate through crowdsourcing better translations for the 80 currently supported languages and to eventually launch new language options with the help of its users.

In the community members can vote on existing translations and generate new ones. Google also added a new feature to Google Translate that enables anyone to contribute directly even without signing up to the Translate Community.

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Duolingo Test Center

HEDLINE: Duolingo Test Center brings Learners a $20 Version of the TOEFL

As announced earlier this year, Duolingo has officially launched its Duolingo Test Center this week. The first test learners can take via the platform is an English test. For the moment the test is free, but will it eventually cost $20.

The test can be taken via an Android device or the Google Chrome browser and takes about 20 minutes to complete.

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Top Hat

Top Hat integrates Boundless – Interview with Mike Silagadze

As announced last week, education startups Top Hat and Boundless have formed a partnership. As part of this partnership Top Hat will integrate content from Boundless including textbook chapters, PowerPoint slides, discussion questions and interactive exercises into its cloud based teaching platform for higher education.

Through the integration more than 300,000 students at more than 400 universities including Harvard, UCLA, Duke and MIT will gain access to the Boundless’ library of 21 introductory college-level subjects.

In May Top Hat announced a $10 million Series B and its expansion plans in other verticals including corporate training.

We took this latest announcement as an opportunity to catch up with Top Hat’s co-founder and CEO Mike Silagadze to talk about the future of free content, acquiring competitors and the startup’s expansion plans.

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Tarena International

HEDLINE: Tarena International partners with six Chinese Universities and Colleges

Tarena International, provider of professional education services in China, signed partnership deals with six Chinese universities and colleges.

Under the partnership students will be able to enroll in joint major programs and the institutions will include selected courses from Tarena in their standard undergraduate curriculum.

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Unizin Consortium Launches to provide Greater Control over Digital Learning

Editor’s Note: This post has first been published on edcetera – straight talk on edtech.

In my last post I briefly mentioned Unizin, the new consortium of higher education institutions that was rumored to become a strong competitor of edX. With its soft-launch last night—which was first reported by Inside Higher Ed—we can add some more pieces to the puzzle and get a better picture of its mission.

The founding consortium members are Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan. The non-profit will be governed by a board of directors, representing membership universities that make a significant investment in Unizin.

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Google Educator Groups

HEDLINE: Google Education launches Google Educator Groups

Google Education announced another service targeting teachers across the globe. Google Educator Groups (GEG) is a program that wants to support communities of educators, online as well as offline and aiming to help teachers to learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.

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Coursera restores Access to non-STEM Courses for Iranian Students

Coursera announced today that it has restored access to the majority of its courses for Iranian students after working closely together with the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control.

The General License G now states that US institutions may offer undergraduate-level online courses in the humanities, social sciences, law or business to students in Iran. The sanctions still prohibit the offering of courses that deal with advanced STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

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HEDLINE: Esri pledges $1 billion in Licenses to ConnectED for STEM Education

Esri, a developer of geographic information system (GIS) software, has pledged free licences to all of the over 100.000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the United States as part of the ConnectEDU initiative.

At a licence price of $10k the pledge is worth over $1 billion. Esri joins other leading companies like Apple, Microsoft, Adobe and AT&T.

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