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The latest edtech news from around the globe.

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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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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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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Skype Translator

Registration open for upcoming Skype Translator Feature

Skype is now accepting applications for previews of its upcoming Translator feature. Demoed at re/code’s Code conference in May, Skype Translator lets people communicate via VoIP even if they speak different languages.

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LinkedIn college finding tools

Yahoo shuts down its Education Portal – LinkedIn launches College Finding Tools

Last week Yahoo announced would shut down its vertical portal Yahoo Education on September 30th, followed by its legacy product Yahoo Directory at the end of the year. This, however, does not seem to affect the collaboration between Easyuni and Yahoo Malaysia who announced a partnership for a higher education portal back in May.

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Coursera Brazil

With Coursera entering Brazil LatAm becomes the next MOOC Battle Ground

Coursera announced its entrance into the Brazilian / Portuguese MOOC market through partnerships with the University of São Paulo (USP), the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), the Lemann Foundation and the web portal R7.

Brazil represents Coursera’s fifth largest user base behind the US, India, China and UK.

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lynda.com

lynda.com hires former Ancestry.com and EF Englishtown executive Andrew Wait as CRO

The same day Udemy announced its three new management hires, lynda.com shared that itself made an important new hire. Andrew Wait becomes Chief Revenue Officer, overseeing the company’s strategic direction including, global expansion, marketing, customer experience and enterprise sales. Wait will report directly to CEO Eric Robison.

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Udemy new hires

Udemy hires Seasoned Execs – Focus on Scale and Growth

Udemy added three seasoned executives to its management team which further underlines that the startup days for the course marketplace are over.

The new hires will take over roles as vice president and general manager Udemy for Organizations, vice president of business development and vice president of finance and operations.

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Junction Education

Junction Education launches a Flipboard for College Courses

Today Junction Education, a startup founded by former McGraw-Hill executive Vineet Madan, officially launched. Junction Education aims to provide instructors and students with an easy to use course platform which integrates different kinds of web content into web- and mobile based courses.

Junction Education has received investment from two former heads of McGraw-Hill Education, Robert J. Bahash and Peter C. Davis, who are also advisors to the startup along with former Pearson Education Global CMO Gary L. June.

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