EdTech News Special

EdTech News: lynda.com, Pearson, Microsoft and Barnes & Noble

In the field of edtech things move very quickly. Over the past couple of weeks, we have covered lots of edtech startup news; now we think is a good moment to take a look at some recent news from the grown ups in the education space.

In this special edition of our weekly EdTech News rundown beyond funding, IPOs or mergers we take a look at lynda.com’s new coding course for children, Pearson’s free math tutorial app, Microsoft’s Bing for the Classroom and Barnes & Noble’s new textbook app.

lynda.com launches Foundations of Programming: Programming for Kids

Lynda.com Programming for KidsOne of the latest courses in lynda.com’s library is targeting parents and educators who want to teach children how to code. The course is hosted by David Gassner and takes parents and educators through the different tools, software and applications that are available.

The course goes from the simple to use graphical programming apps on the iPad over more sophisticated programming tools and essentials in languages like Java and Ruby to programming LEGO Mindshift robots and Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware.

From what we can see, the course should give people interested to learn more about the possibilities in the kids programming space a nice overview as well as ideas how to implement those tools either at home or in their school.

Subscriptions at lynda.com start at $25 per month and members get access to the entire catalog of over 2000 courses.


Foundations of Programming: Programming for Kids

Pearson launches free math app Virtual Nerd

Virtual NerdBased on the assets of Virtual Nerd, a startup that had to shut down about a year ago, Pearson launched a free math tutoring app that gives learners access to over 1500 video lessons and tutorials aligned with Common Core.

The app is currently available for iOS devices, an Android version is planned for later this year.


Further Reading

  • Pearson Launches Virtual Nerd Mobile Math App, Putting High Quality Tutorials at Students’ Fingertips | PRWeb
  • Virtual Nerd: Good Company Gets Bad News | EdSurge


virtualnerd.com | iTunes

Bing in the Classroom available to all US schools

Bing in the ClassroomBing in the Classroom (formerly Bing for Schools) is now available for all schools in the US. Bing in the Classroom removes all ads from the search results and also prevents that search queries from within the school network can be used for personalized advertisements.

Of course, web content is also filtered so that students don’t find results by accident that are not appropriate. Schools can simply sign up for the free service through a web form and get activated within a couple of days. Through the Bing Rewards program people can also support schools by searching with Bing, earning points that can be used to donate Surface tablets.


Further Reading

  • Bing in the Classroom Now Available to All Schools in the US | Bing Blogs
  • Ad-free ‘Bing in Classroom’ wants to drive kids’ curiosity through searching | Venture Beat


bing.com/classroom (only accessible from the US)

Barnes & Noble launches Yuzu beta

YuzuFirst spotted by the Digital Reader, B&N quietly launched a replacement for NookStudy, it’s former digital textbook platform on Nook devices which seems to be retired, already. Apparently Yuzu is an entirely new platform that is also not compatible with the Nook Store and NookStudy formats.

Though the product is far from being finished, Yuzu seems to become a platform that offers study features like note taking, annotations to students as well as collaboration and content sharing to teachers. Yuzu also ties in FacultyEnlight, a platform which can be used by educators to bundle educational material into course packs.

Further Reading


yuzu.com | Twitter | Facebook

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