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HEDLINE: Hopscotch launches v2.0 announces $1.2 million Seed Round

Hopscotch, creator of an iPad app that teaches children to code through a graphical programming language, announced today that it has raised a $1.2 million Seed Round in August 2013 from Resolute Ventures, Collaborative Fund, Kapor Capital and others.

The announcement is tied to the release of version 2.0 of its iPad app.

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Students on the Streets – ENT #17 05-25-2012 (Audio)

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Students on the Streets

  • recorded: May 25th 2012
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Tech & Startups

Vatican anoints Microsoft in education software deal

The Vatican has struck a deal with Microsoft to give 43 million pupils at 200,000 Roman Catholic schools in more than 100 countries access to a broad suite of the software company’s products.
The new Social Network for Catholic Education will allow students to access a product called Office 365 for Education. Pupils will be able to use the company’s widely used workplace software, as well as teleconferencing and other tools.

Source: The Globe and Mail


K12 & Higher Ed

Student loan bills stall in Senate

The Senate on Thursday voted twice to try to keep student loan interest rates low – but got nowhere.
Senators rejected dueling Republican and Democratic plans to stop rates from doubling in July, because of partisan fighting – again – over how the $6-billion bill would be paid for.
Republicans want to divert money from a prevention fund created under the new health care law, while Democrats insist on eliminating a tax loophole for Subchapter S Corporations.
Both plans were largely expected to fail to reach the 60-vote barrier to kill a filibuster. And on Thursday, neither side was budging.

Source: Politico


Canada student protests erupt into political crisis with mass arrests

Protests that began in opposition to tuition fees in Canada have exploded into a political crisis with the mass arrest of hundreds of demonstrators amid a backlash against draconian emergency laws.
More than 500 people were arrested in a demonstration in Montreal on Wednesday night as protesters defied a controversial new law – Bill 78 – that places restrictions on the right to demonstrate. In Quebec City, police arrested 176 people under the provisions of the new law.
Demonstrators have been gathering in Montreal for just over 100 days to oppose tuition increases by the Quebec provincial government. On Tuesday, about 100 people were arrested after organisers say 300,000 people took the streets.

Source: The Guardian


Mexican students protest ‘biased’ election coverage

Thousands of university students poured into the streets of Mexico City on Wednesday for the second time in a week to protest the way the upcoming presidential election is being run and, more specifically, covered in the Mexican media.
They are especially incensed that victory by Enrique Peña Nieto on July 1 is often portrayed as a fait accompli. About 15,000 (by city officials’ count) people gathered at the controversial Pillar of Light monument (seen by many here as a government boondoggle) and marched down the iconic Reforma Boulevard.
The protesters came from a wide range of universities: public, private, leftist, rightist, Catholic. And while many were decidedly anti-Peña Nieto — made clear in their banners and signs — the protest appears to go beyond pure partisan politics and represent a broader questioning of Mexico’s status quo.

Source: LA Times


Study & Research

The More Tech-Savvy The Principal, The More iPads In The Classroom

Project Tomorrow, an education research and advocacy group, released an extensive report on technology use in U.S. schools earlier this week. The report was based on the non-profit’s annual online survey, which was completed by more than 416,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, and administrators over the course of last year.
One of the most significant finding centers on how principals, superintendents, and other school and district administrators use technology in both their personal and professional lives.
As a group, school administrators are significantly more plugged into mobile technology than the average American.

  • 50% of school administrators owned an iPad or other tablet device compared to 10% of the general population at the time of the survey.
  • 70% of administrators owned a smartphone, significantly more than the general population, which Project Tomorrow noted as being 46% at the time of the survey.
  • Nearly a third (30%) of administrators pushed for iPads, iPodtouches, laptops and other mobile devices in the classroom.
  • Teachers that have taken an online class or used the Internet for professional development (about half of all teachers in the survey) were 22% more likely to recommend online classes and similar resources for their students.
  • Schools with tech-friendly administrators are 21% likely to be exploring or implementing BYOD programs.

Source: Cult of Mac


Bilingualism May Boost Attention, Working Memory

Northwestern University trial provides new biological evidence that dual language speakers have enhanced auditory nervous systems.
Bilingualism yields functional and structural changes in cortical regions of the brain dedicated to language processing and executive function. Dual language speakers are highly efficient in processing auditory information. “Bilinguals are natural jugglers,” says co-author Viorica Marian in a statement. “The bilingual juggles linguistic input and, it appears, automatically pays greater attention to relevant versus irrelevant sounds.”

Source: The Atlantic

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Students on the Streets – ENT #17 05-25-2012

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Tech & Startups

Vatican anoints Microsoft in education software deal

The Vatican has struck a deal with Microsoft to give 43 million pupils at 200,000 Roman Catholic schools in more than 100 countries access to a broad suite of the software company’s products.
The new Social Network for Catholic Education will allow students to access a product called Office 365 for Education. Pupils will be able to use the company’s widely used workplace software, as well as teleconferencing and other tools.

Source: The Globe and Mail


K12 & Higher Ed

Student loan bills stall in Senate

The Senate on Thursday voted twice to try to keep student loan interest rates low – but got nowhere.
Senators rejected dueling Republican and Democratic plans to stop rates from doubling in July, because of partisan fighting – again – over how the $6-billion bill would be paid for.
Republicans want to divert money from a prevention fund created under the new health care law, while Democrats insist on eliminating a tax loophole for Subchapter S Corporations.
Both plans were largely expected to fail to reach the 60-vote barrier to kill a filibuster. And on Thursday, neither side was budging.

Source: Politico


Canada student protests erupt into political crisis with mass arrests

Protests that began in opposition to tuition fees in Canada have exploded into a political crisis with the mass arrest of hundreds of demonstrators amid a backlash against draconian emergency laws.
More than 500 people were arrested in a demonstration in Montreal on Wednesday night as protesters defied a controversial new law – Bill 78 – that places restrictions on the right to demonstrate. In Quebec City, police arrested 176 people under the provisions of the new law.
Demonstrators have been gathering in Montreal for just over 100 days to oppose tuition increases by the Quebec provincial government. On Tuesday, about 100 people were arrested after organisers say 300,000 people took the streets.

Source: The Guardian


Mexican students protest ‘biased’ election coverage

Thousands of university students poured into the streets of Mexico City on Wednesday for the second time in a week to protest the way the upcoming presidential election is being run and, more specifically, covered in the Mexican media.
They are especially incensed that victory by Enrique Peña Nieto on July 1 is often portrayed as a fait accompli. About 15,000 (by city officials’ count) people gathered at the controversial Pillar of Light monument (seen by many here as a government boondoggle) and marched down the iconic Reforma Boulevard.
The protesters came from a wide range of universities: public, private, leftist, rightist, Catholic. And while many were decidedly anti-Peña Nieto — made clear in their banners and signs — the protest appears to go beyond pure partisan politics and represent a broader questioning of Mexico’s status quo.

Source: LA Times


Study & Research

The More Tech-Savvy The Principal, The More iPads In The Classroom

Project Tomorrow, an education research and advocacy group, released an extensive report on technology use in U.S. schools earlier this week. The report was based on the non-profit’s annual online survey, which was completed by more than 416,000 K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, and administrators over the course of last year.
One of the most significant finding centers on how principals, superintendents, and other school and district administrators use technology in both their personal and professional lives.
As a group, school administrators are significantly more plugged into mobile technology than the average American.

  • 50% of school administrators owned an iPad or other tablet device compared to 10% of the general population at the time of the survey.
  • 70% of administrators owned a smartphone, significantly more than the general population, which Project Tomorrow noted as being 46% at the time of the survey.
  • Nearly a third (30%) of administrators pushed for iPads, iPodtouches, laptops and other mobile devices in the classroom.
  • Teachers that have taken an online class or used the Internet for professional development (about half of all teachers in the survey) were 22% more likely to recommend online classes and similar resources for their students.
  • Schools with tech-friendly administrators are 21% likely to be exploring or implementing BYOD programs.

Source: Cult of Mac


Bilingualism May Boost Attention, Working Memory

Northwestern University trial provides new biological evidence that dual language speakers have enhanced auditory nervous systems.
Bilingualism yields functional and structural changes in cortical regions of the brain dedicated to language processing and executive function. Dual language speakers are highly efficient in processing auditory information. “Bilinguals are natural jugglers,” says co-author Viorica Marian in a statement. “The bilingual juggles linguistic input and, it appears, automatically pays greater attention to relevant versus irrelevant sounds.”

Source: The Atlantic

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Educreations

Educreations – the latest (and best) iPad Whiteboard Recording App for iPad

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You know that I have been a big fan of whiteboard applications for the iPad since I first used ShowMe. And until recently (last week to be precise) ShowMe was my favorite tool to create small video lessons for my audience on Deutsch Happen.

Kay and I also gave ScreenChomp from TechSmith a spin and though the writing seemed to be easier and clearer, the video the app came up with was not as good as compared to ShowMe.

But I am afraid that ShowMe lost me to the latest application on the market namely Educreations. Educreations comes out of the first class of imagine K12 and I have been in contact with Wade Roberts, one of the two founders, for a while now. About two weeks ago I got a beta version of Educreations to give it a try and I have to say that it literally blows the other two apps out of the water.

In a talk Wade explained how much time they spent on getting the writing part of the app right. As this is obviously the main feature of a whiteboard app even small improvements show immediately. Like I said above, the writing on ScreenChomp feels definitely more precise than it does on ShowMe but then Educreations is again a whole different league.

Aside from the various adjustments you can make to the drawing tools the whiteboard is so snappy that it almost feels like writing or drawing on a “real” whiteboard. The digital ink renders basically like real ink on paper. If you draw quicker, the line thins out, if you draw or write more slowly, the ink will render thicker. As handwriting is not a daily habit anymore I think it is incredibly important that this part of a whiteboard app works really well. For me it is the main reason to switch.

But there is more. Another big plus for Educreations is that you can switch between different whiteboards. When I explain grammar topics this is very useful as I don’t need to clean the whiteboard and I can also go back and forth during the recording and explain the topic in more detail. The audio recording of Educreations is also top-notch.

Like ShowMe and ScreenChomp teachers can add photos to the whiteboard from the library on the iPad or by taking a picture. Educreations also connects to Dropbox.

Similar to ShowMe the recordings are hosted on the website of the startup, in this case educreations.com. Teachers can choose to share them privately with their students or publicly with anyone plus they can create student rosters and Q&A for each lesson. The lessons can also be shared via email, Twitter and Facebook or embedded into a blog or website.

But what if you don’t have an iPad? Well, Educreations also offers a web-based version that is compatible with interactive whiteboards or drawing tablets like those from Wacom we covered a couple of weeks ago.

One feature I am going to miss from my experiences with ShowMe is the option to download my recording. As I publish my lessons on YouTube for reach and monetization I currently need to make a screen recording of my Educreations video and then upload it to the Deutsch Happen channel. This might not be a big deal for traditional teachers who are the main target of Educreations, but for the edupreneurs among us it’s a little inconvenient.

Which brings us to the business model. Like ShowMe and ScreenChomp Educreations is free to use. There are no ads or other strings attached. Tim Brady, founding partner at imagine K12 and I talked about the freemium model during our EDUKWEST (you can watch this part of our talk here) so I am sure that as soon as Educreations will have reached a critical number of users we will see some premium features like download of videos etc.

Bottom line: Educreations is currently the best whiteboard app on the iPad and probably on the web. You can download Educreations on iTunes or if you don’t want to join the cult of iPad owners, go ahead and get one of those Wacom digital tablets and  use the app in the browers, I am sure you will love it.

And of course I am looking forward to the answers ShowMe and TechSmith will give now that there is a new cat in the iTunes App Store.

educreations Website: http://educreations.com
iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/educreations-interactive-whiteboard/id478617061
Facebook: http://facebook.com/educreations
Twitter: @educreations
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Announcing LearnBoost Upgrade features!

A new feature enables teachers to upgrade their accounts to admin with just a few clicks. This feature has been demanded by the users of LearnBoost who wanted to share the tool with other teachers in their school.

Source: LearnBoost Blog


Free app set to socialise with public attractions

LearningHunt is a free app that enables visitors of museums, art galleries, zoos and parks to interact with the attractions or vice-versa.

“The app’s unique selling point is its content management system, so a museum for instance can upload its content such as videos, audio, educational quizzes, historical information or factsheets and quixkly turn these into a mobile app and interactive games.”

Source: siliconrepublic


Worth Ave. Group Launches New “Technology in Education” Grant Giveaway Program Across K-12 Schools Nationwide

Nominations for the grants and prices opened Dec 1st 2011 and will close March 31 2012. All public, private and parochial schools can participate.

The Grand Prize winning school will receive a $25,000 technology grant and the “Best Teacher in America” will receive an iPad 2 in addition to 30 iPod Touch devices for their classroom. As runner-ups, five schools will be awarded $1,000 grants and an iPad2 and to encourage voting, Worth Ave. Group will give an iPad 2 to five random voters and to each individual who referred them. The first 5,000 voters will also receive Worth Ave. Group’s WorthTrack® laptop tracking software — valued at $29.95 each.

Source: marketwire


iPad puts education at students fingertips

As part of its three year technology plan, the Pittsburg district purchased 200 iPads that are shared between all four elementary schools.

“There are a lot of elementary level applications that you can use,” says Brett Dalton, Public Information Officer for the Pittsburg school district.  “You almost sort of need a different level of education, so we wanted to focus there at the early levels.”

Source: KOAM


Lakeville schools betting on digital emphasis in classrooms

Superintendent Lisa Snyder calls for a deep commitment to blending technology and learning like a $500,000 initiative to install or improve wireless Internet access in all the district’s buildings in January.

Many educators, including Snyder, believe using technology will translate into better student achievement because the newest devices and applications allow for more personalized instruction that can reach both struggling and accelerated students. She points to new research involving iPads in Chicago Public Schools that show positive results in both test scores and student engagement.

Source: TwinCities.com


Science Exchange’s Marketplace For Research Facilities Gets A $1.5 Million Boost

Science Exchange launched in August and offers scientists access to experimental service providers across the globe. This way costly experiments can be easily outsourced , saving costs and time.

Source: TechCrunch


Late Nite Labs Raises $1.1 Million To Bring Virtual Science Education To Campuses

Late Nite Labs is a web-based educational platform offering over 150 experiment simulations in biology and chemistry labs. Teachers can also create their own customized experiments and courses.

Source: TechCrunch


LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference

LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference October 21st – 5 FREE Tickets for our Readers

LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference

On October 21st Jason Calacanis will host the LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference in the Microsoft Silicon Valley Conference Center in Mountain View. EDUKWEST is happy to announce that we got 5 tickets to the event to give to our readers.

The LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference is about the way tablets, especially the iPad, has changed the user’s lives in the past 17 months. In a recent blog post Calacanis predicted that tablets would become our main consumption device.

The lineup of speakers and presenters at the event reads as a who-is-who of the tablet market

  • Phil Libin, CEO of Evernote
  • Woody Sears, founder of zuuka
  • Jason Baptiste, CEO of OnSwipe
  • Michael Mullany, CEO of Sencha
  • Amit Jardosh, co-founder of Ubersense
  • David Temkin, head of Aol Mobile, Editions
  • Aya Zook, senior product manager, Bing
  • Danfung Dennis, CEO, ConditionOne
  • Michael Nusimow, CEO, Drchrono
  • Osman Rashid, CEO, Kno (watch our EDUKWEST interview)
  • Ryan Stoner, CEO, MoPix
  • Ole Lutjens, chief creative officer, MX
  • Robb Myer, CEO, NoWait
  • Mark Hall, CEO of Remixation, Showyou app
  • Vince Baskerville, co-founder, TripLingo (watch our EDUKWEST interview)
  • Joe Robins, community evangelist, Unity Technologies
  • Mark Johnson, CEO, Zite
In order to receive one of the 5 tickets, you need to
  1. Subscribe to the free EDUKWEST newsletter
  2. Answer the questions “How would you use iPad in an educational context? What products would you build for teachers to use or you think students would like to learn with?” in the comments below this post.
The proposals with the most likes by Friday Oct.14 will each receive one free ticket to the LAUNCH Pad Tablet Conference.
We’re keen on reading about your ideas and wish you the best of luck!
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iPad and its Importance when Teaching Students with Special Needs

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Though pricey the iPad is, to me at least, a device with immense potential and numerous use cases in education.

Even very young learners seem to get almost intuitively what it means to simply touch a screen in order to get things going. As Steve Jobs himself famously said at the , nobody wants to use a stylus, humans have a natural stylus even ten of them.

In a matter of days, I learned about two initiatives that see big potential in the iPad for special needs students as well.

The first is not only dedicated to this group of students but explicitly includes them in what they built. I wrote about this startup for EDUKWEST just this week to support their Kickstarter campaign. PointScribe want to teach children handwriting in a new interactive way with lots of autonomy for the individual student using touchscreen devices especially on the iPad.

The second article comes from the Maplewood NJ school district where they had nearly 300 iPads delivered to teachers of special needs students and those teachers were all very enthusiastic about the potential and various different ways the iPad would bring to teaching their classes.

Made possible through a federal grant they had a workshop taking place with over 130 educators from all over the state participating and with the aim to learn how best make use of the various options the iPad offers.

I’m sure that in the near future we will not only hear about the iPad finding its place in an increasing number of classrooms worldwide but particularly with special needs children. It just seems so natural to any human to use an iPad which not only shows ingeniousness in itself but also bring a new quality to learning and teaching students with special needs.

Picture: by allaboutgeorge

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Griffin MultiDock lets you Store, Multi-Charge and Sync up to 30 iPads

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With iPads making their way in more and more classrooms worldwide, new challenges surface and may it be something relatively trivial like charging or syncing multiple iPads at the same time.

This might sound like a small issue but only at first glance because when you teach a class you want the technology to be ready, you want a painless process because your goal is teaching not struggling with infrastructure or technology. Same is true when you’re a principal, you want your teachers to teach and not to deal with the IT department.

Well, you might find it interesting to hear that Griffin put an accessory on the market that allows you to charge 10 iPads at the same time. Griffin MultiDock even gives you the possibility of chain-lock three of these units which enables you to charge and sync up to 30 iPads from one Mac at the same time. This is sufficient for even large classes but, of course, can also come in as handy for businesses.

IT administrators who usually work behind the curtains will immediately understand what a time saver Griffin MultiDock is for them. Instead of installing a new application on each single iPad, admins now can sync all of the iPads at once. Besides that, the towers are also an ideal storage unit and it keeps the iPads charged.

The only disadvantage comes at the end, and yes, you might have guessed it already: it’s not cheap. Each of these charging towers prices at $700 but if your school is equipped with iPads or strongly thinking about investing in them, it might be wise to plan on one or two of these devices in the overall budget. Your IT admin will love it!

Via: Engadget
Source: Griffin

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First Screenshots of the upcoming Khan Academy iPad App

John Resig, the Dean of Open Source and head of JavaScript development at Khan Academy posted three screenshots of the upcoming iPad app not on Facebook, not on Twitter but on Google+.

The screenshots which are considered as being “very alpha” show a nice and clean interface with the video in the top right, navigation on the left and the transcript underneath the video. The initial 1.0 release will feature video navigation, video viewing, interactive transcripts and offline support. Exercises will be released in the next version.

An Android version is also on the road map as well as a version for the iPhone / iPod Touch. For developers, the entire source code of the application is available on Github.

Pictures: by John Resig of Khan Academy

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Sarah Gontijo of hello-hello

In this interview I talked to Sarah Gontijo, Founder and CEO of hello-hello a language learning community.

Similar to other language learning communities like Livemocha, Busuu or Babbel hello-hello offers a free community where people from around the globe can meet each other, do language exchange and correct each others exercises.

What makes hello-hello different from its competitors is that the courses are developed in partnership with the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and that the platform offers its premium courses on the iPad. The first course was even included in the launch version of the iPad store and made it up to place number 2 in the education category.

During the interview Sarah tells her really interesting story and gives us some great insights about how the idea was born, what made her decide to go all in on the iPad when she first saw the device and about her plans to grow the company in the near future.

hello-hello is entirely self funded and you will see how far real passion for a project can bring you.

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Homepage: http://www.hello-hello.com
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KirstenWinkler.com Hello Hello launches free German and Italian Courses
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