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FiftyThree Education Think Kit

EDBRIEF: Paper Maker FiftyThree to enter Education with Think Kit

FiftyThree, the startup behind the popular iPad drawing app Paper, announced a $30 million Series B led by NEA with participation of existing investors.

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Apple in Education

EDBRIEF: Apple to overhaul iPad in Education Program

According to an email obtained by MacRumors, Apple plans to overhaul its iPad in Education Program in order to ease the distribution process and classroom adoption of its tablets for schools and entire districts.

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Hopscotch

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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Ed News Ticker #17

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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