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.
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.
In this week’s Sunday Review: Is student debt tied to the income of university presidents? Google’s rise in the education technology market. Harvard’s Hollywood-like MOOC production. The Future of textbooks. Unizin, a potential threat to edX? The cult of college drop-outs and more.
This week we saw Apollo Education’s entry into Africa through its acquisition of Milpark Education. Queen Rania Foundation and edX launched Edraak, the first MOOC platform in the Arab speaking world. With Curiosityville Houghton Mifflin Harcourt acquired its second startup within a week. Teachers pay Teachers raised venture capital from three well established funds and eduCanon managed to win two edu competitions which got them $115k in prize money.
All this and more on this week’s Ed News Ticker.
Microsoft Thailand and the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to give 8 million students and 400,000 teachers across the nation free access to Microsoft 365 for education over the next five years which makes it the biggest cloud service partnership for Microsoft in education.
This new partnership is part of a bigger initiative called Partners in Learning which aims to foster innovative use of technology in education to help students and teachers around the world maximize their potential and was established by Microsoft in 2003.
In this week’s Sunday Review we learn that experience without humility is not very helpful (when it comes to leading Coursera), that you can earn a MBA without spending a single dollar for tuition, that the SAT is useless, that school children in Ireland code 3D worlds and use the Oculus Rift, that you should not listen to music when you learn and much more.
And Happy Easter from the EDUKWEST team!
We start this episode with startup Spritz that claims to have reinvented reading through their patent-pending speed reading technology, and I didn’t want to miss out on Alicia’s opinion and comment on it as a scientist.
During the annual Microsoft in Education Global Forum in Barcelona, the company announced some interesting partnerships alongside a keynote by Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education at Microsoft that emphasized the value of student privacy.
“Privacy concerns are holding educators back from making the most of modern technology and preparing students to succeed in today’s workplace. At the same time, many solutions being used in the classroom are unintentionally putting student data at risk.
Wednesday June 27th 2012
- Microsoft considering WebRTC standard for future Skype web app
- AIR.U coalition to bring Super Wi-Fi to 500 educational institutions
- NYC is launching several specialized tech high schools, backed by Fred Wilson and Bloomberg