Partners mentioned in the announcement include Google, Autodesk, Khan Academy, and Intuit. The initiative emphasizes curricula that are affordable and sometimes free, according to the … Read more
I've never understood education.
You go to a place to listen to someone say things they've either already written in a book or read in one, and there are hundreds of people in the same room.
So they all get the same information, with the same slant.
I was moved, therefore, by a video (first referenced on Reddit) of a complete non-professor turning up to teach chemistry at the University of Rochester and fooling everyone.
He claimed to be the real Dr. Hafensteiner, a man who knows something about chemistry.
Instead, what he proved is that he knows a lot about human chemistry.… Read more
Back to school isn't just for kids. As professors at top universities put more of their course materials online, everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to teens at Ghana Internet cafes are taking advantage of Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, to expand their minds.Some subjects don't lend themselves to just lectures and multiple choice quizzes, though. Stanford lecturer Clint Korver teaches entrepreneurship.
"A lot of online education you're seeing the video of the professor. You're taking a multiple choice test. That's the most boring parts of the educational experience. Now it's the … Read more
There are all sorts of ways to get money.
Some are wise, some less so, while others are just asking for pain to knock upon your door.
Gary Lee Cochran stands accused of perhaps taking one risk too far. The 59-year-old is said to have obtained money without legal justification and, perhaps, sufficient aforethought.
For police in Charleston, W.Va., said he took gadgets from his place of work and into a pawn shop called Kanawha Valley Fine Jewelry and Loan. (Motto: "All Loans Confidential!")
You might imagine that the Kanawha County Schools, where Cochran worked, might have … Read more
School is different these days, with students sooner pulling out a 10-inch tablet to take notes than a sheet of loose-leaf paper and pen. Heck, even calculators are a rare sight to see in the modern classroom, with multifunction mobile apps serving as adequate replacements. With these sorts of changes in mind, I've put together a list of Android tablet apps to help you stay ahead of the game in school. All of them are useful for different reasons, and all of them are free to download.
Safety has rather become the mantra of authorities over the last few years.
Government exists, so we're told, to keep the people safe. As opposed to, say, happy, employed, strong, proud or free.
A school district in Southern California is also committed to the safety of its kids. And, given that social media sites are where kids are at these days, it's decided to keep tabs on every single public post its kids are making.
Naturally, the Glendale Unified School District doesn't have the time to do this itself. So it's hired an outside company to do its tab-keeping for it.
Getting ready to go back to school is like getting ready to go to work: you're either excited and ready to rock or you couldn't give a rat's bottom about another year of eight-hour days, full of books, energy drinks, projects, and assignments.
Whether you're in high school or college, it's good to keep your PC equipped with the best programs so that you won't be hit with any surprises. Rather than scrambling around, trying to figure out which program to use for what assignment, check out our top picks for Windows and tell … Read more
Microsoft is providing an opportunity for schools to get their hands on free Surface RT tablets.
The software giant on Wednesday officially kicked off its Bing for Schools program. As part of that, Microsoft wants schools and their supporters to sign up for Bing for Schools as their platform for searching the Web. As they continue to do so, they'll rack up credits through the Bing Rewards program. After a school gathers 30,000 credits, it'll qualify for a free Surface RT with Touch Cover.
According to Microsoft, based on average usage, 60 Bing Rewards users can combine … Read more
Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates is putting his money where his mouth is. He is backing a new initiative called Graphite that is a free online resource to help teachers discover and share education technology.
Gates has long emphasized his belief that investing in education and digital tools could help solve the world's education crisis.
"What's surprising is given how the Internet has changed how we buy airline tickets and books and how we look up things, is that formal education hasn't changed hardly at all," Gates said in an interview with CNET in 2010. "… Read more
Samsung's Junior Software Academy has kicked off in South Korea, allowing students to use after-school activities to learn about software and engineering.
In a Samsung Village blog post, the South Korea firm said Tuesday that after-school activities and lessons will "help children learn basic software technologies to become fresh sprouts of the software industry."
The Junior Software Academy is for students between 11 and 17. Software classes will be offered at 500 schools throughout South Korea, reaching 10,000 students, according to the company. Lessons will be held mainly after school or during the weekends, starting this … Read more