According to EducationSuperhighway, most schools lack fast enough connections to teach students digital skills, like basic computer programming. So the San Francisco-based nonprofit is working with K-12 school districts to remove any roadblocks to high-speed broadband Internet.
“We’re hoping to modernize the curriculum to make coding easier to teach,” said Hadi Partovi, creator of Code.org.
Los Angeles Unified School District hopes that all 640,000 of its students will be using iPads by late 2014.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just voted to move ahead with a proposal to bring faster Internet to almost every school in the country.
Los Angeles Unified School District will initially roll out the program to 47 campuses in a deal worth $30 million. However, the massive district has 640,000 students at 1,087 schools over LA’s 720 square miles, and by choosing Apple as the sold vendor, the school board has committed to spend “hundreds of millions of dollars” with Apple over the next few years.
Education is a notoriously slow adopter of technology, but Google Apps is growing quickly, if not virally, doubling over the last two years.
A partnership between Rethink Education and NewSchools marks an “unprecedented step” in the alignment of public and private education investors.
In his ongoing effort to make New York City a technological powerhouse, Mayor Michael Bloomberg today revealed the 20 middle and high schools selected for the city’s new Software Engineering Pilot (SEP) program.
Nintendo is helping to implement the use of speech recognition software in Japanese schools, in partnership with telecom company NTT. As part a project currently being trialed, speech can be captured from a classroom teacher, and relayed as text on a student’s DS handheld console.
What do Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Skype CFO Jonathan Chadwick, Benchmark Capital general partner Bill Gurley and Netflix CEO Reed Hastings have in common, besides the filthy rich tech rockstar thing?
Everloop, a startup offering social networking tools aimed at users aged 8 – 13 (“tweens”), is announcing a big partnership that could bring the company to an estimated 56,000 schools.