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Introducing Sans Forgetica, the font designed to boost your memory - The Washington Post
Psychology and design researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne created a font called Sans Forgetica, which was designed to boost information retention for readers. It’s based on a theory called “desirable difficulty,” which suggests that people remember things better when their brains have to overcome minor obstacles while processing information... Janneke Blijlevens, another researcher on the project, stressed that the font should be used sparingly for it to stay effective. If the reader’s brain gets too comfortable, it will glaze over Sans Forgetica just as easily as if it were Arial or Times New Roman, some of the world’s most ubiquitous fonts.
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11 days ago by seaugust
Data Interoperability: What Educators Should Know
Digital Promise’s State of Data Interoperability in Public Education survey revealed that “88% of respondents report data interoperability as having an impact on decision-making or being a primary consideration in district-level purchasing of an ed-tech tool.” Districts who are in the market for an educational solution are looking for vendors who understand that need.
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11 days ago by seaugust
India’s Byju’s Reaches Unicorn Status After $100 Million Funding Round
Founded in 2008, Byju’s launched with a series of video tutorials focused on Indian standardized tests and college admission exams, and has since expanded its library to cover academic school subjects and international tests such as GMAT and the GRE. The company boasts around 1 million paying subscribers.
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11 days ago by seaugust
Bamboo Learning Gets Investment from Alexa Fund for Voice-Assisted Math App
The company’s founder, Ian Freed, formerly served as an executive in Amazon’s Echo and Kindle divisions.
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11 days ago by seaugust
ACT Is Acquiring Technology That Automatically Generates Test Questions | EdSurge News
ACT, the nonprofit education organization best known for its college-readiness assessment, is acquiring the “automated item generation” (AIG) technology from Canada-based MGHL Consulting. Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.
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18 days ago by seaugust
Online education unicorn Udacity has quietly laid off 5% of staff — at least 25 people — since August | TechCrunch
The company made $70 million 2017, but it has not provided guidance on how it is doing this year.
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18 days ago by seaugust
Jeff Bezos launches $2 billion fund to finance preschools and help homeless families
There’s also a Day 1 Academies Fund that will launch a network of free, Montessori-inspired schools in low-income neighborhoods. Bezos said the schools will employ the “same set of principles that have driven Amazon .” Which, for Bezos, means an intense focus on the customer.
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4 weeks ago by seaugust
Children are begging to learn math with this app. But what happens when games take over the classroom?
Yet in online reviews, the company has come under fire from parents who don’t like the way it markets “extras” to children. While Prodigy is free for students to play, the company makes money by selling premium memberships (about $60 per year or $9 billed monthly). Members get more game elements, like unique pets and faster up-leveling. The company also sells toys or “epics” to go along with the game.
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4 weeks ago by seaugust
Perlego raises $4.8M for its ‘Spotify for textbooks’
“Textbook prices have increased more than fifteen-fold since 1970, or three times the rate of inflation,” Perlego co-founder and CEO Van Malderen tells TechCrunch. “In the U.K., the average university student spends £439 a year on textbooks. This is only exacerbating the cost of higher education and the debt burden on students, which is set to rise again this year in the U.K.”.
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4 weeks ago by seaugust
Sphero launches Bolt, as education moves front and center
The key new hardware feature here is a programmable 8 x 8 LED matrix display inside that can be programmed to display words and show of data in real-time. There’s also an ambient light sensor for programming based on room brightness, a two-hour battery and an infrared module that allows two Bolts to communicate with one another.
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4 weeks ago by seaugust
From Norway, Eyes and Ears for Sick Students - The New York Times
Within weeks, she and two tech industry colleagues, Marius Aabel and Matias Doyle, had formed No Isolation, a tech start-up that aims to develop technological solutions to societal problems like loneliness.
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6 weeks ago by seaugust
Popular college majors changed abruptly after the financial crisis — Quartz
Just as the 2008 financial crisis turned Americans away from the humanities, it is possible that the Trump era will bring them back. Amy Wang wrote in Quartz that the “historic” nature of the Trump presidency has stoked a renewed interest in history classes, leading the discipline to return to the top of declared majors for students at Yale. Although the US economy is stable, since the political climate is so turbulent the humanities may be more needed than ever to make sense of it all.
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6 weeks ago by seaugust
Elon Musk's Ad Astra, ClassDojo offer Conundrum 'ethics' puzzles - Business Insider
Educational software developer ClassDojo is partnering up with Ad Astra to develop a set of critical thinking puzzles called "Conundrums" that they'll release to teachers and students this fall. The tools are meant to offer the type of critical thinking espoused by Ad Astra, although Ad Astra is not using this specific tool.
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6 weeks ago by seaugust
With $92 Million in Grants, Gates Foundation Launches Newest Strategy to Improve K-12 Schools
In all, the $92 million is the first of what Gates says will be about $460 million spent to coordinate networks of schools that will work to tackle specific problems that can trip up low-income students and students of color on their way to high school graduation and college.
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6 weeks ago by seaugust
‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ comes to Apple’s iPad, as education features expand to mainstream version of game
Microsoft says Minecraft: Education Edition now has 35 million licensees in 115 countries.
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7 weeks ago by seaugust
Schools are using AI to track what students write on their computers
Under the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), any US school that receives federal funding is required to have an internet-safety policy. As school-issued tablets and Chromebook laptops become more commonplace, schools must install technological guardrails to keep their students safe. For some, this simply means blocking inappropriate websites. Others, however, have turned to software companies like Gaggle, Securly, and GoGuardian to surface potentially worrisome communications to school administrators.
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7 weeks ago by seaugust
Investors Write $3.2 Million Check for Writing Startup That’s All About Peer Feedback
Writable has been used in more than 1,000 schools. For now, the startup doesn’t have a full-fledged sales team (there are 9 employees), and it is courting others to help distribute and sell the product. It’s notched one notable partner: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which is also investing in this seed round. The education publisher will integrate Writable as the writing platform for its digital English & Language Arts curriculum for grades 6-8. Writable is also available for standalone purchase for $5 to $7 per student per year.
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7 weeks ago by seaugust
School’s Out for the Latest Y Combinator Batch, and Here’s What Its Edtech Graduates Are Up to
Featuring: askMyClass. Goodly. CSPA. AnnieCannons. Kunduz. Ubits. ExceptionALLY.
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7 weeks ago by seaugust
Should These Tests Get a Failing Grade?
So when The New York Times recently published a set of sample questions from New York City’s admissions test for its selective high schools, known as the SHSAT and administered by Pearson, the same company that runs the GMAT and a slew of other career-defining tests, I decided to try to answer them.
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7 weeks ago by seaugust
Renewed push to offer SAT and ACT as California's 11th-grade test
AB 1951 marks the third attempt by Long Beach Unified Superintendent Christopher Steinhauser to get the authority to use the SAT in lieu of the Smarter Balanced test.
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7 weeks ago by seaugust

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