More Popular Than Gmail, Facebook and Instagram: The Education App That Hit #1 on the iOS Chart

Gmail. Instagram. YouTube. Chances are you’ve opened up one of those apps today on your phone (and perhaps spent more time on them than you might like to admit). But earlier this week, one educational app reigned over all in the endless galaxy of apps. According to both Apple and App Annie, a website that tracks the popularity of mobile apps by number of new downloads, Remind, a school communications platform, took the #1 spot on the chart of free iOS apps. It’s a rare feat for an educational tool to best the social…

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Panel recommends special grants, autonomy for top stand-alone institutes

New Delhi: The government panel scouting for institutes of eminence (IoE) came across several worthy stand-alone candidates which did not win the coveted tag, but impressed it enough to earn its recommendation for government support. Management, public health schools, rural institutes, science and mathematics schools were spotted by the committee comprising among others former chief election commissioner N. Gopalswami and Harvard Business School professor Tarun Khanna. They recommended that such institutes be provided with special grants, research facilities and functional autonomy even if they were not full-fledged multi-disciplinary universities that the…

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New firewall prevents Pentagon cooperation with Confucius Institutes on American campuses

Concern about Chinese influence operations on American ­campuses hit a new high this year after officials at Arizona State ­University bragged about mixing the school’s Pentagon-funded Chinese language programmes and its Chinese Communist Party-funded Confucius Institute.Now, all US institutions may have to choose between Washington or Beijing paying for its students to learn Chinese. Tucked inside the US$716 billion John McCain 2019 National Defence Authorisation Act that US President Donald Trump signed Monday is a provision barring any US university from using Pentagon resources for any programme involving Confucius Institutes,…

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FG partners Chinese firm on smart classrooms, digital education

ABUJA – THE Federal Government on Wednesday launched smart classroom digital education to link up children and schools to digital learning. Already the Federal Government has commenced a process for the implementation of a partnership strategy between Nigeria and a Chinese firm for the establishment of digital education institute and provision of smart learning classrooms across the country.This is as the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseke said that state has started its pilot programme of the digital learning with 50,000 children in 300 schools. Speaking at the launch of the…

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A Guide To The Different Educational Apps

In the past couple of decades, the education industry has experienced a great transformation. Due to the arrival of educational apps, learning has become more accessible making it more interesting for pupils of all ages. The educational apps are able to bridge the communication gap between not only teachers and parents, but also children and teachers. Childhood is a significant period for learning, and because children are becoming smarter there is a growing need to introduce more advanced learning resources and methods. This article willA Guide To The Different Educational…

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Pentagon barred from funding Confucius Institutes on American campuses

Concern about Chinese influence operations on American campuses hit a new high this year after officials at Arizona State University bragged about mixing the school’s Pentagon-funded Chinese language programs and its Chinese Communist Party-funded Confucius Institute. Now, all schools may have to choose between Washington or Beijing paying for its students to learn Chinese. Tucked inside the $716 billion John McCain 2019 National Defense Authorization Act that President Trump signed Monday is a provision barring any U.S. university from using Pentagon resources for any program involving Confucius Institutes, Chinese government-funded language schools embedded inside…

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Appointment of forest research institute’s V-C challenged

In contravention of UGC rules; incumbent did not have ‘requisite qualification’: plea The appointment of a bureaucrat as the Vice-Chancellor of the country’s premier Forest Research Institute Deemed to be University (FRIDU) in Dehradun has been challenged before the Delhi High Court by a plea claiming that it was in contravention of the University Grants Commission (UGC) rules. IFS officer The petition has sought to quash the appointment of Dr. Savita, an Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, as the Vice-Chancellor of FRIDU, claiming that she did not have the ‘requisite…

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Kids learn through discovery with citizen science apps, as do the teachers

St. Paul public schools have partnered with the Belwin Conservancy for the Belwin Outdoor Science program, where students bring the classroom to creeks, fields and even their own backyards. Josh Leonard, education director of Belwin Outdoor Science, compared science to baseball: In order to learn, it is best to get out in the field. “You’re basically doing science rather than reading science,” said Leonard. “It’s really exciting how many things are out there.” That includes technology, too. New citizen science apps like eBird and iNaturalist allow users to interact with…

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iTeach: A Guide To The Most Useful Apps For The Classroom

Smartphones and tablets have quickly become a permanent part of students’ daily lives. Kids up to 8 years old spent almost an hour a day on mobile devices, Common Sense Media reported last year. And the amount of time kids spend with screens only increases as they get older. On average, 13- to 18-year-olds spend about nine hours a day on entertainment media, much of which is on tablets and smart phones. But mobile devices don’t have to be a distraction. When they are used for project-based learning, research has shown they can improve classroom engagement…

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Govt institutions being equipped with Internet

KABUL (Pajhwok): All security and defence centres as well as other government institutions are being equipped with Internet and information technology, an official said on Sunday. Sair Zaland, spokesman for the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MCIT ), told Pajhwok Afghan News an agreement had been signed on provision of the facilities. Development of telecommunication services, electronic governance promotion and information technology infrastructure was the duty of the ministry, the spokesman said. Minister Shahzada Aryubi singed two agreements with the director of Afghan Telecom on linking security, defence and other…

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