Teachers love Google’s free education products, but worry they’re being lured into a more sinister plan

Google for Education tools have taken off “like grass on fire,” industry analysts say. The software is completely free and Chromebooks, which are laptops manufactured by other companies running the Google Chrome operating system, are deeply discounted for classrooms. These tactics have worked: Google-powered devices made up almost 60% of computing devices purchased for US classrooms in 2017, up from 5% in 2012. Eighty million teachers and students use the platform worldwide, and there are 30 million Chromebooks in classrooms. Teachers have expressed suspicions about why the mega-corporation is giving away the valuable…

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Google licensing Chrome Education tools to all New Zealand schools

Chrome OS is taking over the education market with affordable, simple hardware backed by cloud management capabilities. One country where Chromebooks are particularly prevalent is New Zealand, where its Ministry of Education signed a deal with Google to provide all schools access to Chrome Education management tools. Last year, Google noted that Chromebooks “are the number one device used in New Zealand schools.” With a population of approximately 5 million people, Google and New Zealand Ministry of Education announced today that Chrome Education licenses will be available for all state and state-integrated schools. Staring next…

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Google Makes Case for ARCore Apps to Educators & Marketers

When it comes to mass adoption, augmented reality is still primarily a mobile world, so Google is pitching its own ARCore flavor of mobile AR to the education and marketing segments. On Tuesday, at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in Chicago, Google countered Apple’s recent positioning of a cheaper iPad and AR apps for schools with its own ecosystem for educational augmented reality. For hardware, Google is urging administrators to opt for the Acer Chromebook Tab 10, the first tablet running Chrome OS and designed for schools, over the iPad. Google already has…

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Google Podcasts App Detailed Ahead of Launch in New Listing

Google Podcasts is about to become a reality, thanks to a product page spotted that reveals details about the upcoming Android app. Having been in the works for a long time now, podcast search is soon about to be official with an app coming soon to the Google Play Store. As for functionality, users can put in the name of their favourite podcast into Google Search to get relevant results. As for the upcoming app, there will be no change to the existing podcast experience in Google Play Music. Additionally, an iOS app…

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Google Maps ‘For You’ Tab Starts Rolling Out to Some Users

In May 2018, Google Maps received several new updates at the company’s I/O 2018 annual developer conference. Among the new features, the Google Maps ‘For You’ tab was announced and was promised to arrive later this year. The new tab offers a customised view of trending places in areas that you choose to view. Users could select areas or dining spots to follow, from which updates like matching, trending, newly opened, and popular places will be shown in the For You tab. It appears that for a lucky few users, Google has already started to roll…

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What you already know is the key to learning new things

Imagine how much you already know. Just contemplate everything you have learned and experienced during all the years that you have been alive. Everything. Seems pretty vast, doesn’t it? Your brain is full of knowledge gathered throughout your lifetime. Storing all this knowledge is beneficial because it can be used to predict future occurrences. For example, you have seen so many chairs that you instantly recognise a new one for what it is, even when it has a slightly different appearance. This predictive power allows your brain to process everyday…

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RethinkMedia returns to BCU

Birmingham City University’s annual #RethinkMedia conference returns this month to address the latest trends in digital and media innovation and what the future may hold for the creative industries. This year’s speaker line-up includes Mark Frankel, Social Media Editor for BBC News and Matt Shaw, Network Editor, Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube. Also speaking at the event is Alia Lamaadar from $3 billion global communications app Slack and Mandy Combes – Head of Creative Operations, Marketing & Audiences at the BBC. Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Marverine Cole will host the event. “I’m…

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