Education has certainly changed since those days in the 70s and 80s when I spent my days (BSCE) and nights (MBA) in stuffy college classrooms with one goal -- to get a degree. Now people learn a variety of skills from a number of sources, everything from conferences and video podcasts to online courses and informal group experiences. Degreed is a new free app that is being released today for the sole purpose of bringing together the new ways of learning with the need to standardize and quantify what's been learned in order to fuel careers.Read More
Swift has been widely adopted by developers in the two years since it was introduced, and since it was made an open source project by Apple, the language knows no bounds -- it can be used on a number of platforms, not just those made by Apple. Today, Apple announced Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app to teach kids of any age basic coding skills in Swift.Read More
The Coppell Gazette reports that Apple and IBM have been working on a "Student Achievement App" aimed at educators. Representatives from both companies attended a meeting of the Coppell ISD Board of Trustees to discuss the solution, which will provide teachers with "actionable intelligence on a per-student basis." The app will reportedly run on Apple hardware exclusively.
A pilot program is scheduled to roll out in 2016 and include US school districts, including Coppell, Texas.
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