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Microsoft to offer special Surface 3 for schools

Microsoft has quietly let it be known it's developed a cheap cut of the Surface 3 for schools. A brag post announcing a ten per cent discount for schools that purchase the typoslab, and bragging about how the device is empowering kidlets the world over, also slips in this nuggetoid of information: “In addition, we are offering …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Apr 2015
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LA schools math quiz: $500 Chromebooks or $700 iPads for students?

A technology-for-schools deal touted as a huge win for Apple will become a head-to-head competition with arch-rival Google. The web ad giant has won the rights to sell Chromebooks to schools as an alternative to iPads, The LA Times reports, citing the Los Angeles Unified School District. This will turn around what had been a …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Dec 2014
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FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to spend $1.5bn on hooking up high-speed broadband to more American schools and libraries. The money will come from you, dear US readers: the FCC will put up phone bills by about $2 a year per line to foot the damage, it's understood. Specifically, the monthly E-Rate charge …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Nov 2014
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Ransomware holds schools hostage: 'Now give us Bitcoin worth $129k, er, $124k, wait ...'

A New Jersey school district in the US has been held hostage by ransomware that has apparently demanded hundreds of Bitcoins to end the situation. Teachers, staff and kids in Swedesboro-Woolwich school district have been unable to access their computer files in classrooms as a result of a network-wide security compromise, The …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Mar 2015

How to promote CSIRO's ICT in Schools in your community

A couple of weeks ago, The Register launched a campaign in support of the CSIRO's ICT in Schools program, an effort to get IT pros sharing their experience with kids in schools around Australia. The good news is that at last count a dozen Reg readers had signed up as volunteers! That's a decent number and more than half way …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Aug 2014

Symantec security chap signs for CSIRO's ICT In Schools

The Register's campaign to recruit 20 volunteers for CSIRO's ICT In Schools program is four-fifths of the way to its goal. In case you came in late, we're supporting the program because there are never enough skilled people to work in our industry, teachers aren't always in the best position to enthuse kids about technology. We …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Aug 2014
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FCC OKs $5 BEEELLION Wi-Fi cash splash in schools, libraries

Five billion dollars will be used to fund Wi-Fi networks in US schools and libraries after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed an overhaul of the E-rate program. The commission issued an order that will pour $2bn of additional funds into E-rate over the next two years for the purpose of installing and upgrading …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jul 2014
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FCC to spend $2 BEEELLION to install Wi-Fi in US schools

The US Federal Communications Commission says it plans to outfit the nation's schools and libraries with Wi-Fi and high-speed broadband connections, and it has earmarked $2bn to do it. "The simple fact of the matter is that the free market has failed to provide basic broadband connectivity to more than 15 million Americans," FCC …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2014

NICTA man explains why he volunteers for CSIRO's ICT in Schools

Last week, Vulture South launched a campaign in support of the CSIRO's ICT in Schools program, an effort to get IT pros sharing their experience with kids in schools around Australia. CSIRO tells us our campaign is working: quite a few signed up in the week since we published our first story, but we're still short of our target …
Simon Sharwood, 04 Aug 2014

Zuckerchan toss another $120 MEEELLION to schools in charity push

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg is breaking out his wallet to further technology education and training in schools. Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan have announced that they will donate $120m to sponsor a program that will fund equipment in classrooms and provide training and support for students transitioning from primary to …
Shaun Nichols, 30 May 2014

Best Start Schools 'superhead' quits amid probe into tech contracts

The man dubbed a "superhead" in charge of five London schools has resigned months after being suspended as Hackney Council continues to probe the distribution of tech contracts. This comes after Hackney Learning Trust voiced "concerns" about the computer contracts in the schools as well as Best Start Schools federation chief …
Paul Kunert, 22 Nov 2013
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LA schools want multi-million Apple refund after kids hack iPads

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has informed Apple that it will not accept continued deliveries of iPads to students, and will be seeking a multi-million-dollar refund from the company. The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) – a programme estimated to have cost up to $1.3bn and which would have seen the …
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Brit schools' supplier Tribune Business Systems RUBBED OUT

Education tech supplier Tribune Business Systems (TBS) has gone into administration due to crippling cash flow issues with FRP Advisory handling the affairs. CEO Sheldon Stoutt was understood to have been looking for additional investment but this did not materialise, and the company called in the receivers in the middle of last …
Paul Kunert, 04 Mar 2014

RM to schools: You can have third-party kit, just not from us

Education supplier RM has told customers they can buy discounted third-party hardware from Misco after finally shuttering its own reselling operation and closing the PC production order book. A hardware referral agreement was always on the cards, as revealed by CEO David Brookes last month and Misco has beaten rivals to what was …
Paul Kunert, 03 Dec 2013

Makerbot vows to plonk a 3D printer in every one of Uncle Sam's schools

Makerbot, one of the most visible companies behind 3D printing, has kicked off a new program that aims to get one of its mini-manufacturies in every school in America. "As a former teacher, I believe strongly in creating a new model for innovation. A MakerBot is a manufacturing education in a box," gushed Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis …
Iain Thomson, 13 Nov 2013
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Microsoft fights Google for kids' attention with ad-free Bing for Schools

Microsoft is making a big play for the hearts and clicks of America's youth with the launch of Bing for Schools, which includes an advertising and porn-free search engine, free sponsored lesson plans, and Surface RT fondleslabs earned through a rewards program. "We already know that search is an important tool for kids in school …
Iain Thomson, 21 Aug 2013

Blighty's schools shake on new 3-year deal with Microsoft

The Department for Education claims a three-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft will save schools £10m on licensing over the next three years, in part by "factoring freeware" into the deal. The agreement began 1 January and runs until the end of 2015 giving schools across the UK the option to buy Microsoft …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jan 2013

Tech budgets in schools heading north again

The amount of money schools splash on tech is on the up despite the government putting an end to ring-fenced spending for ICT a year ago, a study by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has found. According to the UK survey of 766 primary and 551 secondary schools conducted in July, budgets are looking likely to …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2012
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India's subidised student tablet lands in US schools

The cut price Indian tablet known as Aakash is now being touted around US schools as the British company which made it looks to save a project beset by controversy and delays. The low cost tablet from Datawind, a UK-based firm founded in Montreal by Suneet and Raja Tuli, was originally intended for the Indian market as part of a …
Phil Muncaster, 22 Aug 2013
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Kids hooked up with free Office subs at Microsoft-addicted schools

Microsoft has announced it will soon give students subscriptions to its cloud-based Office productivity software free of charge – provided, that is, their schools are already paid up. The software giant on Tuesday announced a new program called Student Advantage, whereby students worldwide can sign up for subscriptions to Office …
Neil McAllister, 16 Oct 2013

Systemax's Euro tentacle set to buy ailing schools supplier RM

Exclusive The word sweeping through the technology channel is that big changes are afoot at education supplier RM with the parent of reseller Misco understood to be acquiring the software and services business. Sources claimed that talks between the LSE-listed RM and NYSE-listed firm Systemax, which trades in Europe as Misco and Inmac …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2013

Not so fast with the bubbly, RM: IT biz faces £40m schools-sized hole

Just when education supplier RM is getting itself back on track, it has revealed that a £40m black hole will emerge in its accounts when Blighty's Building Schools for the Future programme is finally shuttered. The UK firm stumbled in fiscal 2011 as it posted steep losses, managed to recover somewhat in fiscal 2012 and is back …
Paul Kunert, 08 Jul 2013
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FCC votes to bring faster internet to US schools

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to overhaul its E-rate program, which subsidizes internet and telecommunications access for schools and libraries, with a goal of facilitating greater availability of modern, high-speed wired and wireless networks. "Preparing our nation's students with the skills they need …
Neil McAllister, 19 Jul 2013
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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

It may be a niche, but the market for Chromebooks will grow, according to research company Gartner. The analyst has predicted 5.2 million of the Google OS-powered laptops will be sold this year. Not only that, but the number-crunchers also reckon sales will nearly triple by 2017. That growth will come from Chromebooks breaking …
Simon Rockman, 11 Aug 2014
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High Schools putting kids off IT careers, deepening skills shortage

High School teaching of IT as a career actually puts kids off pursuing careers in the field, according to John Ridge, Executive Director of the Australian Computer Society Foundation Trust Fund (ACSF). Ridge says general computer literacy courses in early high school are important and welcome, as employers expect some level of …
Simon Sharwood, 08 Aug 2012
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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

Restricting smart watch and mobile phone use can be a low-cost policy to reduce educational inequalities. This is the conclusion of a report by Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy working at the London School of Economics Centre for Economic Performance (pdf) and Louisiana State University. The survey looked at a number of …
Simon Rockman, 21 May 2015

Google donates 15,000 Raspberry Pis to UK schools

Google has donated of 15,000 Raspberry Pi Model Bs to the Raspberry Pi Foundation. At list price of £25.92, that’s a £ 388,800 gift and one that the Foundation says, in a blog post, represents a “… really good sign … that industry has a visible commitment now to trying to solve the problem of CS education in the UK.” “Grants …
Simon Sharwood, 30 Jan 2013

£300m education tech framework is LIVE

Crown Commercial Services has rung the bell on the mega ICT for Education framework, with 21 suppliers passing the entrance exam, one more than was originally planned for. The four-year agreement was first tendered last October and the roll out was delayed by a couple of weeks due to the high number of responses from candidates …
Paul Kunert, 22 May 2015

Microsoft offers cut-price Win 8 PCs and fondletops to UK schools

British schoolkids and teachers are to be offered discounted Windows 8 laptops and tabs in a Microsoft programme to close the digital divide. Government-funded schools have become eligible to receive Windows 8 Intel-based laptops and tablets from Asus, Acer and RM Education that are loaded with software and that have had 30 per …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2012
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Acer dishing out 16,400 cheap OLYMPIC laptops to schools

Acer plans to flog 500 "Olympic" laptops to school children in North East London after the Games close. The Taiwanese firm has also promised that the other 15,900 computers they put into London 2012 will be packaged up and sent into schools around the UK. The PCs were used for everything from planning athletes' travel to …
Anna Leach, 12 Aug 2012

Intel: Our first five parallel-computing schools are open for business

Chip giant Intel has begun funding research into ways to make applications easier to write for parallel processing systems, and to teach those methods to future generations of computer engineers and scientists. The first five institutions to qualify as Intel Parallel Computing Centres are: the Konrad Zuse Information Technology …
Tony Smith, 24 Oct 2013
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Microsoft backs law banning Google Apps from schools

Microsoft is backing a bill in Massachusetts that would effectively force schools to stop using Google Apps, or any other service that uses students' data. "Any person who provides a cloud computing service to an educational institution operating within the State shall process data of a student enrolled in kindergarten through …
Iain Thomson, 08 Mar 2013

Lenovo offers Chrome OS ThinkPad for well-heeled schools

Google has won over another convert to the Chrome OS cause, signing up Lenovo to sell a ThinkPad X131e Chromebook into the education market – albeit at a very high price. The new Chromebook uses an unspecified Intel chipset and has Wi-Fi, HDMI and VGA, three USB ports, and a 1366x768 HD LED anti-glare screen. Lenovo says its six …
Iain Thomson, 18 Jan 2013
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Google turns South African schools into White Spaces

Google has connected up ten Cape Town schools using unlicensed White Space radio spectrum, hoping to drive legislation permitting broader use of the technology in South Africa and the world. The deployment is billed as a technical trial, proving that database-controlled White Space radios can operate in the same band as TV …
Bill Ray, 26 Mar 2013

Australia's digital technologies curriculum parked AGAIN

Australia's proposed digital technologies curriculum, which would see kids taught computational thinking for the first ten years of their schooling, has been parked again. The curriculum's development was spurred by industry concerns that Australia's not producing enough skilled technologists to meet employer demand or foster …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Mar 2015
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RM’s core division will soon be resources, not tech, reckons analyst

The inevitable after-effects of withdrawing from hardware production and dwindling Building Schools for the Future contracts are leaving a huge hole at RM. The education specialist today filed interim results for the six months ended 31 May, and they make for good reading ... if you're a rival. Total revenue fell 13.3 per …
Paul Kunert, 06 Jul 2015
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IT knowledge is as important as Maths, says UK.gov

Digital literacy must become a core subject in schools – just like maths – in order to mitigate the effects of mass job automation, a House of Lords report has warned. The Digital Skills Committee said the "UK is at a tipping point" in addressing its "significant digital skills shortage". It said this was particularly important …
Kat Hall, 18 Feb 2015
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NASA offers space shuttle food and tiles to schools

Food and heat-resistant tiles once destined for orbit will soon end up in the grubby little hands of schoolchildren, in a scheme aimed at inspiring a future generation of astronauts and space engineers. NASA are selling off dehydrated space food and shuttle tiles built to resist temperatures of 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit to …
Anna Leach, 13 Sep 2011

Vulture South wants FORTY of you to go BACK TO SCHOOL

Okay, Australian Reg Readers: we need 40 of you to help out the CSIRO's ICT In Schools program. What is that program, we hear you ask? ICT in Schools is based on the Scientists in Schools and Mathematicians in schools programs that match professionals from both fields with schools that need some help. Both have worked well: over …
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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

The BBC has revealed the full specifications of its Micro:bit pocket computer board, which is designed to lure kids to embedded electronics. The global broadcaster has promised “up to 1 million devices will be given to every 11- or 12-year-old child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK, for free.” The Micro:bit is part of …
Tim Anderson, 07 Jul 2015
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Where do all the Free Schools go?

Video Education Secretary Michael Gove faces many obstacles (and many opponents) to his plan to let parents, charities and educational experts open and manage new Free Schools in their local areas. There are many hurdles for Free School advocates to overcome too - funding, for example. But even before you get to that stage, how do …
Phil Mitchell, 10 Jun 2011

Schools IT biz RM back in black after caning from UK gov

RM is back in the black following the recent cost-cutting activity that saw it offload multiple business units and axe 17 per cent of its workforce. The education IT supplier made profit before tax of £600,000 in the six months to 31 March compared to a loss of £1.4m in the same first half year period a year earlier. Turnover …
Paul Kunert, 09 Jul 2012
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Council to chuck £28m wad at schools' ICT supplier

Staffordshire county council has published a tender for suppliers to join a wide-ranging ICT framework agreement for use within schools and other education establishments for both administration and curriculum purposes. It includes the provision of servers, storage, workstations, portable devices, software, wireless technology, …
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National Schools Film Week punts unsafe URL

We can't decide whether someone is having a right laugh or simply hasn't got a clue, but we feel that National Schools Film Week could have picked a better URL to punt cinema to wide-eyed youngsters. Yes indeed, while http//www.nsfw.org/ does indeed point to celluloid enlightenment, parents had better make sure their offspring …
Lester Haines, 13 Oct 2010

US students prevail in rocket-powered egg challenge

A group of Alabama students claimed the International Rocketry Challenge crown in Paris last week, pipping their British and French rivals into second and third places, respectively. The seven students from the Russellville City Schools – competing as RCS Engineers – were pitted against the UK's "Team Terminator", from James …
Lester Haines, 22 Jun 2015
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Innovation agenda's code for kids plan still a work in progress

The ”Coding across the curriculum” plan included in Australia's “Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda” is yet to be developed, and is yet to be targeted at particular students or schools. The AU$3.5m plan was announced last week, just two days after a review of Australia's national curriculum recommended a recently- …
Simon Sharwood, 21 Oct 2014
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Australia to develop STEM education plan any month now

Australia's Education Council met today and decided the nation needs a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) plan. The Council's members are the nation's education ministers, one apiece from the federal government and the eight States and Territories. The Council had this to say about STEM in its communiqué ( …
Simon Sharwood, 29 May 2015

Jock and Awe: Scottish schools' sixty-mil 'slab splurge

Scottish ministers are seeking suppliers for up to £60m of tablets and notebooks. The supply contract for the desired technology is expected to run for 15 months with an option to extend it by one or two 12-month periods. Suppliers were this month invited by Scottish Procurement to bid for two lots: the first lot involves …
Paul Kunert, 26 Nov 2012
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Even Microsoft thinks Outlook is bloated and slow

Microsoft has admitted that its Outlook email and calendar app is too weighty and slow, releasing a new version, essentially a lighter and faster email client for the times you want to send snappy messages. Dubbed “Send”, Microsoft suggests the new app is for use when “... you just need to send a quick, short note to your co- …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jul 2015
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Report reveals patchy ICT provision in schools

The standard of technology provision in schools varies widely, despite spending of £487m on ICT equipment and services last year, according to the findings of independent review commissioned by the education secretary Michael Gove. Sebastian James, group operations director at Dixons Retail, was commissioned to lead the review …