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Schools cutting posts amid ‘funding catastrophe’

The crisis of school funding in England is turning into a catastrophe, the largest teaching union has said. Kevin Courtney, general secretary of the National Education Union, said schools were not absorbing budget cuts, instead many were cutting posts and increasing class sizes. He highlighted research with his union suggesting many schools were covering classes [...]

By | March 31st, 2018|Education|Comments Off on Schools cutting posts amid ‘funding catastrophe’

Apple’s new $329 iPad with Pencil support takes on Chromebooks

Apple on Tuesday unveiled a new version of its iOS-powered tablet at its education event in Chicago, which it hosted at the Lane Tech College Prep High School. The school is the largest public high school in Chicago. "Macs and iPads are used throughout schools by students for everything from music to language arts and [...]

By | March 28th, 2018|Business, Education|Comments Off on Apple’s new $329 iPad with Pencil support takes on Chromebooks

Prime Minister launches major review of post-18 education

Driving up quality, increasing choice and ensuring value for money are at the heart of a major review of post-18 education, launched by the Prime Minister. The UK already has a globally recognised higher education system, with record rates of young people, including those from disadvantaged backgrounds, going to university. Work is also underway to [...]

By | March 17th, 2018|Education, UK Affairs|Comments Off on Prime Minister launches major review of post-18 education

Theresa May’s university review will not scrap fees

The prime minister has called for better value for students in England, but has ruled out completely scrapping tuition fees. Theresa May has launched her review of tuition fees and university funding, to be chaired by the author and financier, Philip Augar. Labour has said it would abolish fees and bring back maintenance grants. But [...]

By | February 20th, 2018|Education|Comments Off on Theresa May’s university review will not scrap fees

Education Secretary calls for tuition fee ‘variety’

More "variety" is needed in the price of university education, the secretary of state said ahead of a government review of the system. Damian Hinds also suggested tuition fees should reflect each degree's value "to our society as a whole". It comes as a committee of MPs said there was no justification for such "high [...]

By | February 19th, 2018|Education|Comments Off on Education Secretary calls for tuition fee ‘variety’

Former Facebook and Google employees fight tech ‘addiction’

Two former employees of Google and Facebook have launched a campaign to fight what they see as the addictive nature of the technology they helped to create. The Center for Human Technology aims to "reverse the digital attention crisis" and "realign technology with humanity's best interests". It warns that technology is currently "hijacking our minds [...]

By | February 6th, 2018|Business, Education|Comments Off on Former Facebook and Google employees fight tech ‘addiction’

Machines Teaching Each Other Could Be the Biggest Exponential Trend in AI

“The easier it is to communicate, the faster change happens.” – James Burke, Science Historian During an October 2015 press conference announcing the autopilot feature of the Tesla Model S, which allowed the car to drive semi-autonomously, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said each driver would become an “expert trainer” for every Model S. Each car [...]

By | January 22nd, 2018|Business, Education|Comments Off on Machines Teaching Each Other Could Be the Biggest Exponential Trend in AI

Moocs can still bring higher education to those who really need it

It may have been five years since The New York Times declared 2012 to be the Year of the MOOC, but Moocs are still multiplying and branching out into new forms of accredited learning experiences. All the major Mooc platforms – such as edX, Coursera, Udacity and FutureLearn – are offering some kind of professional [...]

By | December 22nd, 2017|Education|Comments Off on Moocs can still bring higher education to those who really need it