All items tagged with "education"

Los Angeles school district puts $1 billion iPad rollout on hold

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The Los Angeles Unified School District decided to blow its entire $1 billion tech budget on an iPad for every student last year, but after security hacks and supply issues got the program off to a rocky start, the district has decided to adjust course and let on a few challengers.

Officials at the U.S.’s second-largest school district have decided to allow a group of high schools to choose between six devices instead of the iPad, effectively putting distribution of Apple’s tablet on hold district-wide.

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Apple offers educational discounts on iPad Air and Retina iPad mini

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Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

Good news if you’re a student! Apple has introduced reduced education pricing for both the iPad Air and Retina iPad mini — with prices for the two tablets starting from $469 and $379.

This represents a $30 discount for the iPad Air and a $20 for the iPad mini, and also marks the first time that Apple has included the iPad in its special discount program. Last year the company cut the educational price of the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro to $999, while Apple additionally offers discounts on its entire Mac line in its education store.

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SkillFeed: Free Access to Over 21,000 Video Tutorials For 45 Days [Freebie]

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Want access to over 21,000 video tutorials on a variety of topics, including design, web development, 3D graphics, and more? Then Cult of Mac Deals has you covered with this free promotion.

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Train Simple: Master Adobe And Web Design With Ease [Deals]

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In today’s world everyone is looking for a leg up. Train Simple provides you with an opportunity to take your craft to the next level or learn a set of skills that will prove to be invaluable.

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Rock Out With The Complete Guitar Lessons Course [Deals]

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar? If so, then Cult of Mac Deals has got you covered.

If you’re an aspiring guitar player or just want to improve your skills, look no further because for only $39, you’re definitely going to get your money’s worth with The Complete Guitar Lessons Course.

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Poser Debut: An Easy And Fun Way To Bring Out Your Creativity [Deals]

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If you’ve ever thought about creating 3D animation, but thought you’d need formal education to learn how, Poser Debut is here to prove you wrong.

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Obama Praises Apple During State Of The Union Address

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President Barack Obama may not be able to use an iPhone for security reasons, but that doesn’t mean he can’t praise the work Apple is doing.

In his State of the Union address to the American people Tuesday, Obama credited a number of technology companies — Apple included — for helping with his ConnectED program, which aims to improve Internet access at schools across the U.S.

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Camp Discovery Uses The iPad to Teach Kids With Autism

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Autism is an epidemic that can’t be overstated. The disorder is really a spectrum of behaviors and needs, and it affects about one in every 50 children in the US alone.

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) has developed an app that puts its research-based interventions into an educational iPad app with mini games for reinforcement. The app, titled Autism Learning Games: Camp Discovery, provides children ages two to eight with direct instruction on topics that kids with Autism have trouble sorting out.

“The idea here is that there are so many things a kid needs to learn, to ‘catch up’ with their peers,” CARD’s chief strategy officer, Dennis Dixon told Cult of Mac during a phone call. “Autism has a number of skill deficits. ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) targets those skills one at a time.”

Camp Discovery, then, is like having a behavior intervention teacher on the iPad, presenting lesson after lesson with 100 percent accuracy. But will kids play with it?

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L.A. School Board Blows Entire $115 Million Tech Budget On iPads

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The Los Angeles Board of Education has voted to continue its efforts to provide every student and teacher in the L.A. Unified school district with a computer by approving a new $115-million proposal to distribute iPads to 38 more campuses. The proposal also calls for the purchase of laptops for every student at seven high schools, and picks up a couple thousand extra iPads for new state tests in spring.

Overall the board thinks it will buy somewhere around 67,500 new tablets just for the spring testing, even though an oversight committee recommend only purchasing 38,500. The board decided getting everyone the same model at the same time is of the utmost importance for revolutionizing education, even though the $1-billion effort is expected to exhaust all their tech funds made available by voter-approved school-construction bonds.

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If you’re looking to take your skill set to the next level, then lynda.com is a surefire way to do it.

No matter your line of work, these professionally produced, expert-taught video tutorials will help you learn the business, creative, or technical skills that you need. With lynda.com, you can learn at your own level – and at your own pace. And Cult of Mac Deals has secured a 14 day free trial of lynda.com for a very limited time.

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