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Amazon’s Recent Account Closures Have Affected College Students Too

When college student Brookeline Gottschalk tried to login into her Amazon account on March 30, she got a message that her email wasn’t recognized. She kept trying, but to no avail. When she called Amazon, a representative told her it appeared she had closed her account. That posed a particular problem for her since she needed her account to access an audiobook for a history class.

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Google and Udacity Offering 5,000 Scholarships for Nanodegree Programs

Google and Udacity are partnering to offer 5,000 scholarships for Udacity’s Nanodegrees in Android or mobile web development, according to Peter Lubbers, a senior program manager and the head of Google Developer Training. He says the program was designed to give people the skills they need to get a job as a mobile web or Android developer.

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What’s Next for Pearson? (Not Buying Your Education Startup.)

It’s hard not to pick on Goliath when things unravel. For Pearson, the world’s largest education company, some of its recent tumult in past years have been self-imposed, even deliberate, under the helm of John Fallon. Since taking the reins as CEO in 2013, he has aggressively shed assets considered tangential to the publisher’s digital transformation strategy.

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ABCmouse Creator, Age of Learning Taps Tencent to Lead Its Expansion in China

The mouse that guides children through ABCmouse, an educational app, is getting help from China’s most recognizable penguin to break into one of the world’s biggest market for English language learning.

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Still in the Thick of K-12? Amazon Partners With Edhesive to Bring CS Education to Schools

Despite fits and starts, Amazon is marching forth with its K-12 education efforts. On Monday, just days after the company quietly said it would be shutting down TenMarks’ online math and writing tools, it announced a partnership with Edhesive, a company that offers computer science curriculum to schools.

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Amazon Will Shut Down TenMarks and Its Digital Math and Writing Tools

Amazon will be sunsetting TenMarks and its online instructional tools, which were once at the forefront of the company’s K-12 digital education strategy.A big exclamation mark greets visitors to TenMarks’ homepage, next to the words “We’re winding down.” The message reads: “TenMarks will no longer be available after the 2018-2019 school year. Licenses for TenMarks Math and Writing will be honored through June 20, 2019.”

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Apple’s Strongest Case to Reclaim the Education Market Is Not the New iPad

“Welcome to your first day of school!” That was how bubbly Apple employees, decked out in the green-and-yellow outfits that matched the colors of Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago, welcomed arrivals to the company’s highly-anticipated education event this morning.Attendees were given a schedule of “classes” and directed to the cafeteria for orientation. Among the 1,000 present were former vice president Al Gore, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and 300 educators from around the world.

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Amazon Tries Its Hand in School Procurement

Leigh Hansen says she got her school district an Amazon Business account in 2016 mostly for the curriculum department.“Curriculum was buying used textbooks, and the easiest place to obtain them was Amazon,” says the director of purchasing and warehouse at William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, California. “They way we were doing it before the approval process was taking too long, and sometimes the textbooks that they wanted to procure were no longer available.”She thinks the Amazon Business account improves the overall efficiency at the school site.

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Pearson Is Selling Its US K-12 Business—Despite Posting a Profit and Digital Growth

Last May, major textbook publisher Pearson indicated it was mulling a sale of the U.S. portion of its K-12 business, which includes print and digital curriculum and instructional materials. In its latest earnings update, the company confirmed that it is indeed moving ahead with such plans.

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Google’s Education Suite is Still Free, but New Add-Ons For Administrators Come With a Fee

To date, educators have enjoyed most of Google’s G Suite for Education applications—which include Site, Mail and Classroom—for free. Those tools will continue to be available gratis, but Google is seeking to generate more revenue from its education offerings. That’s why the company’s announcing new add-on tools for school administrators that come at a price.

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