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Code to Inspire trains girls to code and make games in Afghanistan

Fereshteh Forough grew up as a refugee, but she learned to become a computer programmer. And she wants to give other Afghan girls that opportunity. So she founded Code to Inspire, a nonprofit which operates a school for female students to learn how to code at a school in Herat, Afghanistan. The school opened in […]

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Laurene Powell Jobs-backed Nearpod acquires Flocabulary student creativity tool

Nearpod is trying to get kids more engaged in learning through technologies such as virtual reality. And today the Laurene Powell Jobs-backed company is acquiring Flocabulary, a maker of a student creativity platform. Flocabulary uses educational hip-hop to engage students and increase achievement. With Flocabulary, the Miami-based Nearpod said it will bring more culturally relevant […]

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Microsoft partners with OpenClassrooms to recruit and train 1,000 AI students

The global artificial intelligence (AI) talent pool may be growing, but demand is still exceeding supply, according to a tech talent report released yesterday by Element AI. And that is partly why Microsoft is partnering with French online education platform OpenClassrooms, with a view toward training and recruiting promising students in AI and readying them for […]

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Microsoft launches AI Business School

Microsoft today introduced the AI Business School, a series of case studies and free instructional videos made to help business executives design and successfully implement an AI strategy within their organization. The Microsoft AI Business School is born out of three years of conversations with customers and follows the launch of an AI school for […]

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Heartland Tech Weekly: Square’s Jim McKelvey says universities still crucial for tech education

Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Square cofounder Jim McKelvey, whom St. Louis-area readers of this newsletter are likely very familiar with. Though McKelvey and Square’s other cofounder Jack Dorsey both hail from St. Louis, they started the company in San Francisco. They tried to open an engineering office in St. Louis, […]

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Microsoft acquires education analytics provider BrightBytes

Microsoft today announced that it has acquired San Francisco company BrightBytes, which develops DataSense, an integration platform as a service (IPaaS) product targeting education solution providers and U.S. school districts. BrightBytes’ data management team will join Microsoft’s global education team as part of the deal, the companies said. “In the coming months, we’re excited to […]

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Get a lifetime of language training from Rocket Languages for $59

It’s been proven time and time again that learning a new language is one of the best things you can do in order to keep your brain active and healthy, not to mention the fact that it makes traveling to your favorite foreign destinations far more enjoyable. But far too many would-be language-learners give up […]

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5 ways to reimagine education so we start bridging the skills gap

Students on traditional university tracks miss out on learning that comes by way of doing. Advancements in AI and automation have increased global demand for skilled, specialized workers, but recent graduates often lack the training and experience to fill those jobs. For example, I have an Electrical Engineering PhD but can’t wire a house to save my life. This […]

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Coursera and the University of Toronto roll out autonomous cars specialization

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) students partial to machine learning, buckle up: The University of Toronto wants to inculcate you with driverless car engineering knowledge. Coursera, the online learning platform founded by Stanford professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, today announced that it’s teaming up with the U of T to offer a Self-Driving Cars […]

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Unity and USC film school team up on online game design course

Unity Technologies has partnered with the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts to launch a self-paced, adaptive online course teaching students and prospective developers how to design and publish their original games. Titled, “Unity + USC Games Unlocked: Design and Publish Your Original Game,” the eight-week course is the first class co-created between […]

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How the tech industry can help fix our AI skills shortage

In 2015, Uber opened a research facility around the corner from Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center in a move positioned as a partnership between the two organizations. Within months, dozens of faculty members had left their positions for full-time roles at Uber, draining the center of much of its talent. Other major tech […]

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Google Cloud expands training programs to address cloud computing skills shortage

Google Cloud today announced an array of initiatives aimed at closing a shortfall in developers with the skills for cloud-based computing. In a blog post, Rochana Golani, director of Google Cloud Learning and Enablement, said the issue must be urgently addressed if companies are going to be successful in transitioning their computing to cloud-based environments. “The increase […]

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Why India’s ed-tech firm Byju’s paid $120 million for kids AR game maker Osmo

Last week, India’s ed-tech startup Byju acquired Osmo, a kid-focused augmented reality games for iPhones and iPads, for $120 million. That was a big move that signals the global ambition of Byju, which recently raised a $540 million war chest from South Africa’s Naspers Ventures and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. I’ve followed Osmo since it launched […]

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This machine learning and AI training course bundle is just $39 today

It’s no secret that machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are two of the most important subcategories of technology at the moment. As the driving force behind everything from self-driving cars to targeted marketing campaigns and surgical robots, these two interconnected fields are playing an unparalleled role in the development of today’s most exciting technologies. […]

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Why 25% of companies are copying Amazon’s customer support model — using bots and AI (VB Live)

Bots, artificial intelligence, and messaging in customer support offer an 8.6 percent increase in profit margin per customer. For a closer look at the long-term implications of automation, how to invest in the brave new world of work, and more, don’t miss this VB Live event! Access for free on demand right here. “There are […]

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Heartland Tech Weekly: Utah’s approach to tech education could be a model for the nation

Welcome back Heartland Tech readers, and I hope you enjoyed the holidays. It’s been an interesting week for tech education news — yesterday, a coalition of techcompanies led by IBM committed to creating new apprenticeship programs within their companies. Additionally, Lambda School — a coding school that allows students to pay via an income-share agreement — announced that it’s raised a $30 million […]

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You can learn a brand new language this year with Mondly

It’s been proven time and time again that learning a new language is one of the best things you can do in order to keep your mind active and healthy. Of course, the most enjoyable aspect of learning a new language is that it makes traveling to your favorite foreign destinations far easier and more […]

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uTalk can help you learn any new language for as low as $20

It’s been proven time and time again that learning a new language is one of the best things you can do in order to keep your mind active and healthy. Of course, it also makes traveling to your favorite overseas destinations far more enjoyable and productive if you’re able to speak the native tongue. But […]

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DataCamp raises $25 million for customizable online data science courses

Data engineers and researchers are in demand. According to LinkedIn, as of August 2018 in the U.S., the tech industry is experiencing a shortage exceeding 150,000 of people with data science skills. And with firms like IBM forecasting 28 percent growth in the number of AI- and analytics-related job listings, it’s a virtual certainty that corporate recruitment won’t […]

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Indian edtech startup Byju’s raises $540 million to expand globally

Indian education startup Byju’s has raised $540 million in a funding round led by South Africa’s Naspers Ventures and Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. The funding round announced today roughly doubles the 10-year-old startup’s valuation to $3.6 billion, making it one of the biggest education startups in the world. The new valuation also helps Byju’s […]

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