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Startup Duolingo Taps Power of Crowds to Make Learning Language Free

Learning a new language is tedious and demands a lot of practice. Luis von Ahn doesn’t want all that effort to be wasted. In fact, it might be a gold mine. Von Ahn, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, is the co-creator of Duolingo, a free language-­learning site that turns students into an online workforce. His software uses their answers to simple exercises in a translation service that he expects to charge money for.

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"Brush of Truth" Book App Rated Five Stars by Technology in Education

Brush of Truth, a book app for kids 8-12, was rated five stars by review site Technology in Education for engaging young readers. Created by Story Bayou, the $1.99 app will go on sale for 99 cents on Dec. 7 on iTunes for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Brush of Truth, recognized for its appeal to reluctant readers, also is available on Google Play for Android devices, and for Kindle Fire and Windows 7 devices.

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Epson Partners with DonorsChoose.org to Fund Classroom Technology

Epson America, Inc. has announced a 2012 holiday season initiative to help teachers acquire much-needed classroom technology for enhancing student learning. Through the DonorsChoose.org "Double Your Impact Program," Epson will donate two percent of purchases sold on Epson.com between Dec. 1 and Dec. 24, 2012, up to $100,000.

Groton (Conn.) Public Schools Partners with Online Speech Therapy Provider

To better serve a portion of the district’s special needs student population, Groton (Conn.) Public Schools has partnered with PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy services for K-12 students. Through this adoption, students in grades 1-5 receive web-based speech-language therapy services from a highly qualified, certified speech-language pathologist (SLP).

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Microsoft Renews Commitment to Education With US$250 Million Investment in Partners in Learning

Microsoft Corp. today kicked off its annual Partners in Learning Global Forum and reaffirmed its commitment to education with a US$250 million, five-year renewal of Microsoft Partners in Learning, bringing Microsoft’s total investment in the program to US$750 million over 15 years.

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Innovation Incubator Award Winners Announced

The Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) showcased some of the leading growth companies in the education technology market and recognized the best among them as part of the Innovation Incubator program at the 12th annual Ed Tech Business Forum, held Nov. 26 and 27 at the McGraw Hill Conference Center in New York. 

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Growing Number of Austin Schools Use Lexia Reading to Improve Students' Reading Scores

Educators at 15 schools in the Austin Independent School District, and a growing number across the state of Texas, have found a simpler and more cost-effective way to teach with Lexia Reading®.

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California Schools Now Have Access to Wowzers Game-Based Learning

Online learning developer Wowzers announced today that its namesake program has been approved for use by the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN). 
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Tablet Depots and Tablet Depot Carts Store, Charge, and Secure Any Size Tablet or E-reader

The Black Box® Tablet Depot and Tablet Depot Carts store, charge, and secure up to 16 tablet PCs, e-readers, and iPad® tablets.

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Follett Challenge Shares ‘Secrets’ to a Winning Entry

With less than six weeks remaining before the entry deadline for the 2012-13 Follett Challenge, organizers have shared some of the “secrets” behind what the six-person panel of judges will be looking for in a winning entry.

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