Private Sector

Google launches a dedicated home for Chrome WebVR experiences

Today, Google made some WebVR updates to Chrome, adding support for Cardboard while also building a home for all of its online VR web content. WebVR Experiments is a bit of a storefront for online VR experiences, albeit everything is free (at the moment) so it’s still...

How Google Took Over the Classroom

CHICAGO — The sixth graders at Newton Bateman, a public elementary school here with a classic red brick facade, know the Google drill. In a social-science class last year, the students each grabbed a Google-powered laptop. They opened Google Classroom, an app where...

How Can Inclusive Business Advance the SDGs?

Since the announcement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, the SDG discourse has become mainstream. The business sector is an especially relevant audience for those promoting a global commitment to achieve the SDGs, mainly because they,...

In Africa, For-Profit School Chain Plays Legal Hardball

When money is involved, big business gets mean. In Kenya, a multi-national for-profit private school company is using threats of lawsuits against teacher unionists and dissidents to protect their profits. Bridge International Academies claims to be the “world’s...

Viet Nam: Disadvantaged students get support from Microsoft

HÀ NỘI — Over 600 youngsters have benefited this year thanks to a new venture between Microsoft and vocational training charity REACH that will provide coding and ICT training to Việt Nam’s most marginalised youth. The project was announced on Tuesday as part of...

Private Sector Could Bridge Education Gap for Syrian Refugees

WITH DISPLACED SYRIAN children and young people being denied access to education, the need for a long-term strategy to address the educational needs of the growing number of refugee children has become urgent. U.N. bodies, NGOs and international nongovernmental...

Sesame Street puppets give refugee children emotional support

The Sesame Workshop, the educational arm of the long-running television series, with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) is one of eight semi-finalists in the McArthur Foundation’s 100&Change grant competition for one single proposal that promises ‘real and...

The Necessary Mindsets Of Education Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurship is hard work. It takes a great deal to establish, design, build, grow and maintain a thriving venture. But what exactly does it take to become a successful entrepreneur? While skills such as budgeting and software proficiency are important, I believe...

How 4 visionary schools are venturing into a new mixed reality

Mixed reality combines virtual and augmented realities for enhanced learning experiences–and institutions are already implementing it. A new collaboration between Pearson and Microsoft is using a self-contained holographic computer to develop “mixed reality”...

Refugees 3: providing a digital classroom for children in need

A refugee camp might seem like the last place you’d expect to find a state-of-the-art digital classroom. But thanks to a Glasgow-based company with some serious technical savvy, 150 children have benefited from exactly that. Scottish ideas agency Equator have...

Amazon launches a subscription service for STEM toys

Amazon today unveiled a new subscription program aimed at parents called STEM Club, which delivers educational toys to your home for $19.99 per month. The retailer says it will hand-pick which toys are shipped, and will ensure the items are age-appropriate. And by...

Are Education Startups The New Dot Com?

The amount of education startups is now increasing at an exponential rate. At the same time, the amount of venture funding for education businesses is at an all-time high. In some ways, the rise of education startups resembles the dot-com boom of the late 1990s,...

South Africa: Canon partners Room to Read literacy program

Canon has partnered with Room to Read to create and deliver 3,300 books to 176 schools across South Africa with the aim of promoting reading and learning as part of an overall drive to boost literacy levels and education. Canon began its work with Room to Read in a...

Japan: Startups, venture capitalists, and teachers disrupt education

TOKYO — With the advent of Internet-based and mobile technologies, a new generation of innovators in education technology — or EdTech — is disrupting the education sector. Pioneers, startup founders, venture capitalists, and educators are introducing new methods of...

Co-creation, co-investment, and cocoa

On 10 November, CEI Program Director, Donika Dimovska, participated in an Education Marketplace designed to bring together program implementers and cocoa and chocolate company representatives to explore ways to strengthen the education system in cocoa-growing areas in...
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