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France to deploy 45.000 Tablets in Middle Schools by 2016

During his televised speech for the mid-term of the presidency, French president Hollande announced that at the start of the 2016 school year each of the 45,000 middle-school students (5ème) will receive a tablet and training. The undertaking is called “Plan numérique pour l’école de la République”.

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Langenscheidt not Rosetta Stone owns the Color Yellow – at least in Germany

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If you ask people in North America which language learning company they associate with the color yellow, they will most likely answer with Rosetta Stone. The yellow boxes the software was sold in for decades in shops and kiosks left their mark on the (potential) language learners’ mind.

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Tech City UK launches Digital Business Academy for Startup Skills

Tech City UK, a publicly funded body that advocates entrepreneurship in the UK and supports the East London Tech cluster, launched a free online course platform for those who are interested in founding or joining a digital business.

The Digital Business Academy is launched in partnership with University College London (UCL), which also provides the online learning platform, Cambridge University Judge Business School and Founder Centric.

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Maker of Digital Pen VibeWrite (formerly Lernstift) is Bankrupt

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According to deutsche-startups.de VibeWrite (formerly Lernstift) is bankrupt. The Munich, Germany based edtech startup has been working on a digital pen that automatically recognizes mistakes and notifies the learner through subtle vibration.

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Turkish President Erdogan wants to revive the Ottoman Language

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Language learning apps might soon have another language to cover: Ottoman. Turkey’s president Tayyip Erdogan declared on Monday at a press conference that the Ottoman language should be taught in schools to prevent younger generations from losing touch with their cultural heritage, reports Reuters.

Politicians in the opposition as well as teachers and academics see this as an attack on the secularist principles of the Turkish republic and accuse Erdogan and Turkey’s religious council of trying to reshape the school system along religious lines.

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