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Published on 18 Nov 2013

Google Australia is committed to investing in and empowering women in the tech community. In an effort to highlight some of the amazing work being done by Australian women in technology and bring to light their stories, Google hosted the inaugural Women in Technology (WIT) Week, which was held in Sydney from September 9-13, 2013. We celebrated with a variety of programs and events in the region, including a mentorship program, the first Google Women in Tech Summit (gWIT) and the APAC Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Retreat were held.

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Can teachers improve the outcomes of their students if they leverage the power of the internet? A new partnership between ed-Web and ilearnOhio has resulted in an e-learning platform that connects Ohio teachers with educators, resources, and learning management systems.

The new online community shares the goals of teachers in improving classroom outcomes,
said Kevin Holtsberry of ilearnOhio.

Social Media

The combined platform offers the social media elements of edWeb. This online community is a starting place for educators to build online relationships. The platform is “a place where teachers can go to network and interact and get feedback without the distractions of other social networking platforms that may not be focused on what they need,” said Holtsberry.

Learning Management

The learning management elements of the system are provided by ilearnOhio, an e-learning platform funded by the Ohio General Assembly. Teachers can use this part of the platform to take attendance, build standards-based curricula, and give assessments. The new system allows effective teachers to share their successes by uploading curricula for other educators.

“The result of this partnership is that we will see hybrid professional development opportunities that grow beyond both platforms,” said Brad A. Henry, Director of Technology, eStudent Services at Ohio State.

Supporting Technology for K-12 Education

In addition to creating this platform, Ohio has recently allocated new funds to support technology in K-12 education. The legislature  pledged $6 million in grants to school districts seeking to integrate new electronic resources into iLearnOhio and $250 million in grants for education delivered online, according to Brad Henry.

Source: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/

Thanks to Beth Bacon who is VP of Content Management at Seattle publishing platform Booktrope, www.booktrope.com. She also runs www.e-booksandkids.com. Contact her via Twitter @ebooksandkids.

Senate for fourth time rejects House anti-Obamacare provisions

A stalemate in Congress that caused a government shutdown on Tuesday continued with Senate Democrats voting for a fourth time to reject a spending plan by House Republicans that sought to undermine Obamacare. FULL STORY | LIVE BLOG | 7 things you won’t have to worry about | What’s open, what’s closed | What happens next? | Boehner blames Senate  Video | Tea party reaction  Video | Congress sinks to all-time low in CNN polling

 

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Missy Krasner, EIR at Morgenthaler Ventures, leads a discussion with Ian Shakil cofounder of Augmedix and Dr. Pierre Theodore, surgeon and thoracic oncologist at UCSF about ways wearable technology Google Glass could be used in healthcare, in clinical, surgical, and consumer settings.

Rock Health’s Health Innovation Summit brings together the brightest minds across industries to wrestle with healthcare’s most challenging problems. This 2-day conference features leaders and up-and-comers in digital health in unique and participatory programming. To learn more about Health Innovation Summit, visit http://www.healthinnovationsummit.com.

Rock Health funds and supports startups building the next generation of technologies transforming healthcare. To learn more about Rock Health, visit http://www.rockhealth.com.

 

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Chalk it up to a learning experience: too much debt, even in a low interest rate environment, can be costly.

Cengage Learning, a private equity-backed education company, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Tuesday as part of an effort to shrink its $5.8 billion debt load. The company, based in Stamford, Conn., also said that it had entered into a restructuring agreement with lenders who hold $2 billion of its first-lien debt. The restructuring will eliminate more than $4 billion in debt from the company’s balance sheet.

“The decisive actions we are taking today will reduce our debt and improve our capital structure to support our long-term business strategy of transitioning from traditional print models to digital educational and research materials,” Michael Hansen, Cengage Learning’s chief executive, said in a statement.

Cengage was originally Thomson Learning, part of the Thomson media conglomerate of Canada, which sold it for about $7.75 billion in 2007 when the company was preparing to merge with Reuters. The buyers were Apax Partners and Omers Capital Partners — a private equity unit of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement Board pension fund.

As Cengage, the company acquired the college publishing division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing for $750 million. In 2011, Cengage acquired National Geographic’s digital and print school publishing unit for an undisclosed price.

Cengage said that it planned to make timely payment to vendors for goods and services during its Chapter 11 restructuring and that employees would continue to receive their usual pay and health and welfare benefits. In the filing in the United States bankruptcy court in Brooklyn, the company said it had more than $1 billion in assets.

Cengage’s legal adviser is Kirkland & Ellis, its restructuring adviser is Alvarez & Marsal, and its financial adviser is Lazard.

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Problem
I recently delivered the pilot on responsive design It was a big challenge for my Project Manager for making/convincing my client on how without using/buying various devices we tested their products on different resolution’s which was full proof.

Result
My client was surprised and delighted and we bagged the project

    Solution

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If you’d like to customize the screen sizes, click the customize button in Responsivator and adjust the frames settings

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Chennai-based siblings Shravan and Sanjay, joint founders of Go Dimensions – a company that creates gaming and learning software for mobile phones – will address 120 business management students, including those from the Indian Institute of Management (Ahmedabad and Kozhikode), today.

The talk is part of a lecture series to be delivered by the CEOs and business tycoons for Wedvaan, the annual three-day festival organised by Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research at their campus in Matunga.The audience comprising students in their early 20s is impressionable and ambitious. The two speakers, Shravan and Sanjay, are aged 13 and 10 respectively, and like any other boys, spend half their day in school learning math and English and history.Shravan, the president of his firm, is a Std VIII student while Sanjay, the chief executive officer, studies in Std VI. Their company is a year-and-amonth-old, and has launched five applications that are available for free download at the Apple Store, and encouraged by the response, is launching the paid applications this year.

The boys, who missed school on Friday to make it for the fest, say stagefear has never been a problem. “We spoke at IIM-Bangalore last year, so it isn’t an issue to address students who are twice our age,” says Shravan.The boys are accompanied by their parents who say life hasn’t changed much since they started their company in January 2012. “They have a routine when they return from school. They play for an hour and then get on to complete the programming for their business projects,” says the lads’ father, Kumaran Surendran, himself a director of a software company.Sanjay, the CEO, cheekily adds, “Our friends in the school also play some of the games we have developed but they don’t fully understand what we do.”The boys say their started off with an idea two years ago, which they bounced off their dad, and things started to roll. In a couple of years, they picked up the nuances of programming, and launched their firm which required very little capital.Kaustubh Dhargalkar, a professor at the Welingkar Institute, says the boys’ understanding of market dynamics was “astounding”. Says Dhargalkar, “I first met them when we shared a stage at a TED event in Pune last year. I was amazed at their understanding of the market. They were able to identify an opportunity and monetise their business. We could learn from their experience.”Akshay Bahadur, 23, a first-year student of the PG diploma in management course, plans to specialise in marketing next year. While he admits he is looking forward to the lecture by Kunwar Sachdev, founder and managing director of SUKAM, he is equally curious to learn more about the boys. “Mr Sachdev runs a Rs 3,000-crore empire that he started from scratch and worked on for 10 years. At the same time, I think these kids who know their business so well is worth a listen,” says Akshay.Age isn’t a factor, says Neha Bhandari, another first year student who claims she doesn’t mind the fact that the speakers will be ten years younger than her. “They are being looked at as prodigies. In the business world, only numbers speak and you have to be humble enough to listen to those who have achieved something. We also have a talk by two dabba wallahs who will explain how their celebrated distribution system works,” says Neha.

Leadership Tour 2013, Mumbai

Tuesday, February 12 2013 Technology makes this a magical time to be a student. And a powerful time to be an educator. The Apple Leadership Tour is an opportunity to experience how you can transform learning with innovative new tools for creating, curating, and deploying content.

Please join us for this special event for Education Leaders committed to integrating the best in learning practices with the best in learning technology. Keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and opportunities for networking will give participants a deeper understanding of how mobile technology and digital content are transforming education.An iPad with dedicated educational digital content will be provided for each delegate throughout the day. The hands-on breakout sessions led by successful educators will allow each delegate to experience some of the thousands of education Apps as well as Multi-Touch digital books and many other interactive learning materials.See how iPad transforms teaching and learning at all levels. View case studies here

Agenda

9:00Registration
10:00Opening & WelcomeManish Goyal, Apple
10:10″Learning with Apple”Alan Bennett, Apple
10:50Interactive iPad DemoPetr Mara, Apple Distinguished Educator
11.20Hands-on WorkshopsPetr Mara, Apple Distinguished Educator
12:40Networking Lunch
13:50Hands-on WorkshopsVamshi Krishna, Apple Distinguished Educator
14:30Break
14:45Guest SpeakerAbdul Chohan, Director, Essa Academy
15:45CloseManish Goyal, Apple
16:00Departure

Source Apple India