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  • Microsoft brings ad-free Bing to the classroom | Business Spectator
    Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Microsoft brings ad free Bing to the classroom Reuters 22 Aug 2013 9 19 AM Technology Emerging Tech Tech Titans Industries Education Microsoft and Google rivalry is now turning into a schoolyard brawl You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password The long running rivalry between Microsoft and Google is turning into a schoolyard brawl Microsoft has opened a new front against the world s No 1 search provider by piloting an ad free offering for educational users of Bing its search engine that for years has trailed Google Under the free program called Bing for Schools students in participating school districts will no longer see ads or adult content when they do internet searches Microsoft which has signed up the Los Angeles Unified School District and Atlanta Public Schools among other school districts has pitched Bing as an alternative at a time of rising public concern over how internet companies are tracking their users every move to target the ads they display As part of the program Microsoft will also offer free Surface tablets and course materials for teaching youngsters about internet use Stefan Weitz Microsoft s director of search said the program would help expose young users to Microsoft products We hope that we demonstrate the quality of Bing to teachers and students and also their parents and once they see how good it is we hope to see increased usage outside of schools too Weitz said Bing with 18 per cent of the search market share has long trailed Google at 67 per cent according to data from ComScore despite an aggressive effort to close the gap Attack campaign Microsoft s move is the latest sign that technology companies are targeting the education market as a way to reach children who will become the next generation of consumers The new Bing campaign framed in the context of privacy concerns is part of a broad anti Google marketing campaign directed by a team of political consultants including Mark Penn long time adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton In recent months Microsoft has ramped up allegations posted to its Scroogled website including claims that Google violates its users trust by scanning emails to target ads Microsoft has also backed promotion of a Do Not Track protocol that would discourage online ad targeting People just don t think it s appropriate to show ads to children in a learning environment Weitz said A Google spokesman declined to immediately comment While Microsoft relies heavily on software

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  • Learnable offers $10m of free coding courses to students | Business Spectator
    will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Goldman s coal shoulder The investment bank giant has sold its stake in what would be the largest coal terminal on the US west coast in the wake of its report outlining the fall of coal globally The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Learnable offers 10m of free coding courses to students Harrison Polites 19 Aug 2013 8 28 AM Technology Emerging Tech Start ups Industries Education First 10 000 students to sign up to receive 3 years worth of courses You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password Self learning start up Learnable com is offering Australian students around 10 million worth of free coding courses in a move to improve the country s overall IT literacy As part of the group s new initiative Learnable For Schools the first 10 000 students to join the site will be given up to three years worth of coding and web design online tutorials and apps for free A subscription to the site typically costs 29 per month We want to give students a head start in carving out a career in the technology sector with absolutely zero barrier to entry Learnable for Schools general manager Kyle Vermeulen said in a statement Our hope is that some of them go on to build the next Twitter or Facebook he said Both sides of government as well as key figures in Australia s IT scene have come out in support of the initiative Learnable s co founder Leni Mayo said the program taps into a key weakness in Australia s education system Australia is near the bottom of the OECD in creating students interested Science Technology Engineering and Math Mr Mayo said I m concerned that Aussies kids are missing out on the opportunities

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  • Australia must do more to target Asian Century: Shorten | Business Spectator
    like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Education Minister Bill Shorten wants the country s universities to become the Oxbridge of the Asia Pacific after declaring Australia is not as ready as it could be for the Asian Century Australia was well positioned to take advantage of the biggest opportunity since the Gold Rush Mr Shorten told the Victorian and the Asian Century Conference in Melbourne However he added Australia was not entirely ready for when Asia becomes the epicentre of the global economy and despaired that more local students were not studying an Asian language Spruiking the government s Better Schools plan and its focus on Asian languages he said less than six out of every 100 Australian students study an Asian language in their final year of school More Aussie kids were studying Indonesian in the early 1970s back when Ian Chappell was captaining the Australian cricket team than there are now Mr Shorten said on Thursday night Australia has learned the hard way that you can t expect to win the Ashes unless you get runs on the board Mr Shorten said Asia was not a dollar sign or a market but a place with different histories cultures religions languages and expectations You can t expect to win in Asia unless you understand the region s languages and cultures Mr Shorten said We won t succeed with a fly in fly out mentality towards Asia Australia should aspire to become the Oxbridge of the Asia Pacific attracting the best and brightest scholars of the region The chances are the next Galileo will be born in Asia imagine if we could educate that child in Melbourne he said Why not develop an Asia specific grant scheme a 21st century Rhodes scholarship in reverse Asia made up nine of the top ten countries for international students in Australia he said And while only 10 per cent of Chinese students studied abroad in five to ten years that figure would leap to 68 per cent This will create enormous opportunities for the higher education sector and strengthen Australia s links with the region Mr Shorten said No carousel of other videos after the video ends Print this page Related articles 13 Jan Abbott eyes repeal of 8000 red tape laws 13 Jan Morgan to join financial inquiry 13 Jan Iran nuke deal to take effect 13 Jan Govt interest bills surging report 13 Jan Palmer wants to repeal Newman laws More from Business Spectator Technology Adapt or die Commercial The Future of Energy Family Business Alan Kohler s Family Business China China Spectator Please log in or register to post comments Comments on this article Comments Policy Doug lastName Fri 2013 08 09 08 52 Joke right After decades of neglect reduced funding and disinterest in education by Governments of all colours and flavours many

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  • Qld misses Gonski deadline | Business Spectator
    of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Qld misses Gonski deadline 5 Aug 2013 11 02 PM Politics Election Federal Budget National Affairs Industries Education State runs out of time to negotiate pre election schools funding deal You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP Queensland s hopes of getting billions of dollars in Commonwealth funding for schools appear to have dissolved along with federal parliament as the government goes into caretaker mode Both governments failed to strike a deal on education reforms by the deadline of 5 30pm AEST on Monday when the House of Representatives was dissolved ahead of the September 7 election Earlier in the day both governments traded blows each blaming the other for the inability to reach a deal Queensland Education Minister John Paul Langbroek said the federal government s offer wasn t as generous as the agreement reached with Victoria over the weekend But his federal counterpart Bill Shorten said the Victorian government had been prepared to stump up extra money while Queensland wasn t The Victorian government s offer to us means that the Queensland government had to find an extra 1 3 billion and they re not willing to do it It s a hoax he said However by Monday afternoon it appeared the figure had risen by more than one billion when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd accused the Queensland government of stalling He said Queensland would have to stump up 2 5 billion if it wanted to sign up under the same arrangement as Victoria Given there s been months and months and months of negotiations with Mr Newman s Liberal National Party government in Queensland why is it left to the last day he told reporters in Canberra Under the reforms Queensland would receive 2 48 billion in additional funding over 2014 19 Mr Langbroek said Canberra was asking the state to increase its indexation by three per cent to Victoria s 1 3 per cent Queensland is willing to sign up today as long as we get exactly the same deal Mr Langbroek said He accused the federal government of election point scoring Meanwhile Victorian Premier Denis Napthine hailed his

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  • WA backs Abbott schools plan | Business Spectator
    Energy Latest stories Goldman s coal shoulder The investment bank giant has sold its stake in what would be the largest coal terminal on the US west coast in the wake of its report outlining the fall of coal globally The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu WA backs Abbott schools plan 2 Aug 2013 11 05 PM Politics Election Industries Education Barnett says he will not sign Coalition schools plan before election You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password AAP West Australian premier Colin Barnett has given a big tick to Tony Abbott s backing of the Better Schools funding program for all states but will not sign an agreement with him before a federal election Mr Abbott on Friday performed a dramatic back flip by saying any government of his would honour agreements between the states and Labor on more funding for schools whilst also promising more cash from Canberra for states who hadn t signed up That includes Mr Barnett and WA who has consistently said he did not agree with what he claimed would mean handing over more power in the running of schools to federal bureaucrats Reacting to Mr Abbott s announcement Mr Barnett said he welcomed Mr Abbott s move The major distinction is that a coalition would not seek to take control of management of the schools and that has been the major obstacle Mr Barnett said If Tony Abbott can match the dollars but not take control I am very pleased In the future if we get a fair deal for extra funding and we get a retraction of the control then we would agree with it After butting heads with former PM Julia Gillard over the issue a meeting with Kevin Rudd seven days ago did little to shift Mr Barnett s position And he said in the event of a Labor victory in the coming election he predicted the existing legislation would have to be changed to get him and the other reluctant

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  • Hitachi to power $2M research cloud in NSW | Business Spectator
    the just launched app will have to quickly shift into something of real value if it s to become a mainstream success Climate Carbon markets Energy markets Renewable energy Resources Solar energy Wind power CleanTech Science Environment Green Deals Policy Politics Smart Energy Latest stories Goldman s coal shoulder The investment bank giant has sold its stake in what would be the largest coal terminal on the US west coast in the wake of its report outlining the fall of coal globally The nuclear renaissance is stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Hitachi to power 2M research cloud in NSW Supratim Adhikari 1 Aug 2013 11 13 AM Technology Applications Cloud Computing Tech Deals Industries Education Full service eResearch support agency Intersect selects Hitachi Data Systems to build platform connecting 11 leading universities in the state including the University of New South Wales UNSW and the University of Sydney You must be logged in to read this article Not a member yet Register today Business Spectator is available on all of your devices so you can access the latest news and commentary where and how you like Register now Already a member Sign in here Email Address Enter your Email Address Password Enter the password that accompanies your Email Address Remember me Log in Request new password New South Wales based full service eResearch support agency Intersect has selected Hitachi to build the platform to connect 11 leading universities in the state including the University of New South Wales UNSW and the University of Sydney Under the terms of the 2 million deal Hitachi Data Systems will build a New South Wales node under the Research Data Storage Infrastructure RDSI scheme the federal government s Super Science Initiative designed to harness the potential of big data stored in nationally significant data sets The fully integrated data platform is comprised of the Hitachi NAS Platform HNAS Hitachi Content Platform HCP Hitachi Unified Storage HUS and tape delivering 4 petabytes PB of online and objects storage and 2PB of nearline storage The new infrastructure will enable Intersect to offer data storage at no cost for researchers that qualify under the RDSI scheme The data will be accessible via high speed access to AARNET the NeCTAR research cloud and high performance computing facilities with access through file sharing databases and applications Intersect and Hitachi Data Systems have also signed Australia

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  • Education | Business Spectator
    stone cold dead There is no nuclear recovery with the industry last year flailing to stay above water in key markets and its share of global electricity continuing a seemingly inexorable decline Industries Advertising and Marketing Agribusiness Automotive Aviation Construction and Engineering Education Family Business Financial Services Food and Beverages Gaming and Racing Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Education Making ICT Careers Week redundant The fact that Australian students aren t interested in studying ICT is an indication that both the government and the industry has got the message wrong ICT is not one sector and we need to stop marketing it in this way by David Farias 11 06am July 31 27bn at stake in Gonski talks Figures detail extent of funding at risk for remaining holdout states 2 46am July 30 2 comments WA resists Rudd Gonski push Barnett says Rudd proving easier to work with but refuses Gonski pitch 11 15pm July 26 2 comments NT rejects Gonski school reforms Territory govt calls reforms a con accuses Rudd of being deceitful 11 12pm July 26 1 comment Coalition takes hard line on Gonski Opposition would allow reforms to stand for a year if elected to govt 11 02pm July 26 Coalition backtracks on Gonski Abbott concedes he would not be able to abandon reforms immediately 4 28am July 26 1 comment Abbott takes heat on schools plan Teachers demand to know Abbott s plans for Gonski reforms 10 58pm July 25 Labor upbeat on Gonski reforms Rudd optimistic of deal with Victoria prepares to launch WA talks 11 05pm July 24 Vic nears Gonski decision Shorten Victoria expected to say within days if it will sign on to school reforms 11 18pm July 23 Govt must dump tax cap schools Universities urge govt to abandon plans for unfair tax deductions 12 37am July 23 FCC moves to reform E Rate subsidy for internet at schools US Federal Communications Commission moves to revamp a subsidy program aimed at bringing faster internet to schools and libraries after Barack Obama s plea for a swifter transition to the digital era by Reuters 9 14am July 22 Qld wins Gonski extension State given two additional weeks to negotiate education reform pact 11 07pm July 12 Qld asks for Gonski changes Newman asks Rudd for more funding less federal power 5 36am July 12 School funding gains momentum Independent schools latest group to sign on to Gonski school reforms 11 19pm July 10 1 comment Rudd declares school reform win After Tasmania joins Gonski plan Rudd urges remaining states to sign on 12 10am July 10 1 comment States urged to back Gonski plan Shorten insists Labor can sign state deals

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  • Education | Business Spectator
    Health and Pharmaceuticals HR Industrial relations Information Technology Infrastructure Insurance Manufacturing Media and Digital Resources and Energy Professional Services Property Retail Small Business SME Telecommunications The Ashes Tourism Transport and Logistics Video KGB TV China Spectator CEO Hub Leadership Lab Management Insights Young Leaders Knowledge Centre Adapt or Die Knowledge Hub Business Accelerators Webinars eBooks Menu Education List of IPO debut flops grows The past week has seen most IPOs underperform the market on debut since a raft of successful book builds last month by Amanda Saunders 4 10pm December 17 1 comment Govt mulls uni control report Abbott government working on plan for federal control of universities 3 31am December 16 1 comment Vocation Affinity shares rise on debut The performance of Vocation and Affinity Education has helped restore a little faith in the IPO market by Brett Cole 1 42pm December 09 Lessons lost in the Gonski debate While politicians argue about how much money to throw at schools Australia s poor education outcomes can be dramatically improved by working on the lost art of better teaching by Robert Gottliebsen 8 23am December 05 69 comments Fiddling with Gonski while Shanghai learns How sad that Australia s quest to be the clever country is being scuppered by the re politicisation of education while competitor nations surge ahead by Rob Burgess 8 01am December 04 80 comments Pyne pressured on Gonski funding New group forms to urge education minister to retain Labor funding plan 12 20am November 29 1 comment IDP Education plans IPO Seek is selling part of its stake in the international student placement company by Brett Cole 11 25am November 28 Pyne coy on school funding plans Education minister refuses to detail post Gonski funding model 12 10am November 28 1 comment States protest Gonski decision States pressure Abbott to overrule education minister s announcement 4 18am November 27 3 comments Govt weaseling out of Gonski Shorten Oppn leader says govt using weasel words to walk away from pre election schools funding agreements 2 19pm November 25 5 comments The failure of Udacity The Massive open online education provider Udacity has decided to charge for certified courses So are those pioneering the digital education trend paying more attention to Silicon Valley than education experts by Jason Lodge 8 59am November 21 Vocation to raise 253m in IPO The proceeds of the company s IPO will be used to pay its original shareholders by Brett Cole 2 29pm November 18 Govt to consider HECS sale Pyne Minister says coalition to review merits of move to find savings 1 53am October 29 Forrest to make giant 65m donation Mining magnate prepares to make record donation to five WA universities 5 58am October 15 Broadband to usher in new era of smart home applications ACBI Australian Centre for Broadband Innovation outlines a raft of home based tools that will be enabled by broadband technology by Harrison Polites 11 31am September 03 Microsoft brings ad free Bing to the classroom

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