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  • The newly revised guide for teachers, "Exchange 2.0 Technology-Enabled International Interaction," has just been released. The guide was originally developed for the U.S. Department of Education and is now hosted by the Connect All Schools.
  • Having abandoned its plans to build a student-focused tablet earlier this year, Kno has released a textbook-focused iPad app.
  • Nielsen released a report on how the Class of 2011 engages with media, finding that -- no surprise -- teens out-text any other age group, more than doubling the rate of the next highest age group. (That's an average of 3364 texts per month for 13-17 year olds and about 1640 for 18-24 year olds.) Although teens are the heaviest users of mobile video, they watch less television than any other age group.
  • Note-taking app Evernote introduced a new app this week, Evernote Peek. It's the first app of its kind, taking advantage of the new Smart Cover for iPad. The app lets you turn your Evernote notes into flash cards, quizzing yourself using the Smart Cover to hide the answers.
  • Apple released an update to its e-books app, iBooks. Among the new features is a built-in "read aloud" option for select children's books.
  • The Kauffman Foundation's new education technology accelerator program graduated its inaugural class of start-ups this week. The 23 participating entrepreneurs had participated in a four-month long program.
  • SwoopThat, a new launch, promises an easier way to comparison-shop for textbooks. The student-built site pulls course information and helps locate the places where the cheapest versions of textbooks can be found, assessing new and used books, rentals and e-books, as well.


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