Education

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A new prototype project claims to make learning a second language easier by injecting learning exercises into the microseconds people spend waiting for replies on chat apps like Google Chat, iMessage, Skype, Snapchat and others. The application uses the brief window when the ellipses dominate the screen as an opportunity to spring a vocabulary quiz.More →

Students hoping to improve fertility treatments and keep food from spoiling while it’s being shipped were among the winners of the Harvard Innovation Lab’s annual Deans’ Challenge competition.

The challenge asks teams of students to submit proposals that might solve specific issues within categories chosen by the university: cultural entrepreneurship, health and life sciences, innovation in sports, and food systems.More →

A psychology professor from Connecticut is offering students writing term papers, lawyers prepping for a case, and anyone challenged with thumbing through a stack of electronic documents a way to streamline their research. His solution: an app that can help them mark up electronic documents and arrange those sections by theme.More →

Boston is both the capital of American higher education and one of the country’s top centers for technology entrepreneurship. So it makes sense that entrepreneurs here would be interested in rethinking the big business of college.

Today, two of those companies are joining forces. Valore, a nine-year-old Boston company that runs online marketplace sites for textbooks and student loans, is acquiring online learning startup Boundless, which provides digital alternatives to textbooks.More →

A little after noon on Wednesday last week, two technicians from the Cambridge Police Department crime lab arrived at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, kits in tow.

But the famed center was not the scene of a crime. Rather, it was hosting a four-day vacation science camp for middle-schoolers, and the two crime-lab techs were participating in a session called “Get A Clue” to introduce 22 adolescents to scientific skills such as microscopy and dissections.

And to make the session all the more engaging for the kids, the Whitehead and its partner in the program, the educational group Science from Scientists, had cooked up a whodunit: the theft of a candy recipe they would solve using technical sleuthing taught by real-life CSI types.More →

Boston will soon have a new partner in education innovation: some 600 million people from the tip of South America to the United States border. Cengage Learning, an international educational services company, announced Thursday that it will back the expansion of Boston-based LearnLaunch Accelerator to Latin America at Cengage’s innovation lab at the University of Chihuahua in Mexico.More →

When Sebastian Kraves and Ezequiel “Zeke” Alvarez-Saavedra were growing up in Argentina, the science labs in their high school classrooms had only the most basic equipment. But the tools at their disposal were enough to spark an interest in biology that eventually led them both to Boston: Kraves received his doctorate in neurobiology from Harvard, while Alvarez-Saavedra took home a PhD in biology from MIT.More →