Battle of the Classrooms: Apple, Google, Microsoft Vie for K-12 Market

Sydney Johnson, EdSurge, Feb 23, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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As this article suggests, it's probably no coincidence that Google, Microsoft and Apple each have a product named 'Classroom'. Though all are listed as 'free', each requires the purchase of an expensive application or software suite. The products are being targeted aggressively at schools (especially in the U.S.) and the companies have created associated 'classroom' communities. The tools are mostly used to help students collaborate on documents and to submit homework assignments. Related: are we innovating or just digitizing traditional teaching?

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