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The Learning Network: What’s Going On in This Picture? | Dec. 22, 2014

NYT Education News - 7 hours 49 min ago
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.






The Learning Network: What Does Santa Claus Mean to You?

NYT Education News - 9 hours 48 min ago
Beyond the promise of receiving presents, why might it be worth believing in Santa Claus?






The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Two New York City Police Officers Ambushed

NYT Education News - 10 hours 17 min ago
Who were the police officers killed in an ambush in Brooklyn?






The Learning Network: Test Yourself | ‘Christmas Icetastrophe’ on Syfy

NYT Education News - 10 hours 25 min ago
In this quiz you’ll find all four paragraphs of a Dec. 19 TV review, “Making Icicles of Everyone.” Can you choose the best word for each blank?






Conduct Hearing Clears Florida State QB Of Sex Allegations

NPR on Education - 13 hours 7 min ago

Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston was cleared Sunday of the accusations he faced at a student code of conduct hearing involving an alleged sexual assault two years ago.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | ravine

NYT Education News - December 21, 2014 - 11:02pm
This word has appeared in 41 New York Times articles in the past year.






Accusers and the Accused, Crossing Paths at Columbia University

NYT Education News - December 21, 2014 - 9:54pm
Paul Nungesser was cleared of responsibility by Columbia University after being accused of rape by a fellow student, who turned her outrage into a performance piece. He is now speaking out.






7 ways to keep girls interested in STEM for the long haul

Educational Technology - December 21, 2014 - 6:40pm

By Zulma Whiteford, eSchool News

Just 15 percent of U.S. engineers are women. Here’s how to correct that statistic and get girls invested in STEM.  Engineering is empowering. It encompasses the ability to create whatever you can imagine and thereby change the world for the better. But in the United States, fewer than 15 percent of working engineers are women, despite comprising half of the population. There are a number of possible reasons for this inequality, but a variety of contributing factors take effect at an early age.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/differentiating-learning-terms-464/

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3 trendy learning terms that need differentiating

Educational Technology - December 21, 2014 - 6:35pm

By Meris Stansbury, eCampusNews

“Providing clarity for educators as they look for innovative new ways to connect with students and improve outcomes is critical,” said Cherron Hoppes, chief academic officer at Helix Education, which produced the white paper. “There is no doubt that CBE is gaining momentum in the industry, yet educators still have a lot of questions about how they can best plan for and execute on a successful strategy.” Based on what Helix Education notes is their own experience, as well as the expertise of academic insiders and industry coverage, here are the differences between—and tips for implementation of—personalized learning, adaptive learning, and CBE.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/differentiating-learning-terms-464/

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35 percent of all security breaches take place in higher education

Educational Technology - December 21, 2014 - 6:29pm

By Ian Barker, Beta News

Higher education institutions with their rapid turnover of students’ devices each year present particular problems when it comes to protecting data. A new infographic from enterprise security and backup specialist SysCloud looks at the risks higher education bodies face and how they can improve their levels of protection. Amongst the findings are that there have been over 500 security breaches at more than 320 higher education institutions since 2005 — that’s around one a week. Also 35 percent of all breaches take place in higher education.

http://betanews.com/2014/12/17/35-percent-of-all-security-breaches-take-place-in-higher-education/

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Five tips for students during winter break: Read, camp, build, go online, play

Washington Post Education News - December 21, 2014 - 4:22pm
For many young students, the toll of the bell on the last day of school before winter break means the beginning of holiday fun, presents and long, unstructured days. It can be a gleeful reprieve from hours in the classroom and daily homework assignments. But while the temptation for children might be to slump in front of a television or get lost in video games, some educators say it’s important to take steps to maintain what children learned in school while they’re taking a break from it.Read full article >>






Strauss: Here’s who got the biggest Gates Foundation education grants for 2014

Washington Post Education News - December 21, 2014 - 12:43pm
Bill Gates is famous for many things, including spending hundreds of millions of dollars to develop, promote and defend the Common Core State Standards. In 2014, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded millions more for the Core, plus other issues in the education world.Read full article >>






International Education: UMass-Lowell and Raytheon Unite on Kuwait Degree Project

NYT Education News - December 21, 2014 - 11:01am
The American military contractor will provide $50 million to help cover the cost of the first seven years of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell’s venture.






Firing this D.C. principal makes no sense

Washington Post Education News - December 21, 2014 - 10:53am
Hiring good principals is the key to making good schools. Firing good principals is the opposite. So I don’t understand why D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson is not renewing the contract of a fine principal, Peter J. Cahall of Woodrow Wilson High School.Read full article >>






Motherlode Blog: This Holiday, Don’t Hide the Piercings From Grandma

NYT Education News - December 21, 2014 - 7:10am
Rather than a one-way transfer of my beliefs to them, my kids, now 19 and 16, are teaching me to see the world—and my in-laws—with new eyes.






Social media access challenges parents, educators

Educational Technology - December 20, 2014 - 6:40pm

By Zach Tyler, The Anniston Star

With smartphones and tablet and laptop computers now as common as pencils and notebooks in many classrooms, schools and parents alike are having to figure out how to guide students’ use of technology. Access to the internet for students can mean access to a world of information, but it can just as easily get them to social media sites and apps. That can enhance their learning experience, educators say, but it does come with risks. Piedmont’s schools are in the fifth year of a program that issues laptop computers to all students in grades four through 12. Students in kindergarten to third grade also use mobile devices in the classroom.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/12/16/social-media-access-562/

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5 top tech tools of 2014

Educational Technology - December 20, 2014 - 6:35pm

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Some of the year’s top ed-tech tools include a free slideshow creator, a reading tool with embedded assessments, and an adaptive math practice game. How many of 2014’s top tools have you used? During an edWeb webinar, Ruth Okoye, a Common Sense Graphite Certified Educator, offered insight on five of the top ed-tech tools from Graphite, a free service from Common Sense Education that helps educators choose tools and resources for students. Okoye also is the Communications Chair for the ISTE Ed Tech Coaches Professional Learning Network and is a technology resource teacher for Portsmouth Public Schools in Virginia.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/12/16/tech-tools-2014-823/

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A tool in hand is worth… nothing without proper PD

Educational Technology - December 20, 2014 - 6:28pm

by Wendy Drexler, eSchool News

Imagine what would happen if hospital leaders announced to surgeons late on a Friday afternoon that when they came to work on Monday they would no longer be doing surgery using the tools they have always used—such as scalpels, scissors and clamps—and all procedures would be done using new high-tech laser tools, with which they may or may not have familiarity. Of course, a change of this magnitude would never be implemented in such a haphazard way in medicine–lives are at stake! I would argue that lives are also at stake in education, and the scenario described above is analogous to the transition to mobile learning in schools. Oftentimes, school leaders announce that the school community is making the switch to mobile learning, pass out devices to everyone, and expect not only that will things continue as they have been, but that the learning environment will be transformed and student achievement will soar.

http://www.eschoolnews.com/2014/12/16/tool-hand-pd-372/

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Motherlode Blog: Why We Don’t Do the Naughty List

NYT Education News - December 20, 2014 - 4:07pm
I understand why the naughty list helps some parents. But for my anxious daughter, it’s the opposite of Christmas magic. Bless the mall Santa who understood that.






ACLU challenges vote requiring transgender students to use ‘private’ bathroom facilities

Washington Post Education News - December 20, 2014 - 3:07pm
Gavin Grimm just wants to be able to use the high school boys’ room without being called a “freak.”A 15-year-old sophomore at Gloucester High School in Virginia’s Tidewater region, he was barred from using the boys’ restrooms at school after the local School Board voted to limit boys’ and girls’ restrooms and locker rooms “to the corresponding biological genders,” a policy that requires transgender students to use “alternative private facilities.” Public commenters at the board meeting hurled insults at those like Gavin, saying that transgender students should not be allowed to use the bathroom that boys do because it would infringe on their privacy.Read full article >>






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