National Education News

Wayne A.I. Frederick named 17th president of Howard University

Washington Post Education News - 9 hours 27 min ago

Howard University’s Board of Trustees has named interim leader Wayne A.I. Frederick, a cancer surgeon who holds three Howard degrees, as the school’s 17th president.

Frederick’s appointment comes at a tumultuous time for the historically black university, which in the past year has faced allegations of fiscal mismanagement, two credit downgrades amid concerns about the financial health of a university-owned hospital and a drop in a major national ranking of higher-education institutions.

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Motherlode Blog: Putting the ‘Known’ in Known Sperm Donor

NYT Education News - 11 hours 43 min ago
The adult daughter of two mothers and a known sperm donor is candid: Much of it was great, but it is complicated.

Next Steps for the Next Generation Science Standards

Education Week - 13 hours 16 min ago
States that adopt the Next Generation Science Standards must declare a moratorium on high-stakes science testing, Arthur Camins writes.

'530 Fatties' page targets the overweight

CNN - Tecnology - 13 hours 20 min ago
A Facebook page created to criticize people about their weight has sparked controversy. CNN affiliate KOVR reports.

In This School, Class Is A Workshop And Experiments Are Mandatory

NPR on Education - 13 hours 25 min ago

An innovative approach to learning amid turmoil in the Philadelphia School District.

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Education Tracking: Principals in U.S. Are More Likely to Consider Their Students Poor

NYT Education News - 14 hours 24 min ago
Perceptions of disadvantage may play role as American students from low-income families struggle more than counterparts in many other nations.

Strauss: Educator: The many reasons ‘I am ashamed to be part of the system’

Washington Post Education News - 17 hours 25 min ago

Back in May I published a post by a veteran elementary school teacher named Ralph Ratto with this headline: ‘Today was the first day I was ever ashamed to be a teacher.’ What prompted him to write it was his experience administering controversial new Common Core-aligned standardized tests to his students in New York. I just received an e-mail that takes off from where Ratto’s piece ends, written by  from someone who has worked in two public school systems in Maryland and in private schools for some 25 years as a teacher, counselor, administrator at the school and district levels and in other positions. This person, who is still working, wishes to remain anonymous out of fear of reprisal.

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The Learning Network: Student Crossword | The Declaration of Independence

NYT Education News - 17 hours 52 min ago
Test your knowledge of the Declaration of Independence by playing our crossword.

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | concession

NYT Education News - July 21, 2014 - 11:06pm
This word has appeared in 998 New York Times articles in the past year.

Support for a College Student Grows After a Rape Complaint Is Dismissed

NYT Education News - July 21, 2014 - 8:51pm
Administrators at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in central New York are pressed for changes over how a campus panel handled a freshman’s complaint.

Hundreds of 2nd-graders in Prince George’s County attend new summer school program

Washington Post Education News - July 21, 2014 - 8:37pm

Traniessa Wright slowly pronounces the word “road” and anxiously waits for a student in Room 2 of Pointer Ridge Elementary School to say whether the vowel sound is long or short.

With only one eager student raising his hand, Wright figures that the others might be a little sleepy. After all, it is the middle of summer break. She instructs them all to stand up and, on the spot, creates a game to keep them engaged.

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School-Wide Twitter Chats

Educational Technology - July 21, 2014 - 7:40pm

by Stephen Baker, Edutopia

Kidsedchatnz is a weekly Twitter chat between New Zealand classes and students, every Thursday at 2:00-3:00PM. It is organised by seven New Zealand teachers via Twitter, each taking a turn to run the chats. Each week, a topic is chosen, and 5-10 discussion questions are generated on that topic. All topics and questions are posted on the Kidsedchatnz blog prior to the chat so that students can prepare beforehand. The teacher in charge is responsible for picking the topics, generating the questions and moderating the chats on the day. Moderating involves posting the questions and encouraging conversation between the students.

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Wi-Fi technology paves road for spread of e-learning

Educational Technology - July 21, 2014 - 7:36pm


With Wi-Fi becoming more high-speed and reliable in South Africa, it is paving a new road for e-learning . As the traditional model of education evolves , educational institutions are facing the increasing challenge of providing Wi-Fi services to their students and staff, industry experts say. The institutions are now looking beyond 3G and fixed-line services to the new generation of Wi-Fi technology to support more users and diverse applications.

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The Beginner’s Guide To Competitive Gaming In Schools

Educational Technology - July 21, 2014 - 7:31pm

By Jason Cross, Edudemic

If you are thinking I am joking, the United States recently recognized League of Legends as an official sport so they could issue visas to players, just as they do for sports like the NBA. And yes, there are even fantasy leagues where you can put together teams of your favorite League of Legends competitors and earn points for your virtual team online. And with millions in prize money and sponsorships for players, more and more people are pursuing competitive gaming careers. You no longer need to be a programmer to get a job in games. You can now select from hundreds of related careers like announcer, PR representative or business development director.

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