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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Learning from Animal Friendships

NYT Education News - 9 hours 49 min ago
Have you watched any of these videos of interspecies relationships? Have you ever witnessed a cross-species interaction? What do you think these relationships show?






Absenteeism high in D.C. Head Start programs

Washington Post Education News - January 26, 2015 - 9:00pm
More than 25 percent of the students enrolled in Head Start programs in D.C. Public Schools were chronically absent last school year, missing at least 10 percent or the equivalent of a month or more, according to two reports the Urban Institute plans to release Tuesday.Read full article >>






UGA students take flight in drones class

Educational Technology - January 26, 2015 - 6:40pm

By RAYLEIGH ROZIER, Online Athens

The lawn outside the University of Georgia’s journalism school recently was filled with buzzing as students tried their hand at flying drones for the first time. The students are now in the third week of “Drones, Drones, Drones” a new course this semester dedicated to analyzing the airborne technology. The course is being offered through the New Media Institute, a certificate program at UGA that teaches students about emerging technologies and prepares them to use new media in their careers. According to the syllabus, the class aims to “explore the appropriate and effective use of drones, chart the regulation and proposed legislation of drones, and learn how to operate drones.” Students are also responsible for collaborating on a paper detailing both the benefits and the challenges of drone use.

http://onlineathens.com/uga/2015-01-21/uga-students-take-flight-drones-class

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For Students (and Some Adults), School Cancellation in New York Comes as Welcome News

NYT Education News - January 26, 2015 - 6:40pm
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that city schools would be closed on Tuesday because of the snowstorm, giving some students a reprieve from pending exams.






How to (Really) Get Girls Into Coding

Educational Technology - January 26, 2015 - 6:37pm

by Lydia Loizides, Shelly Palmer

If we really want to get girls to code, then show them that everyone can code. We need to find creative, engaging ways to get girls to understand that Ruby is more than a gemstone, that Java isn’t coffee and that Python is not something to run from. Coding is not only for nerds and geeks or “super-smart people”; coding is for artists, musicians, politicians, athletes and movie stars. Coding is for everyone.

http://www.shellypalmer.com/fwb/2015/1/21/how-to-really-get-girls-into-coding

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“What happens when you type google.com into your browser and press enter?”

Educational Technology - January 26, 2015 - 6:30pm

by Git Hub

This repository is an attempt to answer the age old interview question “What happens when you type google.com into your browser’s address box and press enter?” Except instead of the usual story, we’re going to try to answer this question in as much detail as possible. No skipping out on anything. This is a collaborative process, so dig in and try to help out! There’s tons of details missing, just waiting for you to add them! So send us a pull request, please! This is all licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Zero license.

https://github.com/alex/what-happens-when#the-enter-key-bottoms-out

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Brown University’s tighter grip on fraternities spurs debate

Washington Post Education News - January 26, 2015 - 6:27pm
A week after Brown University imposed sanctions on two fraternities and issued a ban on alcohol at registered events on campus, administrators are reviewing current alcohol policies. The goal, said Margaret Klawunn, Brown’s vice president for campus life and student services, is to raise awareness of behaviors and activities that could put students at risk.Read full article >>






Motherlode Blog: A Mobile Umbilical Cord, Off the Table, but Still Connected

NYT Education News - January 26, 2015 - 3:07pm
Those of us who keep our phones nearby all the time — just in case — run the risk of 24/7 distractedness, of never being fully there for our work, ourselves, or our non-offspring companions.






Investigation into Md. ‘free-range parenting’ case unresolved after meeting

Washington Post Education News - January 26, 2015 - 3:02pm
The neglect investigation that started after a Silver Spring couple allowed their children to walk home a mile from a park could continue for another couple of weeks, despite the parents’ hopes that authorities would drop the case at a meeting Monday.Read full article >>






Spectacular space images celebrate 'Year of Light'

CNN - Tecnology - January 26, 2015 - 1:53pm
NASA has released awe-inspiring images of the skies above to celebrate the "International Year of Light."

Close encounter with distant Pluto getting under way

CNN - Tecnology - January 26, 2015 - 1:53pm
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft is closing in on Pluto and its five moons. Soon we will see what no one has ever seen before: Crisp, clear pictures of the tiny, icy world.

Strauss: School superintendent writes ‘warning’ letter on PARCC Common Core test

Washington Post Education News - January 26, 2015 - 12:21pm
Superintendent Trisha Kocanda of Winnetka Public Schools in Illinois has written what could be called a “warning” letter to parents, community members and district staff about the PARCC Common Core exam that students in the state will be taking in March and May.  She writes in part:Read full article >>






Motherlode Blog: Snow Day Approaches

NYT Education News - January 26, 2015 - 12:16pm
Cookie baking. Board game playing. Snow shoveling. What will you do with your snow day?






Should colleges be required to report accusations of rape immediately, no matter what victims say?

Washington Post Education News - January 26, 2015 - 11:33am
With national attention focused on the issue of campus sexual assault — from the President, Congress and a national survey of hundreds of thousands of college students — Virginia lawmakers are considering forcing state college officials to report suspected cases to police immediately.Read full article >>






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