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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | The ‘Sailing Stones’ of Death Valley

NYT Education News - 19 hours 56 min ago
What makes rocks move across a dry river bed in Death Valley National Park?






The Learning Network: Test Yourself | The Electric Zoo Concert

NYT Education News - 20 hours 29 min ago
Below are three paragraphs from “A Bit of Caution Beneath the Thump,” the Aug. 31 review of last week’s Electric Zoo concert in New York City. Can you choose the best word for each blank?






The Learning Network: Word of the Day | transcendent

NYT Education News - September 1, 2014 - 11:02pm
This word has appeared in 169 New York Times articles in the past year.






Often-absent students score lower on NAEP

Washington Post Education News - September 1, 2014 - 11:01pm

A state-by state analysis released Tuesday shows that students who were frequently absent from school did worse on the National Assessment of Educational Progress than those who were not.

Fourth-grade students who reported that they had missed three or more days of school prior to the 2013 test had reading scores that were 12 points lower than students with no absences. That is the equivalent of more than a full grade level, according to the test’s scale.

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On Sidelines, Researchers See C.E.O.s

NYT Education News - September 1, 2014 - 9:15pm
A new study by researchers at Vanderbilt found that college coaches who command robust salaries are worth the money because of the value they bring to their universities.






Policymakers hail STEM education as a strong foundation, pushing innovation

Washington Post Education News - September 1, 2014 - 9:01pm

Although a recent study found that almost 75 percent of those who have science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees have jobs in other fields, policymakers, advocates and executives continue to push STEM education as a way to close achievement gaps and produce U.S. innovation.

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Education Post aims to take the sting out of national conversations about school reform

Washington Post Education News - September 1, 2014 - 9:00pm

Spend any time on Twitter or in the blogosphere and the national debate about public education quickly resembles a schoolyard brawl, complete with taunts, name-calling and piling on.

Issues such as teacher tenure, parent triggers, charter schools and the Common Core State Standards bring out vitriol even among policymakers and prominent figures.

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Memo From Mexico City: Billboard Drives Home Extent of Corruption as Schools Suffer

NYT Education News - September 1, 2014 - 7:46pm
In Mexico, which despite a healthy education budget has dilapidated schools, a billboard shows how much money goes to no-show teachers who collect pay without working.






Northern Virginia schools open year with changes ahead

Washington Post Education News - September 1, 2014 - 7:45pm

Nearly 400,000 Virginia students in the Washington area are scheduled to return to classes Tuesday morning for the start of the 2014-2015 school year, one that brings with it a number of changes across the region’s school districts.

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Ten Steps to Using Twitter in the College Classroom

Educational Technology - September 1, 2014 - 7:40pm

by Jason Llorenz, Huffington Post

Having experimented with social media for learning — especially Twitter — across my courses, I am convinced that social media offers powerful opportunities to connect with students, by providing new ways for them to own the learning. But doing it well takes a good deal of planning and structure, especially if social will be part of your graded class activities. Below are 10 strategies and tactics for integrating Twitter into your college course.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jason-a-llorenz/ten-steps-to-using-twitte_b_5692021.html

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Parents warned over the use of ‘educational’ mobile apps

Educational Technology - September 1, 2014 - 7:35pm

By Emily Bryan, Australian Broadcast News

Parents been warned by an expert that some mobile apps that claim to help children learn have little educational benefit. Recent national test results showed Tasmanian students were well below average in literacy and numeracy. And educational researchers have said teachers and parents embracing technology could be one way to turn that around. However, they have warned that not all educational technology is as useful as developers had hoped.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-26/parents-warned-about-27educational27-technology/5698528

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University of Southern Maine Will Teach Students How to Hack, and How to Stop It

Educational Technology - September 1, 2014 - 7:30pm

BY J. CRAIG ANDERSON, Government Technology

University of Southern Maine students are preparing to infect networks with malicious software, hack into hardware, secretly monitor user activity and lure Web surfers to predatory Internet sites. And they’ll even get credit for doing it.

That’s because it will all happen within a controlled setting as part of a new cybersecurity curriculum in which they will examine technical, legal and ethical issues surrounding the collection, sharing and theft of sensitive data. USM’s new Cyber Security Lab, which officially opens at the Portland campus Tuesday, will be a playground for hackers and other students seeking jobs in the booming high-tech industry. But the interdisciplinary curriculum developed in the lab will extend far beyond information technology into areas such as corporate communications, law and even philosophy.

http://www.govtech.com/education/University-of-Southern-Maine-Will-Teach-Students-How-to-Hack-and-How-to-Stop-It.html

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Olney mourns Sherwood student killed in teen car crash

Washington Post Education News - September 1, 2014 - 7:25pm

They had just finished the first week of school, it was the start of Labor Day weekend and a group of high school friends was hanging out at a home in Olney around midnight Friday. When Nick Stull decided to leave, he asked Shawn Gangloff if he wanted to go with him.

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CNN Student News - September 2, 2014

CNN - student news - September 1, 2014 - 6:13pm
September 2, 2014

Sharptown Colored School in rural Maryland reopens as a community center

Washington Post Education News - September 1, 2014 - 6:04pm

Newell Quinton points through the rippled glass of a large second-story window into a sun-soaked field of tall grass. “You see where those short pine trees are? That was home plate.”

Seventy years old, Quinton stood in the wood-planked halls of the school he attended in the 1950s, filling in the field outside with the memories of his rural Maryland boyhood. A trim gray mustache lines his upper lip, and as he relays stories of softball, bib overalls and lining up after recess, the voice that leaves his mouth is at once 7 and 70, animated and articulate.

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Stem: Incentives Aid A.P. Science and Math Scores

NYT Education News - September 1, 2014 - 5:08pm
A Pittsburgh high school took part in an initiative to raise its performance in math and science, but did its results match the high expectations?






Op-Ed Contributor: The New History Wars

NYT Education News - September 1, 2014 - 4:32pm
Students need an unvarnished picture of our past and the skills to understand and interpret that picture.






Can levitating appliances take off?

CNN - Tecnology - September 1, 2014 - 12:38pm
Ger Jansen is puzzling about how to fit a windshield. His problem is not installing it in a car, but hanging the glass in thin air and keeping it hovering for a prolonged display.

Strauss: Why one school system is dropping Teach For America

Washington Post Education News - September 1, 2014 - 7:51am

The school board in Durham, N.C., has voted 6-1 to end its relationship with Teach For America after the 2015-16 school year, when all of the 12 TFA teachers hired in the past few years will have completed the two years of service they promise to make when joining the organization.

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Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can't Afford

NPR on Education - September 1, 2014 - 3:22am

Librarians are being reassigned to classrooms. In Illinois, librarians must also have teaching certifications, and most have endorsements to teach specific grades and subjects.

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