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How digital technology is ushering in a new age of learning

Educational Technology - December 16, 2014 - 6:35pm

by Rebecca Merrett, CIO

Digital disruption is driving education outside the boundaries of the classroom and into a host of new online opportunities. Interacting with new technologies is also a core focus across several Australian schools. To do this, book repository libraries are being transformed by several institutions into makerspaces, allowing students to tinker and experiment with technologies and learn in a non-structured environment. One of the first schools in Australia to transform its library is St Columba Anglican School in NSW. Its director of e-learning, Matt Richards, says his year 9 IT students are developing first-person shooter games for the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, while year 3 students are designing electronic controllers for games.

http://www.cio.com.au/article/562330/how-digital-technology-ushering-new-age-learning/

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IU School of Education professor earns NSF grant focused on informal science learning online

Educational Technology - December 16, 2014 - 6:30pm

by Indiana University

The Indiana University School of Education’s Sean Duncan is a co-principal investigator on a new grant from the National Science Foundation to examine informal online spaces where youth may learn science. The goal of the project is to better understand and utilize affinity spaces, which are online environments where youth can develop deep interest and engagement in specific topics and interact with others who share common interests. Duncan is deeply involved in researching learning games and affinity spaces in particular. He directs the Playful Culture Lab at IU, a research group within the Center for Research on Learning and Technology, focusing especially on learning through informal online settings. He’s received a previous grant for studying use of digital badges for credentialing learning through affinity spaces. Duncan also researches how online spaces shape the way teachers, parents and children discuss media.

http://news.indiana.edu/releases/iu/2014/12/informal-science-learning-grant.shtml

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CNN Student News - December 17, 2014

CNN - student news - December 16, 2014 - 5:59pm
December 17, 2014

Stuyvesant High Student Admits He Didn't Make $72 Million on Stock Trades

NYT Education News - December 16, 2014 - 4:31pm
After widespread publicity that Mohammed Islam had earned $72 million in the stock market, the story of a 17-year-old Stuyvesant High School senior started to unravel on Monday.






Motherlode Blog: Pausing for Hanukkah While Everything Else Keeps Going

NYT Education News - December 16, 2014 - 4:05pm
Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas has made me aware of how much easier the outside world makes it to protect one tradition over the other.

Skating Out Classroom Stress As A 'Derby Dame'

NPR on Education - December 16, 2014 - 2:46pm

English teacher and roller derby queen Elle L. Cool Jam, aka Nina Park, plays offense and defense on the track and in her classroom.

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Motherlode Blog: A Foreskin in the Right Place at the Right Time

NYT Education News - December 16, 2014 - 2:29pm
Proposed CDC guidelines would have doctors promote the benefits of circumcision in newborns, teenagers and adults, but parents will still make their own decisions—sometimes for unexpected reasons.






Letter From America: Students See New Hope in Bias Protests

NYT Education News - December 16, 2014 - 1:30pm
Student activists at Harvard hope to bring renewed momentum to the "Black Lives Matter" movement so that it avoids the fate of the Occupy Wall Street effort.






Md. teachers union wants kindergarten tests suspended

Washington Post Education News - December 16, 2014 - 12:23pm
The Maryland State Education Association is calling on the State Board of Education to suspend its Kindergarten Readiness Assessments, arguing that teachers lose too much instructional time administering the new computer-based tests and are not receiving useful data to improve teaching and learning.Read full article >>






D.C. Charter board moves to revoke charter for Community Academy

Washington Post Education News - December 16, 2014 - 11:12am
The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously Monday night to initiate the process to revoke the charter for Dorothy I. Height Community Academy Public Charter School for fiscal mismanagement, after the founder was charged with diverting millions of dollars to a private management company for his own financial benefit.Read full article >>






Sydney gunman's final posts

CNN - Tecnology - December 16, 2014 - 10:30am
CNNMoney reconstructs Man Haron Monis' digital footprints, including pages that were removed. Laurie Segall reports.

Small Favor Request from Ray

Educational Technology - December 16, 2014 - 10:14am
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Hack your Roomba

CNN - Tecnology - December 16, 2014 - 10:12am
Want a programmable robot of your very own that you can teach anything from playing your favorite songs to cleaning up after the party? iRobot says go ahead and hack your Roomba.

YouTube's top 2014 video was...

CNN - Tecnology - December 16, 2014 - 10:12am
Mutant horrors, singers and kissing strangers had a big year on YouTube.

Turkey Promotes Religious Schools, Often Defying Parents

NYT Education News - December 16, 2014 - 9:58am
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose Islamist party has injected religion into many aspects of Turkish life, has celebrated an increase in enrollment at religious schools to almost a million from 63,000 during his 12 years in power.
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