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App Smart: English Grammar Aids for Both Native Speakers and Students

NYT Education News - January 28, 2015 - 3:04pm
Everyone can struggle with English grammar’s complexities; these apps can improve your knowledge whatever your level of proficiency.

Strauss: How school reform has failed the test

Washington Post Education News - January 28, 2015 - 3:00pm
Few education policies are built from a deep knowledge of schools, the teachers who work in them, or the students who attend them. In an article in The American Scholar’s Winter, 2015 edition, scholar Mike Rose takes us into life in the classroom, and from that vantage point examines the pitfalls of contemporary school reform. I am running parts of the article — titled “School Reform Fails the Test: How can our schools get better when we have made teachers the problem and not the solution?” — with the permission of Rose and the journal.Read full article >>

Tesla's 'insane mode' stuns woman

CNN - Tecnology - January 28, 2015 - 2:29pm
The YouTube channel DragTimes published a clip of passengers reacting to Tesla's "insane mode" which can accelerate a car from 0 to 70 mph in a few seconds.

Motherlode Blog: How Janice Dean, Meteorologist and Mother, Does It

NYT Education News - January 28, 2015 - 2:26pm
If you had told me before I had kids that the chance to watch “Parenthood” on the DVR would be the lap of luxury, well….

McDuffie introduces Title IX legislation again

Washington Post Education News - January 28, 2015 - 1:25pm
D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) reintroduced a bill to increase athletic opportunities for girls in the city’s public schools.The District has some of the lowest participation rates in the country for girls in sports, an issue that has become the subject of two discrimination complaints in recent years.Read full article >>

The Learning Network: Reader Idea | Student Opinion Questions as E.L.L. Writing Prompts

NYT Education News - January 28, 2015 - 12:15pm
We’re thrilled that our daily Student Opinion questions attract such a variety of kinds of students to engage with current events and ideas, but we hope that English Language Learners worldwide know that we are especially impressed by their contributions. This lesson plan shows how to tailor the feature to the challenges and rewards of expressing opinions in a non-native language.

Motherlode Blog: Another Standardized Test, This Time of Citizenship

NYT Education News - January 28, 2015 - 11:30am
Is requiring high schoolers to take the same citizenship exam as immigrants who want to become United States citizen a good way to test a curriculum, or just another memorization requirement?

Differentiated Instruction: A Primer

Education Week - January 28, 2015 - 7:57am
In the field of education, definitions vary for differentiated instruction, a popular approach for teaching children with a wide range of academic strengths and interests.

A coffee cup for astronauts

CNN - Tecnology - January 28, 2015 - 6:22am
When you don't have gravity to help you, drinking coffee can become extremely difficult.

'Brain hat' helps paralyzed people make music

CNN - Tecnology - January 28, 2015 - 4:58am
A musician has created a way for people suffering from paralysis to make music with their eyes.

White House Won't Seek To End 529 College Tax Break

NPR on Education - January 28, 2015 - 4:14am

All 50 states and the District of Columbia sponsor 529 plans. Critics had called the proposal to limit them a tax hike on the middle class.

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