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Get ready: iOS 8 is almost here

Educational Technology - August 29, 2014 - 7:30pm

By Laura Devaney, eSchool News

Apple’s new iOS 8 release has big potential for education, but school networks must be prepared, experts say. But as most school IT leaders will agree, iOS 7 posed problems for school networks, in many cases leveling those networks as students attempted to update at least one, and often more than one, device on their school’s network. Apple has a huge stake in the education market, and iOS 8 promises some next-level features for educators and students. A major feature, called “extensibility,” enables apps to work together better and share more information. According to Business Insider, this means less time switching between apps and more time for productivity. Extensibility, coupled with other iOS 8 features, promise to put the latest upgrade at the top of Apple users’ priorities.

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U.S. colleges will screen some students for Ebola

Washington Post Education News - August 29, 2014 - 7:10pm

For many U.S. college students arriving from West Africa, this year’s “back to school” routine will include a screening for Ebola.

Although health and university officials agree that the threat of the virus spreading at a college in the United States is small, some schools are taking absolutely no chances, according to an Associated Press report on college responses to the outbreak.

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Two Wilson football players from another school lose spot on high school’s team

Washington Post Education News - August 29, 2014 - 6:53pm

Two varsity football players for D.C.’s Wilson High School who attend a private school were kicked off the team as the season was about to begin after school officials realized that they had mistakenly allowed the boys to play for two seasons.

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Calif. teacher tenure case spices up superintendent race

Washington Post Education News - August 29, 2014 - 5:13pm

This story has been updated.

The Vergara case in California, in which a judge struck down that state’s tenure laws and other job protections for teachers, is about to become a central issue in the November race for state schools chief.

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Lawyer Seeks to Reinstate Suit Over Alleged Abuse Cover-Up at Yeshiva High

NYT Education News - August 29, 2014 - 5:10pm
A lawyer for dozens of men who say they were sexually abused by rabbis argued that a judge had misconstrued the statute of limitations because the school’s complicity had only recently come to light.

New Orleans Enters The Charter School Era

NPR on Education - August 29, 2014 - 3:39pm

Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and swept away many of its public schools. Now, the city's largest district is unveiling a transformed school system, composed entirely of charter schools.

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Ex-GWU president criticized for remarks about women, drinking and sexual assault

Washington Post Education News - August 29, 2014 - 3:30pm

The former president of George Washington University — who declared this week that women should be “trained not to drink in excess” so they can “be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave” — said Friday that he did not mean to imply that drunk women should be blamed if they are raped.

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The Learning Network: Reader Idea | From Article to Infographic: Translating Information About ‘Sneakerheads’

NYT Education News - August 29, 2014 - 2:53pm
Brett Vogelsinger’s students worked with an article about the subculture of teenage “sneakerheads,” to think about how to take written information and transform it into an infographic that communicates main ideas visually.

Prince George’s revises its student appeals process

Washington Post Education News - August 29, 2014 - 12:29pm

The Prince George’s Board of Education revised the school system’s policy on student appeals to mirror guidelines created earlier this year by the Maryland State Board of Education that speed up decisions on disciplinary actions.

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Motherlode Blog: 13, and Surviving in the Woods on Squirrel Pizza

NYT Education News - August 29, 2014 - 11:57am
The 20-something mastermind behind my son’s outdoor survival program presented parents with no medical forms or really any assurances for our children’s safety. Yet my son has never been hurt any worse than he has playing with friends in our finished basement, and it has transformed him.

7 bizarre experiments in space

CNN - Tecnology - August 29, 2014 - 11:49am
Mouse astronauts, fireballs and a real-life R2D2 -- science on the International Space Station.

Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

NYT Education News - August 29, 2014 - 11:40am
Welcome to Motherlode’s weekly open thread. Do you have thoughts about the news this week, and how it affects families? A question to ask? A rant to share? This is your place. Go.

Picking Up an Elusive College Dream

NYT Education News - August 29, 2014 - 11:23am
For Tenille Warren, the burden of growing up poor was too heavy for even the offer of a free ride to college to counter. But, about to turn 38, she is back on track at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Loose cat causes Anne Arundel elementary school to close early

Washington Post Education News - August 29, 2014 - 11:20am

A loose cat closed an Anne Arundel County elementary school Friday morning.

Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesman, said a teacher at Richard Henry Lee Elementary School in Glen Burnie spotted a cat inside her classroom around 7:30 a.m. Mosier said she notified school officials and there were no students inside the school at the time of the discovery.

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Seoul and other Asian cities provide surge of foreign students to U.S. universities

Washington Post Education News - August 29, 2014 - 9:39am

Seoul is sending more students to U.S. universities than any other foreign city, followed by Beijing and Shanghai, according to a new analysis of federal data that shows in vivid detail a huge surge of visitors from overseas in recent years seeking higher education in the United States.

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Apple sets event for Sept. 9

CNN - Tecnology - August 29, 2014 - 9:28am
Apple has set Sept. 9 as the date for a big announcement.

Google reveals drone tests

CNN - Tecnology - August 29, 2014 - 9:28am
Google is the latest company to branch out into delivery by drone, it revealed today. The technology giant started running its first test flights earlier this month as part of Project Wing, a secretive, two-year-old program exploring drone delivery.

David Rosand, an Art History Scholar Whose Heart Was in Venice, Dies at 75

NYT Education News - August 29, 2014 - 9:27am
Mr. Rosand, who began teaching at Columbia in the mid-’60s, specialized in Venetian painting but had wide art knowledge beyond his immediate field.

California Lawmakers Pass 'Affirmative Consent' Sexual Assault Bill

NPR on Education - August 29, 2014 - 9:19am

The bill states that students on college campuses would need "affirmative consent" before engaging in sexual activity. Silence or a lack of resistance would not constitute consent.

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Strauss: Does ‘restorative justice’ in campus sexual assault cases make sense?

Washington Post Education News - August 29, 2014 - 8:41am

Meg Mott, a professor of political theory at Marlboro College in Vermont, recent wrote a post published on this blog about how  many colleges are mishandling cases of sexual assault on campus. The issue has been getting attention, with with a bipartisan group of senators recently introducting legislation in Congress that would force school officials to be more transparent and accountable in dealing with sexual assaults. Here’s a follow-up piece on the issue from Mott

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