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Motherlode Blog: Your Child Has Lice? Spread the Word.

NYT Education News - October 17, 2014 - 7:04am
If we want to have any chance at defeating, or better yet avoiding, lice, we’re going to have to be willing to talk about them.

The Learning Network: Ideas for E.L.L.s | Civics and Citizenship

NYT Education News - October 17, 2014 - 6:32am
The 2014 elections are just around the corner, and they provide many opportunities for inviting E.L.L.s to be more active citizens.

New Research Suggests Small High Schools May Help After All

NPR on Education - October 17, 2014 - 6:03am

A New York City entrant in a long-running research controversy over the effectiveness of small high schools reveals that a reform derided as a failure has positive impact.

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The Learning Network: How Sexist Is the Gaming World?

NYT Education News - October 17, 2014 - 4:09am
Are you an avid video game player? Do you feel the industry and culture of the gaming world is dominated by men and boys? If so, what effects of that have you seen?

LA Schools Superintendent To Leave After iPad Controversy

NPR on Education - October 17, 2014 - 4:03am

The Los Angeles schools superintendent is stepping down. John Deasy's resignation follows a contracting scandal that put him on the defensive. He talks to Steve Inskeep about why he resigned.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | After 29 Years, Royals Waste No Time

NYT Education News - October 17, 2014 - 3:55am
When did the Kansas City Royals last win a championship?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | Converse and the Chuck Taylor Lawsuits

NYT Education News - October 17, 2014 - 3:07am
Can you choose the best word to complete each blank?

Strauss: A professor’s encounter with two Teach For America recruiters

Washington Post Education News - October 17, 2014 - 3:00am

Teach For America is an organization that recruits new college graduates, gives them five weeks of training in a summer institute and then places them in some of America’s neediest schools. Popular with the Obama administration, TFA has increasingly generated criticism about its limited training program and its requirement that corps members stay only two years in a school. I’ve published some pieces critical of TFA (see here, here and here), including this one by  Fordham Professor Mark Naison, who explained why he does not welcome Teach For America in his classroom to recruit. Here is a post by another academic, Mitchell Robinson, an associate professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University, about his recent experience with two TFA recruiters who met him to discuss why he, like Naison, didn’t want them in his classroom.  Before moving to Michigan State, Robinson taught music for 10 years in the Fulton (NY) City School District, and held collegiate appointments at the University of Connecticut and the Eastman School of Music.

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Strauss: Why the ‘coding for all’ movement is more than a boutique reform

Washington Post Education News - October 17, 2014 - 3:00am

Earlier this year I published a post about coding by education historian Larry Cuban that took issue with current calls for all students to learn how to code computers as a way to learn problem solving and computational thinking. Cuban is professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, and a former high school teacher and district superintendent. Here is a response to Cuban from two academics who explain why they think all students should learn to code. This was  written by  Jane Margolis, a senior researcher at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and author of  “Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing,” and  Yasmin Kafai, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and author of  “Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming.”

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | narcissist

NYT Education News - October 16, 2014 - 11:01pm
This word has appeared in 48 New York Times articles in the past year.

Obama May Name ‘Czar’ to Oversee Ebola Response

NYT Education News - October 16, 2014 - 9:47pm
After learning that a nurse infected in Texas had flown to Ohio, officials in two states closed schools and Americans debated how much they should worry.

Norward Roussell, Leader of Selma Schools in Turbulent Time, Dies at 80

NYT Education News - October 16, 2014 - 9:36pm
As the first black superintendent of schools in Selma, Ala., Dr. Roussell aspired to equalize educational opportunity, only to be fired amid racial animosities, protests and a school boycott.

Court Gives Go-Ahead to Expansion by N.Y.U.

NYT Education News - October 16, 2014 - 9:30pm
The Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court unanimously voted on Tuesday to allow for a major expansion in the heart of Greenwich Village.

New level of courses now offered on edX: Paid, Professional / Continuing Education

Educational Technology - October 16, 2014 - 7:40pm

by eCampus News

Thanks to universities looking to diversify [and monetize] their online offerings, edX is starting to host for-credit, for-a-fee, and job market-targeted courses to recent graduates. One of the first institutions to embark on this new level of course on edX, Rice University will offer three professional education courses in conjunction with the online education provider. Subjects will include energy sustainability, laboratory safety and health care in the digital environment, and the courses will begin in 2015 or 2016. Unlike free massive open online courses (MOOCs), participants will pay a fee to take these courses, build their professional knowledge and skills and earn certificates and/or continuing education credits. The courses are intended for recent graduates entering the workforce and current professionals seeking to advance their careers or transition into a new field.

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Now You Can Learn About Ed-Tech for Free from the School That’s Revolutionized It

Educational Technology - October 16, 2014 - 7:36pm

by Lauren Landry, Bostinno

Massive open online course platform edX launched a class last Wednesday, called “Design and Development of Educational Technology.” Three members of MIT’s Education Arcade are spearheading the course, including Eric Klopfer, Scot Osterwell and Judy Perry, director, creative director and a research member, respectively. Together, the trio will help lifelong learners discover how other students learn, so they can better understand what it takes to create effective educational technologies. MIT’s Education Arcade is focused on developing novel technologies that bridge the gap between learning and fun, like using online gaming to teach science and math. The lab is only one of several moves MIT has made, however, to highlight its dedication to the future of education.

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