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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | tempestuous

NYT Education News - December 16, 2014 - 11:02pm
This word has appeared in 63 New York Times articles in the past year.

Johns Hopkins mistakenly says ‘yes’ to hundreds of rejected applicants

Washington Post Education News - December 16, 2014 - 10:13pm
Sam Stephenson was steeling himself for another round of college applications after his first choice, Johns Hopkins University, turned him down. Then the 17-year-old from Culpeper County in Virginia received an e-mail from Hopkins on Sunday afternoon that suggested he might still have reason to hope.Read full article >>

D.C. judge dismisses 18-year-old special education lawsuit, giving control to schools

Washington Post Education News - December 16, 2014 - 8:32pm
A U.S. district judge on Tuesday dismissed an 18-year-old special-education lawsuit against the District’s public school system, ending judicial oversight of how school administrators respond to families awaiting services for students with disabilities.Read full article >>

New York City Teachers Score Highly Under New Evaluation System

NYT Education News - December 16, 2014 - 8:16pm
The system was created to make it easier to identify which teachers performed the best so their methods could be replicated, and which performed the worst, so they could be fired.

Howard County schools consider Lunar New Year and Muslim holiday requests

Washington Post Education News - December 16, 2014 - 7:36pm
The focus on how public schools handle religious and cultural holidays continued Monday night in Howard County, with requests to accommodate the Lunar New Year and a Muslim holy day on next year’s calendar.Read full article >>

Chromebooks changing learning environment in Austintown

Educational Technology - December 16, 2014 - 6:38pm

By Lauren Wood, channel 27 WKBN

It has been nearly a month since the Austintown, Ohio Local School District began rolling out a program that gives every student in 6th grade through 12th grade a Google Chromebook for use in the classroom and at home. Austintown Fitch senior Tara Swecker said she feels like her school’s new Chromebook program is giving her a taste of college a year early. “I think this is the atmosphere of how college is going to be. A lot of the stuff is turning into technology and this is really helping with that,” Swecker said. The Chromebook program is revolutionizing the way things are done at Fitch. Gone are the days of students sitting in rows at a computer lab because the Chromebooks are always with them. “Everything is done online. All their submissions are done online. So this is preparing them to get used to getting away from pencil and paper copies.” 12th-grade English teacher Steven Ward said. He said the new computers help hold students accountable.

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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.

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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.

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CNN Student News - December 17, 2014

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

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