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College Board Provides A Glimpse Of New SAT

NPR on Education - April 16, 2014 - 2:26am

Sample questions for the new version of the college-entrance test were released on Wednesday. The College Board announced last month the test will include real-world applications and more analysis.

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Revised SAT Won’t Include Obscure Vocabulary Words

NYT Education News - April 15, 2014 - 11:01pm
The College Board plans to release many details of its revised test on Wednesday, including sample questions and explanations of the research and goals behind them.






A few ‘SAT words,’ defined

Washington Post Education News - April 15, 2014 - 11:01pm

So, we knew you were wondering. What are the definitions of those “SAT words”?

Here they are.

Obsequious: showing too great a willingness to serve or obey; fawning.

Enervation: the state of being deprived of strength, force, vigor.

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College Board releases preview of new SAT exam questions

Washington Post Education News - April 15, 2014 - 11:01pm

Attention, high school freshmen. If you’re planning to take the SAT in two years, you probably won’t need to memorize the definitions of words like “obsequious,” “propinquity,” “enervation” or “lachrymose.”

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A Star Quarterback Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation<i class="icon dot-logo-icon hidden"></i>

NYT Education News - April 15, 2014 - 9:21pm
An accusation against Jameis Winston, a marquee player for Florida State, did not prompt an in-depth inquiry by either the university or the police. By the time prosecutors got the case, it was nearly a year old.

A Star Quarterback Accused, and a Flawed Rape Investigation<i class="icon dot-logo-icon hidden"></i>

NYT Education News - April 15, 2014 - 9:21pm
An accusation against Jameis Winston, a marquee player for Florida State, did not prompt an in-depth inquiry by either the university or the police. By the time prosecutors got the case it was nearly a year old.

Why You Should Try Video Feedback With Students

Educational Technology - April 15, 2014 - 7:39pm

by Scott Hayden, Edudemic

Using video is an efficient use of time and allows you to provide visual examples to illustrate points in more detailed verbal feedback. Securely stored and shared to your students from the cloud eg inboxing or tweeting links from Dropbox OR shared from your Hard Drive. YouTube can be used (ease of access) where you can adjust the settings to Private so no-one but your student can see it. Once students send you work you can assess wherever you are using any video recording device. See the link below for more.

http://www.edudemic.com/video-feedback-with-students/

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How Is The Internet Changing Education?

Educational Technology - April 15, 2014 - 7:34pm

By Katie Lepi, Edudemic

The internet has brought great things to education. Research is easier, for sure. And online learning is bringing education options in varying ranges of affordability to a much wider audience. The handy infographic linked below takes a look at how educational power is shifting away from the hands of the institutions and more into the hands of students.

http://www.edudemic.com/internet-education/

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What the 26 Billion-Thing Internet of Things Portends for IT

Educational Technology - April 15, 2014 - 7:31pm

By David Nagel, THE Journal

The rapid growth of interconnected devices making up the Internet of Things will wreak havoc on data security, storage, servers, networks and end user privacy, according to a new report. There will be 26 billion “things” making up the Internet of Things within six years, according to a report released by Gartner. The implications for IT are profound — in particular for data center operations. “IoT threatens to generate massive amounts of input data from sources that are globally distributed,” said Joe Skorupa, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, in a statement released to coincide with the report.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/03/18/what-the-26-billion-thing-internet-of-things-portends-for-it.aspx

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Virginia Intermont College says merger collapses, raising questions about its future

Washington Post Education News - April 15, 2014 - 5:41pm

A struggling liberal arts college in southwestern Virginia said Tuesday its plan to merge with a larger university in Florida has collapsed.

Virginia Intermont College, in Bristol near the Tennessee border, reported 378 students in the fall term — an enrollment decline of 35 percent since 2010. One of many small private colleges that have faced recruiting troubles in recent years, Virginia Intermont had said in January that it intended to join forces with Webber International University, based in Babson Park, Fla. A memorandum of understanding had called for the merger to take effect in July.

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States' Rollout of Common Core Goes Under the Microscope

Education Week - April 15, 2014 - 4:30pm
A variety of nonpartisan groups and government officials alike scope out states' strengths and challenges in the early stages of common-core implementation.

Google sells out of white Glass model

CNN - Tecnology - April 15, 2014 - 4:23pm
Tuesday, for the first time, Google Glass was made available to the general public. As part of the one-day-only offering, anyone in the U.S. could buy the $1,500 face-mounted computers and get a free pair of glass or sunglass frames.

Options likely to remain open, but DCPS will not manage it

Washington Post Education News - April 15, 2014 - 4:21pm

The District’s Options Public Charter School appears likely to continue operating at least through the end of the 2014-15 school year, but the city’s school system will not take over its management as previously hoped, D.C. government lawyers said in court Tuesday.

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Are Contracts to Blame for Teacher-Quality Gaps?

Education Week - April 15, 2014 - 4:09pm
Researchers are examining whether language in teacher contracts could be contributing to the teacher-quality gap between high- and low-minority schools.

Gifted Ed. Is Crucial, But the Label Isn't

Education Week - April 15, 2014 - 2:30pm
Giving students the educational challenges they are "ready and hungry" for is important, regardless of whether they have been designated as "gifted," five experts in the field write.

Districts Cheer Kansas K-12 Aid Deal, Despite Uncertainties

Education Week - April 15, 2014 - 2:30pm
Funding changes will pour more money into Kansas schools in a bid to satisfy a state supreme court ruling on aid.

Bipartisan Research Bill Rockets Through House Panel

Education Week - April 15, 2014 - 2:30pm
The House education committee gave unanimous backing to a measure making over the Institute of Education Sciences.

Tests Balance Common Core, Those With Cognitive Issues

Education Week - April 15, 2014 - 2:29pm
Specialized tests aligned to the Common Core State Standards are being field-tested for students with severe cognitive disabilities.

Studies Offer Insights on Implementing Common Core

Education Week - April 15, 2014 - 2:29pm
At a national meeting of education researchers this month, scholars shared lessons learned so far from standards implementation in some states and districts.
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