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This Is Your Brain on Drugs

NYT Education News - October 29, 2014 - 5:00am
New studies show that the effects of marijuana on young people may be greater than we thought.

Meet the Ward 1 candidates for D.C. State Board of Education

Washington Post Education News - October 29, 2014 - 5:00am

Five candidates are vying for an open seat on the D.C. State Board of Education this year.  Patrick Mara, who was elected in 2010, is not seeking another term. It’s a competitive race that has spurred far more fundraising than the other two State Board elections.

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Notebook | Online Education: Demystifying the MOOC

NYT Education News - October 29, 2014 - 5:00am
O.K., so massive open online courses didn’t change the world. That doesn’t mean they’re failures.

The Learning Network: What Are Your Opinions on Cosmetic Surgery?

NYT Education News - October 29, 2014 - 4:06am
What are your thoughts about cosmetic surgery in general? Why do you think people seemed to care so much about how Renée Zellweger looks?






50 Great Teachers: Socrates, The Ancient World's Teaching Superstar

NPR on Education - October 29, 2014 - 4:00am

It's been 2,400 years since he taught his last class, but the teaching method Socrates created, and that bears his name, lives on today.

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Tracking Sea Turtles as They Swim for Their Lives

NYT Education News - October 29, 2014 - 3:45am
How are scientists tracking the journey of some baby sea turtles on their first swims out to sea?






Strauss: Cuomo calls public school system a ‘monopoly’ he wants to bust

Washington Post Education News - October 29, 2014 - 3:00am

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is running for re-election, has angered teachers, parents and education activists by telling the New York Daily News editorial board that he views the K-12 public education system as a “monopoly” and that teachers are opposed to be evaluated.

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The Learning Network: Word of the Day | pallet

NYT Education News - October 28, 2014 - 11:03pm
This word has appeared in 46 New York Times articles in the past year.






Your Money Adviser: Another College Expense: Preparing for the SAT and ACT

NYT Education News - October 28, 2014 - 7:50pm
Test-preparation tutors and classes can be expensive, but there are less costly alternatives.

Digital Citizenship: Developing a Culture of Trust and Transparency

Educational Technology - October 28, 2014 - 7:39pm

by Andrew Marcinek, Edutopia

An acceptable use policy is a document that is present in every school district around the country. The purpose of this policy is to provide safe parameters for exploring digital resources and using school-issued devices properly. It also ensures that schools do their very best to block out the darkest corners of the web. And while these policies are effective and required, they have not evolved in their semantics. Within the development of these school-wide policies, several shifts need to happen. My observation about the need for a semantic shift, probably one of the biggest shifts requited, reflects how acceptable use policies are interpreted by students. Essentially, these policies read more like a legal document rather than a document that students can understand and carry out. Additionally, we need to shift the focus from “you shouldn’t do that” to a sense of empowerment around technology. In short, schools should place a positive connotation around technology use.

http://www.edutopia.org/blog/digital-citizenship-culture-trust-transparency-andrew-marcinek

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EdX To Offer Free Advanced Placement Courses For High Schoolers

Educational Technology - October 28, 2014 - 7:35pm

by Lisa Winter, IFL Science

EdX is a non-profit website that offers over 300 massive online open courses (MOOCs), providing access to a world-class education to anyone with an internet connection at little or no cost. Initially started as a joint venture between MIT and Harvard, edX has expanded to include partnerships with top universities around the globe including Caltech, Dartmouth, Columbia, University of Queensland, and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. EdX is now embarking on courses for teenagers by offering high school-level options, including Advanced Placement (AP) courses.

http://www.iflscience.com/technology/edx-offer-free-advanced-placement-courses-high-schoolers

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Build Student E-Portfolios Using Evernote

Educational Technology - October 28, 2014 - 7:29pm

By Edudemic

Although Evernote already is a fairly well-known app, very few educators realize its potential building and sharing student portfolios. Having a well-organized e-portfolio is important: It can follow students from one grade to the next and prepare them to record their future accomplishments. There are plenty of ways to create an e-portfolio, and we feel Evernote is the best. Not only is it a feature-rich platform, but its free price tag also makes it a cost-effective solution for even the most frugal classrooms.

http://www.edudemic.com/the-best-way-to-build-student-e-portfolios/

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Colleges’ Shift on Four-Year Scholarships Reflects Players’ Growing Power

NYT Education News - October 28, 2014 - 7:13pm
The one-year scholarship has come to be viewed as similar to an employment contract, while four-year awards are seen as more in the spirit of amateurism.

New Jersey schools promise to correct racial disparities

Washington Post Education News - October 28, 2014 - 6:35pm

A school district serving two suburban communities in New Jersey has agreed to expand access to Advanced Placement classes and other higher learning opportunities to African American students, following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Montgomery schools chief proposes $221 million in additional construction funding

Washington Post Education News - October 28, 2014 - 6:24pm

Montgomery County’s schools chief on Tuesday called for nearly $221 million in added funding for the district’s school construction plan as student enrollment continues to surge in Maryland’s fastest-growing school system.

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State Initiatives Widen Reach of ACT, SAT Tests

Education Week - October 28, 2014 - 5:20pm
Newly mandated tests are sometimes doing double duty as exit exams or accountability gauges.

School Researchers Use Computer Models to 'Field-Test' Ideas

Education Week - October 28, 2014 - 5:19pm
Increasingly detailed computer models of student behavior and learning provide new testing grounds for classroom interventions.

N.Y.C. Schools to Open Doors to Student Cellphones

Education Week - October 28, 2014 - 5:06pm
The country's largest school district plans to end its ban on student cellphones in schools, following the path of a growing number of districts.

Ed. Startups Get Money, Advice From Federal Program

Education Week - October 28, 2014 - 5:06pm
Operating within the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, the Small Business Innovation Research program has backed the development of dozens of ed-tech companies.

Teaching the Why, Not Just the What, of Geography

Education Week - October 28, 2014 - 5:05pm
Standards should emphasize the deeper reasoning implicit in geography education, not just learning place names, Phil Gersmehl writes.
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