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Sesame Workshop Tackles Literacy With Technology

NYT Education News - October 19, 2014 - 3:07pm
The first products from a partnership between the nonprofit producer of “Sesame Street” and the children’s speech recognition company ToyTalk could be available early next year.






International Education: British Universities Get Good News

NYT Education News - October 19, 2014 - 12:24pm
A study released this month says that by 2024, Britain will add 83,000 foreign graduate students to the nearly quarter-million it hosted in 2013.






International Education: Fiction Writers Help Scientists Push Known Boundaries

NYT Education News - October 19, 2014 - 12:13pm
A group of authors and researchers met this month to support engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs in aiming higher with technology, despite elusive grants.






Motherlode Blog: There’s Cancer In My Future. How Am I Supposed to Feel?

NYT Education News - October 19, 2014 - 7:07am
I know I have the BRCA 1 mutation, and I know I have a strong chance of developing ovarian or breast cancer. But I am 32 years old, and I don’t know what to do with that knowledge.






Montgomery County school board, critics at odds over $140,000 legal bill

Washington Post Education News - October 18, 2014 - 10:23pm

First there was public uproar about how members of Montgomery County’s Board of Education used their district-issued credit cards. Now comes fallout regarding the $140,000 in legal bills that piled up as the records for those credit cards went under review and investigation.

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8 Billion Mobile Devices by 2019, but Can Batteries and Chargers Keep Pace?

Educational Technology - October 18, 2014 - 7:41pm

by David Nagel, THE Journal

The installed base of mobile devices is expected to hit 8 billion worldwide by 2019, according to a new forecast. But can the technologies that power these devices keep pace with this growth? According to ABI Research, which produces market reports and forecasts for the technology sector, there are, at present, about 10 “untethered,” rechargeable (i.e., mobile) devices per house in “advanced markets.” And this figure is only going to increase. Despite that, both power storage and charging technologies aren’t keeping pace at all. “The opportunity is enormous…. The growth in wearables driven by the likes of Samsung and now Apple will increase this number further, along with the Internet of Things, and even electric cars.

http://thejournal.com/articles/2014/10/09/8-billion-mobile-devices-by-2019-but-can-batteries-and-chargers-keep-pace.aspx

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HP hopes its breakup will benefit higher ed

Educational Technology - October 18, 2014 - 7:35pm

by eCampus News

Ed-tech consultant Mitch Weisburgh of Academic Business Advisors said he likes the company’s move. “I think that this could bode really well for the two entities and also for schools and [colleges],” he said. “Printers and PCs are a commodity business. HP Inc. can concentrate on driving down costs and increasing value, which should result in lower-cost devices.” At the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Atlanta in June, HP showed its new EliteBook line of devices, running Windows 8.1—including the EliteBook Revolve, a notebook computer that converts to a tablet, and the EliteBook 840, which reportedly features up to 33 hours of battery life thanks to an accessory battery stored under the device. HP has positioned these devices as more versatile options for schools looking for the convenience of a tablet combined with the productivity of a laptop.

http://www.ecampusnews.com/technologies/hp-breakup-ed-536/

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11 ed tech developments from Educause

Educational Technology - October 18, 2014 - 7:30pm

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive

With over 260 exhibitors on the floor at Educause 2014, there was plenty for attendees to see. Education Dive was on hand to take it all in, and while we didn’t see everything, there was plenty that caught our attention. From the latest LMS to publishing developments to lecture capture, and in no particular order, we put together the following list of things to note at this year’s event.

http://www.educationdive.com/news/11-ed-tech-developments-from-educause/318727/

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Remains Found in Search for Hannah Graham, Near University of Virginia

NYT Education News - October 18, 2014 - 7:06pm
A crew looking for Ms. Graham, a student who disappeared last month, discovered human remains outside Charlottesville, officials said.






Strauss: #WhyIrefuse

Washington Post Education News - October 18, 2014 - 1:26pm

The “testing reform” is growing around the country. Even the Obama administration has acknowledged there is too much standardized testing in public schools today. Here, on Twitter at #whyIrefuse, are tweets from parents, teachers and others about why they don’t want their children or students to take high-stakes standardized tests. This gives you an idea of why people are turning against these assessments.

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Strauss: Leadership mess in L.A. schools could be a movie — but you wouldn’t believe the plot

Washington Post Education News - October 18, 2014 - 10:01am

Los Angeles is all about movie-making, so how ridiculous would you find a flick with the following plot?

It opens with the hard-charging superintendent of the Los Angeles school system, the nation’s second largest, abruptly resigning after 3½ years. (That is longer than he spent as superintendent in Prince George’s County, Md., years earlier before he abruptly resigned from that post). We see the U.S. education secretary expressing “disappointment” in the departure, but the teachers in the 640,000-student system are throwing a party. Conflict established. Tension builds.

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Strauss: Leadership mess in L.A. schools could be a movie — but you wouldn’t believe the plot

Washington Post Education News - October 18, 2014 - 10:01am

Los Angeles is all about movie-making, so how ridiculous would you find a flick with the following plot?

It opens with the hard-charging superintendent of the Los Angeles school system, the nation’s second largest, abruptly resigning after 3½ years. (That is longer than he spent as superintendent in Prince George’s County, Md., years earlier before he abruptly resigned from that post). We see the U.S. education secretary expressing “disappointment” in the departure, but the teachers in the 640,000-student system are throwing a party. Conflict established. Tension builds.

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The Secret Lives Of Teachers

NPR on Education - October 18, 2014 - 7:03am

Our new series looks at what teachers do when they're not teaching. Artist? Carpenter? Quidditch player? What's your secret life?

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School District on Long Island Is Told It Must Teach Immigrants

NYT Education News - October 17, 2014 - 9:44pm
The guidance came after complaints that children who are in the U.S. illegally had been barred from public school classes in Hempstead.






Germ-zapping robot targets Ebola

CNN - Tecnology - October 17, 2014 - 8:37pm
Gigi the robot looks like a skinny, harmless cousin of R2-D2, but the machine is a cold-blooded killer for hire, a germ zapper that could become an important weapon in the fight against Ebola.

5 Ways to Use Integrated Google Drive Apps for Group Projects

Educational Technology - October 17, 2014 - 7:40pm

by Leah Levy, Edudemic

Google Drive empowers teachers as they use Google Docs to provide real time feedback. It also helps students engage in discourse via Google Moderator, and provides project participants a platform for brainstorming remotely on Google Hangouts. But Google Drive’s power doesn’t lie solely in its own features. In fact, it is Drive’s integration with third party apps that really empower student collaboration. In this post, we’ll explore 5 creative ways to use integrated apps for group projects.

http://edudemic.com/5-ways-use-integrated-google-drive-apps-group-projects/

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Learning about art via smartphone

Educational Technology - October 17, 2014 - 7:35pm

by Meg McConahey, Press Democrat

College students who are more comfortable browsing the web than stacks of books can now research the artworks on display in Santa Rosa Junior College’s Doyle Library simply by pointing their phones at them. The new Art Talk uses smart phone technology to make fine art accessible to a new generation of what writer Marc Prensky dubbed “digital natives,” students who never knew a world without home computers and the Internet. SRJC librarians Alicia Virtue and Loretta Esparza created the online gallery to better engage students with the library’s extensive collection of fine art, all done by current or former faculty members.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/lifestyle/2919598-181/learning-about-art-via-smartphone

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Online learning program to be offered to elementary students

Educational Technology - October 17, 2014 - 7:30pm

by Julie Greene, Herald Mail Media

Washington County Public Schools is adopting an online adaptive learning program that could be available to all county elementary schools by the end of this month, according to a school system official. Students will be able to access it from home and at school, with the program providing data to teachers to help them determine which skills students need more help with, said Matt Semler, director of elementary education and student services. The Washington County Board of Education voted 6-0 on Tuesday to approve its consent agenda, which included the $231,000 purchase of Stride Academy for one year from LTS Education Systems, of Birmingham, Ala. Board member Melissa Williams was absent from the meeting.

http://www.heraldmailmedia.com/news/local/online-learning-program-to-be-offered-to-elementary-students/article_55f7f516-5f27-586a-b71f-0fecd8a56a0f.html

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Md. public school teacher denies he told students all Muslims are terrorists

Washington Post Education News - October 17, 2014 - 7:08pm

Prince George’s County school administrators are investigating allegations that an English teacher told students at Parkdale High School that all Muslims are terrorists who “will kill you.”

The teacher — Anthony Fonebi, who has been with the school system since 2003 — denied that he said anything derogatory, saying in an interview Friday that the situation was a misunderstanding and a classroom discussion was “blown out of proportion.”

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Elementary students lobby D.C. Council for an official city rock: the Potomac bluestone

Washington Post Education News - October 17, 2014 - 6:08pm

The fifth-grade students filled two rows of seats in the D.C. Council hearing room Friday, fidgeting as they prepared to testify.

Their objective: Persuade the council members to adopt the Potomac bluestone as the city’s official rock.

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