National Education News

Strauss: Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s communications chief leaving for Teach For America

Washington Post Education News - November 22, 2014 - 8:51am

(Update: Adding Ritsch’s statement)

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is losing his second communications chief in two years. Massie Ritsch, the acting assistant secretary for communications and outreach, is leaving his job to take a new position at Teach For America.

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U-Va. campus addresses sexual-assault allegations in Rolling Stone article

Washington Post Education News - November 21, 2014 - 7:16pm

The harrowing account of a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house described in a new Rolling Stone article roiled the campus Friday, with students, faculty members and parents questioning the administration’s response to the allegations.

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Security breach reveals personal data on Prince George’s school employees

Washington Post Education News - November 21, 2014 - 7:10pm

The Prince George’s County Public School System notified employees on Friday evening of a possible security breach involving employees’ personal data.

“Your personal information may have been potentially exposed to others,” Deputy Superintendent Monique W. Davis wrote in anemail. “Please be assured we have taken every step necessary to address the incident, and that we are committed to fully protectingall of the information that you have entrusted to us.”

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Learning Tech Poses “Real Threat” To Vulnerable Business Schools

Educational Technology - November 21, 2014 - 6:40pm

by Seb Murray, Business Because

Two leading US business professors have said that the disruptive technology used by Moocs poses a “real threat” to business schools and could replace some classroom teachers. Two leading US business professors have said that the disruptive technology used by Moocs, or massive open online courses, pose a “real threat” to business schools and could “replace a large number of classroom instructors”. The professors also envisaged a scenario in which the “fundamental architecture of the business school could crumble” in the face of wide-scale adoption of distance learning technology. In comments that echo their research earlier this year which forecast that two-thirds of MBA professors could be sacked due to the emergence of Mooc tech, Wharton School professors Christian Terwiesch and Karl Ulrich say business schools and faculty are “clearly vulnerable”.

http://www.businessbecause.com/news/mba-distance-learning/2916/learning-tech-poses-real-threat-to-vulnerable-business-schools

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Beliefs: Inquiry Focuses on Leaked Documents at Starr King School for the Ministry

NYT Education News - November 21, 2014 - 6:34pm
Two students at the Unitarian Universalist seminary in Berkeley, Calif., have been given conditional graduation after they were ensnared in a flubbed presidential search.






Pi Top is a chunky open source laptop to teach you about coding

Educational Technology - November 21, 2014 - 6:30pm

by Nick Echavarria, BackerJack

The mission behind Pi-Top is simple: focus on teaching people how to create and code great hardware. Initially, the open source laptop is shipped in pieces: a 13.3″ HD LCD monitor, various PCBs, keyboard, trackpad, Wi-Fi adapter, wiring, battery, and a Raspberry Pi to control it all. Instructions are included to lead users in the Pi-Top’s construction, and serve as an introductory lesson to everything the Pi-Top does. Afterwards, it functions as a laptop dedicated to teaching the skills necessary to transform a pure novice into someone who can design printed circuit boards, 3D print, and code anything they’d want using free online lessons direct from the company. In addition, the Raspberry Pi’s HAT specification allows small add-on boards to add functionality, a consideration Pi-Top was built with.

http://www.backerjack.com/pi-top-is-a-chunky-open-source-laptop-to-teach-you-about-coding/

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The 10 Best Apps for Online Students

Educational Technology - November 21, 2014 - 6:29pm

By gearfuse, Before It’s News

Technology has become an integral part of the student experience. There’s no shortage of apps to help students organize their schedules, stay on track with homework, and pay the bills on a tight budget. Students taking online or distance courses have additional needs that can also be assisted with today’s best apps. Take a look at these options, most of which are free to download.

http://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2014/11/the-10-best-apps-for-online-students-2732414.html

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New York Chancellor Is Criticized for Remarks on Charter Schools

NYT Education News - November 21, 2014 - 4:26pm
Carmen Fariña said at a conference that some charter schools push students out before they take state tests and later replace them with high-scoring children.

Strauss: Texas approves social studies textbooks criticized as inaccurate and biased

Washington Post Education News - November 21, 2014 - 4:16pm

This will come as no surprise to anyone who has followed Texas and its textbook adoption saga: The Republican majority on the Texas Board of Education overrode Democratic members’ concerns on Friday and approved about 90 social studies textbooks, workbooks and other instructional materials, some of which have been criticized as being inaccurate and biased.

One Texas newspaper said the only “happy face” in the board room  was that of a member of the Sikh community, which was delighted that their religion was being included in textbooks for the first time.

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Texas Education Panel OKs New History, Social Studies Textbooks

NPR on Education - November 21, 2014 - 3:46pm

The 10-5 vote in the Republican-controlled panel was along party lines. The outcome is significant because Texas with it 5 million students has a large impact on the national textbook market.

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Texas Hits The Books

NPR on Education - November 21, 2014 - 3:22pm

For the first time in more than a decade, the Texas State Board of Education has adopted new social studies textbooks. But the process came with a few hiccups.

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Your Money: Comparing College Costs the Easy Way

NYT Education News - November 21, 2014 - 2:49pm
College Abacus aggregates cost calculations from up to three colleges at a time on its own website, but is blocked by some institutions.






Motherlode Blog: Soaking Cranberries, and Heading Into Thanksgiving Week

NYT Education News - November 21, 2014 - 2:30pm
Isn’t the rule that no one has to cook anything over Thanksgiving week that isn’t for Thanksgiving?






Strauss: Report: Schools ‘unwittingly’ enabled mother of Sandy Hook killer to ‘appease’ him

Washington Post Education News - November 21, 2014 - 2:27pm

A new report on Adam Lanza, who fatally shot 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., in 2012, says that the public schools he attended “unwittingly” enabled Lanza’s mother to “accommodate and appease” her son through a “lack of attention to social-emotional support” and by allowing him to study independently on the assumption that he was gifted, when, in fact, he wasn’t.

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A Yeshiva Graduate Fights for Secular Studies in Hasidic Education

NYT Education News - November 21, 2014 - 2:09pm
Naftuli Moster is calling attention to shortcomings in secular education at Hasidic Jews’ schools in New York.
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