National Education News

Steep Drops Seen in Teacher-Prep Enrollment Numbers

Education Week - October 21, 2014 - 7:30am
Massive changes to the profession, coupled with budget woes, appear to be shaking the image of teaching as a stable, engaging career, with data showing that enrollments in university teacher-preparation programs have been declining.

What Reflects a Great School? Not Test Scores

Education Week - October 21, 2014 - 7:29am
Regie Routman argues that good assessment results can be fleeting, but good leadership never is.

The Learning Network: Weekly News Quiz | Oct. 14-20, 2014

NYT Education News - October 21, 2014 - 6:00am
Have you been following the news? Take our quiz to see what you know and to learn more, and look for a new edition each week on Tuesday morning.

Skype is about to become a 'universal translator'

CNN - Tecnology - October 21, 2014 - 4:01am
Users of the video chat app will soon be able to conduct voice and video calls supported by a near-real time translation technology.

The Learning Network: Will Humans Live on Mars Someday?

NYT Education News - October 21, 2014 - 4:00am
Do you think ordinary people will ever make interplanetary space trips, the way people take intercontinental plane rides today?

Essay: Hooking Up at an Affirmative-Consent Campus? It’s Complicated

NYT Education News - October 21, 2014 - 3:58am
“Yes means yes” means checking in with your partner during sex, but many young men say they don’t know how to have that conversation.

The Short Shelf Life Of Urban School Superintendents

NPR on Education - October 21, 2014 - 3:35am

Do big-city chiefs like John Deasy, recently ousted from LA Unified, get enough time to make a difference?

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The Learning Network: 6 Q’s About the News | Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live

NYT Education News - October 21, 2014 - 3:30am
Can you imagine yourself moving to a city when you get older, if you don’t live there already? Why?

The Learning Network: Test Yourself | The Extreme Fitness Craze

NYT Education News - October 21, 2014 - 3:06am
Here are the first several paragraphs of the Oct. 14 article “Why Are Americans So Fascinated With Extreme Fitness?” Can you choose the best word or phrase for each blank?

The Learning Network: Word of the Day | prattle

NYT Education News - October 20, 2014 - 11:02pm
This word has appeared in 16 New York Times articles in the past year.

Ali Mazrui, Scholar of Africa Who Divided U.S. Audiences, Dies at 81

NYT Education News - October 20, 2014 - 10:44pm
Professor Mazrui, who had taught since 1989 at Binghamton University, set off national criticism with his 1986 television documentary, “The Africans: A Triple Heritage.”

Motherlode Blog: For Some Children With Autism, Even a Toothbrush Is a Challenge

NYT Education News - October 20, 2014 - 8:24pm
Dental cleanings happen only twice a year. Twice-daily brushing matters as much for dental health. To establish that routine for a child on the spectrum, start small.

Vocational Skills Could Count Toward Diploma in New York

NYT Education News - October 20, 2014 - 7:49pm
The new graduation rules would offer a variety of alternative subjects, including language, accounting, humanities or one of 13 vocational assessments.

Ubiquitous Everything and Then Some

Educational Technology - October 20, 2014 - 7:40pm

by Mara Hancock, EDUCAUSE Review Online

The media is buzzing about the “Internet of Everything.” The term ubiquitous computing became old-school before it even became reality, replaced by the Internet of Everything (IoE), aka the Internet of Things (IoT). This new conceptual framework—which essentially refers to the interconnectivity of devices, data, and people to one another and to the Internet—offers a rapidly evolving foundation on which to conjecture about the impact this connected technology will have on the future of society, learning, and education. Since 2008, the number of physical items connected to the Internet has exceeded the number of people on earth.1 Sensors are embedded in the phones in our pockets and also in common consumer devices such as refrigerators and cars; in addition, stand-alone sensors can be placed throughout our environment and set to communicate to our phones, clothes, watches, or jewelry. Campuses are now dealing not only with bring your own device (BYOD) but also with bring your own sensor (BYOS)!

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From Gamification to Touch Interfaces: Designing for 21st Century Learners

Educational Technology - October 20, 2014 - 7:35pm

by Jeff D. Borden, EDUCAUSE Review Online

The proven efficacy of games in helping students learn has yet to fully surmount skeptical attitudes among educators, but the motivational aspects of games are enticing, as are the futuristic apps and cross-cultural connections that new devices make possible.  Anyone who has read Carol Dweck’s Mindset would tell you that learning via intrinsic motivation trumps external motivation — always. Well-constructed games seem to provide just that. And what about a safe place to fail? What is the penalty for failure in school? How many chances do students typically receive? How many faculty members still see failure as a “weeding out” of the weak or unmotivated? Games can offer many lessons for educators.

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How will the Internet of Everything change education by 2018?

Educational Technology - October 20, 2014 - 7:30pm

By Cisco, ZD Net

As we all know, technology is evolving rapidly. It has, and will continue to, profoundly change our lives in the years to come. What kind of positive changes can we expect to see rising out of the Internet of Everything (IoE) by 2018? For example, IoE is changing the ways in which students with disabilities are able to learn. Technology is being put to use in schools in Australia, with sensors changing the ways students learn sign language. Elsewhere sensors are being used to improve learning for students with ADHD by monitoring brain activity and providing rewards for improved learning. This process perfectly captures how a connection between the four pillars of IoE – people, process, data and things – is already influencing. Though currently, physical attendance is the norm; by 2018 we could expect to see tuition taking place through any device, anywhere. Through IoE, the linear knowledge-sharing dialogue between teacher and student can evolve into something entirely within the student’s control. They will be able to learn at their own pace, focusing more on what they perceive as relevant to them. This, in turn, could lower the price of education with students customising a course of learning that is specific to their needs, paying only for what they want rather than a ‘one size fits all model’.

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CNN Student News - October 21, 2014

CNN - student news - October 20, 2014 - 6:03pm
October 21, 2014

Strauss: Teacher who flew to Dallas for Common Core seminar put on leave out of Ebola fear

Washington Post Education News - October 20, 2014 - 3:51pm

Ebola hysteria in the United States just keeps growing, with the latest evidence the case of a Maine teacher who flew to Dallas to attend an educational conference — miles away from the hospital where three cases have been diagnosed — and was told to stay away from the elementary school where she works for 21 days.

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Free online AP courses debut on edX Web site

Washington Post Education News - October 20, 2014 - 2:58pm

Rice University launched a free Advanced Placement biology course Monday on a Web site overseen by two other elite schools, a potentially significant milestone for a movement that aims to bring college-level courses to high school students.

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