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Weekly News Roundup

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Connect to Compete, a new non-profit initiative that brings private industry and the non-profit sector together to help expand broadband adoption and promote digital literacy. The initiative aims to help boost education, health and employment in disadvantaged communities in the U.S. and aims to address some of the obstacles to … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →


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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died on Wednesday at age 56. The memorials and tributes continue to pour in, and it feels impossible to overstate the impact that he had on shaping our lives — both in and out of the classroom. Education lost another leader this week too: Derrick Bell. Bell was a legal scholar … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →


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President Obama offered his “back-to-school” remarks this week at Benjamin Banneker High School in Washington DC. The President had a few words of encouragement: “Be the best student that you can be. Now, that doesn’t always mean that you have to have a perfect score on every assignment. It doesn’t mean that you’ve got to … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →


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President Obama will release details on his plans to roll back pieces of No Child Left Behind legislation today. States that want to seek waivers for NCLB will have to demonstrate that they have adopted “college- and career-ready standards” in math and language arts and have established ways for measuring teacher effectiveness. Google launched a … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →


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Bert Kimura Pearson, the world’s largest education company announced this week that it had acquired Connections Education, an online virtual school provider. About 40,000 students in 21 states attend the schools, which are funded by the states and districts and free to parents in places where virtual school counts as a public education. On Monday, … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →


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Bruno Girin Microsoft released the results of 2 STEM surveys this week — one among college students pursuing STEM degrees and one among parents of K-12 students. Among the findings: 93% of K-12 students believe that STEM education should be a priority in the U.S., only half (49%) agreed that it actually is a top … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →


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The number-one feature requested by schools adopting Chromebooks — heck, a feature we’ve all been waiting for — is here: offline access to Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs. There are still some kinks to work out, and you can’t edit Google Docs offline yet. But it’s a start. Citing the recent phone hacking scandal, … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →


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Paul Wood U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan held his first Twitter Town Hall on Wednesday. People were asked to use the #askarne hashtag in order to direct questions to Duncan, which were asked in turn by journalist John Merrow. The Department of Education has posted a selection of the Q&A on its website, but … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →


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Fans of Google’s Android App Inventor can breathe a sigh of relief. Following on last week’s news that Google planned to shut App Inventor down, the company announced that it was open-sourcing the project and handing it over to MIT Media Lab. The Media Lab in turn, and with seed funding from Google, announced it … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →


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Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan announced earlier this week that he is willing to override part of the No Child Left Behind law. States can apply for waivers, but “only states the administration believed were carrying out ambitious school improvement initiatives would get them,” reports The New York Times. E-textbook app maker Kno introduced … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →


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Flickr:WilliamC Microsoft announced a $15 million investment over the next three years that will go towards the research and development of immersive learning technologies, including game-based instruction and a lifelong learning digital archive. Amazon is launching a textbook lending program for the Kindle. The Kindle Textbook Rental program will enable students to rent electronic versions … Continue reading Weekly News Update →

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Google announced the winners of its first global Science Fair this week, selecting the winning entries from submissions from over 10,000 student projects from over 90 countries. As Google itself noted, the final decision was all about “girl power” as the award in each of the three age categories was given to a young woman: … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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The big education news of the week is likely the cheating scandal in the Atlanta Public Schools. It’s not a technology story, per se, but news of teachers and administrators erasing and correcting students’ answers on standardized tests — along with what appears to be a widespread cover-up of this sort of activity — does … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

Weekly News Roundup

A federal appeals court in Pennsylvania ruled that students have the right to mock their teachers and administrators on Facebook and other social media sites. The court said that schools were wrong to suspend students for these sorts of actions and that students’ speech is protected under the First Amendment. Crowdsourced translation site Universal Subtitles … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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