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Booksurfers, a new e-book series available only for the Kindle and aimed at readers age 9 to 12, follows four adventurer kids as they jump into — well “booksurf” — classic (and public domain) novels. The e-books lets readers switch back and forth between the plot of these adventure stories and the classic texts themselves. … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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The newly revised guide for teachers, “Exchange 2.0 Technology-Enabled International Interaction,” has just been released. The guide was originally developed for the U.S. Department of Education and is now hosted by the Connect All Schools. Having abandoned its plans to build a student-focused tablet earlier this year, Kno has released a textbook-focused iPad app. Nielsen … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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YouTube added support for the Creative Commons Attribution license this week. Now when users upload a video to YouTube, they can select the CC-BY license instead of just the existing YouTube license. This means that it will be easier for people to reuse and remix the video content on YouTube (something that, arguably, people have … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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The Obama administration announced a state-level $500 million grant competition as part of Race to the Top program aimed at improving early childhood learning. States that apply will need to show an increase in the number and percentage of low-income and disadvantaged children enrolled in high-quality early learning programs, among other criteria. Rupert Murdoch spoke … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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The American Library Association spoke out this week about the Department of Education’s withdrawal of funding for the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program. The only federal library program that’s dedicated solely for the nation’s libraries, it was zeroed out under the Department of Education’s 2011 funding. The Horizon Report released its 2011 K-12 edition … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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Microsoft announced this week that it has agreed to acquire the popular VOIP service Skype for $8.5 billion. Skype has become an important tool for educators bridging classrooms around the world, and the acquisition may boost Microsoft’s status in the education sector (provided, of course, Skype still works on Apple computers). According to the June … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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The Gates Foundation-backed Next Generation Learning Challenges announced the finalists for its second wave of education grants. The $10 million in grant money will go towards projects to help boost college-preparedness among middle-schoolers. Google has announced the students who’ve been selected to participate in its 2011 Summer of Code. 1116 students will work on various … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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National Geographic has unveiled a new education section of its website, with a great collection of maps, multimedia, teaching activities, and resources Amazon announced this week that it would be launching a Lending Library later this year, a deal that would let Kindle owners check out books from over 11,000 libraries. This brings Kindle to … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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Project Tomorrow has just released the results of its Speak Up 2010 survey that asked over 300,000 students (and 43,000 parents, 35,000 teachers, and 3,500 administrators) about their thoughts on technology and learning in the classroom. It found, no surprise, students’ ownership and use of technology is on the rise, with students now saying that … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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A federal judge threw out a proposed settlement between publishers, authors, and Google Books this week, throwing into question the future of Google’s massive efforts to digitize the world’s literature and make it available for search. The proposed settlement went “too far,” according to the judge, giving Google too much control over “orphan works,” those … Continue reading Weekly News Roundup →

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