The Department of Education in New South Wales, Australia announced this week that it officially supports its teachers’ use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites, noting that this will “help improve communication between schools and their communities
The 40 regional finalists for the Doodle 4 Google competition have been announced. The public can vote on these through May 13. This vote will help determine the four national finalist, one per grade group (K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12). On May 19, Google will announce the national winner, whose doodle will appear on Google.
Amazon is suing the National Association of College Bookstores (NACB), arguing that the the latter constitutes a monopoly. The lawsuit follows claims by the NACB that Amazon is falsely advertising that students can save up to 60 – 90% on textbooks by shopping with the online bookseller.
TeachStreet,the online community that helps lifelong learners find teachers and classes on almost any subject, announced that it was revamping its pricing structure, making the Basic Listings on its site free again. Featured and the new enhanced listings, however, will still cost money — $10 and $3 respectively.
The AFP reports that Facebook is being sued for not notifying parents and gaining their permission when their children “like” things on the social networking site. By “liking,” minors’ faces can appear in Facebook’s Social Ads, for example. Facebook says the suit is “without merit.”
The British broadcast channel Teachers TV had its government funding axed and was facing shutdown, but The Guardian reports that it has struck a deal and will relaunch as an online service called SchoolsWorld, which will have both an advertising-supported and subscription service for its content.
Mobile gaming startup SCVNGR is teaming up with the book publisher Scholastic for the “this is teen” initiative, that will connect teen readers to authors, books, and a community of readers
It’s estimated that only about 10 percent of K-12 schools teach computer science. Some companies are trying to fill a void in American public education by teaching kids computer programming basics. The push comes amid projections that there will be far more tech sector jobs than computer science graduates to fill them.
In this demo-filled talk MIT’s Mitch Resnick, one of the main creators of the kids coding program called Scratch, outlines the benefits of teaching kids to code, so they can do more than just “read” new technologies — but also create them. “As kids are creating projects like this, they’re learning to code, but even […]
Skills used for programming could also be used for a wide range of careers, such as constructing meteorological simulations, making financial predictions, or creating personalized online learning curricula.
TB By Sheena Vaidyanathan Deep into the digital age, the need for everyone to understand and learn programming is becoming more and more apparent. Codecademy, Coursera and other education start-ups are stepping in to fill the much-needed gap to teach adults to code. For kids, non-profits like CodeNow are raising funds to run summer programming […]
Flickr: AngryJulieMonday By Heather Chaplin Since MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten group released Scratch in 2007, kids ages 8 to 13 have built more than 2.2 million animations, games, music, videos and stories using the kid-friendly programming language. Scratch allows kids to snap together graphical blocks of instructions, like Lego bricks, to control sprites—the movable objects that […]