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Schools and Libraries Still Living in Dial-Up Age

Schools and Libraries Still Living in Dial-Up Age

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Brad Parbs Remember the agony of waiting for a Web site to load, before broadband was widely available? According to a recent survey, a lot of American schools and libraries are still living in that era. Only 35% of public libraries have broadband speeds between 1.5 Mbps and 10 Mbps (a rather broad range); 34.7% […]

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When School Web Filtering Comes Home

When School Web Filtering Comes Home

| October 25, 2011 | 4 Comments

Getty Schools that receive discounts for Internet access through the federal E-rate funding are required to implement a number of measures, like creating an Internet safety policy and filtering and blocking access to certain types of online content. To that end, The Children’s Internet Protection Act, CIPA, addresses concerns about the type of online materials […]

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Hacker and Teacher: The Perfect Match

Hacker and Teacher: The Perfect Match

| October 24, 2011 | 1 Comment

Startup Weekend EDU San Francisco Last weekend, at the Washington, DC Startup Weekend EDU, it was clear that teachers are starting to play a more important role in these intense entrepreneur-fests. For those unfamiliar with Startup Weekend, here’s the general idea: entrepreneurs have 54 hours — from Friday night until Sunday afternoon — to pitch […]

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Help NASA Train Astronauts Underwater

Help NASA Train Astronauts Underwater

| October 21, 2011 | 1 Comment

NASA In the spirit of boosting citizen science projects, we’re pointing to the increasing number of opportunities for volunteers — those with no formal scientific training — to encourage participation in real scientific research. These projects happen both on- and offline and volunteers are asked to assist with making observations and calculations alongside scientists. (Remember […]

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Celebrate Writing:  Why I Write

Celebrate Writing: Why I Write

| October 20, 2011 | 3 Comments

The U.S. Senate has proclaimed today the third annual National Day on Writing, an event originally created by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to promote the importance of writing — not just to those of us who make our living by writing, but to all of us in our everyday lives. This […]

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Should a New Tech-Innovation Agency Be Created?

Should a New Tech-Innovation Agency Be Created?

| October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Matt Biddulph Today, most of the education world is focusing on how No Child Left Behind might change with the reauthorization of ESEA — the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. But as the Senate Education committee prepares to mark up ESEA, another under-the-radar amendment is also being considered — one that has historical ties to […]

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The Rise (and Fall?) of Text Messaging in Schools

The Rise (and Fall?) of Text Messaging in Schools

| October 18, 2011 | 5 Comments

Getty Over the last few months, there has been increased interest in using text-messaging at school. Although many schools do still have strict policies that forbid using cell phones in class, more are exploring ways to use text-messaging as a communication tool to bridge home and school. There’s also been an explosion in new tech […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| October 14, 2011 | 1 Comment

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 […]

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Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology

Deconstructing “What Works” in Education Technology

| October 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

TB Over the weekend, The New York Times published the second story in its series on “Grading the Digital School.” The first story in the series questioned the massive expenditures schools make on education technology, pointing to stagnant test scores as an indication that these investments might not be worth it. Last weekend’s story extends […]

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What’s Behind the Culture of Academic Dishonesty

What’s Behind the Culture of Academic Dishonesty

| October 11, 2011 | 7 Comments

B. Gilliard You’ve heard the stories: Cheating in Atlanta, Georgia. Cheating in Washington, DC. Cheating in Long Island, New York. Academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and cheating are hardly new. And as the history of the banking industry and baseball demonstrate, cheating scandals aren’t just limited to schools. With numerous incidents making headlines in recent months, however, […]

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