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Weekly News Update

Weekly News Update

| July 22, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| July 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

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: […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| July 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| June 24, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| June 17, 2011 | 2 Comments

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. […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| June 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| June 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| May 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| May 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

| May 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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