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Ergonomics program teaches kids to use computers safely

As children start spending more time on computers, experts say they might be putting themselves at risk of repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, which could show up…

Court dismisses school boards’ legal challenge of cyber schools

A Pennsylvania state court on June 17 dismissed a challenge of the legality of that state’s online charter schools, but handed school districts a victory in saying that districts should…

Annenberg’s $1.1 billion in grants offer lessons in school reform

School leaders can close gaps in student achievement by reaching out to other schools and forming networks, enlisting the help of parents and other stakeholders, making professional development for teachers…

Once a classroom staple, chalkboards now biting the dust

Chalk it up to progress: Cleaner, more versatile whiteboards are quickly replacing traditional dust-clad chalkboards as a preferred tool for instruction. While the old-fashioned chalkboard remains a fixture in most…

eSN Analysis: Ruling could open door for legal challenge of CIPA in schools

Public libraries cannot be forced to use internet filters designed to block pornography, three federal judges ruled May 31 in overturning a new federal law. Although the ruling does not…

New LCD breakthrough could benefit schools

Today, liquid crystal displays, or LCDs, are found in laptops, watches, and cell phones—sandwiched between two rigid pieces of glass. But soon, LCD screens may be daubed onto walls or…

Philadelphia to privatize schools

A state panel charged with improving the Philadelphia school system says it will move forward with plans to transfer control of 20 failing city schools to Edison Schools Inc., the…

‘Spyware’ catches school tech directors by surprise

Security researcher Steve Gibson was testing intrusion-detection software on his computer when it suddenly warned him: A program he knew nothing about was trying to send data out to the…

Feds crack down on kids’ online privacy violations

Sending a clear message that it intends to enforce a law aimed at protecting children’s privacy online, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has fined one toy manufacturer because it failed…

Bill would give blind students equal access to textbooks

A bill introduced into both the House and the Senate April 24 promises to improve access to textbooks dramatically for students who are blind or have other disabilities that impair…