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Transform instructional practices with “Project-Based Learning”

Transform instructional practices with “Project-Based Learning”

The George Lucas Educational Foundation has created a professional development module called “Project-Based Learning,” the second in a series of free teaching modules developed by education experts to help teachers…

Virtual Schooling: Online classrooms multiply, despite questions

When Tom Franke teaches astronomy on Monday nights, he’s not at his chalkboard at Hopkins High School in Golden Valley, Minn. He does it from the den of his home,…

New Jersey school district to test iris-recognition system

A unique security system that features iris-recognition technology soon will be tested in one New Jersey school district as part of a $293,000 experiment funded by the U.S. Department of…

Computers seen by some as a cure for chronic backpack pains

Something’s missing at the new Sun Valley Charter High School in Ramona, Calif. There are no textbooks, only computers. That means students there don’t have to lug heavy backpacks—a familiar…

AOL launches kids’ online safety campaign

America Online has launched a new internet safety campaign for kids built around an automated instant-messaging “buddy” that dispenses advice in real time. Kids can add “AOLSafetyBot” to their buddy…

NSF commits $240 million to improve math and science instruction

To improve math and science instruction in classrooms nationwide, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has committed $240 million to 24 five-year grant projects through its ambitious new Math and Science…

ED’s proposed web site scrubbing draws fire

A proposal to remove certain information from the U.S. Department of Education’s web site has drawn criticism from an alliance of organizations representing academics and researchers. In a letter sent…

New web site provides free access to children’s books online

A new web site will make thousands of children’s books from 100 different cultures available for free to internet-savvy kids around the world. When it’s completed in about five years,…

Supreme Court to weigh in on CIPA

In the latest chapter in the debate over the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), the U. S. Supreme Court on Nov. 12 said it will decide whether the government can…

States debate ‘face time’ requirement for virtual schools

Teachers at Ohio’s five online charter schools would have to meet with students in person every eight weeks, under proposed changes to a bill that would overhaul that state’s charter…