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Articles by Laura Devaney

Laura Devaney is the eSchool News Managing Editor. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Laura interned at eSchool Media while attending UMD, and upon graduating, Laura was lucky enough to join the eSchool Media team. She enjoys covering mobile and handheld technologies, BYOD trends, equity in broadband access, and special education.

When she isn't wrangling her two children, Laura enjoys running, photography, home improvement, boating, and rooting for the Terps.

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Disney to buy social-gaming site Playdom

The Walt Disney Co. is buying online social-gaming company Playdom for $563.2 million, the latest sign the company is becoming a formidable player in the digital gaming industry, reports the…

In ruling on iPhones, Apple loses a bit of its grip

Apple likes to maintain tight control over what programs can appear on the iPhone--a task that just became a little bit harder, reports the New York Times: The Library of…

NCLB: Are the fixes worse than the flaws?

Parents and teachers don't like it. For many students, it has failed to produce the promised benefits. And experts agree it urgently needs to be fixed. But as controversial as…

B-schools all a-Twitter over social media

With interest in social media growing, B-schools are adding courses to teach students what it means for business, BusinessWeek reports. Harvard Business School and Columbia University's Graduate School of…

Memo details costly perks and gifts for HISD employees

A recently released memo from the Houston Independent School District's outside law firm details for the first time the gift-giving allegations that landed the district in trouble with the U.S.…

iPad is changing what’s in a campus store

A recent article in Fortune magazine warns that universities should hate the iPad, because it will infringe on profits in the campus store. But students began changing their campus store…

Safe passages

Chicago has had major problems with gangs attacking people throughout the city, including school kids going to and from school each day. I’m sure many of us remember the…

Researcher finds Safari reveals personal information

Computerworld.com reports that a feature in Apple's Safari browser designed to make it easier to fill out forms could by abused by hackers to harvest personal information, according to a…

L.A. Unified superintendent says he’ll depart next spring

Amid persistent budget woes and increasing political pressure, Los Angeles schools Supt. Ramon C. Cortines confirmed on July 22, his 78th birthday, that he plans to step down next spring…

Dell to pay $100 million settlement

Dell, several former executives, and its founder, Michael S. Dell, agreed on July 22 to pay more than $100 million in penalties to settle charges of disclosure accounting fraud filed…