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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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Internet service upgrade coming to poor and rural schools

The Federal Communications Commission is expected on Sept. 23 to approve an overhaul of the $2.25 billion eRate program, which subsidizes internet service for schools and public libraries, to give…

Victims of online bullying may be more likely to be depressed

A study released on Sept. 21 shows that as bullying has moved beyond the schoolyard and on to Facebook pages, online chat groups and cell phone text messages, its victims…

Google promises Docs editing for iPad

Google said on Sept. 20 that Apple iPad owners would soon be able to edit Google Docs files on their tablets, according to a report in ComputerWorld. The announcement was…

Code that tracks users’ browsing prompts lawsuits

Sandra Person Burns used to love browsing and shopping online. Until she realized she was being tracked by software on her computer that she thought she had erased, reports the…

University of Texas completes $32M data center

The University of Texas has completed a new $32 million data center meant to meet the school's growing information technology needs, the Austin Business Journal reports. The new University…

Virtual desktops: Imagine the possibilities for teaching and learning

Moving from the current use of desktop and laptop computers to a Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) creates many possibilities for teaching and learning. Imagine the possibilities if teachers could gain…

Work with staff, parents, and students

Not long ago, the decision by a Northeastern school district to install security cameras in two high schools without any announcement to parents, faculty, staff or students stirred up a…

Report: ‘Top-third’ teachers essential to U.S. success

Improving teacher effectiveness has risen to the top of national education priorities, but the key to attracting, training, and retaining truly effective teachers may lie in the “top-third” concept, which…

A professor’s review of online cheat sheets

At this time of year, students are buying textbooks and looking for ways to avoid reading them. Nothing is new about that, the New York Times reports. CliffsNotes guides,…

Texas education board to consider rule on Islam’s portrayal in textbooks

Just when it appeared the State Board of Education was done with the culture wars, the panel is about to wade into the issue of what students should learn about…