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Young Teachers Stick Around, Bringing Tech Savvy

Mayra Lara has been laid off three times and bounced among high schools during her seven-year teaching career in the Los Angeles school district, the Wall Street Journal reports. Concerned…

Schools Use Student Data to Find Signs of Trouble, Help Struggling Kids

At Miami Carol City Senior High in Florida, a handful of teachers, administrators and coaches are gathered around a heavy wooden table in a conference room dubbed the “War Room,”…

We Need to Talk About the Test

I’d like to tell you what was wrong with the tests my students took last week, but I can’t, the New York Times reports. Pearson’s $32 million contract with New…

Google Apps for Education: Data Mining and the Threat to Student Privacy

It's free, accessible and user-friendly. It has many functionalities that schools and teachers love, the Huffington Post reports. But is it worth risking the privacy of students who use it…

Not sure if a site is safe from ‘Heartbleed’? Use this tool to check

A bug named "Heartbleed" was recently discovered and likely affects most websites on the Internet, the Los Angeles Times reports. Fortunately, an online tool makes it easy for users to…

Teens adept at social media get privacy training

In an age of increased online government surveillance and targeted social media ads, the notion of privacy as a classroom subject worthy of distinct study is gaining momentum far beyond…

Azure is helping Microsoft catch up in the cloud

Mobile and cloud go together like spring and rain, which is why Microsoft wants to keep them together for years to come—the latest updates to its Azure Web-based computing service…

Charting the PD waters with badges

Although I love the freedom, flexibility and personalization of informal learning with my PLN on social media, I always felt that there should be a system for acknowledging that learning,…

Using tablets to reach kids with autism

Two 5-year-old boys, one with autism, were having some friendly playtime when they had a communication breakdown, CNN reports. One boy didn't respond to the other and walked away. The…

How would exascale computing impact K–12?

Calculators revolutionized math education by allowing students to scrap the grunt work of multiplying and dividing so they could focus on higher-order thinking, EdTech Magazine reports. Then along came the…