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Pearson unveils new approach to social studies education

Developing an understanding of social studies--where our society has been and where it is going--is crucial to success in today’s fast-paced, interconnected world. Last month, Pearson unveiled new secondary social studies…

5 top tech tools of 2014

Some of the year's top ed-tech tools include a free slideshow creator, a reading tool with embedded assessments, and an adaptive math practice game. How many of 2014's top tools…

Texting with students can profoundly impact their success

A text message can have a profound effect on the ability of students to learn, according to some researchers at Hardin-Simmons University. Scott Hamm, director of online education at the school,…

Mobile apps, gaming top students’ school wish lists

Three-quarters of schools in a recent survey say they currently use or plan to use e-learning software, and two-thirds of teachers and staff say they currently use or plan to…

How 6 districts do the Hour of Code

Mark Zuckerberg and Ashton Kutcher do it. This year, President Obama became the first president to do it. What is it? Coding. This year's Hour of Code, which takes place any…

FCC approves $1.5B E-rate increase

The Federal Communications Commission on Dec. 11 voted to increase funding to the federal E-rate program by $1.5 billion. The additional funding comes from a consumer telephone bill increase of…

3D game-based world targets language skills

Learning-based game provider JumpStart launched a 3D online world based on DreamWorks Animation’s new Penguins of Madagascar film. The World of Madagascar is a 3D online world that lets users engage…

New AP course makes computing more engaging

The College Board and the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently developed Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science Principles, a course intended to address the challenge of making computing coursework more engaging…

5 apps for creative iPad storytelling

Narrative writing and storytelling skills are useful in nearly every discipline, from English language arts to science and history. Students that might not be able to explain their thinking one…

Girls-only class teaches computer, welding, woodworking skills

Nationwide, at most 3 percent of trades workers are women. But in a Sherwood High School welding, computer technology and woodshop class, it's completely the opposite. Every student is female. "Imagine,…

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