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Open-content learning portal debuts

A new online resource gives teachers and students free access to more than 8,000 digital learning materials. Educators and students can add tags, ratings, reviews, and comments to help others quickly…

Wikipedia to seek proof of credentials

AP also reports that, following revelations that a high-ranking member of Wikipedia's bureaucracy used his cloak of anonymity to lie about being a professor of religion, the free internet encyclopedia…

Open access to public TV content sought

The Association of Public Television Stations is spearheading a project that aims to digitize and preserve public TV programming. Under the plan, students, teachers, researchers, and others would have access…

Middle school teacher blends tech and biology

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that for the past three years, Bryan Osborne begins his computer-literacy classes by asking students to find the best place to plant a milkweed plant…

Bill to ban political opinions in class

The Arizona Republic reports that on Thursday, a group of Arizona lawmakers concluded that classrooms should not be used by teachers and professors to disseminate political opinions. A newly…

Report identifies ed-tech trends to watch

A recent report from the New Media Consortium and the nonprofit group EDUCAUSE identifies six emerging technology trends that could have a significant impact on education in the next one…

College: Wikipedia not a source for papers

The Associated Press reports that the history department at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, has recently adopted a policy forbidding the use of Wikipedia in the preparation of class papers.…

Web opens new worlds to amateur astronomers

Thanks to the internet, students and other amateur astronomers have unfettered access to a plethora of space-science data collected by scientists. Now, in the latest frontier of astronomy, known as "virtual…

UK to show ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ in schools

USA Today reports that every secondary school in England will receive a copy of An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore's global warming documentary. The government announced Friday that it…

‘Augmented reality’ helps kids learn

Researchers at Harvard, MIT, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison have developed a project that uses "augmented reality" to teach students math and literacy skills. The project involves teams…