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Tests reveal dangers of texting while driving

Two recent studies highlight the dangers of texting while driving in no uncertain terms, and they could influence how school-based driver's education programs approach the topic. Key words: texting and driving,…

Librarians: Bing has to find niche

School and campus librarians say Google likely will remain the preferred option for student and faculty research even after the much-ballyhooed deal between Microsoft and Yahoo, but they say Microsoft's…

Field sees first draft of common standards

As the idea of common educational standards gains traction across the United States, the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) has released the first draft of its proposed national reading…

Court rules against Blackboard in patent fight

A federal appeals court ruling this week voided part of a Blackboard Inc. patent that competitor Desire2Learn was accused of violating, and technology experts say the end of the protracted…

Emergency backup helps keep lessons going

Hurricane-force winds and pelting rain can wreak havoc on a campus's IT infrastructure. At Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where tropical storms are common, acting IT director John Duff…

ED issues rules on ed-tech stimulus funds

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has issued new guidance to help states and school systems use ed-tech stimulus funding to drive lasting education reforms and improve student achievement. Key words:…

BU student’s song-swapping trial begins

A Boston University graduate student was "a kid who did what kids do" when he swapped songs through file-sharing networks like Kazaa, his lawyer said July 28 as his copyright-infringement…

Ten tips for boosting eCommunication

Award-winning eSchool News columnist Nora Carr offers 10 tips for boosting your eCQ (eCommunications Quotient) during the new school year. Key words: ecommunication, ecommunications quotient, tips, education, technology…

Web program a winner for college athletes

A new web-based information system, called myPlaybook, aims to demystify the NCAA's drug policy for college athletes and help them make good choices. Key words: myPlaybook, NCAA, college sports, Elon…

$5 billion carrot for schools overhaul

Dangling the promise of $5 billion in grants, President Barack Obama on July 24 pressured states to embrace his ideas for overhauling the nation's schools -- ideas that include performance…