With Google Play For Education, Google looks to challenge Apple’s dominance in the classroom

Teachers will now be able to search for and recommend learning content by category, grade level, and a variety of other criteria, and will have the opportunity to discover content recommended by other educators, for example, TechCrunch reports. What’s more, every piece of content served within its curated portal is pre-approved by educators before being posted, so that teachers can rest easy knowing the recommended content is quality and school-appropriate. Google has already begun to recruit content partners, with NASA and PBS among those that have already signed on to make their content available to users when the store goes live this fall. Yerga said that the team plans to begin accepting content submissions from developers at some point this summer…

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What we can learn from a dinner controversy in the desert

A few weeks back, I had the honor to emcee the closing awards dinner at the Education Innovation Summit in Scottsdale, Michael Horn reports on Forbes.com.  The evening took a sour note though as the dinner keynote, which Andy Kessler delivered, stunned and offended the majority of the audience by essentially arguing that as digital learning rises, we won’t need teachers anymore. The audience took to Twitter to voice vehement disagreement, and my co-emcee and I—we were just as surprised as everyone else—did our best to distance ourselves from the remarks and hit the reset button on the evening…

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App of the week: Mayan Mysteries

Name: Mayan Mysteries

What is it? Put your puzzle skills to the test as you travel through history and uncover the adventure of Mayan Mysteries—winner of five different industry awards. Explore the mysterious world of the ancient Maya and learn about its remarkable civilization. Visit ancient Maya cities and sites; uncover and analyze artifacts; decode glyphs; explore the mysterious Maya calendar; learn the intriguing Maya math system; and solve puzzles and gather clues to track down a secretive thief.

Best for: Children grades 5-9.

Price: $9.99

Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later.

Rated: 9+

Features:

  • Over 12 hours of game play
  • Detailed factual information about the Maya contributed by world-renowned Maya expert Robert J. Sharer
  • Activities that test reading comprehension, geographical knowledge, science and math skills
  • National Council for the Social Studies Standards content
  • Access to exclusive Dig-It! Games club benefits, including global score rankings
  • There is no violence or graphic images in Mayan Mysteries, but some younger children may be disturbed by the concepts discussed, such as warfare and sacrifices.

Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mayan-mysteries/id582762699?mt=8

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15 education leaders to follow on Twitter

One of the fastest ways to get breaking news, and one of the best platforms for instant networking, is Twitter.  Twitter is replete with people who love to discuss education, technology, and current events.

From education experts to ed-tech industry leaders, and from teachers to those with simply a passion for education, these 15 education Tweeters are worth a  follow!

Know of any education Tweeters you’d like to see on the list? Be sure to leave your suggestion in the comment section below.

(Next page: Some of the top Tweeters)

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New dual-credit high school to open in Albuquerque

Gov. Susana Martinez says she wants to see more students graduate from high school and be well prepared for college or the workforce, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. She was among the officials who gathered Friday in Albuquerque to announce a new partnership that will help. Albuquerque Public Schools and Central New Mexico Community College are teaming up to open a new dual-credit high school that will operate on the campus of the community college starting this upcoming school year…

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Libraries have the clout, respect to be leaders in parent engagement

I’ve written a lot about how schools must become more effective at getting parents involved, Cleveland.com reports. But they’re not the only institution that can do this important job. Libraries have perhaps an even better opportunity to catch parents and engage them. Why? Because they’re sitting on so many resources that can help parents break out of poverty…

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No charges for teen after explosion at Fla. school

The Associated Press reports that a central Florida teenager who was accused of igniting a chemical explosion on school grounds – and who became the subject of a grassroots social media campaign on her behalf – will not face criminal charges, authorities said Wednesday. Polk County State Attorney Jerry Hill wrote in a statement that the case against 16-year-old Kiera Wilmot has been dismissed, but that she must complete a diversion program…

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