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Obama urges action on stimulus plan

President-elect Barack Obama shed more light on his economic recovery plan in a Jan. 8 speech at Virginia’s George Mason University–and for education, the news is encouraging.
Key concepts: Obama and education, George Mason University, Obama and economy

FETC 2009 kicks off Jan. 22

Thousands of educators from across the nation will convene in Orlando, Fla., Jan. 22-24 for the annual Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC)–and eSchool News will be there, too, providing daily conference updates from the convention center floor.

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Educators to Obama: Focus on 21C skills

As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office, his education reform plan has the potential to modernize library technologies, make school buildings more energy-efficient, and invest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and research. Yet, according to a recent survey, educators say addressing 21st-century (21C) skills should top the list of priorities in Obama’s plan, so students are prepared for the workplace of tomorrow.
Key concepts: education reform, 21st century skills, 21C, Obama and education, ASQ

Simulations help faculty ID at-risk students

Some students are cranky and irritable. Others are nervous and uneasy. College classrooms can include a variety of behaviors, and judging whether these behaviors could indicate something more troubling beneath the surface can be difficult. Now, a computer simulation is helping professors identify and approach so-called “at-risk” students and recommend a visit to a campus counselor. Key concepts: At risk youth, city university of new york, American College Health Association, Virginia tech, college counseling

Fair-use guide offers copyright protection for educators

Hoping to clear up the confusion over the “fair use” of digital materials in teaching and learning, a panel of university professors has developed a “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education.” The document clarifies how fair use applies to the most common situations where media-literacy educators make use of copyrighted materials in their work, and it offers guidance for instructors so they can make more informed judgments about using these materials