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DVD teaches autistic kids what a smile means

It wasn’t until Jude met Jenny that the 3-year-old autistic boy understood what happy people look like. Jenny, a green trolley car with a human face, had a furrowed brow when her wheel buckled and she got stuck on a track. But after being rescued by friends, she smiled broadly–and that’s when something clicked for little Jude Baines.

Key words: autism children, autism child, educational technology, autism spectrum, The Transporters

Internet sales-tax debate heats up

An increasingly thorny debate being waged among state legislatures and internet-based retailers could have huge implications for schools, as the sinking economy threatens to undermine education programs.
Key concepts: internet tax, internet businesses, school funding

Apple’s Steve Jobs announces health hiatus

Apple Inc. co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs said Jan. 14 he is taking a health hiatus until the end of June — just a week after the cancer survivor tried to assure investors and employees that his recent weight loss was caused by an easily treatable hormone deficiency. Apple’s chief operating officer, Tim Cook, will take over Jobs’ responsibilities while he is on leave.

Free digital resources aim to capture students interest in science

The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education have unveiled a new web site that aims to engage students in science education. “Siemens Science Day” provides standards-based videos and hands-on activities for earth, life, and physical science that can help educators turn fourth through sixth graders into aspiring scientists, the two organizations say. “Educators are often challenged to find new ways within their existing curriculum to interest students in science education,” said Dale Fulton, Discovery Education’s senior vice president of curriculum development.

Panel: Technology alone can’t protect kids online

A task force charged with assessing technologies for protecting children from unwanted contact online has concluded that no single approach is foolproof and that parent and teacher oversight is vital.

Key concepts: internet safety, internet education, Internet Safety Technical Task Force

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