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Re-evaluating Laptops in the Classroom Re-evaluating Laptops in the Classroom
the Mooresville, N.C., school district was the toast of the ed tech community – acclaimed as a shining example of how laptop computers could improve education. That year, PBS NewsHour broadcast a feature story showing how the district 25 miles north of Charlotte gave every student a laptop from fourth grade on up. A year later, The New York Times heralded the school district's impressive test scor...
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Teachers Crowdfund Millions for Classroom Supplies Teachers Crowdfund Millions for Classroom Supplies
Every school year, teachers in the U.S. fundraise nearly as much money for classroom supplies using crowdfunding websites as the federal government provides them through a tax deduction meant to reimburse them for their own school-related out-of-pocket expenses. There are no official estimates of how much money teachers raise in total through online crowdfunding sites, but an aggregation of the...
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Schools Start Early With Career Counseling Schools Start Early With Career Counseling
GRINNELL, Iowa — The bleary-eyed 18-year-olds shuffling into a nondescript classroom wearing flip-flops, shorts and T-shirts glanced enviously out the windows at their classmates tossing Frisbees on the grassy quad. It was the final day of first-year orientation at Grinnell College, with classes scheduled to start the next morning, and these new students were still finding their way around the ...
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Jeff Bezos Cites a Big Number, but Few Details, in Plan for Low-Income Montessori Preschools Jeff Bezos Cites a Big Number, but Few Details, in Plan for Low-Income Montessori Preschools
When Jeff Bezos announced last week that he and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, would create and operate a national network of Montessori preschools, few were more surprised than Montessori organizations and leaders themselves. In a statement released on Twitter, Mr. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon and the wealthiest person in the world, said the preschools would be “in underserved communities....
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From Norway, Eyes and Ears for Sick Students From Norway, Eyes and Ears for Sick Students
OSLO — In 2015, Karen Dolva learned from a friend who’d worked briefly in a pediatric hospital ward of the loneliness that afflicts children during long-term hospital stays. The conversation inspired Ms. Dolva, who was working as a digital consultant at the time, to research the effects of social isolation on young people. Within weeks, she and two tech industry colleagues, Marius Aabel and Mat...
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sbestos in a Crayon, Benzene in a Marker: A School Supply Study’s Toxic Results sbestos in a Crayon, Benzene in a Marker: A School Supply Study’s Toxic Results
A public interest group said this week that it had found toxic substances in a number of school supplies, including asbestos in a Playskool crayon and another carcinogen, benzene, in a dry-erase marker. The findings were detailed in a report published Tuesday by the group, the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund, which had an independent laboratory test 27 back-to-school...
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Artificial intelligence has a racial bias problem. Google is funding summer camps to try to change that Artificial intelligence has a racial bias problem. Google is funding summer camps to try to change that
OAKLAND — Through connections made at summer camp, high school students Aarzu Gupta and Lili Sun used artificial intelligence to create a drone program that aims to detect wildfires before they spread too far. Rebekah Agwunobi, a rising high school senior, learned enough to nab an internship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, working on using artificial intelligence to ev...
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Michigan Schools Help Teachers Avoid Solely Paying for Materials Michigan Schools Help Teachers Avoid Solely Paying for Materials
ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — With just a few days of school left, teacher Shannon Smith knew she had to up her game to keep her room of third-grade students engaged in learning until the last day. So Smith pulled out new educational materials she purchased from an online marketplace where teachers buy and sell teacher-created, teacher-tested educational materials. Within minutes, her students at ...
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What Is a Good GRE Score for Graduate School Admissions? What Is a Good GRE Score for Graduate School Admissions?
Grad school hopefuls wondering how well they need to perform on the GRE exam should understand that programs have varied expectations for standardized tests, admissions experts say. Admissions officers suggest prospective students look up the GRE score ranges among admitted students at the schools they are considering and check if these schools have GRE score requirements. Researching grad p...
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Kids Don’t Just See Art at This Show. They Work With the Artists, Too. Kids Don’t Just See Art at This Show. They Work With the Artists, Too.
A young girl with waist-length golden hair entered a small room where a woman sat at a spinning wheel. Fascinated, the girl approached the device swiftly. Although the scene was in a modern museum, it had the feel of a fairy tale. A powerful spell had indeed been cast, and it was working: Amelia Salenger, the 4-year-old visitor, was becoming enchanted by contemporary art. “Have you ever heard t...
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