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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Social media access challenges parents, educators

E-School News – Zach Tyler

“With smartphones and tablet and laptop computers now as common as pencils and notebooks in many classrooms, schools and parents alike are having to figure out how to guide students’ use of technology.”(more)

Monday, December 15, 2014

An Hour of Code for a lifelong skill

The Asbury Park Press – Catherine Galioto

“ASBURY PARK – Take the popularity of the Frozen Disney movie, and add inspirational stories of those in the computer science field, and you could inspire more children to take an interest in learning code. That’s the theme of this year’s Hour of Code, a free afternoon event that gave children a look into a field that organizers said not only helps develop problem-solving and creativity but is also an in-demand job skill.”(more)

Saturday, December 13, 2014

U.S. FCC raises schools’ Internet subsidy amid net neutrality protests

Reuters – ALINA SELYUKH

“(Reuters) – U.S. communications regulators on Thursday held the year’s last public meeting, where they voted to increase the largest U.S. education technology subsidy and protesters interrupted with calls for stricter regulations for Internet service providers.”(more)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Celebrating Computer Science Education Week, Kids Code at the White House

White House.gov – Megan Smith and Danielle Carnival

“Recognizing the importance of connecting America’s students with tech-skills that are increasingly relevant to how we live, work, learn, play, and create, President Obama issued a call during last year’s CSEdWeek to the education community, businesses, foundations, and non-profit organizations to help support and expand access to computer science education in K-12 schools.”(more)

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Is Digital Learning More Cost-Effective? Maybe Not

NPR – WILL HUNTSBERRY

“Politicians from Jeb Bush to President Obama like to hype the revolutionary power and cost-effectiveness of digital learning, but a new study suggests, in many cases, it is neither more powerful nor cheaper than old-fashioned teaching…”(more)

Degree apprenticeships launched to boost hi-tech skills

BBC News – Judith Burns

“Young people will be able to gain a full honours degree while earning a wage and paying no fees, under a scheme backed by government and industry…The new Degree Apprenticeship qualifications will be taught in England from next September, starting in the digital and software field.”(more)

Friday, November 21, 2014

‘Frozen’ Princesses Help Launch 2nd Annual ‘Hour of Code’

Education Week – Benjamin Herold

“Seemingly every child (and parent) in the world is still obsessed with (or unable to shake) Frozen, Disney’s animated smash hit from 2013. So it’s probably no surprise that Seattle-based nonprofit Code.org has called on the movie’s sister-princess stars, Elsa and Anna, to help launch its second annual ‘Hour of Code.’ The campaign aims to introduce children—especially girls—to computer science.”(more)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Parents Most Concerned About Kids’ Social Media Activity

Education News – Kristin Decarr

“A new survey suggests that of all the things that kids do while online, parents are most concerned about their children’s social media activity. According to the study, social media was the only online activity about which parents felt the negative aspects outweighed the benefits.”(more)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Screen time debate broadens with research

E-School News – Laura Devaney

“Screen time remains a hot-button issue, but classifying technology use guidelines to include active versus passive use, and how the technology is used, could help redefine traditional screen time guidelines as tech tools become increasingly integrated into early childhood education settings.” (more)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

One giant leap for kid-kind: Miami youngsters to send satellites into orbit

The Miami Herald – Alexi C. Cardona

“Students in the Geospatial Information Systems academy at iTech at Thomas A. Edison Educational Center in Miami, a magnet high school that just launched this year, can soon explore outer space from their classrooms. These students are learning the basics of coding and computer programming to build small, cube-shaped satellites that will be launched into low Earth orbit by astronauts on the International Space Station. Sensors inside the satellites’ payload connect students to the universe by taking pictures and collecting data about the earth’s composition, temperature, weather and light.” (more)