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10/20/2017

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation plans to invest $1.7 billion in partnering with networks of schools. The initiative, announced Thursday, will invest in schools that are developing and testing new approaches to teaching and learning.

10/20/2017

Google recently hosted a design-thinking professional development opportunity for school leaders in Georgia. The tech firm's efforts include helping school leaders foster a culture of innovation to solve problems and adopt some of Google's own strategies, including giving associates 20% of their time to work on passion projects.

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10/20/2017

Students who use educational games outperform peers on essay and multiple-choice questions, according to a study from researchers at Vanderbilt University and Legends of Learning, a research-driven educational game platform. The study of 1,000 students in seven states identified five ways that educational games can improve learning.

10/20/2017

Students in Dublin were the first in Ireland to contact the International Space Station via radio on Thursday. The carefully timed contact was part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program.

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10/19/2017

The US Department of Education is warning school districts about threats from hackers who say they will release stolen, private data unless they receive payment. Districts in three states have been targeted by this cyberthreat.

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10/18/2017

Teen behavior can be influenced by the online behavior of their peers, according to a study by cognitive neuroscientists at Temple University in Philadelphia. The researchers found that teens were more likely to like a photo on Instagram if they were told more of their peers liked the image as well.

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10/18/2017

More states are offering educators alternative credentialing programs to address a nationwide teacher shortage. In Michigan and South Carolina, for example, teachers can begin working in the classroom while earning their certification online.

10/18/2017

Verizon Communications has agreed to a $17.7 million settlement over allegations the company improperly invoiced the Federal Communications Commission under the federal E-Rate program. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai described the settlement as an "important measure that both enforces our rules and restores critical taxpayer dollars."

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10/17/2017

Colleges and universities are using technology to support developmental education, say researchers working with the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness. In this blog post, researchers explain how they interviewed people from 42 colleges and 41 higher-education systems about how institutions use technology for developmental education.

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10/17/2017

Mobile devices can be an asset in the classroom when managed properly, asserts Charri Stratton, director of instructional technology at Putnam City Schools in Oklahoma City. In this blog post, Stratton shares three tips to help make the most of these devices.

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