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EdX launches new high school initiative

edX launched a new initiative with 26 new courses aimed at high school students, who make up 5 percent of edX's users. Courses were developed by 14 institutions, including MIT, Rice, the University of California Berkeley, Georgetown and public high schools.

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San Francisco schools ‘get adopted’ by Bay Area tech companies

The Circle the Schools initiative uses an adopt-a-school model to connect San Francisco-based technology companies with local public schools. Over the course of the school year, each partner company works with principals and teachers to organize volunteer activities tailored to meet each school’s individual needs.

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Students compete as nation’s future cyber-defenders

CyberPatriot is all about protecting U.S. interests, and the heroes are teams of high school students. The bad guys (imaginary, in this case) are hackers who would try to disrupt power grids, banking, health care, transportation systems and other vital services.

Lessening school assessment stress with technology

Instead of quizzes and tests that interrupt classroom activity, many districts and testing companies are working on ways to integrate formative assessments into daily instruction and use technology to gather real-time feedback on student progress. Among the solutions schools have found are “stealth assessments” hidden in video games and student roundtables that work like college dissertation defenses.

Drilling down on education data

A new bounty of academic data is guiding teachers as they adjust instruction in the hopes of boosting student achievement. Some districts are connecting “data coaches” with the teachers’ own professional learning communities to ensure this bounty of information fulfills its pedagogical promise.

Palo Alto school district appoints new chief technology officer

Derek Moore, the San Jose USD's director of technology services, is coming to Palo Alto to serve as the district's new chief technology officer.

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Video Insight releases new VMS client for Mac

Video Insight released VI Monitor for Mac. This free VMS client for Mac allows users to access live and recorded video from any cameras on the surveillance system using an Apple computer.

New social network launches for compassion in education

The Compassionate Schools Network, a free online community for individuals interested in compassion in education, hosts a Facebook-like community sharing platform, acts as a resource-sharing center and provides information and tools for compassionate schools. The website is geared towards primary and secondary education.

ADMITster.com to help students improve chances of college admission

ADMITster.com, a new college admissions planning tool, launched to help students learn what they can do to improve their chances of acceptance at U.S. colleges and universities. The ADMITster What If? Engine allows users to adjust key performance variables to see how changes in academic, extracurricular or leadership profiles affect their individual likelihood of admission.

Relying on data won't determine a college's worth

For many years, rankings have been a go-to source for families immersed in the college-selection process. Underneath it all, rankings have hotly debated methodologies, are harmfully laser-focused on limited, time-lagged quantitative criteria, and fail to provide a true picture of a college or university experience. Rankings form only a small percentage of data sources in a complex conversation.

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