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Education Technology Success Stories

Khadijah Niazi overcame several barriers to finish her introductory physics exam online. Pakistan recently blocked access to YouTube, the site Udacity used to host its lessons. She posted a plea for help on a Udacity message board and several classmates from Malaysia, Portugal, and England attempted to find a workaround. The next day she took the final exam. Even more amazing than the technology know-how is the fact that Kadijah was 11 years old and aced the class with the highest distinction.


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Innovative Technologies for Seamless Blended Learning Integration

Looking at the wide set of new learning opportunities from the point of view of the professionals, the speed of change and the increased demand of flexibility in being able to build knowledge and to adapt themselves to new forms of collaboration and work, the capability of successfully exploiting the increasing variety and accessibility of learning occasions and resources, becomes a crucial issue.

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Flip Your Students' Learning

When educators hear the terms flipped classroom and flipped learning, typically the first thing they think of is a teacher-created video that students watch at home, as though that were the essential ingredient. It's not. It's about how to best use in-class time with students.

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South Carolina District Raises $190,000 for Computer Initiative

Rock Hill (S.C.) schools’ goal of putting a computer in the hands of every student would be a life changer – not only for students, but for businesses and the community at large, says Mark Edwards, superintendent of Mooresville (N.C.) Graded School District and the national school superintendent of the year.

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Top Government Spy Agency Seeks High School Computer Hackers

Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government’s top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking. Their goal with “Toaster Wars” is to cultivate the nation’s next generation of cyber warriors in offensive and defensive strategies. The free, online “high school hacking competition,” open to grades 6-12, is scheduled to run from April 26 to May 6.

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Jewish Education Goes High Tech

A new start-up uses 21st-century technologies to make ancient values relatable and dynamic. To the glut of products and solutions comes a promising one geared specifically to Jewish educators: ShalomLearning.

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Alabama May Borrow $50M to Replace Old School Technology

The Alabama legislature is close to approving a plan to borrow $50 million to replace outdated equipment in high school technology programs, which proponents said will help more students stay in school and get jobs when they graduate. A bill authorizing a $50 million bond issue has moved through the legislature with bipartisan support.

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Tennessee STEM School Technology Draws Board Attention

Hamilton County (Tenn.) school officials want to put iPads, or similar devices, in the hands of as many students as possible, as soon as possible. They say it's the wave of the future. That's why they visited the STEM "school of the future" Friday, already up and running, on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College.

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You Don't Need an iPad for These Web Apps

Apps are a great educational resource, but if you don’t have a tablet, smartphone, or iPod touch, you can’t really use them, right? Well, not exactly. You actually can access thousands of free and paid apps on your desktop, laptop, or netbook using Google Chrome.

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N.Y. Company Releases Amplify Tablet Just for Schools

A New York-based educational technology startup today released an Android-powered touchscreen tablet designed for kids both to take to school and bring home. For sale only to schools for now, the Amplify tablet comes pre-loaded with virtually everything a student will encounter during the school day, including all the textbooks, lessons, tests and e-books she might be assigned, and gives teachers the ability to both monitor and control what students do with the device.

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