Education

12:59pm

Thu August 28, 2014
NPR Ed

Kids And Screen Time: What Does The Research Say?

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 1:46 pm

LA Johnson NPR

Kids are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and it may be inhibiting their ability to recognize emotions, according to new research out of the University of California, Los Angeles.

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1:32am

Wed August 27, 2014
NPR Ed

The LA School iPad Scandal: What You Need To Know

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 9:32 pm

Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy exchanged multiple emails with executives at Pearson PLC about the potential for working together.
Damian Dovarganes AP

A massive expansion of classroom technology has come to a grinding halt in Los Angeles.

The LA Unified School District had planned to buy some 700,000 iPads for its students and teachers. The Apple tablets would include learning software built by publishing giant Pearson. But Superintendent John Deasy announced earlier this week he is canceling the contract and restarting the bidding process.

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9:18am

Tue August 26, 2014
A Closer Look At Sexual Assaults On Campus

Student Activists Keep Pressure On Campus Sexual Assault

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:47 am

Dana Bolger, who says she was raped in 2011 while a student at Amherst College, co-founded a group that seeks to educate students about their rights under Title IX.
Jennifer Ludden NPR

For Georgetown University freshmen, orientation this week included a new activity: mandatory small-group discussions on sexual assault.

"For a lot of the kids, this might be the first time they ever actually talk about sexual assault or what consent means in an environment with their peers," says Chandini Jha, a junior who helped lead several discussions and who's been pushing administrators to do this for two years.

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6:03am

Tue August 26, 2014
NPR Ed

Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:55 am

LA Johnson/ NPR

Kaitlin Morgan says, this year, her school district is going "full Google."

Morgan teaches U.S. and world history and advises the yearbook at Woodlake Union High School in California's Central Valley. At Woodlake, "full Google" means a plan to have one Google Chromebook for every two students by the spring, running Google Apps.

The Chromebook is a relatively cheap, stripped-down laptop. It's become popular in the education world, with 85 percent of its U.S. sales last year going to the ed market.

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3:39pm

Mon August 25, 2014
NPR Ed

Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

Originally published on Mon August 25, 2014 5:53 pm

LA Johnson/ NPR

Students are heading back to campus. And when they finish writing that first paper of the year, a growing number will have to do something their parents never did: run their work through anti-plagiarism software.

One company behind it is called Turnitin. And the database it uses to screen for potential plagiarism is big. Really, really big.

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