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.
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.
Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 9:55 am
By Anya Kamenetz
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.
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.