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Nation’s Graduation Rate Nears a Milestone – Education Week
Christopher Swanson and Sterling Lloyd discuss the record-breaking high school graduation rates in the US, and explore some of the possible causes of this increase.
Lisa Lerer reports that President Obama spoke at a North Carolina middle school today, sharing that he has directed the government to expand high-speed internet access to 99 percent of U.S. students by 2018.
Christina Farr profiles edtech startup Knewton, who develops adaptive online learning tools for K-12 and higher ed. Knewton just landed a partnership with Houghton Mifflin and is hoping to impact 5 million students by the end of the year through this partnership.
Michael Horn brings Larry Cuban to task for his misrepresentation of research by the Clayton Christensen Institute in his recent article, and talks about where their research indicates online and blended learning in K-12 are headed.
How Kids Can Learn to Code – Codeacademy
Karen Baker interviews designer Jeffrey Karl, who talks about the importance of teaching kids how to code, and the fun, kid-friendly app he created that gets students excited about coding.
Is texting in school a right? Can we make school and cell phones compatible? - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
- Author of the “Get Schooled” blog Maureen Downey explores the increasing use of smartphones in the classroom, questioning whether the constant texting can become a disruption to teachers and other students.