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Samuels, Christina A. – Education Week, 2012
GreatSchools.org neatly ranks more than 136,000 traditional public, private, and charter schools nationwide on a scale of 1 to 10, based on state test scores. But what often draws readers are the gossipy insider comments posted by parents, students, and teachers, and the star ratings those commenters contribute. The growth of online school rating…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, School Choice, Nonprofit Organizations, Classification
Robelen, Erik W. – Education Week, 2011
Today, a growing number of teachers are moving beyond the textbook in teaching about the war, and U.S. history more broadly. Teachers are digging directly into primary sources and harnessing technology, all in an attempt to help students better understand the past and bring it to life. Doing so may be especially important with the Civil War,…
Descriptors: United States History, War, Primary Sources, Archives
Davis, Michelle R. – Education Week, 2010
The author reports on a move by the online social-networking site Ning to start charging for its services which has raised worries that new fees could stifle educators' technological collaboration and creativity and touch off similar moves by other companies that provide comparable services heavily used by educators. Ning, which provides a…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Social Networks, Web Sites, Internet
Maxwell, Lesli A. – Education Week, 2009
Billions in federal economic-stimulus dollars are slated to be spent to help improve public education, but Americans relying on traditional news outlets are likely to find out little, if anything, about what that effort might mean for the schools in their communities, a new report suggests. That's because education coverage of any type barely…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Journalism, Public Education, Federal Legislation
Cavanagh, Sean – Education Week, 2009
Connecting students through technology with scientists doing research in the field has become an increasingly common practice in schools. Museums, colleges, federal agencies, and individual teachers have become more adept at putting students in direct contact with scientists, even those working in very remote locations--like aboard the NAI'A in…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Interpersonal Communication, Students, Computer Mediated Communication