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Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2008
For educators who think real life does not offer enough opportunities to practice their profession, there is Second Life, an Internet-based virtual environment that counts thousands of educators among its enthusiasts. Second Life bears a passing resemblance to an online game, with users represented by digitally drawn characters, called avatars,…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Virtual Classrooms, Internet, Elementary School Teachers
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2008
Computer companies are rolling out lower-priced laptops designed for education, claiming that the new "netbooks" are better tuned than past models to the needs of young learners--and to the constraints of school budgets. The new models may help revive confidence in 1-to-1 laptop programs, which some school districts have backed away from in recent…
Descriptors: Computers, School Districts, Internet, Computer Uses in Education
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2008
Though the term, "probeware" may not be a household word, it has grown more familiar to science educators over the past decade, as a new generation of high-tech instruments for collecting and analyzing data from the physical world have been introduced into school science labs. Today, those tools include digital scientific probes or sensors that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Laboratory Equipment, Science Equipment, Equipment Utilization
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2008
A company that runs one of the nation's largest networks of online schools recently decided to discontinue a program that arranged for high school teachers in the United States to send their students' English essays to India for evaluations by reviewers there. The existence of the program by Herndon, Virginia-based K12 Inc. is an example of the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Electronic Publishing, Elementary Secondary Education, Confidentiality
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2008
Defense contractors Northrop Grumman Corp. and Lockheed Martin Corp. are joining forces in an innovative partnership to develop high-tech simulations to boost STEM--or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics--education in the Baltimore County schools. The Baltimore County partnership includes the local operations of two major military…
Descriptors: School Business Relationship, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Engineering Education
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2008
As learning over the Internet grows in both popularity and controversy, experts are hoping that a new set of national standards for online teaching may help bring clarity and credibility to an industry that some analysts say sorely needs both. The voluntary standards, released February 21 by the North American Council for Online Learning, or…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, National Standards, Teacher Effectiveness
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2008
Under pressure to raise graduation rates, some high schools are turning to online courses to help faltering students revive their academic careers and retrieve the credits they need to earn their diplomas. As alternatives to remedial lessons, summer school, and other traditional ways of getting struggling high school students back on track,…
Descriptors: High Schools, Graduation Rate, Online Courses, Credits
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2008
U.S. students spend too little time and effort on academics in high school, compared with harder-working young people in China and India, according to a new documentary being shown to "thought leaders" in states holding presidential primaries this winter. The documentary, conceived and financed by high-tech entrepreneur Robert A.…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Seniors, Cultural Differences, Time Factors (Learning)
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2007
This article discusses how math teachers at San Marcos High School turned to an online curriculum and in-class assessments to increase student achievement. Setting aside their 7-year-old textbooks, teachers filled the void largely with an online math curriculum, called Agile Mind, that comes equipped with an array of assessment tools. The idea was…
Descriptors: Mathematics Teachers, Formative Evaluation, Student Evaluation, High School Students
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2007
A long-awaited federal study of reading and math software found no significant differences in standardized-test scores between students who used the technology in their classrooms and those who used other methods. The study compared classes overseen by teachers who used the technology-based products with those of other teachers who used different…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Software, Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness
Trotter, Andrew; Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy – Education Week, 2007
Reed Elsevier's recently announced plans to spin off its Harcourt educational publishing divisions to the Houghton Mifflin Co. would complete a consolidation of most K-12 publishing in the United States into a new Big Three. If federal regulators allow the deal to go through, school districts that annually buy textbooks from the three…
Descriptors: Publishing Industry, Textbooks, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Change
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2007
The space shuttle Endeavour, slated to begin an 11-day mission August 7, will carry an educational payload that includes two "growth chambers" loaded with basil and lettuce seeds, and a list of activities to be led by teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara R. Morgan. The activities targeted to K-12 students are add-ons to the shuttle crew's primary…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Space Exploration, Science Education, Experiments
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2007
Thousands of Los Angeles teachers have not been paid properly for months because of errors in a corporate-style payroll system that was introduced in January as part of a sweeping, $95 million computer modernization. The Los Angeles Unified School District acknowledges that the payroll system's rollout was rushed and tainted by numerous…
Descriptors: School Districts, Urban Areas, Educational Administration, Problems
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2007
This article reports on two Mideast-themed schools which have attracted fierce controversy amplified in the news media and the blogosphere. A new public school with a focus on Arabic language and culture is set to open in New York City this week, after being assailed for months by opponents who claim it will be a taxpayer-funded Islamic school…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, News Media, Charter Schools, Semitic Languages
Trotter, Andrew – Education Week, 2007
Compared with a couple of years ago, children in many California schools have one less tome to lug in their backpacks. Instead of standard textbooks, they use what publisher Pearson Education Inc. calls its "digital path" to California's elementary history and social sciences curriculum. Since the state school board approved it in…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Social Sciences, Curriculum Development, History Instruction
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