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September 26, 2014

Variability, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity (VUCA)

Our New Educational Environment is characterized, first, by "VUCA": Greatly increased Variability, Uncertainty, Complexity & Ambiguity. These, in combination, can greatly increase anxiety and stress.

September 23, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Newsela Raises $4.1M to Expand Library of Modified News Articles

Newsela, a startup that offers news articles written at various reading levels, raised $4.1 million from investors in a Series A round.

September 22, 2014

Federal Judge Shuts Down Alleged Diploma Mills at FTC's Request

A federal judge in Florida has ordered an online school that the Federal Trade Commission labeled a "diploma mill" to halt marketing to students.

September 22, 2014

Our New Global Educational Context

The reason we need more than the incremental reforms we are being offered is that our educational context has changed so radically. Here Prensky discusses the key elements of the New Educational Context.

September 17, 2014

Chegg Touts Counseling Service for High Schoolers

Chegg is offering $24-per-hour college counseling to high school students, which the company says is an alternative to costly services.

September 17, 2014

A Teacher's Experiment: Traffic Lights or Critical Thinking?

Many values are changing rapidly in our new context, and this is especially true in communication. We should be careful as educators not let our own pre-Internet upbringing bias us toward the old.

September 15, 2014

Microsoft Announces $2.5B Deal to Buy Company Behind Minecraft

A Microsoft official pledges that the company, in acquiring the developer of Minecraft, will "nurture and grow" the enormously popular video game.

September 15, 2014

Both F2F & Tech Communication Need Strong Content & Connection

Today's kids will need to communicate effectively both face-to-face and electronically – and each kid's preferences will be different. But all communication, in whatever form, should include both strong content and strong connection.

September 15, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Salesforce.com Invests $5M in San Francisco Schools

Salesforce.com recently donated $5 million to the San Francisco Unified School District. This tech company has now donated $7.7 million to SFUSD the past two years in order create better access to STEM resources.

September 12, 2014

EdX Launches Online Curriculum for High School Students

MIT and Harvard University's online-learning platform edX entered the K-12 arena this week with the release of 26 MOOCs targeted at high school students.

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